Category archive for: online video

Hulu Plus: You Can Pay?

June 30, 2010 | 2 Comments

So now we’ll get an answer to the $9.99 question: will making TV shows available on consumer PCs and portable devices be enough to get those consumers to pay directly for TV shows? Shows they’re probably already getting for free or through their service provider. OK, wait, let’s put a real fine point on this… Read More

Steps to Towards Taming the Complexities of Content Licensing Content in a Multi-channel World

June 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

One of the serious challenges facing media companies and new online (and I include mobile in “online”) distribution intermediaries is knowing what content is available to license out (media and content companies) and how to secure licensed content and then track its consumption (distribution intermediaries). Royalty calculations, among other contractual obligations, are paid out based… Read More

FCC Considers Opening the Door to “Hi-Def rental” for Movies at Home – but at What Price?

May 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

Want to pay to rent a movie that’s still in the theaters – or just left the theaters and is wending its way through various distribution windows before it gets to the DVD rental or online VOD services – and watch it on your TV? Well, there’s what we will pay for as consumers and… Read More

Sign of Things to Come for Hulu?

March 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

Interesting news here that Comedy Central (a Viacom property), home of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report,” is going to pull those two shows from the Hulu line-up, as of March 9. Apparently the reason is that Comedy Central and Hulu couldn’t agree on a revenue split of advertising generated on… Read More

Today’s Save-Money-Live-Better Deal? Over-the-Top Content

February 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

  Walmart’s the latest entrant in the over-the-top sweepstakes and it could be one of those deals that will be viewed in the future as an important example of my colleague Andrew Frank’s “IP-Dominant-Gene Theory” that applies to all things media. By acquiring VUDU, Walmart positions itself to be an important intermediary between content providers… Read More

Yet Another Reason Why Eric Schmidt Quits Apple’s Board?

September 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

  OK, maybe Apple would have kept Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, on Apple’s board if Google’s tech-hegemony had stopped with Android. Maybe, maybe even the Chrome browser might have been acceptable. But a streaming rental movie business? AppleTV might only be a “hobby” Apple continues to invest in (as Tim Cook, Apple president/COO, said during… Read More

For the Beatles Happiness Is Warm Game Controller; Universal and YouTube Trying to Make a Deal

March 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

Can the popularity of Rock Band franchise translate and extend the timeless — but let’s face it, musically archaic — Beatles catalog to a generation of folks who grew up disconnected from the album, AOR radio but have come of age in a time when music is effectively a public good? And speaking of “public… Read More

Media Titans Coming to Grips with UGC?

November 10, 2008 | 2 Comments

Maybe none of the old-guard protect-copyright-at-any-cost management  was looking when elements of MTV Networks inked this deal with MySpace and Auditude to monetize user-generated video.  I like to believe that what we saw with this deal (commentary from colleague Andrew Frank and me is here on the site) is that enlightened self-interest rules the… Read More