Web Video Market:
• Boxee Comes Out; Has Networks and Hulu/Netflix…For Now (All Things Digital, 2; NewTeeVee; Hot Hardware; Tubefilter): All the web-TV boxes are facing content problems right now, and so far Boxee’s doing okay on that front. All Things Digital handicaps the new device. Meanwhile, NewTeeVee does a great piece on Boxee, its fans and relationship to the industry.
• Mossberg, Pogue Say Google TV Not Ready for Primetime (Wall Street Journal; New York Times): Both say its for technophiles, not the mainstream…yet. Earlier reviews from the likes of Wired were more positive. Seems consistent.
• Charter Imposes Usage Caps on Broadband (GigaOM): The end of days is near.
• More People Access YouTube on Mobile (ReadWriteWeb): 75% seems a little high to me, but okay.
• Visible Measures Measures Branded Video (Beet TV)
• New York Times Starts Weekly Web Series Column (New York Times): Great news for the space; though the column is web series focused, it will also talk about video on the web more generally. This seems to be a replacement for Virginia Heffernan’s early coverage of the form — particularly the lonelygirl15 saga — on her now-defunct Medium blog.
• Malik Yoba Talks His BET Web Series (Web Series Network/ThisIs50).
• Three Myths About Web TV (Clicker): Fun piece for beginners.
• YouTube Profiles Next New Networks’ New Series (YouTube): It’s all about YouTubers doing comedy. If it ain’t broke…
Hollywood and Tech:
• TV Fans Loyal to the Network (Media Daily News): Flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but an interesting study from Rentrak. Lost fans more loyal to ABC, 24 fans to Fox, etc. Also, semi-related: On Demand viewing is catch-up.
• Cultural Politics of Google TV (NewTeeVee): Making ‘dumb TV’ smart?
• Hollywood Studios Possibly Back in Love With Web (CNET)
Research and Policy:
• Comcast-NBC Deal Nearing Completion (Wall Street Journal): Even as it questions the consequences of the merger for online video, the FCC is expected to quickly approve the deal. Jeff Zucker reiterates importance of web video in deal: who will have control?
• Why People Want Less Choice (Harvard Business Review): The perennial problem of the digital age of convergence: from underusing Netflix to deciding where to go for content between On Demand, iTunes, DVDs, hundreds of cable channels and web video networks.
• 1 in 5 Americans Cut Back on Cable in Last 6 Months (Broadcasting & Cable) : Cord cutting debate rages on.
• Streaming Video Viewers Also TV Fans (Multichannel News): Also Americans now watch 30 minutes of web video per day, a significant increase from last year though still dwarfing the hours spent watching television. In a few years this distinction may no longer matter.
• Users Don’t Know What ‘Sponsored’ Means (Forbes): This is either good news or bad news, depending on who and how you look at it.