Thursday 18th January 2018,

Web Video Weekly: New York Times (Hearts) Web Series, Boxee, Comcast-NBC, TV’s Doing Alright, Google TV Not So Much

All the important news and opinion about the web, online video, TV and convergence in the last week (11/11- 11/18):

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.

Hulu Plus Expanding Devices (NewTeeVee): But cuts the price. It’s all about screens now.Hulu Plus is a Netflix competitor, but for now Netflix is still growing.

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.

Mid-Roll Growing In Popularity (Online Media Daily): At least it’s better than the utterly useless post-roll. Also: Hulu serves 1 billion ads, while YouTube serves one every 66 minutes.

Visible Measures Measures Branded Video (Beet TV)

Web Series:

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.

Streamys 2011 a Go (NewTeeVee): Despite last week’s IAWTV-Streamy break-up.

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…

Backwash Is Interesting and Star-Studded, If Flawed (NewTeeVee): Crackle‘s new show from Josh Malina is getting some online press. Liz Shannon Miller of NewTeeVee reviews.

Hollywood and Tech:

Amazon and Studio Partner for Web-to-Film Crowdsourcing Project (Los Angeles Times; MediaPost)

NBC tripling down on comedy (TVbytheNumbers): As I’ve said before, comedy is what’s working for them.

Watch all the Harry Potter films online (Clicker): On an unrelated note, Forbes profiles Clicker as an Internet TV guide.

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.

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