Today at the Washington Post and Beet.tv will explore the so-called golden age of online video in a two-hour panel panel discussion with Ann Derry, New York Times; Steven King, The Washington Post; Mark Larkin, CBSNews.com; Kevin Roach, The Associated Press; Anna Roberston, Yahoo! News; Mike Stephanovich, Reuters Insider; Mike Toppo, CNN.com; Jeff Whatcott, Brightcove; Stokes Young, MSNBC.com; and special guest, Chris "The Fix" Cillizza of The Washington Post.
You can watch the panel live today from 9:00am - 11:30am ET (below):
What's the Golden Age of Online Video? Well, if you follow their logic, it's now and it's based on the sudden rise of the connected TV. If you ask me, it's just a combination of many factors and probably won't continue at such a frantic pace. Here's the basis of Beet.tv's so-called Golden Age:
The Associated Press has registered some 645 million video views just on its YouTube channel since its launch in 2006. MSNBC.com has registered its biggest month ever this January with 158 million video views, we have learned.
As mobile and connected TV's become more widely used, video news consumption will continue to rise. How this is monetized remains to be seen.
Right. Those numbers probably weren't at all affected by Tunisia's grassroots revolution for democratic change nor at all impacted by the ongoing Egyptian unrest and calls for a new government and democratic process. It certainly wasn't affected by the FBI's Largest Mob Roundup ever nor the tragic Australian flooding. I hate to say it, but many of those millions of views are probably the result of civil unrest and natural disasters. Of course, I could be wrong. I guess we can wait 27 days and see what the end of February brings in terms of online video views.
As always I'm skeptical. It's rare that such a vast number of stories that impact so many millions of people in such dramatic ways pile up on top of each other in a month. I believe that these vastly improved numbers on the part of the AP and MSNBC, both news agencies, is mostly due to that simple fact. That's not to say I'm in any way against the move online to get your news, especially in video format. It gives you a far better scope and allows you more chances of finding less biased broadcasting like that seen in many US news stations.
For the money, which is zero, I suggest Livestation.com where you can get news stations from around the world including the BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, RT, Euronews, CNN and United Nations TV. Break away from the sensationalist media of America and see what the rest of the world is saying. Of particular interest today was a story about how US Media spin stories to minimize the emotional impact of them if it would make a diplomatic partner country look bad. Of note were the recent UK student uprisings, the fact that most US media have not reported on pro-government rallies in Egypt and the like. A story which I saw on either Al Jazeera or RT today.