The Weekly Online Video News Reel: The Lethargic Edition

The Weekly Online Video News Reel: The Lethargic Edition

I have to admit that I'm tired. Sure, we all get tired, even superheroes. So let's make this short and sweet, yet still super, right?! Sometimes there just aren't enough of us to go round here at ReelSEO and things slip through the cracks. Today I'll try to catch everything that almost slipped by.

Top Read at ReelSEO

Legal matter top the week as the The Latest YouTube Legal Issue Seems Horribly Overblown took the top spot for the week as the most read article here at ReelSEO.

After that Honeycomb Tablets Are Already Better Than iPads… For Video Marketers seemed to have fire up the Reel Believers into a fervor. How dare you say anything is better than and iPad? Perhaps.

Third most read was Adobe Flash 10.2 Said to be 34% More Efficient, Includes H.264 Hardware Acceleration also incited some riotous replies. Everyone chose sides on the matter and some say it's highly untable while others disagree.

Top Online Video News Elsewhere

There just weren't enough hours in the week for me to get to everything that everyone sent me. So with my apologies, I've tried to get it all in here. Also, I stuck in some stuff that I read but didn't write up as I thought they were already well covered.

AllVid Tech Company Alliance

By: Greg Tarr at This Week in Consumer Electronics

Seven companies from the electronics and IP industries reported on Wednesday the formation of the AllVid Tech Company Alliance. The organization was formed  to help shape public policy in the Federal Communications Commission's(FCC') "AllVid" rulemaking.

Founding members of the AllVid Tech Company Alliance include Best Buy, Google, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics, Nagravision, SageTV, Sony Electronics and TiVo.  All are said to support the "gateway" approach to integrating video services into home networks.

AllVid is a CableCARD replacement proposed by the FCC, consisting of hardware and software that would act as a universal adapter or "gateway" for all types of pay TV content, delivered through a wide variety of means, including cable TV, satellite TV, VDSL, IPTV and Internet TV.

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Redbox Digital Not Ready Yet

By ChrisTribbey at Home Media Magazine

Coinstar CEO Paul Davis and Redbox president Mitch Lowe assured investors that the company would have a digital offering up and running later this year, and noted that negotiations with more than one party were ongoing. One option would be to combine online streaming with DVD rentals at kiosks, they noted.

"We have been talking about it for a while. We're convinced our brand can expand into this space," Davis said. "We could have moved a lot quicker a few months ago if we decided to do this on our own. We made a decision not to [do that] because the price was prohibitive.”

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Hulu Recommendations Getting a Makeover (because of Jeremy?)

From the Hulu blog posted by Peter Sargent, Product Manager

Hopefully you've benefited from Hulu's recommendations in the past, whether we've helped you get reacquainted with an old favorite TV show or introduced you to a new movie on Hulu. For logged-in Hulu users, the recommendations engine takes into account all kinds of factors as it suggests shows that you might enjoy — including videos you've watched, commented on, or told us you've enjoyed in the past.

Now we've made it even easier for you to find great shows and movies with our new recommendations hub. You can easily access your recommendations right off of the home page navigation bar. Think of it as a personal shopper that will point you to great entertainment, tailored to your specific tastes.

Hopefully you've benefited from Hulu's recommendations in the past, whether we've helped you get reacquainted with an old favorite TV show or introduced you to a new movie on Hulu. For logged-in Hulu users, the recommendations engine takes into account all kinds of factors as it suggests shows that you might enjoy — including videos you've watched, commented on, or told us you've enjoyed in the past.

Now we've made it even easier for you to find great shows and movies with our new recommendations hub. You can easily access your recommendations right off of the home page navigation bar. Think of it as a personal shopper that will point you to great entertainment, tailored to your specific tastes.


vzaar rolls out unlimited video storage for online businesses

From press release

vzaar, (http://www.vzaar.com) the leading business video hosting service, today announced they are providing unlimited online video storage for their larger business video customers.

Unlike most online video platforms that charge extra for storing and hosting product demonstration, eCommerce, corporate communications, and other types of business videos, vzaar is now providing free unlimited video storage as part of its business video hosting packages for companies with lots of content and lots of traffic.

Whether distributing popular viral videos or a large collection of long tail videos, vzaar enables a business to post the videos and then relax. By charging only for playback bandwidth – the amount of video bandwidth actually transferred – vzaar makes it easy and affordable for businesses to use video to sell, educate and communicate.

Founded in 2007, vzaar has its Headquarters in London, United Kingdom. For more information visit http://vzaar.com


The Video Platform becomes MediaMind certified

From Press Release

The Video Platform (TVP), Australia's only video ad serving provider for publishers today, announced VAST certification through MediaMind, Australia's largest third party ad server.

MediaMind data shows that VAST videos have fetched Click Through Rate of 0.54%, which is six times higher than Standard Banners and twice as much as Rich Media.

TVP is the latest 'voice' in the digital community pushing for both publishers and agencies to become VAST (Video Ad Serving Template) compliant in the face of growing demand for online video content in Australia.

Nielsen Ranks Top Web Sites and Properties for January 2011

Without commentary from them or me.

Top 10 U.S. Web Brands for January 2011 (Home and Work Locations)
RankBrandUnique Audience (000)Time Per Person (hh:mm:ss)MOM % Change in UAMOM % Change in Time PP
1Google153,6231:21:00-0.1%6.0%
2Facebook135,6227:24:120.0%6.6%
3Yahoo!130,8542:20:10-1.1%2.1%
4MSN/WindowsLive/Bing121,0191:26:394.2%-0.8%
5YouTube103,8681:21:54-1.9%-0.1%
6Microsoft90,2210:41:53-0.2%-3.4%
7AOL Media Network76,1731:58:310.0%-0.2%
8Wikipedia65,6980:15:316.7%6.8%
9Ask Search Network65,4540:10:400.3%16.4%
10Apple63,2961:18:48-6.2%-6.9%
Source: The Nielsen Company
Read as: During January 2011, 153.6 million unique U.S. people visited Google using PC/laptops from home and work locations
Top 10 U.S. Current Events & Global News Sites for January 2011 (Home & Work)
RankBrandUnique Audience (000)Time Per Person (hh:mm:ss)MOM % Change in UAMOM % Change in Time PP
1Yahoo! News46,2740:14:546.0%22.5%
2CNN Digital Network37,0080:22:3715.0%22.7%
3MSNBC Digital Network32,4940:16:3615.7%13.4%
4AOL News22,0600:14:003.9%0.2%
5Tribune Newspapers16,9290:10:1021.7%3.9%
6Fox News Digital Network16,6520:19:1416.0%-1.8%
7NYTimes.com15,5030:15:1524.0%8.9%
8ABCNEWS Digital Network14,5510:05:5511.2%0.6%
9TheHuffingtonPost.com13,2660:11:3912.0%-18.4%
10Gannett Newspapers and Newspaper Division12,7630:18:0420.4%22.5%
Source: The Nielsen Company
Read as: During January 2011, 46.3 million unique U.S. people visited Yahoo! News using PC/laptops from home and work locations
Note: The "Current Events & Global News" category does not include financial news sites such as Wall Street Journal, Reuters, etc. These sites are in a separate "Finanical News & Info" category

Analysts: Internet TV Riding a "Megatrend" But Infrastructure is the Sure Winner by Steve Smith at MediaPost

For the big money on Wall Street it is hard to know where to place bets. But one investment group that controls about $17 billion in assets is saying, "Internet TV's time is coming." Turner Investments (no relation to that Turner, so far as we can tell) declared in a research brief that the wait is almost over.


Gameloft developing for Samsung Smart TVs - Virgin Media's TiVo next?

Speaking in a private one-to-one interview with Pocket-lint, Gameloft's senior vice president Publishing, Gonzague de Vallois, revealed that the tie-in with the Korean consumer electronics giant comes hot on the heals of a similar deal with Panasonic: "We announced the first deal with Panasonic [at CES]. And we will also be supporting Samsung with their connected TVs," he said. "That will be launching in April of this year, for the 2011 generation [of Smart TVs]."


Canadians Hold Crisis Talks Over Netflix via The Hollywood Reporter (biased perhaps?)

The U.S. video streaming giant is considered the canary in the mine as other so-called over-the-top online movie providers like Hulu and Google TV get set to enter the Canadian market. Currently, Canadian broadcasters, cable operators and other domestic content carriers must help underwrite local content production. But Netflix operates in the Canadian market without supporting Canadian production.

Alright, I'm more than done working for the week and it's time for a nap.

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