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It's 2010, and HBO is getting with the digital revolution. This week the cable network started streaming its content online. With a tagline of “It’s HBO on your computer,” all of the network's series and films will now be available for streaming — to existing subscribers — at HBOGO.com.
HBO's premium content is the reason that more than a few consumers spring for cable. But the network isn't ready to bring their films and series directly to the public. They can always do that later, but it may be too late by then to make up the strides that Netflix has been making in online streaming.
With the impressive dedication that NBC and its top advertisers have taken to the internet for this Olympic games, some have gone so far to dub the 2010 Winter Olympics the "Social Games." But there is one small snag in NBC's rush to move toward real-time. The network still isn't showing video of major sporting events in real time — online or often even on television.
In the 2008 games, it was hard enough to supress live commentary online. But now, with Olympians, viewers and even NBC keeping up a running Olympic commentary, it's even harder to hold onto precious video content until prime time. It also doesn't help that NBC is giving spoilers with its live blog coverage.
Online video gets a lot of attention, but while the YouTubes and Hulus of the world typically attract the spotlight, more and more companies are developing their own strategies around online video.
Benjamin Wayne is the CEO of online video solutions provider Fliqz. I spoke to him about the ways companies are using online video, self-hosting and video SEO.
Thirty billion - that's a lot of videos. In fact, it's an all-time record for videos viewed online in the U.S., when online video views actually approached a number closer to 31 billion in November. With over 12 billion videos viewed, Google sites accounted for the lion's share of all that goggling. Overall, more than 170 million viewers watched an average 182 videos each.
comScore Video Metrix, which released these figures, also found Hulu achieving new highs with 924 million video views. The average Hulu viewer watched 21.1 videos that, another record for the property. Google video viewers watched an impressive 94.7 videos each on average, however it's notable that the overwhelming majority of these were on YouTube, which generally tends to feature much shorter clips.
The cable companies may be hard at work planning their transition to online video with TV Everywhere, but Fox News has another method of bridging the gap between television and online — developing talent and shows in real time.
Every week day, over eight hours of programming are streamed online from Strategy Room, Fox News' web video "network." The online-only program operates out of a small corner of News Corp.'s New York office, and may not be getting insane traffic, but it's been a proving ground for Fox talent. And it appears to be working.
The BBC yesterday launched a new political website, Democracy Live, which enables the public to keep up with TV coverage of political debates.
The site offers live and on demand coverage of the Commons, the House of Lords, the European Parliament, Scottish Assembly and more, so you can keep up with debates on a variety of issues that may effect you.
Network television is moving forward with TV Everywhere, its plan to move television content online, but it looks like there are more than a few aspects of television broadcasting that executives are not willing to forgo — namely the ad load.
At the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing Summit in Denver this week, cable executives made it clear that TV Everywhere will not be a "Hulu for cable."
And why would it be? Hulu works.
Comcast's version of "TV Everywhere" is going to be rolling out soon, but rather than complete television programming streaming everywhere, it's starting to look more like "Some TV on a computer. Near your TV." The company's CEO announced that their online video service will launch later this year. But it will take awhile for Roberts' vision of "pay once, consume anywhere" to come to fruition.
For starters, Comcast can only authenticate viewers in their own homes at launch.
On2 Technologies, a major player in the video compression space, is being acquired by Google in a stock deal worth approximately $106.5mn.
On2 may not be a recognizable brand but it's arguably amongst the most important companies on the web as its proprietary video codecs are used extensively in the online video space. Its VP6, VP7 and VP8 codecs have brought high-quality (and high-definition) video to computer screens all over the world.
After seeing an advert for it during TV coverage of the cricket yesterday, I had a look at the Sky Player to see how easy it was to get the Ashes live on my PC.
Watching it online seems a good alternative to monopolising the TV for five days and boring the rest of my family, so I tried to sign up for it last night, but it wasn't straightforward...
It's no secret that despite the recession and shrinking overall budgets, major advertisers continue to shift ad dollars to online.
Earlier this month, Nielsen reported that in Q1, spending on local Sunday supplements fell 37.7% in the United States. A perfect example of how some of that spend is making its way online can be found with Office Depot.
Google's bread and butter may be search and the recession may have led Google to cut back on projects that weren't bringing home the bacon but that doesn't mean that Google isn't looking to expand its already large footprint on the web.
It just announced that by the end of the year, it hopes to be offering its publishing partners the ability to sell ebooks through Google Book Search, putting it in competition with Amazon in the burgeoning ebook market.