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YouTube's quest for professionally created content is about to get interesting. The Wall Street Journal reports that the video giant is in talks with movie studios to stream movies to its users for a fee.
That will bring a shift from its free video supported by advertising model, but could go a long way toward helping the site turn a profit for Google — and possibly change the game for online film viewing.
The key to success for YouTube lies in monetizing more of its videos, and the company made a step toward doing that today by opening up its Partnership Program to creators of one-off viral videos.
Starting today, the video portal will allow any video creator with popular, approved content to add advertising to videos. While this won't be the silver bullet to YouTube's success, allowing viral video creators to make money from all those page views makes a lot of sense.
The social media statistics I posted a few weeks ago seemed to strike a chord amongst the digital community, especially in highlighting just how big an issue this particular area of online currently is. So I’m happy to say that I’ve trawled around the internet to bring you some more snippets of useful data and awesome figures.
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.
Social media remains the hot topic of the digital world and I often get asked about the various statistics involved. This in itself is fairly difficult, as this particular online sphere is constantly shifting, evolving and growing at an astronomical rate. But I’ve pulled together some interesting (and hopefully useful) data for a couple of the bigger players in the market...
A major inhibitor to video revenues online so far has been audience size. Despite advances in the quality, quantity and length of videos on the web, most people aren't watching them. To date, 99% of all video viewing is still happening in front of television sets.
But online video network blip.tv is looking to get bring its content where the audiences are. Today the company announced a partnership with YouTube, Tivo, Verizon and Vimeo among others to get more of its content around the web and to television sets.
The company has long been working to distribute its content across as many platforms as possible. And today's announcement marks a big jump in the size of the company's footprint. That strategy is the key to the success of blip — and the online video marketplace.
What will the Internet do when it no longer has YouTube to kick around? The video giant's business model has been categorically maligned since Google bought it for $1.7 billion in 2006. Except now it looks like YouTube is turning the corner toward profitability.
And if the video giant is to be believed, all those user-generated cat videos aren't bad for business.
All eyes were on Google yesterday afternoon when the search engine giant reported its earnings for the second quarter. Because of its position, Google has served as a sort of proxy for gauging the global recession's effects on the internet economy.
Based on Google's results, there's good news and bad news. The good news: things could be far worse. The bad news: things could be far better.
Fatso the Cat playing "You Make My Dream Come True" to images of Helen Hunt throwing herself out a window may have gotten over 376,000 views on YouTube, but Warner Music wasn't about to let the owner's violation of its copyright go unpunished.
This week the music company decided to pull its Hall & Oates audio from a Keyboard Cat video and put an end to the video's viral growth.
Instead, Warner lost an opportunity to monetize its back catalog and angered plenty of web surfers in the proces.
Online video began as a short form medium, but as creators and audiences become more comfortable with longer videos online, advertising dollars will surely follow suit.
Sites like Hulu and YouTube have been focused on branding partnerships for professional video content online. And consumers are proving that they have the attention span for longer content.
Facebook's changes to the way it deals with privacy and sharing settings represent a major shift in the type of social networking Facebook is encouraging its users to engage in.
The company has long prided itself on giving users the ability to control who sees what you share on its network and even went so far as to create a privacy regime that many found overly complicated.
Is online video advertising undervalued? The online video ad market is estimated to grow to between $2 and $7 billion by 2012. But that's still a drop in the bucket compared to the $70 billion television ad market.
Online publishers and advertisers are frantically creating new formats and content to entice viewers online, but the hurdle in online video ad profitability may have less to do with the quality of the advertising than the quality of the audience.