Monday, July 28, 2008
CBS Sees Sponsored Web Video Programming as Viable Model
PALO ALTO -- It's back to the future for the business of Web video: Advertiser-sponsored programming from the early days of television, when Texaco, Geritol and Lucky Strike paid to develop or sponsor new programming, is the most viable business model now for episodic content created for the Web, says Jigar Thakarar, director of content management at CBS Interactive.
Jigar, based in Los Angeles, recently joined CBS from CAA where he was an agent doing many Web video deals. He says in this interview that CBS is actively looking at acquisitions from "from Web creators to Hollywood talent."
Of the CNET acquisition and the strategy around building the news operation, he says that there is a big focus on developing vertical or niche content.
For more on the strategy at CBS Interactive, check out this interview with CEO Quincy Smith by Joseph Weisenthal over at paidContent.
I interviewed Jigar on Tuesday at Stanford at the Beet.TV online video roundtable.
HP Has MTV-Like Webisode
Tomorrow, HP launches a webisode about college life called "Dorm Storm." This show is being distributed by Broadband Enterprises which guarantees 20 million views of the show. Brian Morrissey at Adweek has the details.
Update: 7/28 Adweek's Brian Morrissey has a feature about sponsored webisodes and what's happening at Boing Boing. Check it out.
-- Andy Plesser, Executive Producer
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Pay to Play: Online Video Subscriptions on the Horizon, Conde Nast Portfolio's Blaise Zerega
Believe it: There will be a subscription model for online video. paidContent's Joe Weisenthal reports today that TheStreet**** will soon experiment with a subscription model for online video. Surely more publishers will follow as advertising opportunities are limited and some will pay a subscription price to watch video content.
How to get users to sign up? The engaging power of video games could help turn online video viewers into registered users or paying subscribers, says Conde Nast Portfolio Deputy Editor Blaise Zerega.
All Those Eyeballs and Not Enough Ads
Blaise was editor of Red Herring and managing editor of Wired. He's seen a few cycles in the Valley. Like during the first Internet bubble, valuations are being based on "eyeballs" rather than on a viable business model.
As advertising can't support all these digital media start-ups, we expect a subscription model could be viable for some.
I interviewed him at Stanford last week where he participated in the Beet.TV online video roundtable.
--Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
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couple of people have noted that the statement, "XML was created to do just that" (separate form from content) is misleading because CSS enables the same effect with HTML. I tried to integrate CSS into the video, but it ruined the flow. Perhaps in the next draft.
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Thank you all for the comments. With your help the next draft will be cleaned up and hopefully free of factual errors.
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Deus offers music under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license, yet one more example of the interlinking of people sharing and collaborating this video is attempting to illustrate.
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Monday, August 25, 2008
Businesses Use "Hives" to Build Niche Communities
HiveLive, a platform for building business-oriented custom social communities, lets users create custom blogs, wikis, and forums with Web 2.0 building blocks called Hives.
While a social network like Facebook is geared toward the mass consumer market, HiveLive is carving out a viable niche for itself the enterprise market. The company's different focus means it isn't in direct competition with Facebook: "We work with organizations who often use both," CEO John Kembel says.
A company-specific network allows for employees to have private, internal conversations about future plans like product designs, Kembel says.
The user-generated social networks, easily formed and transformed by members, are based on the structure of beehives.
Competitors include Ning, OneSite and Boston-based Mzinga. Andy interviewed Mzinga co-CEO Barry Libert in November, 2007.
--Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
Avortement tardif : possible au Québec?
Interview d'un médecin.
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Avortement tardif : possible au Québec?
Interview d'un médecin.
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India and Nepal to revise Kosi Treaty
Decision by both the countries to review the Kosi treaty is welcomed especially after the utterly futile mud slinging match that ensued between India and Nepal following the devastating floods in river kosi. The treaty signed in 1956 gives India the entire responsibility for design, construction, maintenance and repair of the kosi barrage leaving Nepal with little or no role to play in the project within its own territory. Yet, India continues to blame Nepal for the annual deluge conveniently forgetting the corrupt politician – engineer – contractor nexus within its borders that siphons million for repair and construction of embankments works that are never done. When Nepal next sits with India to discuss the Treaty, it must ensure that we get fair right to decide upon the matters which affect the people within our borders. It is for both the countries to ensure that any revised water agreement between both successfully prevents the reenactment of current tragedy.
Satellite channels becoming popular in Egypt
The fasting month of Ramadan is raining profits for broadcasting companies in the Middle East. 30 days of fasting in the month of Ramadan have transformed the long hours of darkness into prime viewing time. The month takes up as much as half the annual production budgets of some networks and generates a similar proportion of advertising revenue. Competition for airtime in the season also grows fiercer. The variety of programs aired is bewildering than ever. It includes fresh drama serials, score of religious Ramadan specials, celebrity chat-fests and reality shows etc. Satellite television has taken off in the region like nowhere else. In wealthy Gulf States, some 95% of households own digital receivers; even in poorer countries, such as Jordan and Morocco, the satellite penetration rate now tops 75%. Not surprisingly, the number of free-to-air channels available on Arab satellites has grown six fold in the past five years. For sure, gone are the days when people waited for the sound of canon shots to break their fasts its time to switch over to satellite television.
Unity pact signed between Mugabe and Tsvangarai
Mere glance at the fragile national unity pact signed between Mugabe and Tsvangarai through South African mediation, points towards the challenging days laying ahead before Zimbabwe. The division of powers proposed by the pact between two centers will provide enough opportunity for both the parties to be at loggerheads with each other. Success of the deal requires visionary leaders. Presently, Zimbabwe does not have a leadership which is ready to bury its differences and work for the good of the country. The whole pact is a sham construct. It allows Mugabe to retain himself as an absolute monarch after all the misery and despair he inflicted upon the ordinary people. Zimbabwe needs Tsvangarai’s leadership along with a viable economic reconstruction program to bail the country out of its current political and economic hardships. We should work for a Zimbabwe sans Mugabe.
Indian Girl commits suicide over Big Bang fear
It exemplifies the new height scaled by the Indian TV channels in terms of showcasing their irresponsibility. Such was the extent of media hype surrounding the experiment that people actually rushed to the temples to perform special prayers fearing the end of the world. This has not happened for the first time. Before this, natural phenomenon such as eclipses have been foolishly and thoughtlessly associated with black magic, blood sucking vampires and bad omen. Such programming only generates superstitions and fears in the minds of emotionally weak persons. The media should own up its responsibility for causing this untimely death and refrain from airing programs that generate nothing but fear and useless superstition.
Taro Aso to become Japan’s new PM
Many are hoping that Mr. Taro Aso will help uplift the country from the political and economic turmoil. Mr. Aso becomes the prime minister at a time when the Japanese are extremely unhappy with high prices and a slowing economy. No wonder his promise of providing supplementary budget worth $107billion US along with ruling out consumption tax increase for three years to inject the necessary economic stimulus has brought a lot of hope to the electorate. He has also called for tax incentives that will encourage corporations to repatriate overseas profits and increase spending on capital equipment and research and development. The measures may sound appeasing but the mishandling of issues as far-ranging as a tainted rice scandal and health insurance for the elderly by the previous administration can make the going difficult for Taro Aso. Whatever else is said or done Mr. Aso can assure victory for LDP in the next general elections only if his measures manage to bail out the economy from current crisis.
Ugandan Govt. to punish prostitutes
Ugandan Ethics and Integrity minister should come up with a novel idea to curb the flourishing menace of prostitution in Kampala. The fact that the practice still exits in spite of stringent laws to curb them implies that the problem lay somewhere else. There are factors that are helping promote prostitution. Women are either forced or else they make a conscious choice to pursue it. Those who are forced to enter prostitution have either been trafficked or else are economically unsound to sustain themselves. How can the government think of punishing this category? Instead, the ethics minister should step forward and rescue such women besides providing them with a viable economic alternative so that they can enjoy a decent living. Those who make a deliberate choice too cannot be punished because in the end it is the men who help run the business by patronizing it. Next time while driving through streets lined with prostitutes, Ugandan men should make a deliberate choice of ignoring and driving through or else getting distracted and ending up in a brothel. Practicing the former will definitely wipe off the need for such regressive laws.
Mexico’s war against drug cartels failing
The border city of Juarez is central front in Mexico's war on powerful drug cartels. Nearly five months after the government of President Felipe Calderón sent more than 2,500 federal troops and police to the state of Chihuahua on Texas' southwestern border, the pace and scope of drug violence have reached unprecedented levels. The carnage raises questions about the government's ability to restore order – particularly in cities such as Juárez, an important trade and immigration conduit to Texas. The ferocity and resilience shown by the warring Sinaloa and Juarez cartel to control smuggling routes into the United States has surprised everyone. There is also a renewed concern over corruption within the government. These killings clearly indicate that the Mexican state has absolutely failed in its mission to protect the public. It appears that no amount of soldiers or special police agents is enough to stop the killings in Juárez, either because they are incompetent, badly corrupted or intimidated by the cartels. A new response is needed to the bloody expressions of organized crimes.
New Zealand opposes lifting of ban on Whaling
The recent decision by authorities in New Zealand to continue opposing the lifting of an international ban on commercial whaling is really commendable. This despite an international survey showing that the numbers of two species: humpbacks and southern right whales, earlier endangered are now rising fast. The threat to humpbacks and southern right whales has been downscaled from "vulnerable" to subjects of "least concern" in the annual update of the so-called "red list" of endangered cetacean species. The two species were now less threatened with extinction. Much of the comeback has been due to the protection granted from commercial whaling. This is a great conservation success and clearly shows what needs to be done to ensure these ocean giants survive.
New Zealand has also led opposition to bids by Japan and other countries to lift the 1985 moratorium on commercial whaling introduced by the 80-member International Whaling Commission. Humpbacks and southern right whales both migrate through New Zealand waters to South Pacific breeding grounds and are major attractions for tourists on whale-watching trips. New Zealand has a long history promoting the conservation of whales and we will continue to do so especially, then when most small coastal and freshwater cetaceans are moving closer to extinction
"We call the shows that we produce 'social shows,' and they're very different from a TV show or a film," says Miles Beckett, a creator of YouTube hit "Lonelygirl15" and the CEO of Eqal Inc., a production company he co-founded earlier this year with fellow "Lonelygirl15" creator Greg Goodfried.
"The way that you actually construct the narrative, the way that the plot points flow over the course of the week, the way the site interplays with the video, the way the community works together and talks to the videos and talks to the characters, is all different," Beckett tells Tech Confidential in our Behind the Money video interview with Beckett and Goodfried, who is president of Eqal.
Over the weekend, Beckett and Goodfried debuted their new online video show, a serial drama called "LG15: The Resistance." Including some of the original characters -- but not the leading role of Bree -- the new show is a bit like "Hamlet" meets "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" while working on the "Blair Witch Project" in the land of "The Matrix." The initial episodes are prompting considerable discussion, with 5,000-plus comments posted about them on YouTube already.
Since the first episode of "Lonelygirl15" went online in June 2006, the show has garnered more than 100 million visits, making it the most popular online video show to date. Its early popularity was fueled by mystery about its origins, with some fans insisting that it was the home-grown product of a lonely teenager and others believing professionals were behind it. Beckett, a former doctor, and Goodfried, a former lawyer, put the speculation but not the controversy to rest when they identified themselves and their cohorts as the creators of the video segments.
Beyond attracting a cult following with "Lonelygirl15" and its U.K. counterpart "KateModern," Beckett and Goodfried have attracted serious investors. In April, Boston's Spark Capital led Eqal's $5 million Series A, with angels Ron Conway and Marc Andreessen participating.
"I think they could become as big as any media company out there, because what they're doing is absolutely the future of media," Conway told Tech Confidential in a previous interview. "They're designing original content for the Internet, and they're hugely creative in that regard. They're successfully commercializing that content so it's not just user-generated content for the Web like you see a lot on YouTube. It has a whole commercial strategy around it -- advertising, sponsorships, contests -- where they can build a big, viable company." - Mary Kathleen Flynn
See April 17 Q&A with Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried from Tech Confidential
See June 16 Q&A with Ron Conway from Tech Confidential
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