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Why TiVO and YouTube terrify the broadcasters and carriers
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 08:49:58 -0400



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From: dewayne () warpspeed com (Dewayne Hendricks)
Date: August 14, 2008 12:13:48 AM EDT
To: Dewayne-Net Technology List <xyzzy () warpspeed com>
Subject: [Dewayne-Net] Why TiVO and YouTube terrify the broadcasters and carriers

[Note:  This item comes from Bill St. Arnaud's list.  DLH]

From: "Bill St.Arnaud" <bill.st.arnaud () canarie ca>
Date: August 13, 2008 9:48:11 AM PDT
Subject: [CAnet - news] Why TiVO and YouTube terrify the broadcasters and carriers

For more information on this item please visit my blog at
http://green-broadband.blogspot.com/ or http://billstarnaud.blogspot.com
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[Despite the availability of hundreds of channels, anybody who has tried to find anything interesting on TV these days, other than the Olympics, will
cheer these developments. Personally I cant wait to ditch my cable TV
subscription once I get can access to Hulu and a host of other video
services over the Internet. Some excerpts from Lauren Weinstein's excellent
Network Neutrality blog and GigaCom --BSA]

Why TiVo and YouTube Terrify ISPs

<http://lauren.vortex.com/archive/000412.html>

Greetings.  TiVo is in the process of introducing a direct interface to
YouTube for their Series 3 and TiVo HD units. I saw it in operation for the first time yesterday. It is seriously slick. You can browse YouTube on any
old connected TV, watching full-screen with surprisingly high quality,
completely acceptable resolution in most cases (apparently an H.264 codec is
in use).

TiVo has a variety of other broadband content facilities, including
downloading of movies, but the availability of the vast range of YouTube
content, along with the familiar search and "more like this"
features, strikes me as something of a sea change.

Suddenly now, there's always going to be something interesting to watch on TV. Anyone who can't find anything up their alley on YouTube is most likely
either not trying or dead.

But if viewers are reduced to counting bits by draconian bandwidth caps,
such wonders will be nipped in the bud -- and that's apparently what the
large ISPs would like to see (unless they can get a piece of the action, of
course, in addition to subscriber fees).  The sorts of convergence
represented by a broadband TiVo terrifies ISPs whose income streams depend
on selling content as well as access.

[snip]

<http://gigaom.com/2008/08/12/can-online-video-support-its-next-generation/ >

Can Online Video Support Its Next Generation?

Hayden Black is nice, funny, quotable and makes two critically acclaimed and modestly popular web shows. He may not have a face for television, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming the poster boy for a market of online video producers that has a growing crowd of early-stage startups looking to meet
its needs.

Black, who has never signed an exclusive deal and whose shows - Goodnight
Burbank and Abigail's Teen Diary - are distributed on some 15 different
hosting sites, says he gets pitched at least once a week to try the services
of any number of new online video platforms, video converters, video ad
networks or analytics providers.

Multiple startups are building on what portals such as YouTube, Revver,
Vimeo and Veoh provide to serve people like Black, who are trying to build
an audience and a business around online content. These days, that could
mean anything from citizen journalism like The Uptake to an online
personality like iJustine or a TV network like MTV. Once such potential
customers create their content they need to distribute, organize and promote
it - things existing tools do, just not particularly well.

Earlier this year, Emeryville, Calif.-based TubeMogul raised $1.5 million from Knight's Bridge Capital Partners, and it's currently trying to raise
more funding. New York City-based blip.tv, a video portal that hosts
independent episodic shows and actively works to foster a community among
its creators, raised money from Ambient Sound Investments and Lauder
Partners last year and is also looking to raise more.

[snip]
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