Good Morning, it’s Monday, August 6, 2007 and this is your first early morning digital briefing.
Yahoo Video is going back to the drawing board after losing ground to the unstoppable YouTube. (YouTube accounted for 22% of all video streams in May compared to just 4.6% for Yahoo! according to comScore.) Yahoo! has signed new partnerships with major media companies including Universal Music, EMI, CNN International, the AP, the NFL and MLB to beef up content offerings and attract a broader array of users. Yahoo also announced it will add video to its photo-sharing site Flickr in an attempt to put video “everywhere.”
ABC‘s I-Caught premieres tomorrow at 10 pm ET, the news magazine show anchored by Bill Weir which sources stories from user generated video. The first show looks at Citizen Crime Solvers, the famous “Battle at Kruger” in Africa, and what it takes to get famous on the internet. ABC will be actively soliciting videos to be considered for the program throughout its first season.
Meanwhile CNN‘s web-based citizen journalist tool I-Report turned one year old in the wake of the deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis, MN. More than 450 web and cell phone-based submissions were made to CNN.com during the first 24-hours of the bridge’s collapse, the biggest response yet to a single news event. More than 6,000 submissions were received last month to I-Report.
The New York Times will launch an exclusive in-flight video magazine on JetBlue Airlines, featuring interviews conducted by Times’ journalists and content from NYTimes.com. Look for interviews with Larry David, Forest Whitaker and Brian Williams this month, as well as reviews of Apple TV. Much of the content will also be available on JetBlue’s website.
Game publisher Take-Two Interactive announced its Grand Theft Auto IV release will be pushed back 6 months from its planned launch in October of this year. Although Take-Two’s Rockstar Games unit admitted it is way behind in adapting it to the newer game consoles, the delay didn’t stop bloggers and online gaming sites from coming up with plenty of radical theories on why it is holding the racy, violent game back.
PBS series For Her Information starring Beth Aldrich launched an online magazine focusing on timely information, ideas and solutions for enterprising women.
Glide Mobile expanded its transcoding service for the iPhone to allow support of most common video formats including wmv, .mpg, .mpeg, .avi, .divx, .mov, .mp4 and .3gp. Glide Mobile provides users a way to synchronize online content and shares it with the iPhone as well as other devices. The idea is to provide lower resolution versions of video files optimized for the lower-capacity AT&T EDGE network.
Free mobile widget service Plusmo has also been optimized for the iPhone, making more than 20,000 widgets available for the platform. Applications include article feeds, slideshows and gamecasts.
Check out other widgets for the iphone here: http://iphonewidgetlist.com/
A congressional panel voted last week to shield journalists, ad-supported bloggers, vloggers and podcasters from having to reveal confidential sources in a variety of situations, defying stated wishes of the Bush administration. The Free Flow of Information Act defines journalism as “gathering, preparing, collecting, photographing, recording, writing, editing, reporting or publishing of news or information that concerns local, national or international events or other matters of public interest for dissemination to the public.” Non-commercial bloggers (i.e., those who do not derive “financial gain or livelihood from blogging) were excluded from the bill.
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman claimed the company will top projected digital earnings of $500 million in a conference call last week. He said Viacom’s branded sites attract an average of 85 million unique global users monthly, an increase of 68% over 2Q 2006. Nick’s community site Nicktropolis is up to 4.5 million users, and a total of 1 million users have registered at one of MTV’s virtual worlds such as The Hills and Virtual Laguna Beach. Digital was a bright spot in a quarter in which profits were down slightly from a year earlier to $434 million.
Japan’s major content providers, represented by the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers, are ratcheting up rhetoric against YouTube for its lack of action against copyright violations after meeting with the company for a second time last week. YouTube.jp is second in traffic only to the U.S. among the company’s eight international sites.
Politics and commerce don’t always mix. Six major firms have pulled their ads from Facebook after they appeared on a British National Party page according to BBC News. First Direct, Vodafone, Virgin Media, the AA, Halifax and Prudential were the offended parties. The incident underlined how little control marketers are afforded over where ads actually appear within social networks.
Doubleclick launched a new “teaser” online video ad format featuring about 10 seconds of Flash-based video that plays automatically within a banner ad. Universal Pictures was the first client, embedding video and links to trailers in banner ads for The Bourne Ultimatum (which topped $70 million at the box office this weekend.)
One in five broadband homes will have the technology to watch internet-based video on their TV sets by the end of 2007, according to a new analysis from Emerging Media Dynamics. The report assesses the progress made by devices such as Apple TV, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and SlingMedia’s SlingCatcher in solving the final “twenty foot” barrier. Over 72 million broadband homes – representing over two-thirds of the marketplace – are projected to have PC/TV devices by 2017.
The internet has brought a wave of new companies that offer IP-based phone services to destinations that used to cost as much as $1/minute. (P2P network Skype is probably the best known of the group). New Stockholm-based Rebtel offers international calls from cell phones or land lines for the cost of a local connection by assigning local phone numbers to the dialer and dialee. Once you establish an IP-based connection there’s even a way to avoid this minimal fee. Unlike Skype or Vonage, Rebtel doesn’t require a software download or a separate router, which is nice.
Thanks to: Marc Grossmann Taffy Entertainment Woodland Hills, CA
Correction: Friday’s website of the day was supposed to be www.abodo.com, as in abode. Sorry about inverting the “b”!
Later — Wayne
Wayne Karrfalt for Cynopsis: Digital
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