Good morning, it’s Monday, June 9, 2008, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.
After shutting down its online music store Wal-Mart is trying to insure there is still demand for its CDs. The chain signed an deal with AC/DC to become the exclusive CD retailer for its next album this fall, similar to agreements struck with The Eagles and Journey, according to the WSJ. The company also says it plans to reduce its inventory of CDs to focus more on blockbuster titles. The move will likely drive more consumers online to find niche, long tail content, even if they have to put up with occasional outages. (Amazon.com made headlines over the weekend when it went down for over 2 hours.)
MediaFLO’s FLO TV service will provide 30+ hours of US Open video coverage from Torrey Pines this week sourced from ESPN and NBC Sports. The service is available to AT&T Mobile TV and Verizon Wireless V Cast customers.
Cooler Facts, a new series of 38 animated shorts, will make its debut on DiscoveryChannel.ca on June 18 as the website’s first original commission. Over a period of 4 weeks, the 2-5 minute episodes will deal with cool science-related facts ranging from skyscrapers to outer space. Cooler Facts will also join Discovery HD‘s lineup in a 6×30-minute run starting on July 18 at 8p.
Universal Music Group and Destiny Media Technologies expanded their digital media distribution services agreement to include UMG’s affiliates in Canada and Mexico. Under the multi-year agreement, Destiny Media remains the primary platform for the global distribution of UMG’s pre-release digital media in North America.
Hulu rolled out a new video search function indexing not only its 50+ content providers but also videos embedded on blogs, social networking sites and a host of other online video outlets. Search results appear within the Hulu video interface, so you don’t have to leave the site to hunt for something Hulu doesn’t have. The better video portals can make their search tools, the thinking is, the less likely their users will have to go elsewhere to find what they’re looking for.
That said, TV Guide wants to make sure you can easily access its video content if you prefer to spend most of your time in a social networking environment. TV Guile Online officially launched its Video Guide widget as an embeddable extension of its popular online video guide.
Stephen Arnold Music has developed a new online search engine to allow producers to search for usable tracks from its own Music Vault as well as collections from Swiss/German H2U and U.S.-based 3Volution.
Leading Facebook app maker Slide says it will stop introducing new applications in order to concentrate on improving and monetizing its existing apps, reports Silicon Alley Insider.
Sony, Sharp and Panasonic are beginning to introduce high-end televisions that allow viewers to browse works from YouTube and other online publishers when plugged into a broadband connection. The technology was on display at this year’s CES.
- Sony is first to the punch with the Bravia Internet Video Link, which takes the form of a wireless module that plugs into the back of most 2007 and 2008 Bravia LCD TVs. Channels at launch include YouTube, CBS.com, Yahoo!, AOL, Sports Illustrated, blip.tv, CondeNet’s Style.com, Men.Style.com, Epicurious and Concierge.com channels, Crackle, The Minisode Network, FEARnet, Ford Models, SingingFool and Video Detective
- Panasonic’s Vieracast, available on 800-series Viera models, provides access to YouTube, Weather Channel sites, Bloomberg text-based news and photo sharing site Picasa without a separate device
- Sharp’s Aquos Net TVs, which also don’t require a device, provide configurable widgets that update viewers on weather, NASDAQ stock quotes, traffic and comic strips.
Comcast is seeking patents for two new devices designed to help subscribers watch video content on multiple screens and devices, reports Multichannel News. The AnyReach is described as a portable TV and video player used for recording and playing back audio and video. The XtraScreen is more of Slingbox-type device, porting TV content to PCs and mobile devices through a broadband connection.
SanDisk has mothballed its TakeTV project as well as its accompanying fanfare video portal. TakeTV was one of the countless attempts to solve the PC-to-TV dilemma by providing a small, portable USB drive users could walk over to their TV. CBS, Showtime, Jaman.com and TV Guide were among the content providers who participated in the device’s trials.
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With Microsoft feigning to be no longer interested in a deal Carl Icahn has a price in mind for what Yahoo should offer itself up for sale to Microsoft. He figures $34.375/share or $49.5 billion is a fair price, as outlined in his latest strongly worded letter to the company’s board. This assumes Yahoo will remove its “poison pill” severance plan that proved to be the major obstacle the first time around.
The Weather Channel Interactive tapped BandCon for its Content Delivery Services via broadband and wireless.
The WGA strike conducted to help writers gain a share of new media earnings cost the state of California about $2.1 billion in lost output, according to a new report from the Milken Institute, with total personal wages and salaries projected to decline by $3.1 billion and $2.3 billion respectively. The foundation predicts that effects will continue to be felt for at least a couple of years. The local LA economy was hit particularly hard because the strike coincided with a major housing downturn.
More than 400 venture capital investments were made in social media companies during the past 15 months with the 341 disclosed investments totaling $2.76 billion, according to a new report from paidcontent.org. (Over $3 billion is estimated to have been invested overall.) On the acquisitions side a total of 131 deals were struck; 41 disclosed deals were valued at $13.4 billion. Media creation and sharing led all investment categories.
Major Social Media Investments Jan. 2007- Mar. 2008
Category % of total invested
Media Creation and Sharing 24%
Social Networking 23%
Tools & Software 10%
GoFish Corp. named Tribal DDB Worldwide Founder Matt Freeman as CEO and Board Member. He succeeds Michael Downing who will leave the company.
Bennett HD/LA hired Susan Roberts as Senior Account Executive. She will be based in Los Angeles and report to Julie Volpe, VP of Post Production.
Good news from the folks at MyDamnChannel, who have a good track record at signing talented comedians and helping them develop stuff that plays well online. The site’s shows, more clever than silly, feature top-rate satire and tend to involve the audience in a way that makes them feel like they’re being let in on an inside joke. Fans can look forward to more of the Webby Award winning You Suck at Photoshop beginning Friday, June 27, produced Big Fat Brain’s Troy Hitch and Matt Bledsoe. It takes the form of DIY tutorial on how to use the software, but it’s really just a vehicle for its host to rant about what bugs him. The show has racked up 9 million + views no doubt appealing to web users’ more cynical nature. David Wain’s sad sack Wainy Days, which also won a Webby for best comedy series, has also been renewed for a third season. New episodes begin Monday, June 16.
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