As the TV moves to the Web, control moves to the users

I’ve become a fan of Heroes, an ongoing series by NBC. Interestingly enough, I time shift, medium shift, and control the content in the way I want to. The first season, I didn’t watch on TV, we rented the episodes from the local Blockbuster (not online). For season 2, which just started, I’m watching the episodes online from the NBC site. The have pre-roll ads, that are about 30 seconds, which you cannot fast forward. The advertising videos are actually interesting, as they change them up for different sponsors and there are links to learn more. For example, last week, there was an interactive game in addition to the video for a new Nissan crossover. This week, Bertolli is launching … Continue readingAs the TV moves to the Web, control moves to the users

How Google’s video security system could impact the media industry

Google announced that it’s going to imprint a tracking algorithm being referred to as a “fingerprint” on video media for it’s video systems (Google Video and YouTube). I had conversations with colleague Jeff Scott over coffee, and we came up with some interesting risk analysis. While the media industry breathes a sigh of relief, what are the business and user impacts for such a system? Potential risks and considerations: 1) This finger printing system, which is likely invisible to users, could decisively leave small pixels that could eventually be added to create a unique identifier. Sadly, there’s no security system ever that is fool proof. 2) For Google, this could be a media lock in process. Media companies that want … Continue readingHow Google’s video security system could impact the media industry

New Ustream launches the first real-time “Engagement” meter

That’s the quotient that online video people are trying to figure out. Well Ustream has launched a new tool in their latest version that lets users ‘shout out’ about a show that’s interesting, their blog lists out the details. What’s Engagement? I’ve discussed it several times, and have been able to boil it down to “Apparent Interest“. My formula suggests it’s the factor of Attention, Interaction, and a few other attributes. Colleague Robert Scoble has a video interview with the CEO of Ustream, and Techcrunch has the feature breakdown. What’s interesting about Ustream, a company that I’ve decided to advise? Well John Edwards was using it live on Monday after the debates, Chris Pirillo has a live show, and even … Continue readingNew Ustream launches the first real-time “Engagement” meter

Enhancing your Website with Video, and the next generation of Video consumption

Killer App suggests that a new generation of online video aggregators are appearing, MSNBC has a great article by Ramon Ray that gives some resources on how to enhance your website with video. Communicating with your customers through video can offer them a fresh alternative to basic text on a static website. We all know the saying, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” The principal is the same for a video on a website. I would also suggest that video is great for executives, and I’ve listed out some resources on Why Online Video is good for your Corporate Executives and How to Deploy.

A list of companies and services that provide live web video

You may know me as one of the guys that was live streaming the Web 2.0 conference in 2007, this is a space that I’m watching grow quickly. I like lists, it helps me to keep track, gauge and watch a market. I’ve done this for a few other industries such as Online Data Storage, Social Media Measurement, and White Label Social Networking products. I’m starting to see more and more companies emerge that offer Online Video Web Streaming. The requirements? It should be accessible by the average consumer, no or low-cost, and transmits video through the web. It should be MORE than just a webcam software or home security, it should have features such as social networks, widgets, and … Continue readingA list of companies and services that provide live web video

Viacom: “One Beeeeelion Dollars”

Viacom sues YouTube for “One Beeeelion Dollars” reports the whole world on Techmeme. Yes, too late John, too late. I realize that Google has deep pockets, but trying to fight the intrawebs is going to be a tough battle. My CEO John Furrier has some interesting takes on this, he even talked to some folks at Google, read his post on the topic. In the comments section, John suggests the following: “If I was Viacom I’d be using the new technology to extend their franchises not use their resources fighting an already rising tide.”

Enterprise Infrastructure Industry to up Business Offering, giving CIOs more Sleep

What’s happening Just last week, I was present and documented how the emerging Web industry is being sought after by Enterprise IT companies, now this latest ploy is starting to flip over as Social Media features integrate into existing enterprise environments. Social Networking is nearly present in all communities, we know that as the groups fragment by age group (and there will be more niches and fragmentations over time) that for the fores sable future, that logging on and getting instant access to existing and new friends is satisfying our human needs to connect with each other and belong. While there’s an excess of White Label Social Networking sites out there although Cisco decided to buy Five Across. Benefits of … Continue readingEnterprise Infrastructure Industry to up Business Offering, giving CIOs more Sleep

High Definition at the Scoble Pad

Last night, Robert showed his 60″ Sony High Def projection LCD while enjoying a glass of red to Shel our wives and I. Of course, Shel and I used this is a springboard to convince our wives how our lives are somehow incomplete without one. The clarity of the image is just amazing. Interesting to note that Robert has a Polk speaker setup (as do I). We were watching Mark Cuban’s HDTV channel on Direct TV, Mark’s recently been discussing what should lead, Internet or TV. At one point the AVN footage came up from Vegas, since we were waaay to busy working at Bloghaus, it was interesting to watch from afar. Yes, really interesting. Not to worry, our wives … Continue readingHigh Definition at the Scoble Pad

TV continues to spiral

Shel Israel points me to this interesting article from Richard Edelman who is analyzing the change and removal of TV in the average consumption diet. “The number of people watching network TV evening news is down from 60 million to 30 million in the past two decades, with viewers at an average age of 60.” Most folks my age and younger get their news not from the TV, but from the web, word of mouth, or perhaps even radio. It’s not just TV, but Richard reflects that Subscription based content (like Cable and PPV) will increase and Ad media will diminish.  The same could be true on the internet, websites that allow downloading of media will continue to explore and … Continue readingTV continues to spiral

Yahoo! TV Beta Launches: Community around your TV

I’m carefully watching how the TV and Internet will merge into the next generation of something new. This isn’t it but it’s a start. I had an interesting conversation with folks over lunch about how the old Media is being pushed over the new Social Media tools. A few meager benefits include time shifting, and place shifting were the differentiators. I commented that communities are still forming around these ‘one-way’ mediums like TV shows and Movies and Radio. Seems like Yahoo gets it with their launch of Yahoo TV, let’s see if people stick around.  Here’s what they launched: “…Yahoo! TV, unveiled tonight, places a much bigger emphasis on community and letting you have your say about what’s worth getting … Continue readingYahoo! TV Beta Launches: Community around your TV