The barrage of news about online video continues. Last month, we described some of the companies we met at VON ( www.broadbandhomecentral.com/report/backissues/Report0608_6.html ) who are playing in this segment.
Here's a brief update about online video items that have hit the wires this month. They illustrate how rapidly videos are moving from TV to the net and vice versa.
Networks Starting to Get It
Whether it is by looking at the CBS Web site ( www.cbs.com ) -- which is full of videos -- or looking at their corporate announcements, it's clear that CBS takes online video seriously.
NBC previously struck a similar deal to upload promotional video clips of some of its TV shows, including "Saturday Night Live" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" with YouTube.
As the networks try to work out whether online video is friend or foe, they are experimenting to understand usage and economic impacts of these services.
CNET TV Officially Launches
CNET Networks officially launched CNET TV, its web portal where viewers can access all of CNET's videos on technology and consumer electronics. Additionally, Verizon will distribute CNET's video via on-demand TV as part of the FiOS TV service.
Two More Plays For Niche Content
UK company Aggregator is focusing on niche content including material for Russian expatriates, martial arts, Anime and motor sports. They have signed their first deal with freedom2surf offering what they call "television over broadband (TVoBB)" to serve special interest communities via both PCs and hybrid set-top boxes. For example, Aggregator powered MoëTV offering hundreds of hours of Russian television. It can be watched using a PC and broadband connection. Shortly it will also be offered via a set top box, allowing customers to mix on-demand video delivered through broadband, Freeview TV and a personal video recorder.
SIVOO uses an Internet TV network to provide multicultural programming for U.S. residents who speak a language in addition to English. They claim to have 20,000 hours of programming in Spanish, Chinese, and Hindi.
...And Lots More
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