Internet TV

Choosing An Online Video Camera – Open Call

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In the past two posts I’ve reviewed important features to check in a sub $1,000 cameras for online video and podcasting. Now it’s the time to review the cameras out there. Please leave in the comments below which cameras are you interested in. Remember, it has to cost less than $1,000.  If any of the readers has any of the cameras, please note that as well. In couple of days I will start writing the post, comparing the cameras and their capabilities. So let’s get this thing going – Which cameras should I review?

3 Web Shows to Watch

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Black Dawn

An apocalyptic end of the world series by Webserials.

Why watch it? Nice special effects, and refreshing theme for a web show

Why not? actors are not as good as the special effects


Taking a note from Scoresese masterpiece, FilmFellas is trying to capture the indie movie makers spirit. More

With ABC In Bed With Hulu, YouTube's life Just Became Much Harder

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After long negotiations, ABC are becoming a stake holder in Hulu, the Internet TV company funded by NBC, Fox and Providence Equity Partners. This deal further strengthens Hulu’s position as the leading premium online TV provider, with 27 partners, and newly extended 2 years exclusivity of the main players’ content.

Hulu is proving that great content is king. The site, that was launched a little more than a year ago, has shown meteoric growth and is the third largest online video site in the US. However, as Jeff Zucker, NBC’s President,  mentioned in his NYC Media Summit interview, the site is still not profitable.

This deal has a profound effect on YouTube, the queen of video UGC. The site, which is losing hundreds of millions of dollars annually, is facing a huge challenge, that puts it in a collision course with the TV networks’ prodigy. More

Video, Media Mix, and Emotions

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Video is more efficient in creating emotional attachment than text – if done right. I saw this effect in a course in IDC Media School about online storytelling, which I (along with two amazingly talented lecturers, Noa Morag and Roni Abolafya) delivered last semester.

In the course, the students wrote dramatic stories, that were told via social media tools such as fictitious blogs, Facebook profiles, vlogs, and Twitter.

For example, one story portrayed a quest of an adopted son to find his biological mother. This emotional and strong story was told through his blog, vlog and Facebook profile.

Another story was more of a David Lynch style plot, about a guy who is being stalked, videotaped and harrassed by an unknown person, only to reveal that it was a girl he knows:

Though not intended as a main goal, the course provided an insight to effective emotion trigger in the online world.


What does Wallstrip Cancelletion Mean for Internet TV?

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Me and Howard Lindzon
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In one word – nothing.

Wallstrip was, for the last couple of years, a success story in the world of Internet TV. The show raised half a million dollars, and was sold to CBS for $5M – a X10 on the initial investment, which is the factor of successful startup exits. This was my favorite example for investors in Internet TV shows.

Today we were informed that the show is canceled, which is sad. However, saying that its cancellation means that Internet TV can’t make money is like saying that the fact that some mobile startup closed its doors means that there is no money in mobile innovation.

Sad as it may be, we shouldn’t look at it as if this is a clear sign that well produced Internet TV shows can’t make money. How many startups are closed every day? Some stats are claiming that startup success rate are less than 10%. But still, no one says that the whole idea of startups is flawed.

Let’s put things in perspective. Yes, independent Internet TV, especially high end productions, is still a young market. many production companies will not survive, especially with the latest economic slowdown. But, the vector is positive. We see more and more technologies bridging the gap between the TV set and the Internet. Online video is reaching more people than ever, on more devices. So we are in the right market – we just need cash and air to be there when the market will have enough money for all of us.

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Women In Media – Dina Kaplan

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Women in Media Project profiles influential, decision making and visionary women in the new media business. This time we profile Dina Kaplan, from Why is she on the list? Read to find out.

dina photo new.JPGWho are you and what do you do? My name is Dina Kaplan and I am the  co-founder of

Tell us a bit your history and background. Before I worked in the White House, for MTV News, and as an on-air reporter for local NBC stations.


What do you think about video comments?

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Video comments are a tricky thing – they allows users to leave comments in video instead of text, and meant to enrich the conversation in blog’s comments. However they are not that straight forward as text comments.

I’ve been using Seesmic as my Video Commenting system, but didn’t really promote it till now. Other sites such as Techcrunch are using the same product.

What’s your opinion?

If you support video comments – please leave one! Also – I’d love to see the faces of my readers for a change 🙂

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Let's Settle the uStrem vs. Seesmic Thingie and Stop Bitching About Loic

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Loic Le Meur

LeWeb, the European web conference that took place this week is under fire by bloggers and newspapers alike. I didn’t attend the event, but watched part of it online. While some of the reporters covering the event wrote hilarious columns others were attacking its video strategy. Allen Stern, from CenterNetworks wrote:

My beef is that Loic selected Ustream to run live coverage of the conference. There is absolutely no reason that this conference needed to be broadcast live. First, if I paid $2,000 to attend, I’d be pissed that my sister could sit at home and watch it for free. More

Women in Media – Kathryn Jones

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Women in Media Project profiles influential, decision making and visionary women in the new media business. Our first profile is Kathryn Velvel Jones, from For Your Imagination. Why is she on the list? Read to find out.

  Kathryn Velvel Jones.jpgWho Are You and What do you do? My name is Kathryn Velvel Jones and I am currently the Vice President of Branded and Sponsored Entertainment at For Your Imagination, a leading online media studio which develops, markets and distributes high-quality original Internet TV and web video series. More

Mogulus Finds a Business Model, Launches a Pro Service

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200812040933.jpgMogulus, the live internet broadcasting platform, announced today a new pro service. The company, that provides superior feature set to ustream and blogtv, revealed a new feature set, including HD streaming, optional ad free service, private channels, white label player. Pricing starts at $350 per month, which includes 25GB storage and bandwidth. Also, all free channels will have ads now.

It is a logical step for the company targeted more professional live broadcasters then their competition. Also, charging per bandwidth brings some business sense to the live broadcasting market.