Ensequence to Bring Interactive TV to Cable This Year

At Beet.TV, we cover a lot of stories around online video, but a reverse phenomenon is going to reach half of the television homes in America this year, according to Dalen Harrison, CEO of interactive TV company Ensequence.


Microsoft’s IPTV Service Set for Russia

Microsoft’s IPTV platform, called Mediaroom, will be deployed in Russia through an association with big broadband carrier Corbina TV. Both companies made the announcement today. Mediaroom is deployed by AT&T’s U-Verse service in the United States.  Mediaroom is in over 20 countries.  At NAB in March, I interviewed Microsoft’s Jim Baldwin who gave a demo.  […]


Yahoo! Mulls iPhone Application for Ad-Supported Video

While YouTube has the overwhelming share of video streams, Yahoo! has the greatest amount of TV programming from series to music videos to news programs, leading AOL and MSN.  It has the "most monetized video streams," a Yahoo! spokesperson told Beet.TV, citing comScore data.  Although revenue is not disclosed, this must be a substantial business […]


Success with Online News Video: Keep it “Unfiltered,” Larry Kramer

Click To Play Larry Kramer, the former newspaper editor who started MarketWatch, is one of the most accomplished innovators in online video journalism. He says that the value of presenting video online is the ability to present "unfiltered" information directly to the consumer.    He explains that video is not the medium of all news […]


CNN’s Transition to HD Wins Top Industry Award

Click To Play In Las Vegas last week at NAB, we sat down with Bob Hesskamp, the head of engineering for CNN.  Bob received the 2008 Technology Leadership Award from Broadcasting & Cable magazine for his pioneering work in creating CNN HD, the first news network in HD.  Bob gave us an update on the […]


Convergence Alert! “The CableCard is a Silent Bomb,” Forrester’s James McQuivey Declares

Smart TV’s and other devices that use CableCards are going to have a profound impact on how consumers watch television, according to Forrester television analyst James McQuivey.  There is a big feature on this emerging technology in today’s New York Times. I asked James what he thinks of these new cards. He told me it’s […]


Apple TV Sales Will Stall at 1 Million Units, Forrester’s James McQuivey Tells Beet.TV

Click To Play At the Streaming Media East conference last week, I sat down with Forrester’s television industry analyst James McQuivey. James made some big waves last week when he issued a bleak report (for purchase) about the future of paid video downloads. He think the advertiser-supported is the future. In our chat we spoke […]


The Simpsons Are Coming to AOL as Part of New NBCu/News Corp Alliance

Click To Play NBC Universal and News Corp announced plans to create a giant distribution and advertising platform for video programming. At that time, AOL announced it would be associated with the new entity by providing its massive platform to present the videos and related advertising. Earlier this week, I spoke with Fred McIntrye who […]


Exclusive: CNN.com Had Record-Breaking 11 Million Video Views on Day of Virginia Tech Schootings

CNN online video clips of news surrounding the Virginia Tech shootings totaled 11.4 million views on Monday, far more than the daily average of 2.1 million streams and exceeding the previous one-day record of 7.7 on December 30, 2006, the day after Saddam’s execution. These are internal traffic numbers provided by CNN to Beet.TV. Nielsen/NetRatings […]


Top Jersey Paper Launches Video Blog of Consumer-Generated Content on YouTube — Jeff Jarvis Advice to Newspapers: Make Your Video Clips Viral, Provide Embed: Former CBS News Chief Says Network News Must Embrace User Generated Content Too!

Click To Play View a transcript of this interview This week at the AlwaysOn On Media conference, I had the good fortune to catch up with two profound media observers: blogger Jeff Jarvis who consults to major newspaper companies and Andrew Heyward, former president of CBS News.  Jeff says that newspapers and media sites should […]


News Alert: Beet.TV Loses Editor to NBC — Bye Kate, You Are Awesome!

It’s farewell to my buddy Kate Lyon who has been an important part of Beet.TV since we launched last spring.  She’s interviewed guests, booked and edited segments.  She joined my firm in ’05 after graduating from Dartmouth.  Well, Kate’s been hired away by nbbc, the new online video business which is majority owned by NBC […]


We Will Miss James Brown….but Videos Remain and YouTube Has a Great One….

Kathy and I were sad to read the news this morning about the passing of musical trailblazer James Brown. He was one of the great performing artists of our lifetime. Fortunately, there is a good deal of video of his performances. Here’s a wonderful vintage clip I just found on YouTube.  Long live the "Godfather […]


Al Gore’s Current TV is in 30 Million U.S. Homes and Expanding Abroad — Network Based on “Community” Generated Video Is Finding an Audience and Advertisers………Lonelygirl isn’t Too Lonely — She’s Made the Cover of WIRED!

Click To Play Earlier this month I met Smith Forte, VP for Online at Current TV, the new San Francisco-based television network.  The company, headed by Al Gore, has set off on an intriguing business. The network pays contributors to create video segments which are used on the network. The network is a bonafide cable […]


BELIEVE IT: TV NETWORKS COULD BE “NAPSTERED” Or “YouTubed” BY TVU…CNN, ESPN, Showtime, Fox all Streaming Live for Free Globally!!!

Here’s a demo and explanation of TVU by CNET News.com’s Greg Sandoval Click To Play You have to see this story by CNETNews.com reporter Greg Sandoval about a small Shanghai-based company that is streaming hundreds of broadcast and network TV channels to a free desktop solution.  I spoke with Greg in the CNET newsroom on […]


Beet Advisory: Better Get the Big Monster Video iPod: Massive Library of Videos Now Downloadable and Free and Ad Free from CNET

Click To Play CNET has  been at the forefront of technology television since the company was formed over 10 years ago.  Over the past few years, it has amassed a huge video clip library of news, product reviews, interviews and "how to’s".    All this video content was launched recently in a nifty portal called […]


NBC Universal Launches New “Network” with nbbc…….YouTube Takes Down 30,000 Clips in Copyright Clean-up

Click To Play Here’s the second installment of our interview with Brian Buchwald of NBC Universal. Brian runs nbbc, the new Internet content/advertising distribution platform which has launched in beta. Video consumption has been migrating from the TV to the computer in a big way — and this has had a huge impact on network […]


TV or PC: Where Will Video be Consumed? Emmy New Media Chief Weighs In

Click To Play Here’s the second part of our interview with Shelly Palmer, who heads up the the new media committee for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Shelly sees an inexorable movement of television content distribution traveling through the public Internet.  But, he says that not all video will migrate from the […]


Emmy New Media Chief Tells Beet.TV the “Golden Age of Television Is Now!”…..Google Introduces Captions/Subtitles for Video Clips

Click To Play Shelly Palmer heads the committee charged with following the evolution of television for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, better know as the Emmys. Shelly is truly a Renaissance man, an accomplished television director, author, celebrated composer and television visionary.  We had an expansive discussion with him about the transformation […]


Wall Street Embraces Streaming Video: JumpTV Goes Public with Morgan Stanley

This has been a bit under the radar, but JumpTV, the Toronto-based startup that aggregates foreign broadcast channels onto the public Internet, has raised over $200 million in an IPO managed earlier this month by Morgan Stanley. The company is public on both the Toronto and London exchanges. I caught up with company president Alex […]


Pioneering Television Programmer CNET Set to Debut CNETTV.com

Click To Play CNET Networks started out some ten years ago as an accomplished producer of technology programming that was syndicated on local and network television.  A few years later, the company stepped back from the video world as it built a hugely successful technology news and e-commerce site. More recently, the company has produced […]

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