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MediaBytes 08.07.2007

MTV NETWORKS has signed a deal to use TNS Media Research‘s audience measurement service in Los Angeles. The service offers second-by-second audience data, using information collected from 300,000 Charter Communications boxes. Nielsen is working on a similar offering. MUSIC PUBLISHERS have joined a copyright infringement lawsuit against YOUTUBE. YouTube has signed licensing agreements with all Continue Reading →

MediaBytes 08.01.2007

THE FCC approved the “open access” provision for the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction, which will allow consumers to use any compatible wireless device on 22 of the 62 available megahertz. However, the Commission will not require licensees to resell spectrum to other service providers. The auction will take place before January 28, 2008, and Continue Reading →

MediaBytes 07.31.2007

VIDMETRIX has launched its own multi-site video uploader. The tool will allow video publishers to automatically distribute their content to seven video-sharing sites: YouTube, MySpace, Metacafe, Google, Yahoo, Revver, and Veoh. Tubemogul, which announced a multi-site uploader last week, is adding 3 new distribution sites to its service today, bringing its total reach to 9 Continue Reading →

MediaBytes 07.23.2007

GOOGLE plans to participate in the upcoming auction for the 700 MHz wireless spectrum, provided the FCC adopts certain auction requirements. Google pledged to spend up to $4.6 Billion on spectrum if the auction rules require that winners allow open access to compatible wireless devices. In addition, Google wants auction winners to be required to Continue Reading →

MediaBytes 07.19.2007

VERIZON is partnering with VEOH to bring user-generated clips to cellphones, FiOS TVs, and Verizon’s broadband site. In exchange, Verizon will advertise on VeohTV, the planned online video aggregator. A Veoh channel will launch on Verizon’s V-Cast sometime this week. THE NHL has signed a deal with NEULION to stream live, ad-free games over the Continue Reading →

iLove my iPhone

iPhone
As I have often said, Steve Jobs is the world’s foremost expert in making me buy stuff I don’t need with money I don’t want to spend. In this regard, the 8GB iPhone is his ultimate achievement. It is, by far, the most viscerally exciting, aesthetically pleasing piece of technology I have ever held in Continue Reading →

MediaBytes 06.28.07

 TUBEMOGUL, a video analytics company, has conducted a fascinating study of video sites to determine how viewers are counted. YouTube, Yahoo Video, and Metacafe were found to have strict counting requirements – generally requiring long views, and often ignoring multiple views from the same computer. AOL, MySpace, and Revver were found to have much Continue Reading →

MediaBytes – 06.22.07

BLINKX is planning to launch a new online video ad platform. The system is called AdHoc, and it will use audio recognition to place targeted ads inside and next to online video. AdHoc is expected to be announced on Monday. VERIZON‘s FiOS TV service will fail to comply with the FCC mandate to offer CableCARD-ready Continue Reading →

MediaBytes – 06.21.07

APPLE issued two YOUTUBE announcements yesterday. AppleTV’s were sent a software update that added YouTube functionality, and the forthcoming iPhone will feature a special Apple-designed YouTube application. YouTube is re-encoding its entire video library in the H.264 format to reduce battery usage on the iPhone and other mobile devices. 10,000 videos will be ready in Continue Reading →
iPhone
What you are about to read is not an indictment of the iPhone platform, the concept or its design. I truly love the device. It’s just not very useful as a phone, PDA or business tool. Right now, I’m forwarding all of my Verizon calls to my iPhone. I didn’t have the guts to port Continue Reading →

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