Weekend Recap

3:00 PM -- Kind of a slow weekend, news-wise, but a few interesting things popped up this morning...

  • CBS to Syndicate to the Internet
    As their in-house syndication strategy failed last year, they are throwing caution to the wind and letting Joost and Veoh, among others, handle the business. An interesting note on this that I hadn't considered: Will online video kill early-evening and late-night reruns? (Spotted at Slashdot)

  • US Military Blocking YouTube, MySpace, Facebook and Others
    This move is so late in the game and so reeks of blatant information control that I almost want to believe their claims that the traffic to these sites is slowing up more important functions.

  • Yahoo! to Leverage Flickr Against YouTube
    Somehow I missed this last week, but it is huge. Everyone ready for more lawsuits? Yay!

  • Study Indicates iTunes Video Will Succumb to Free Content
    Analysts are grim on iTunes' ability to compete with so many networks rushing to syndicate online (see above) and the challenge of the more convenient and user-friendly set-top boxes.

  • Good Analysis of MySpace's 'Take Down Stay Down'
    A nice run-down of the tech and implications of MySpace's new anti-piracy compromise from the highly recommend BitPlayer blog over at the LA Times.

  • Video Site Funded to Air VC Pitches
    This is so meta.

    — A.L. Friedman, Editor at Large, Light Reading

  • Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:08:40 PM
    re: Weekend Recap * Military blocking MySpace -- I understand your point, but ... if I ran the military, I'd have done this ages ago. From their POV it's a no-brainer.

    * Video reruns -- think of the effect on the cable channels whose whole schedule is packed with reruns. What's Cartoon Network going to do for padding if all the cartoons are available online? (And USA Network will lose entire days of programming if Law & Order stops being viable.)
    afriedman 12/5/2012 | 3:08:37 PM
    re: Weekend Recap myspace: a no-brainer on what logic?

    reruns: realistically i think the allure of law and order reruns is their appeal as the ever-present procrastination enabler. "law and order is on, and i will watch it instead of actually working." this doesn't work if you have to actively seek it out. (and that's why i think tv will never die.)
    Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:08:36 PM
    re: Weekend Recap No-brainer because, as you said, it "reeks of blatant information control." Which, in my opinion, makes it exactly the kind of thing the military would want to do.

    They can't ban the ranks from using phones and e-mail. But blocking social media seems like an easy, obvious step.
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