YouTube to Stream TV

12:30 PM -- Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is in talks with TV networks to stream episodes of first-run TV shows to consumers for $1.99 apiece, AllThingsD's Peter Kafka reported today.

However, consumers may not be interested in paying $1.99 -- the same price they pay on iTunes for a download of a TV episode -- for a mere stream, which can't be put on an iPod or watched on a plane, for example.

According to Kafka, networks and studios are insisting on the $1.99 price tag for streams, fearing that if they go lower they'll have to rework existing deals and saying that consumers aren't all that big on downloads anyway.

"Executives at YouTube and TV insist that the disparity is simply a perception problem and cite studies that show that most people who download TV episodes only watch them once, anyway. But that’s a tough sell," Kafka writes.

In other news:

  • Yesterday Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Bing reported its top searches of 2009, and today Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) has revealed its own. Yahoo's top 10 skews even more toward pop culture than Bing's did, with one notable discrepancy: Twitter, which placed at No. 2 on Bing's list, doesn't appear at all on Yahoo's top 10 (below).
    1. Michael Jackson
    2. Twilight
    3. WWE
    4. Megan Fox
    5. Britney Spears
    6. Naruto
    7. American Idol
    8. Kim Kardashian
    9. NASCAR
    10. Runescape

  • Alas, it seems TechCrunch head Michael Arrington's much-anticipated CrunchPad touch-screen tablet device will never materialize. In a post yesterday Arrington explained, with his characteristic understatement, that "the entire project self destructed over nothing more than greed, jealousy and miscommunication." Of course, some are not quite so surprised.

    — Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Cable Digital News

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