Archives for the ‘youtube’ Category

Event programming is here to stay, no matter the platform

I’ve written about event programming here before in the context of live TV, so here’s an update. At a certain point, we had to know it was coming: just like the movies, it’s getting harder and harder to take a good risk on TV. That’s a shocking thought during this golden age of television, but […]

Now I get it: Google wants my cable box

I was upset to hear of the passing of Robert Galvin, the longtime CEO of Motorola and a man I was lucky enough to spend a day with in 2006 (a story for another post). But even in death, he’s inspiring some ideas: I didn’t realize Motorola Mobility, yes that half of the company, doesn’t […]

YouTube’s live push plays to the internet’s real time strengths

I still find it impressive how much the internet has changed the focus of our communication to real-time, current, relevant information, shrinking the news cycle and creating massive events around happenings that once might have only been a blip on our collective radar. Even if these new real-time events only last a few hours, they […]

Streamys 2010: Making web content is hard. It’s amazing we’re even able to do it. Get over it.

At last year’s Streamy Awards, everything felt new and exciting, if a bit self-serving. The first annual awards were a chance for a burgeoning group of starry-eyed creators to gather in meatspace for the first time and acknowledge that yeah, we’re all doing this, and yeah, we’re onto something here. During the show, the in-jokes […]

When the content moves faster than the deals

No one really knows how to make a viral hit (though my buddy Freddie has some great ideas), but worse, big media Hollywood is ill-equipped to make money off viral hits when they occur. A disagreement between YouTube and Britain’s ITV, which owns the “Britain’s Got Talent” program where Ms. Boyle appeared, has kept the […]

The start of a (much-needed) web TV hierarchy

There’s a ton of video content out there, and not much of a way to browse it. Let’s think a moment of what guides us in our decisions to watch things online: recommendation engines embedded into videos, featured content on front pages of video sites, emails/twitters from friends…and that’s about it. A lot of gems […]

Fred hits a million, apocalypse about 10 years away (for broadcast)

For the last few days I’ve been processing the momentous fact that Fred became the first YouTube channel to have one million subscribers. It’s a milestone that has to be taken seriously, because unlike the number of views a video has, a user has to physically click a few buttons in order to subscribe (and […]