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Hulu Plus to Exceed One Million Subscribers in 2011

By JESSICA E. VASCELLARO

Hulu LLC’s subscription video service will surpass one million subscribers in 2011, chief executive Jason Kilar said in a blog post Monday.

Mr. Kilar also reiterated that the company is on track to approach $500 million in revenue in 2011, up from $263 million in 2010. Its first-quarter revenue grew 90% from 2010...more

New rules on the way for online content

By Tim Bradshaw, Digital Media Correspondent Published: March 23 2011

Digital media companies will soon find it easier to clear content rights for new online services, under recommendations from the Hargreaves review into intellectual property.

The review is part of a wider package of proposals around IP in Wednesday’s Budget, including the creation of new diplomatic posts in Asia to lobby for greater protection from piracy, which is rampant in markets such as China and India.…more

Selling Video Scoops Online

Citizenside, other websites collect and syndicate amateur videos to professional news groups
By MAX COLCHESTER

PARIS—French website Citizenside recently sold a grainy video of British fashion designer John Galliano conducting an anti-Semitic rant to news organizations around the world.

Mr. Galliano lost his job, and Citizenside pocketed a six-figure bounty.

This was just the latest scoop for the Paris-based company which is one of several websites that collect and syndicate amateur videos to professional news organizations. Citizenside says it sold the Galliano clip for more than €100,000, or about $139,000...more

RTL and ProSieben eye web ban action

By Ben Fenton, Chief Media Correspondent Published: March 18 2011

RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 said on Friday they were considering legal action against the German cartel office after it blocked their plans to establish an online video-on-demand service.

The Bundeskartellamt confirmed on Friday its initial opinion from last month that the venture planned by Germany’s two largest commercial broadcasters would be bad for competition...more

Netflix’s big move: An original TV series

Netflix has already revolutionized the home video business, crushing all rivals while introducing an entirely new and now widely imitated model in content distribution via the postal service and later the internet.
Now Netflix is now looking to revolutionize the content production side of entertainment...more

Google to Help Broker Video Ads

By AMIR EFRATI

Google Inc., trying to become a middleman for selling video ads on the Internet, will soon test a service that matches advertisers with website publishers, including Google’s own YouTube video site.

The Silicon Valley company is creating the video marketplace within its DoubleClick Ad Exchange, Neal Mohan, a Google vice president for product management, said in an interview. It resembles existing exchanges used to sell graphical and interactive ads, a category known as display.

Such exchanges allow companies to bid to place ads across different websites in real time, or right at the moment a user has called up a particular Web page...more

Japan Quake Shows the Limits of User-Generate Content

by Erik Sass

One of the big promises of the digital age was that journalism would be transformed by an army of amateur videographers – namely, all of us regular citizens – who might just happen to be nearby when something important goes down. And it’s true this kind of user-generate content has provided some pretty amazing scoops and footage from incidents which might otherwise have been missed by “real” TV news outfits: some of the most alarming video I have ever seen is amateur, close-up footage of tornadoes (I mean really close-up – way closer than any professional news outfit would get). But it’s also clear that the close-up perspective of the random passer-by just can’t compete with professionals when it comes to certain types of events...more