Not All is Well in Online Video

This is a column that I wrote for Digiday Daily, published today.

As an avid online video watcher, pre-roll evangelist, and all around opinionated curmudgeon, I always get excited when the industry comes together to talk about business, pat ourselves on the back for how great we’re doing, and how our clients are all pushing the [...]

AppleTV Announcing Netflix Partnership?

So says Bloomberg which cites no less than 3 sources. The announcement is expected tomorrow at that Apple press conference with the vague guitar picture on the invite. Apple will reportedly lower the price of the new AppleTV to $99.

The company is also expected to release a new iPod touch with a higher res [...]

Roku Lowers Prices; How Long Before it's "Free"?

Roku announced today that it is lowering prices on its Set-Top-Box from $79.99 to $59.99 for its SD version and from $99.99 to $69.99 for their HD-XR model which will soon be capable of 1080P HD. These reductions are to make it even more competitive with forthcoming STBs from Google, Apple and others, but it [...]

ESPN Partners With YouTube for Local Highlights

What young athlete doesn’t dream of being on SportsCenter? Now amateur and high school athletes around the country will have their shot. Through a new partnership with YouTube, ESPN is looking to crowdsource highlights. The best may wind up on ESPN’s flagship program.

Broadcasting & Cable calls it a stunt, but it’s more than that. [...]

The Solution to the Discovery Problem

There are a number of startups today focused on helping people to find content. But none has really harnessed the usefulness of the web. TechCrunch today reports that TVLinks has come out of stealth to join the likes of Clicker, OVGuide.com, TV Guide’s Online Video Guide and many others but I’m not convinced that [...]