No Bias at Alley Insider

At least we know their reporters work independently.

Wonder why there’s so much debate about how web video, TV, TV Everywhere is going to turn out? These concurrent headlines on Silicon Alley Insider give a glimpse into the landscape.

Webby Award for Viral Video Goes to The Muppets

This year’s Webby Awards named The Muppets version of Bohemian Rhapsody as their top viral video of the year, beating out traditional UGC king of the year, David After Dentist.

Personally, I think these should be in separate categories, but I’m not on the committee (yet. you reading this, Chris?!?).

The Champion (wait, wrong Queen song), below. [...]

VideoShmooze Tonight, Outfront Tomorrow

Two key industry events on back-to-back days to kick of the week….

Tonight is the VideoNuze VideoShmooze at the Hudson Theater, NYC. Will Richmond will lead the panel, “Money Talks: Is Online Video Shifting to the Paid Model?”

Panelists include:
* Jeremy Legg – SVP, Business Development, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
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Freewheel Raises More Cash

Video monetization technology company FreeWheel today announced it has closed $16.8 million in strategic institutional funding. New investor Steamboat Ventures, a venture capital firm affiliated with The Walt Disney Company, joined existing investors Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Battery Ventures, and Foundation Capital to complete the round.

For those of you unfamiliar with their offering, FreeWheel’s [...]

Putting Hulu to the Subscription Test

Well, the cat that was 99% out of the bag is now 100% out. The LA Times is reporting that Hulu could being testing their subscription model in late May.

The details of the plan also give me another opportunity to address and clarify my thoughts on ad loads in response to Forrester’s Nate Elliot [...]