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Andy Rooney Retiring: Here Are Some Greatest Hits Andy Rooney Retiring: Here Are Some Greatest Hits
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On Tuesday, CBS announced that the legendary Andy Rooney would be making his last regular appearance on 60 Minutes this upcoming Sunday. Rooney, who is now 92, has spent 33 years with the venerable newsmagazine. Rooney has held the time …

Who is Responsible for Illegal P2P Downloading? Who is Responsible for Illegal P2P Downloading?
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Don’t hate the player, don’t hate the game – hate the messenger? In the latest round of who-can-we-sue, disgruntled “victims” of file sharing have taken aim at CBS’s CNET, specifically their software downloading site cnet.download.com. Entrepreneur, FilmOn Founder and “eccentric …

Katie Couric Plans May or May Not Include CBS
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There’s a lot of discussion going on about the future of CBS News anchor Katie Couric. It’s been widely reported that she will be stepping out of her current role, but what comes next is still in question, and Couric …

CBS Acquires Clicker.com

CBS said today it has acquired online television guide Clicker.com and named co-founder and CEO Jim Lanzone President of CBS Interactive. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In his new role, Lanzone will manage all of CBS Interactive’s operations …

NCAA March Madness To Stream Free Online
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The NCAA said today along with its broadcast partners CBS Sports and Turner Sports, that it will make every March Madness basketball game available for free online as as well as on iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.

Last year, the NCAA March Madness was available as a paid app for iPhone and iPod touch. Also available this year are free streams of the tournament outside of the U.S.

 

Analyst Estimate: CBS Deal Cost Netflix $200 Million

The combined value of The Andy Griffith Show, Cheers, Frasier, every Star Trek series, The Twilight Zone, and Twin Peaks is in many ways incalculable.  They’re some of the greatest series ever made.  But if anyone was wondering, the cost of yesterday’s Netflix-CBS deal was probably in the neighborhood of $200 million, according to a new estimate.

Netflix and CBS Strike Content Streaming Deal
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Netflix announced a new deal with CBS that will allow it to stream CBS content for two years (non-exclusively). The deals enables Netflix to stream select TV shows like Medium, Flashpoint, Frasier, and Cheers.

Other shows included in the deal are: Family Ties, the original Hawaii Five-O, Star Trek, Twin Peaks, The Twilight Zone, and The Andy Griffith Show. 

Fox Jumps On The “Block Google TV” Bandwagon Fox Jumps On The “Block Google TV” Bandwagon
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Much like its competitors (ABC, CBS, and NBC) Fox has decided to block Google TV from accessing its website to stream video content. Currently if you go to any of the networks website you’re met with an error message that …

Watch the Election Results on YouTube

You can watch the elections on YouTube tonight if that is your preferred video hub or if you’re not near a television (though you can still watch them there from your TV if it’s connected). At 9PM, the CBS YouTube channel will stream the results live. 

ABC, NBC, CBS Block Content from Viewers Using Google TV
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Not only is Hulu being blocked on Google TV, but so is the content at network sites like ABC, NBC, and CBS. Essentially, the TV stations are just blocking people from watching their content on the web (via their own sites). I’m having a hard time figuring out why this makes sense for a variety of reasons. 

First of all, Google TV is simply providing a web browser for users to access web content on their TVs. With regard to the content, it’s no different than if you were to hook up your computer to your TV and go to these stations’ sites. 

CBS President Expresses Interest In Hulu Plus
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Although there are no guarantees, the president and CEO of CBS has indicated that he might finally allow some of his network’s content to be shown by Hulu.  The interesting catch: it’s actually the premium service Hulu Plus with which Leslie Moonves wants to deal.

Hulu Users Watched 1 Billion Videos In March
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More than 180 million U.S. Internet users watched online video in March, according to the latest research from comScore.

YouTube delivered video to more than 135 million viewers during the month, reaching 3out of every 4 online video viewers at an average of 96 videos per viewer.

Internet users watched a total of 31.2 billion videos in March, with Google sites ranking as the top video property with 13.1 billion videos, representing 41.8 percent of all videos viewed online.

Vevo Launches Grammy Channel

Recently launched online music video site Vevo has partnered with The Recording Academy and CBS to launch "The Grammys" channel.

The new channel will feature noteworthy footage from 52 years of Grammy performances and related programming available for free, on-demand viewing across the Vevo Network in the U.S. The new channel marks the first time The Recording Academy has made this archival footage publicly available.

The Internet is All Over Climategate While the MSM Sleeps
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The mainstream media has its head in the sand again while one of the largest conspiracies the world has ever seen is exposed via Internet media. As most readers have heard by now, years of emails and programming code have been uncovered from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, which is run by the scientists whose research is the basis for the world’s belief in man-caused global warming.

AT&T Launches Entertainment Site

AT&T is getting into the online content business with the launch of its new website AT&T Entertainment.

AT&T Entertainment is focused on professional content offering TV shows and movies much like Hulu. Content providers include ABC, NBC Universal (via an agreement with Hulu), CBS, CW, Syfy and Bravo.

Users can find content by browsing TV shows and movies alphabetically, by genre, or by network or studio. The site is open to any user, whether you are an AT&T customer or not.

IAB Gets New Chair, Vice Chair

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) announced that its Board of Directors has elected Chairman and Founder of 24/7 Real Media as Chairman. In addition, Neil Ashe, President of CBS Interactive was elected Vice Chairman.

The organization is comprised of over 375 media and tech companies, who are responsible for 86% of online advertising in the US. It’s core objectives are to:

CBS Launches Interactive Music Group

CBS announced today it is brining together its CBS Radio online assets and music discovery site Last.fm to create the CBS Interactive Music Group.

CBS Radio has more than 100 music websites, online audio streams, various mobile applications as well as Last.fm The movie puts all the companies digital music assets under one roof. At launch, the combined assets of the newly created CBS Interactive Music Group reach almost 40 million unique monthly users globally.

Hulu Getting Stingy with Sharing Content
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Update 4: The Hulu/Boxee saga continues. Since the last update, Boxee has started a Twitter account dedicated to letting users know the status of Hulu on Boxee:

Is Hulu on Boxee - Twitter Account

CBS To Launch New Finance Site
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CBS says it will be launching a new finance site this spring called MoneyWatch.com

A preview of the site is available at www.MoneyWatch.com. CBS says the personal finance property will be expanded and featured throughout CBS broadcast, radio and mobile platforms. The site will carry business and financial news from CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes and The Early Show.

MoneyWatch.com sections will include:

The Big Picture, which will focus on how economic changes effects people.

CBS To Air New Show With An Online Element
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CBS is launching a new midseason mystery drama called "Harper’s Island" that will feature original online content separate from but related to the TV program.

CBS teamed with EQAL, the creators of lonelygirl 15 for the 13 – episode series and is launching the social aspect of the show with a site dubbed Harper’s Globe that will be complimentary to the television storyline of Harper’s Island.

New York Times Selling Front Page Ads
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The New York Times has joined the ranks of other major newspapers and is now offering display ads below the fold on its front page.

The first ad appearing today was bought by CBS and appears in color below the fold.

New York Times Selling Front Page Ads

Other major newspapers that sell front-page display ads include The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The Los Angeles Times.