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Responses To Twitter and Fox’s Social Media TV Experiment

Earlier this week we told you of Fox and Twitter teaming up to create some buzz about repeats of the shows Fringe and Glee. Well, hopefully there is no such thing as bad press because the comments we received about the experiment were unanimous: FAIL! Check out our impassioned reader feedback.

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September 3rd, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Justin.tv Steps Up Copyright Protection Efforts
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Justin.tv has just announced a new copyright protection process it is initiating. The site is working with Vobile to filter content on Justin.tv using their database of content.

Hulu Traffic Surpasses the Networks for First Time
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Compete is pointing to some interesting data, and suggesting that Hulu’s "evil plot to take over the world" might just be working. The popular video site has surpassed NBC, FOX and ABC’s websites in traffic for the first time. And that was last month.

"The networks’ traffic declined during the summer rerun season, but Hulu seems relatively unaffected," notes Compete’s Seth Madison.

Massive Layoffs Await MySpace Employees

Layoff described by one source as ":massive" are coming to MySpace although there is no official word yet from the company.  MySpace shed 5% of its staff a year ago and laid of as many as 45 more last month. But these cuts will go far deeper, according to TechCrunch and could hit several hundred. Management will inevitably blame a tough economy and plummeting ad revenue, but declining traffic is the real culprit.

Online Video Use Rises In April

It seems that more people are watching video online these days. Maybe it’s the rise in unemployment where people are finding more ‘free time’ these days rather than having to be hassled with a job. Maybe it’s the folks at their desks trying to while away the time since there is no business being done? Maybe it’s the high quality of most video on the Internet? Maybe it’s the ‘job outsourcing” craze?

Jonathan Miller Of News Corps Hints At Charging For Hulu

The aliens over at Hulu don’t just want to eat your brains—they also want to take your money, according to a Daily Finance story yesterday. New CEO Jonathan Miller said:

he envisions a future where at least some of the TV shows and movies on Hulu, the premium video site co-owned by News Corp., NBC Universal and Disney, are available only to subscribers.

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

YouTube Attracts 100 Million U.S. Viewers

Online video continues to make gains in the U.S. with Internet users viewing 14.8 billion videos during the month of January, representing an increase of 4 percent over December, according to comScore.

YouTube was the most popular property, accounting for 91 percent of the incremental gain in the number of videos viewed versus December, as it exceeded 100 million viewers for the first time.

MySpace Parent Company Laying Off 100 Jobs

myspacelogoIn a move that won’t surprise as many people as it would have this time last year, Fox Interactive Media has announced it will be cutting its workforce by as many as 100 jobs. Fox is the parent company of social network site MySpace as well as Photobucket and various mobile sites.

Google Sites Remain Top Video Property
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U.S. Internet users watched 12.7 billion online videos during the month of November, representing an increase of 34 percent over a year ago, according to comScore Video Metrix.

Google sites were again the top U.S. video property with nearly 5.1 billion videos viewed (representing a 40 percent share of all videos viewed), with YouTube accounting for more than 98 percent of all videos viewed at the property. 

YouTube Grabs 100 Million Video Viewers
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U.S. Internet users watched 13.5 billion online videos during October, marking a 45 percent increase compared to a year ago, according to comScore Video Metrix.

In October, Google sites once again dominated, ranking as the top U.S. video property with 5.3 billion videos viewed (representing a 40 percent share of all video viewed) with YouTube accounting for more than 98 percent of all videos viewed at the property.

Redlasso Closes Blogger Access Due To Lawsuit

Online video news sharing site Redlasso said today that it is suspending blogger access to its video search and clipping service while it fights a copyright infringement lawsuit filed this week by NBC and Fox News Channel.

The company said it will continue to provide services to its business and radio clients.

Fox Launches Online Community For Viewers
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The Fox Network has partnered with social networking service Passenger to launch an online community for viewers of Fox programs.

The community targets viewers between the ages of 18 to 49 who watch Fox programming. The goal of the community is to allow user to provide feedback to Fox about its programming and marketing campaigns.

Google Sites Top Video Property For February
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For the month of February Google Sites were again the top U.S. video property with nearly 3.6 billion videos viewed (35.4% share of all videos), gaining 1.1 share points over January according to comScore Video Metrix.

U.S. Internet users viewed more than 10 billion videos online during the month, a three percent increase over January and a 66 percent gain over February 2007.

Fox Online Ad Network Buddies Up With Utarget
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For quite some time now, News Corp has owned Fox International Channels, and it, in turn, has overseen .Fox Networks.  Only the chain got extended today, as .Fox Networks bought a majority stake in Utarget.

Hulu Set To Launch Publicly
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Hulu the online joint video venture between News Corp and NBC Universal will make its public debut on Wednesday.

The video site will feature free, ad-supported full length TV episodes along with movies from NBC, Fox and more than 50 media companies including Sony Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Some of the TV offerings on Hulu include "The Simpsons", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and 100 films including "The Big Lebowski" and "Mulholand Drive."

Fox Business Network Fails To Win Domain Name

If you want to learn about the Fox Business Network, foxbusinessnetwork.com is not the place to do it.  That domain name belongs to Worldwide Directory Services, and, according to a ruling by the World International Property Organization, WDS will continue to be its owner.

American Idol Boosts Fox Web Traffic

American Idol helped boost visits to Fox Broadcasting’s Web site, doubling traffic in January compared with December.

Idol Goes iTunes for Season 7
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Fox and Apple have jointly launched an iTunes store for American Idol performances, in case you thought Fox was finished co-branding and cross-promoting (milking) the Other-Super Bowl*.

Idol Goes iTunes for Season 7

“Lyrics” Show To Be Online Game

RDF, the production company for Fox’s "Don’t Forget the Lyrics" and A&E’s "The Two Coreys" is creating online and mobile games for the two series.

Don't Forget the Lyrics

Google Video Grabs 31 Percent Of Market

YouTube continues to be Google’s good luck charm in video, when it comes to visitors and traffic to videos, anyway.

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