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Amazon Buys European Netflix-Like Company, LoveFilm
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Amazon is acquiring the remaining shares in LoveFilm, which is often referred to around the web as the "Netflix of Europe". Amazon already owned a 42% stake in the company. 

Social Video Chat Service vChatter Gets New Funding
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Social video chat service vChatter has secured a new $350,000 round of funding, which the company will use to ramp up their development team for faster velocity on the rollout of new features, a spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews. This brings the company’s total funding up to $600,000 after raising an initial seed round of $250K in the summer of 2010.

Sundance Expands Online Video Offerings With Brightcove

Online video platform Brightcove said today it is teaming with the Sundance Institute to support its new live and on-demand video initiatives for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 20 – 30 in Park City, Utah.

Google Drops Support of Popular Video Codec from Chrome [Update]
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Update: Google has a new post up talking about the move more, and answering some frequently asked questions. 

Skype Buys Mobile Video Company Qik

Skype announced today that it has entered an agreement to acquire Qik. The price has yet to be announced, but rumor has it that it’s about $100 million. 

What Qik does is let people capture video instantly from their phones. It’s already available on over 200 different phones running Android, iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry OS, and Windows Mobile. On many of them, Qik comes preloaded. 

Watch: New Year’s Celebration from Times Square Online
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If you want to watch tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square live online, you’re in luck, because The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment have partnered with Livestream to stream the event. 

Sears and Kmart Launch Movie Download Service
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Sears has launched a new online movie download service called Alphaline Entertainment. It lets customers of Sears and Kmart download movies the day they’re released on TV. 

Netflix Plotting Global Expansion?

Reports would suggest that Netflix is looking at going global soon. According to AdWeek, the company has been talking with advertising and media agencies about "potential international assignments". 

YouTube Provides More Information About YouTube Trends
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As reported last week, YouTube has a new site called YouTube Trends aimed at tracking popular clips on the site. The company claims that 35 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute, so YouTube Trends should provide a good way to find some of the stuff that gains traction. 

YouTube Gives Users a New Homepage To Try Out
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YouTube has been testing a new homepage, and is now letting users try it out if they’d like to do so. They’ve added a button on the current homepage that you can click on if you want to give it a shot. 

YouTube lists the following features of the new homepage:

AOL Gets Big on Video

AOL has launched a new AOL Video division, which the company says will aggregate its online video library assets under one "strategic umbrella." The company also says it delivers on the entire video value chain from creation through syndication to distribution, consumer experience and monetization. 

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. 

Chris Brogan Talks Online Video’s Ongoing Evolution

Online video has come a long way in the last few years, and it’s only going further. With the release of new devices and formats, online video content production is going to do nothing but grow. WebProNews recently spoke with Chris Brogan, popular social media guy, President of New Marketing Labs and part of the Pulse Network, about where it’s all heading and where it already is.

New Brightcove Offers Deep Video Analytics, Apple HTTP Streaming

Cloud-based online video platform Brightcove has launched a new version today – Brightcove 5. This comes with increased mobile support, YouTube Sync, Apple HTTP streaming, advanced analytics for HTML5, and more. 

YouTube Crosses 1 Billion Subscriptions, Launches Tool for a Quicker 2nd Billion
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YouTube announced that its crossed a billion subscriptions. That’s subscriptions to YouTube channels. 

"Early on (we’re talking ’06 here, people!), the yellow subscribe button made its debut so the latest videos from your favorite channels could make a beeline to your inbox/eager eyes," YouTube Product Marketing Manager Georges Haddad, said in a blog post yesterday. "Today, the button that’s been immortalized as a throw cushion hits an important landmark: it’s been clicked over one billion times."

StumbleUpon Starts Taking Video More Seriously

StumbleUpon has launched a new version of StumbleUpon Video aimed at personalized video discovery. The company says its recommendation system has been "fine-tuned" to better personalize the viewing experience. 

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. 

MTV: Online Video Will Not Napsterize Broadcast Media

It’s become clear that the television industry is at the beginning of a revolution as connected TVs and devices that bring the web to TV are really starting to hit mainstream interest. There are plenty of reasons to speculate that the industry will go through a similar pattern as we’ve seen with print and music.

Online Advertising Sets a New Record
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In the first half of 2010, online ad revenues in the U.S. reached $12.1 billion, setting a new half-year record. The total also represented an 11.3% increase over the same period the previous year. It also included the highest second-quarter on record. This is all according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau and  PwC

Will The Web Do for TV What It’s Done For Print?
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TV is going through a revolution right now. That’s going to be felt more on a mainstream level over the next couple years. Connected TVs and TV-related devices are coming out faster than ever, with major offerings from Apple and Google leading the charge.

Humanizing Your Brand is Inexpensive and Can Pay Off
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Consumers like brands that they can identify with, and it’s hard to identify with a business itself unless you can get to know a little bit about it. Social media and online video are pretty powerful tools for helping consumers get to know a business, and it can cost next to nothing.