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Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s video website, announced today it is expanding its film offering to nearly 100 titles.

Sony says more titles from its movie library will be added to Crackle in the coming months. Some of the newly added films include "Spider-Man 2," "Groundhog Day," and "A Few Good Men." Honda will be the initial sponsor for the new film additions.

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Advertisers Looking More and More Toward Video

A 2008 survey from MarketingSherpa indicated that 52% of viewers took action after seeing an online video ad; 28% looked for more information; and 16% bought something. Statistics like these appear to have resonated with some advertisers, because advertising through online video seems to be on the way up.

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Social Media And Video Lead To Increased Online Engagement

Online engagement by Internet users is increasing in part as a result of a shift toward video content and social networking, according to a new report by Nielsen.

Since 2003, interests of the average online user have shifted significantly. Categories that consisted of portal-oriented browsing sites, such as shopping directories and Internet tools/Web services, used to be the most popular categories for user engagement.

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YouTube Makes More Homepage Changes

About a month ago, YouTube changed the names of some of its video sections. They introduced Spotlight, Featured, and Promoted Videos. Now YouTube has made some more changes to its homepage when users are signed out. YouTube Product Manager Brian Glick gives the following rundown of what’s new:

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Hulu CEO Talks Advertising and the Hulu Formula

Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu delivered a keynote speech at ad:tech San Francisco. In the speech he discussed the state of advertising and of course his site Hulu, which has taken the online video world by storm.

Coverage of the ad:tech San Francisco conference continues at WebProNews Videos. Stay with WebProNews for more notes and videos from the event this week.

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PBS Rolls Out Online Video Portal

PBS has launched a video portal in beta featuring full-length videos from the public broadcaster.

The online videos will cover all PBS genres along with content from local PBS stations. Eventually, PBS will include feature – length films and documentaries, as well as live performances and events. More content will be added on a weekly basis.

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Amazon Starts Offering HD Movies and Shows

Amazon announced today that HD TV shows are available for purchase, and HD movies are available for devices supporting Amazon Video On Deamnd.

There are over 500 shows and movies from major studios available in HD. Studios include Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Paramount, MGM, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Showtime. Popular titles they’re mentioning include Twilight, Smallville, Gossip Girl, Frost/Nixon, and Californication.

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Can YouTube Monetize the Hulu Way?

Market research firm eMarketer has some interesting numbers looking at possible YouTube revenue. The firm pulls from a variety of sources to get a feel for just how the popular Google-owned video site is doing.

For starters, they refer to YouTube as the fifth most popular US web brand according to Nielsen, though March saw the site drop slightly to number 6.

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IAB Releases Video Ad Guidelines

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has announced Video Player-Ad Interface Definition Guidelines in an effort to simplify the buying and selling of digital video media. The guidelines outline methods of communication between video players and video ads while providing specs for planning, production, and implementation of video advertising.

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Big Video Announcements from Adobe

Adobe made some big announcements today at the 2009 NAB Show. News ranges from a new framework to potentially game-changing partnerships in online video and taking video to televisions.


First off, Adobe has announced a new software framework for building media players, which extends the capabilities of Flash. It’s called Strobe. Adobe says it will help establish an open industry standard for media players.

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A Look at YouTube’s Channel Redesign

YouTube is testing a "secret" beta of a new channel layout, which as I’m sure they’re aware by now it is not very secret anymore. Although, I can’t imagine that they expected it would be kept secret for long.

According to Read Write Web, some YouTube users were notified about the beta testing directly from YouTube via email. Others had to find out indirectly.

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Best Buy Getting Into Movie Download Business

It looks like Best Buy is getting into the business of offering movies for download. This could step up competition with the likes of iTunes and Amazon, and even Netflix really.

The concept is a product of Best Buy partnering with CinemaNow, the same company that Blockbuster has dealt with to offer movies through set-top devices. According to Variety:

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Google TV Ads Online Launched in Beta

A few weeks ago, it was reported that Google was testing an online version of its Google TV Ads. They’re now launching Google TV Ads Online in beta by invitation only.

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YouTube Finally Goes to the Next Level

YouTube has finally announced after months of talks about deals with major media companies that they are now offering new sections on the site dedicated specifically to movies and television shows.

Partners include Crackle, CBS, MGM, Lionsgate, Starz and many others, which contribute thousands of television show episodes and hundreds of films. They also bring the social element of YouTube along with them because users can still comment, favorite, and share the videos.

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Banner and Video Ad Spending On the Rise

comScore is sharing some research indicating that despite a recent study from the IAB and Price Waterhouse Coopers saying that display-related ad spending declined in Q4 2008, banner ad spending actually increased.

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YouTube and Universal Making a Music Video Site?

Update: YouTube has officially announced Vevo.

Original article 03/05: The number one video site in the US and the world’s largest music label are said to be cooking up a deal and a new service. YouTube and Universal Music Group are reportedly in talks to create a premium online music video service.

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YouTube Still Dominating the Online Video Picture

Nielsen Online has released online VideoCensus data for the month of March. YouTube not surprisingly, is still on top in both total streams and unique viewers.

The ranking of brands by total number of video streams goes like this:

1. YouTube (5,479,609)
2. Hulu (348,520)
3. Yahoo! (231,795)
4. Fox Interactive Media (207,528)
5. Nickelodeon Kids and Family Network (196,160)
6. (176,931)
7. MSN/Windows Live (168,907)

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YouTube is Going Through Changes

There are some big changes happening with YouTube. You’ve probably read recently that YouTube has teamed up with Universal on a site called Vevo that is supposedly going to be the Hulu of music videos.

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Hulu Improves Search Feature

Hulu announced some improvements to its search functionality today. For one, they have added some shortcuts to the autocomplete feature.

Previously, the autocomplete suggestions would just take a user to the regular search results, but now, the shortcuts offer other options like going straight to the latest episode (for current shows), or the show page (for all shows).

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TV Still Dominates Media Consumption

Nielsen has shared results of its "State of the Media" research. Not that this fact is surprising, but television is still the most preferred gateway for media consumption.

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Netflix Reaches Big Milestone

Popular Internet movie rental company Netflix has reached a milestone. It has shipped its 2 billionth movie. Perhaps more interesting is how much more quickly it shipped its second billion than its first.

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Increase Online Video Viewing by 40%

Research conducted by PLYmedia shows that subtitles in online videos increase the the amount of time a user spends watching them by 40%. Furthermore, in a comparison between subtitled videos to identical videos without subtitles, PLYmedia found that the videos with subtitles were watched 91% to completion, compared with 66% to completion for those without subtitles.

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YouTube to Get More Hulu-ish?

Last week, YouTube made some changes to its home page, by altering the names of some video sections. YouTube Product Marketing Manager Curtis Lee said there were more changes coming soon, but did not elaborate on this.

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Stats Show Facebook Users Love Webcams

Despite its obvious success, YouTube’s long been regarded as something of a loser in the video-sharing community because of its clips’ poor visual quality.  It looks like there’s a new contender in the huge selection/iffy picture category, however, as it turns out that at least 40 percent of the videos uploaded to Facebook come from webcams. 

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New YouTube Call to Action Works Well for Non-profits

This week YouTube launched a call-to-action feature for its non-profit partners, allowing them to include in-video clickable ads leading to their web sites. Apparently they are quite effective, because in one day, one of the partners raised $10,000 using one.

Of course it probably helps that the video was featured on YouTube’s home page. The video can be seen here:

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Google Taking TV Ads Online

Google is reportedly readying a service that will allow advertisers to distribute ads across not only television through Google TV Ads, but through YouTube as well. According to the Wall Street Journal, the service is called Google TV Ads Online, and will be launched within the next several months.

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Google Shows Paid Search/TV Relationship

Google has conducted a study looking at how paid search affects TV viewing habits. The results are pretty interesting.

Adam StewartAdam Stewart, Google’s Industry Director for Media & Entertainment tells WebProNews that the research confirms that paid search is an effective way to build traffic for a network’s website and, as a result, increase viewership for content like online video.

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Netflix Gets More Personal

Netflix recently started integrating Facebook Connect into its site, allowing the service to get more social with people sharing movie ratings, and things of that nature. Now Netflix has announced some changes to its site in general that will give it a more personalized feeling all around.

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Study Looks at Video Viewing Demographics

A study from Nielsen and Ball State University found that 45-54 year-olds are the top consumers of video media. The study ran over the course of a year.

Data was gathered from traditional TVs (including DVD/VCR and DVR viewing), computers, mobile devices and other small screens like in-cinema movies, GPS and display screens outside of the home. Some key findings include:

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You Can Probably Fit Online Video Into Your Budget

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re no doubt aware that online video has grown significantly in popularity over the last year or two. Many business owners are still skeptical about its benefits and ROI, while others are rushing into it just to keep up.

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YouTube Changes Names of Video Sections

In a bit of what YouTube refers to as "Spring cleaning," the site has made a few changes to the names of modules on the home page. YouTube says it’s an effort to help users understand where videos come from and why YouTube thinks you will like them.

Spotlight Videos

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YouTube Product Manager Talks YouTube Business Uses

After YouTube contacted WebProNews to announce the launch of YouTube Insight’s new engagement analytics features, We were able to score an informative Q&A session with YouTube product manager Tracy Chan.

Chan talks about the past, present, and future of YouTube’s analytics tool YouTube Insight, and details many ways in which businesses can utilize YouTube (which is the 2nd largest search engine).

The Chat

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YouTube Shows You How Viewers Interact with Your Videos

YouTube contacted WebProNews this afternoon to tell us about a new analytics feature it has just launched for YouTube Insight. A spokesperson tells me the feature gets more into engagement metrics than YouTube Insight has in the past.

Until now, YouTube Insight has only dealt with information related to views. With this launch it  "will give uploaders information on how viewers interact with their videos," she says.

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Hulu Getting Stingy with Sharing Content

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

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Online Video Viewing Grows by 10% in the UK

Online video has grown by 10% in the UK in terms of its audience during the past year. It is up to 29.6 million unique viewers age 15 and older according to research from comScore.

4 billion videos were viewed online in the UK in January alone. 99.5 million (2.5%) of these were watched on the sites of the top 5 TV broadcasters: the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, and Sky. Here’s a look at the top online video properties:

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YouTube Freezes View Spammers

We often hear about people trying to "game" search engines and social media sites to promote their content. We hear it about Google, Digg, and others, but for some reason, we don’t often hear about such practices with regards to YouTube.

That does not mean that it’s not happening.. And why wouldn’t it? It’s one of the most popular social networks, and it’s the second largest search engine and the 4th largest web property according to Product Manager Matt Liu.

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Yahoo Gives Webmasters Way to Embed Media in SERPs

Yahoo has introduced a new way for site owners to enhance their Yahoo Search results using SearchMonkey. If you have flash videos, games, presentations, etc. you can have them show up right in Yahoo’s SERPs.

Yahoo shares an example of how Hulu added the following code:

<link rel="image_src" href="×80_generated__VfWxSNY3rESG1ntOzexNRQ.jpg" />

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Reasons to Use Google Video for Businesses

Google Video for Business has got a couple of new features. They are captions and larger uploads.

Captions can obviously open up communication on a whole new level with subtitles alone. This makes videos more accessible to those who cannot hear well and those who speak other languages. As far as uploading, users with Google Gears can upload videos of up to 1 GB. Before it was only 300 MB.

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White House Still Cool with YouTube

There have been numerous reports claiming that the White House has stopped using YouTube for its video addresses to the nation. According to both the White House and Google, this is not the case.

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Dailymotion Gets Hulu Content

Video site Dailymotion is now streaming content from Hulu as the result of a partnership between the two entities. This comes shortly after Hulu ordered and Boxee to stop using its content.

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EveryZing Launches Cloud-Based Video SEO Tool

Video SEO firm EveryZing has launched what it’s referring to as "the Internet’s first cloud-based metadata service" called MediaCloud. As online video plays a bigger role in marketing, lots of businesses are looking for better ways to get their videos found.

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Resources for Gettting More Out of YouTube

YouTube has made helping users a priority lately. This tradition continues with a couple of announcements.

Users Helping Users

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More Americans Watching Online And Mobile Video

Watching video on television, online and mobile devices continues to increase and has reached new levels, according to Nielsen.

In its fourth quarter "A2/M2 Three Screen Report," Nielsen found that the average American watches 151 hours of TV per month, an all-time high. Americans who watch video over the Internet consume  another 3 hours of online video per month and those who use mobile video watch nearly 4 hours per month on mobile phones and other devices.

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YouTube Introduces Collaborative Annotations

Today YouTube introduced collaborative annotations. Now you can give your friends the opportunity to write stuff that pops up throughout your video.

To enable collaborative annotations:

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Netflix Opening Up Access

Netflix, the movie rental service that recently hit a milestone of 10 million subscribers is now making deals with movie sites to give users quick access to their Netflix queues from these places.

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Google’s Matt Cutts Talks State of the Index

You may recall a little over a month ago Matt Cutts from Google’s Search Quality Team talked about Google getting more transparent this year and making his talks from conferences available online so that everyone can easily see what he has to say.

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OVGuide Founder Answers Video Search Questions

January marked the first operational month for video search engine OVGuide as a profit-making entity. Now it has received $5 million in funding from Baroda Ventures.

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The Online Video Picture in Germany

comScore today provided some interesting insight into online video use in Germany. Among their findings was that the country had 28 million online video viewers watching over 3 billion videos in December.

Google sites completely dominated the market share at 51%. 1.7 billion videos were viewed on YouTube alone over the month. Here’s a look at where other web properties ranked:

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Tips For Ranking Higher On and With YouTube

Did you know that YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine and the 4th largest web property?  It also attracts hundreds of millions of users a month, and 15 hours of video are uploaded every minute.

A web presence with that much power really shouldn’t be ignored. At SMX West, YouTube Product Manager Matt Liu made these points, and they are good points to consider when it comes to your marketing. Liu encourages users to "Take advantage of what YouTube has to offer."

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Want to Buy Some YouTube Videos?

Earlier this year, it was discovered that YouTube was including an option to download on some of its videos. A small "click to download" link appeared underneath these videos. One example was seen on President Obama’s weekly address:

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Super Bowl Gives Hulu Big Brand Awareness Boost

Hulu is making quite the name for itself. Super Bowl ads will do that. According to Brandon Eshman with Nielsen online, from November 1 to February 1, 2009, Hulu averaged about 300 mentions per day in the online community. 

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Real-Time Mobile Video Headed Toward Mainstream

An interesting report has been released today indicating that US mobile operators and equipment vendors support the drive toward real-time video, projected to become more mainstream in the US market over the coming years. The report is based on a poll from consulting firm Ovum of top US mobile operators, smaller/regional wireless carriers and mobile application developers.

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Web Video Advertising Ready for Takeoff

Contentinople Insider has released a report looking at the web video boom, and traffic to sites that offer video has taken off tremendously. This means that we will likely see a massive shift in web video advertising in the approaching future.

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YouTube Celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month in the United States and YouTube is celebrating through a partnership with Grey Goose Vodka to present a month of progamming in its honor. They’ve kicked off the month with four films that "offer unique accounts of moments or themes from African and African-American history," Sara P. explains on the YouTube Blog.

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Cluttering YouTube Videos wth Text Just Got Easier

YouTube announced that it has made annotations much easier for the average user to engage in. Basically its as easy as signing in, clicking, and typing.

YouTube Video Annotations let users add text within their own videos. Kind of like VH1’s Pop-up Video. Users can use the feature to add background information, create stories, link to related content, etc.

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YouTube May Be Getting More High Profile Content

YouTube seems to be doing just about everything in its power to make sure it remains the dominant player in the online video industry.

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YouTube Really Pushing HD Videos Now

A couple months ago, people began noticing that some YouTube videos came with an option to watch them in high-definition. YouTube had not made any official announcements about it, but now they are promoting HD videos on the site’s home page.

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The Pope Goes YouTube

The Vatican has launched its own YouTube Channel. Now the site is the destination of choice for both the President of the United States of America and the Pope.

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YouTube to Let Big Content Providers Sell Ads

YouTubeReports suggest that YouTube will soon begin letting big content providers sell ads on their content that appears on YouTube. This would be an interesting way to break legal tension between the hugely popular video site and the content owners who feel their copyright is being infringed upon when users upload it.

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Watch Videos in Your Gmail Chat

Google has added a new feature to Gmail, which allows users to watch videos within their chat windows. This eliminates the need to leave your Gmail window when someone sends you one.

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Online Video Apps Revenue Reach $494 Million

Online video applications, platforms, advertising networks and related services generated $494 million in revenue in 2008, up 86 percent over 2007, according to a new report from AccuStream iMedia Research.

Value added service providers (VASP), video content management systems (CMS) and ad network revenues combined are forecast to increase 41 percent in 2009 and 38 percent in 2010.

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Make it Easier for Google to Crawl Your Videos

Last week, Google announced the end of some of its services, and among them was the ability for users to upload videos to Google Video. They said they would be refocusing their attention on building a more comprehensive video search engine, and why not? They’ve already got YouTube.

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Inauguration Around the Net

As the wireless networks prepare for inauguration traffic jam, there are plenty of ways that users will be utilizing the Internet to stay up to date on their inauguration coverage, just as they did with the election.

Of course Hulu has it covered, and has even gone so far as to provide an embeddable countdown:

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YouTube Offering Downloadable Videos

YouTube is now allowing downloads of some of the videos it hosts. While competing sites have offered the ability to download videos for some time, this is not a feature that YouTube has made available.

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RIAA Hearing To Be Broadcast Online

On Thursday, the Recording Industry Association of America will confront yet another university student in court over file sharing allegations.  This time, though, the RIAA may have to do so in front of an unfriendly audience, as U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner has agreed to allow live online coverage of the hearing.

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YouTube User Created Help Center Videos Rolling In

Back in September, YouTube announced that it was calling upon users of the popular video site to make "informative and creative" videos to embed in YouTube’s own help center.

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How to Use Video to Improve Google Ranking & Conversions

Online video is consuming the web as we know it whether you like it or not. Some prefer text content over video in most cases, and that’s ok too. I don’t think text is going anywhere, but demand for video is on the rise from both consumers, and businesses looking to stay on top of their marketing. Just like not all text is great, not all video is great, but when done well, I think you will find that it offers plenty of reward.

Content and Reputation

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Online Video Media Spend To Grow 22%

Online video media spend totaled $2.1 billion in 2008, up 36 percent over 2007, and is forecast to continue double-digit increases through 2010 at a moderating rate, according to a report from AccuStream iMedia Research.

The report, "Online Video Media Spend: 2003-2010," calculates multiple ad sales components corresponding to annual growth  2003-2010 by avail unit: pre-roll, In-banner video, overlays, in-game, podcast, player display and skins.

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Possible Hulu Expansions Becoming Hot Topics

It’s hard for things to grow when they’re being artificially constrained; think about bound feet if you need a rather gross example.  So, if some new reports lead to any significant developments, Hulu may be making some smart decisions and heading in new directions.

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Embedded Video Woes and Google Reader

Ever had trouble getting your embedded videos to show up in Google Reader? You’re not alone. Apparently your site has to be on a whitelist for it to work for you. For example, YouTube videos work, because YouTube is on the list. WordPress videos don’t, because Wordpress is not on the list.

Somebody complained about the problem in a Google Groups post, and was met with a response from a Google Reader Engineeer, Mihai Parparita:

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Online Video To Play Larger Role For Marketers

More marketers and advertisers will embrace online video in 2009, according to a new survey by PermissionTV.

The survey found that online video will be a top priority for digital marketing budgets and also indicated a strong preference among marketers for increased interactivity in online video capabilities to help promote their brands.

More than two-thirds of respondents (67%) identified online video as a main focus of their 2009 digital marketing campaigns, versus social media campaigns (41%), search (34%) and podcasts/webcasts (32%).

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ESPN has launched a redesign of in beta that offers a simpler design and navigation for its users.

The new site had been in a closed beta test phase for 10 days to ESPN Insider subscribers and will now run along side the current for the rest of December. The redesigned site will launch fulltime on Monday, January 5 and replace the current site.

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Hulu Adds HD Embed and Queue Rearrangement Features

Today was "New Feature Tuesday" again for Hulu as part of the site’s Hulu for the Holidays run, an initiative that sees Hulu adding TV shows on Mondays, new features on Tuesdays, and new movies on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

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YouTube Channels Charitable for the Holidays

YouTube is pointing to a number of its channels that are getting charitable this holiday season. Well, some are always charitable, but the holiday season tends to bring out the best in many organizations, and the YouTube team thought it would be nice to highlight some of them.

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CBS to Take Online Video Seriously

CBS is re-launching, a site it picked up in its CNET acquisition. Currently, the site is kind of a go-to resource for all things television, except actual TV content. They do have some video clips and episodes of things, but it’s not Hulu.

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Looking at Online Video Trends

As you are no doubt aware, online video has experienced a tremendous year in 2008 in terms of growth and usage. I have personally documented a fair amount of the happenings in the industry over the year myself.

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Google Offers New Resource for Analytics Information

Google seems to really want to spread awareness about Google Analytics, and get more people to understand how to use all of its features. This is a good thing because analytics are obviously important for keeping your site’s performance up to its potential.

A couple weeks ago they announced a new Google Analytics Help Forum with participation from Google employees as well as top contributors, and seasoned analytics pros:

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YouTube Provides a Support Resource for Abuse

YouTube is introducing an Abuse and Safety Center at the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conference in Washington, D.C. today. This provides users with a place to report problems as well as learn about ways to deal with different issues.

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Hulu Continues Holiday Usability Run

It’s new feature Tuesday for "Hulu for the Holidays", the JCPenny-sponsored event that has Hulu adding something new each day through the holiday season. On Mondays they add new TV shows. Tuesdays its new site features, and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are for new movies.

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YouTube Grabs 100 Million Video Viewers

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.

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YouTube Enhances Embedded Search and Audio Library

YouTube has a couple of new things going on worth noting. First off, if you nave not noticed by now, embedded YouTube videos now carry a search box at the top. This only appears when you mouseover the top portion of the video, and disappears when you move away.

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Embed and Upload High Quality Videos with Facebook

Facebook has just started allowing users to upload higher quality videos, and start embedding them on other sites in classic embeddable-video fashion. Facebook launched its video feature last year, but has not offered the ability to  upload high quality videos until now. Chris Putnam at the Facebook Blog writes:

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The Year in Online Video

Now that we are in December, the final month of the year, I thought it would be fun to go back through our archives and take a look at some of the highlights of different sectors of our industry, and reflect on everything that has happened over the year 2008. January seems so long ago. So much has happened.

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Hulu Adds More User Experience Enhancing Features

Hulu introduced a couple of new features today to enhance the user experience. This comes only a week or so after the site launched other features to improve its search functionality.

The first new feature is a recommendation section for users with accounts. To get Hulu’s personalized recommendations, simply login and go to your profile page and you will find a new tab for this area.

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The Internet’s Role in Gay Rights Activism

Not unlike President-Elect Barack Obama’s campaign for the Presidency, protestors fighting for gay rights are using the Internet as one of their biggest weapons in the battle for equality. More specifically, countless websites (and social network groups) have sprung up in support of gay rights. Sites like and to name a couple.

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YouTube Goes Big and Wide

YouTube has now launched a bigger version of its video player. The decision to do so came after a large amount of feedback about things that users would like to change about the site indicated the need for a bigger size.

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Nielsen: People Watching More TV Than Ever

Americans are gluing themselves to the screen more and more. That includes TV, Internet, and Mobile. According to research from Nielsen, as of the third quarter 2008, the average person in the U.S. watched approximately 142 hours of TV in one month.  In addition, people who used the Internet were online 27 hours a month, and people who used a mobile phone spent 3 hours a month watching mobile video.

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Hulu’s New Video Search and Site Features

Hulu introduced a couple of new site features today to make it easier for users to find the videos they are after. For the first one you can thank Hulu’s Beijing team according to a post on the Hulu Blog.

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Americans Internet Usage Increases

The U.S. usage of TV, Internet and mobile continues to increase, in the third quarter the average person who used the Internet was online 27 hours a month, mobile users spent three hours a month watching mobile video and TV viewers watch approximately 142 hours of TV in one month, according to Nielsen’s "A2/M2 Three Screen Report."

Americans Internet Usage Increases

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YouTube Gets Some Company on the iPhone has announced that its hosted video clips can now be viewed on the iPhone through its Safari browser. Previously, YouTube was the only player that let users watch videos on both desktop browsers and the iPhone’s browser.

The technology team at created this “magic” iPhone embed because Adobe’s Flash player is currently not available on the iPhone. explains that this technology allows show creators to use the same embedded player code to target desktop browers and the iPhone browser.  

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YouTube in HD – What A Concept

I have not seen any official announcements yet, but YouTube looks to be venturing into High-Definition territory, a place where its competitors are already residing. Meghan Keane at Wired writes:

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YouTube Goes Live

YouTube announced its first-ever live programming aimed at user-generated content, which will take place on Saturday, November, 22.  YouTube may not be the first to offer live video online, but the brand power behind it (not to mention the force of Google) might be enough to push the concept into the mainstream.

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Obama Gets Online Video

Well, we know it’s important for businesses to be transparent online. This is one of the reasons often cited for running a corporate blog.

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Top 5 Reasons YouTube is a Great Educational Tool

Google may be frequently coming up with different ways to monetize YouTube lately, and the community may be full of silly, or dare I even say stupid videos, but there are plenty of educational ones too, and besides that, YouTube can make for a great platform for education in general. I’m not talking just about in schools, although I don’t see why it can’t apply there too.

1. Powerpoint Presentations

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YouTube Offering Sponsored Videos

YouTube’s at it again. Monetization that is. They’re now offering Sponsored videos.

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MySpace Getting Ready to Launch Primetime Application

Tomorrow, MySpace will be launching the "MySpace Primetime Application", an app that allows users to embed, search, and watch content from Hulu and MySpaceTV on their pages. The application is a product of a partnership with Hulu, Warner Bros, and Sony.

Primetime App Page

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Keystream Unveils SmartAd Platform

There’s nothing quite like watching a TV show only to have the bottom quarter of your screen – and some significant image – covered up with an ad for another program.  Keystream is attempting to attack the issue of online video ads in a more intelligent way with its new SmartAd platform.

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YouTube Takes Their Embedded Videos More Seriously

44% of YouTube users watch embedded videos. To be clear, that is not 44% of the site’s total views as NewTeeVee points out, but still nearly half of users are watching videos from other sites, blogs, social media profiles, etc.

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YouTube Wants You To “Video Your Vote”

YouTube is encouraging voters today to take their video cameras with them and document the scene at their polling place. The video site has teamed up with PBS and is including these videos on a Google Maps mash-up.

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YouTube Translation Should Help Globalize Videos

A few months back, YouTube started including captions and subtitles on videos, and now to compliment this feature, they have added a translation feature, built on Google Translate.

To utilize this feature when you are watching a video:

1. Mouse-over the arrow button in the bottom right-hand corner of the video.

2. Turn Captions on by clicking on the "CC" button that appears.

3. Once the captions are on, mouse over the small arrow next to th4e "CC" button, and you will bring up a menu.

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