• MLB Available Just About Everywhere, But It's Not Easy
    Yesterday, you'll recall, I grumbled about watching online baseball games on MLB.tv, but specifically about the irritating repetitious cycle of advertising and promos. It looks sloppy. I promised a kinder perspective today.
  • The MLB Online: It's 'Groundhog Day' At Commercial Breaks
    Major League Baseball is off for most of this week, which gives fans who watch online a little opportunity to...scream about the mind-numbing repetition of commercials and promos on game streams, inning after inning, day after day .
  • For Hearing Impaired, Captioned Online Clips Are Coming
    A new FCC regulation will require captions on clips from TV shows shown online, a relatively narrow category because the FCC doesn't control any other kind of video online.
  • The Following Terrorist Video Is Sponsored By The BBC
    There's a flap in London over a BBC report that not only discovered jihad videos on YouTube, but discovered the videos were accompanied by pre-roll advertising. Among the unwitting "sponsors": The BBC itself.
  • We Don't Understand Soccer -- Or The Internet
    MediaPost editor Joe Mandese wrote a fun piece about how he'd wish someone on ESPN could explain soccer's fine points to him. But I think if we polled Americans--or secretly observed them--we'd discover a lot of us, and many older people, are just as baffled about using the Internet to its full advantage.
  • Disney, DreamWorks Plot and Finance Online Video's Future
    At this point, online video is so new it has no perfect model for content creators to compare themselves to. The fully immersed online video generation is being wooed now.
  • While You're Waiting To Watch: YouTube Also Points Finger At ISPs
    Ever watch car traffic jockey for space at the Holland Tunnel? It reminds me a little of how video is elbowing for position on ISPs.
  • New Set-Top Boxes Just Don't Care What's On TV
    That cable set-top box is being challenged by a new Big 4 in media delivery. The Diffusion Group's analyst Joel Espelien makes the point--obvious as it is usually unstated--that these consumer driven programming interfaces don't give a fig about what's happening on traditional TV. They simply ignore it.
  • The Greatest Content You've Never Seen
    Online video content has its followers, but a lot of what's followed depends solely on word of mouth, Twitter or Facebook mentions. Even in the places where original content video could be showcased--on ISP home pages, for example--it rarely is.
  • Most Viewable Things About Online Viewability Are The Scams
    July 1 is the day the MRC's viewability standards for online video went into effect, which might have been a better story if it wasn't for news about two more major scams in which advertisers may have lost millions of dollars on ads that were never seen.
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