Monday, June 4, 2012
  • Online Movie Spend Surpasses DVD, Blu-ray

    For the first time, U.S. consumers could spend more on online movies this year than on physical video formats. The legal, paid consumption of movies online in the United States is projected to reach 3.4 billion views in 2012 -- approximately 1.0 billion views higher than the 2.4 billion combined retail and rental physical video transactions. ...Read the whole story

  • Google: We've Done All We Can with Copyright Infringement

    The problem of rampant copyright infringement on sites like YouTube can't be solved by technology alone. In fact, a group of lawyers probably wouldn't agree about who owns what on a given piece of uploaded content, senior Google executives said when asked about how the company addresses the problem. ...Read the whole story

  • Netflix: We Are the Evolution of Television

    Ever since Netflix announced that it was looking to acquire and develop original content, critics have dismissed the move as a weak attempt to become more like HBO. But Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos thinks HBO and other media companies with TV Everywhere offerings are actually trying to become more like the on-demand streaming video service. ...Read the whole story

    Around The Net

    • Jubilee Viewers Dismayed At BBC Online Coverage The Telegraph

      The harsh criticism reflects comments by celebrities and media commentators yesterday, who condemned the BBC's work as "terrible", "underwhelming" and "mind-numbingly tedious". The complaints were summed up during the river pageant, as comedian and broadcaster Stephen Fry tweeted: "Has the BBC ever presented a more mind-numbingly tedious programme in its history? 'HRH the queen' said the first ignorant presenter. HRH?" He later clarified: "Don't get me wrong peeps, I'm not saying this in relation to ER II's jubilee - just expected better of the beeb. Didn't mean to upset anyone." ...Read the whole story

    • Ikea's Smart TV: Remote Control Worth Fighting OverGigaom

      Ikea just released design details for its new Web TV, set to go on sale in Europe next month, and to launch in the U.S. next year. "The biggest revelation for anyone wondering how Ikea is going to merge its simple design with the device’s Blu-ray player and Smart TV functionality: The remote control will feature a slide-out keyboard, hiding some of the advanced features in a second layer," writes Janko Roettgers. ...Read the whole story

    • YouTube App Coming to PS VitaVideo Game Examiner

      Last week, Sony announced that a YouTube app would be coming to its PS Vita Store by the end of June. ...Read the whole story

    Ad Revenue Holy Grail For Content Creators -- But Not Everyone's Gonna Collect

    Google represents the first technology company to be fully ad-supported. It's since evolved to being a media company, but "Google-envy" has led many tech firms to dream up the next great ad-supported business, while media companies ...More

    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow: The Internet, With Two More Zeros

      Never mind Hollywood and New York. If you're looking to keep the TV industry alive, maybe you should think about Emerald City. Perhaps you recall Dorothy, small and meek. She schlepped around Oz for two and ...More

    • Can 'Mad' Women Crash Through the Glass Ceiling?

      Sunday's brilliant "Mad Men" episode, "The Other Woman," touched on the contemptuous treatment of women in the workplace. The year was early 1967, when women were far from breaking the "glass ceiling" of America's corporate world. ...More