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Netflix Breaks New Ground with First Major Emmy Win

house-of-cards-kevin-spaceyThe world of online video took two giant leaps forward last night when the Netflix original series House of Cards won the Best Director prize.  It’s another sign of the way the entire TV landscape is changing; which is good news for everyone outside of network TV.

Over the last few years, the big awards have been going to pay cable shows like Showtime’s Homeland and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and other cable shows like AMC’s Mad Men and Breaking Bad. It seems like ABC’s Modern Family and NBC’s 30 Rock, are the only network shows that can topple the cart. But then, that’s probably because the cable networks tend to produce heavy dramas and few comedies.

YouTube Mobile To Allow Offline Viewing with a Catch

youtube new logoThere’s a lot of great content on YouTube and sometimes you just wish you could download a video and keep it to watch whenever you want. Well, keep wishing, that’s not what this announcement is all about.

Here’s the YouTube Creator Blog talking about the new feature:

We’re always exploring ways to bring more viewers to your content. As part of this effort, later this year we’ll launch a new feature on YouTube’s mobile apps that will help you reach fans — even when they’re not connected to the Internet.

This upcoming feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable. So your fans’ ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute.

51 Percent of Americans Watch Streaming Video Every Week

girl watching video on laptopNext week is the start of the 2013-2014 Fall TV season and I can’t wait; Sleepy Hollow, Dracula, the return of Ironside, Almost Human. This year, the major networks are taking big chances on expensive fantasy, scifi and high concept shows. In the past, a slate like this would be nearly wiped clean by mid-season, but this year, the quirky shows have a chance thanks to streaming.

A new study by GFK shows that 51 percent of people in the United States watch a streaming video at least once a week. That’s up from 37 percent in 2000 and from 48 percent in 2012. Streaming has now reached the tipping point.

That’s the Ticket! Target Rolls Out Their Digital TV and Movie Service

devices-402x209As the world slowly converts from DVD to Blu-ray, the digital side of the movie and TV industry is moving faster than anyone ever anticipated. When companies first talked about downloadable movies and streaming, folks said, why would I want to watch a movie on my computer? Then they trudged off to Blockbuster to rent the newest release.

Then Netflix came along and said, why drive when you can have a rental delivered to your mailbox? Redbox also found a compromise by putting DVD rental machine in the grocery store. Pick up dinner and a movie, all in one place.

So what’s more convenient than that? How about watching almost any movie or TV show instantly, any time of the day or night from almost anywhere. That’s digital.

Don’t Talk Back: YouTube Removes Video Response Option

On September 12, YouTube will be retiring the video response option due to lack of interest. According to the YouTube Creator Blog, video responses have a clickthrough rate of .0004% or 4 out of every million users.

video responseThe way I read that, it means that people who watch a video, aren’t interested in seeing another person’s video reply. That doesn’t surprise me at all. The whole concept was always a little wonky. When you create a video reply, the channel owner has to approve it before it shows up on the page so who knows how many of these videos were created and then rejected. If you’re disagreeing with me or trying to steal my spotlight, I’m not going to put that in front of my followers, am I?

Fuisz Media Brings Clickable Products and Faces to YouTube

fuiszmediaWhen I was first learning web design, I was fascinated by the concept of an image map – one large picture that links to different webpages depending where you click.

Now imagine doing that with a video. Fuisz does it with their patented annotated pixel technology and now they’ve partnered with ZEFR to bring that technology to YouTube.

When you watch an annotated video, you can click on different portions to get more information or buy a product. Love the lipstick – click on Eva’s lips. Want your eyelashes to look like hers – click her eyes.

The technology can also do that one thing I’m always asking for – lead me to more information about an actor! Click the face and get the actor’s IMDB listing.

Two in Ten Online Video Viewers Suffer From SADD – Streaming Attention Deficit Disorder

mfXjziuI spend the end of every day in front of the TV. I have a long list of live shows to watch and even more stacked up on the DVR, so there’s never a shortage of entertainment. Still, I often ignore the scheduled fare in favor of channel surfing for no real reason.

A few nights ago, I engaged in a different, but similar behavior – channel surfing through online videos on my iPad. Harris Interactive calls this “Streamrollin’” and I like that term so much I’m going to use it every chance I get.

Harris surveyed a few thousand adults who watch online videos and 20% admitted that they have a problem. Like me, they suffer from SADD – Streaming Attention Deficit Disorder.