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Give Away the Milk: Slap Ads on the Cow

Okay, I couldn’t resist. MediaPost today blogged about CBS using YouTube for their free NCAA tourney highlights. Not that there will be any highlights, since both my team and my alma mater got knocked out in the first round. Stupid upsets. Ahem. Anyway. This comes after CBS partnered with CSTV for their user-generated content contest. This new move is especially important for CBS because they were having trouble accomodating the high traffic levels on their site.

It seemed for a while there that CBS was with Viacom on the “kill YouTube” boat—but apparently not. Guess what, big, huge, YouTube-hating networks. As I just said, “Give the milk away, and make tons more money than you could from selling the milk by slapping some ads on the cow.” The new agreement will offer ad-supported highlight reels through YouTube. YouTube and CBS will split the revenues.

YouTube Video Awards An Answer to Vloggies?

Mashable is reporting YouTube will today announce the launch of the “YouTube Video Awards”.

The seven categories are Most Inspirational, Most Creative, Best Series, Best Comedy, Musician of the Year, Best Commentary and “Most Adorable Video Ever.”…The winners will be announced on March 25th, and trophies will be awarded.

It seems a little late in the year to start honoring the best videos of 2006, doesn’t it?. As Robert Scoble suggests, YouTube appears to be reacting to the Vloggies – which has been around for six months.

Did You Know?; Video Presentation Offers Mindblowing Statistics

Have you seen this video? “Did You Know?” is a six minute video that could blow you mind with data. Everything from the growth of China to the growth of information is covered in this thought-provoking and well put together piece. Now, anyone know how to validate its claims?

Tip of the hat to Scott Gardner.

Former Disney CEO Eisner Launches Online Video Project

CNET is reporting former Disney chief, Michael Eisner, is involved with the launch of Vuguru, an independent studio for the production of online videos.

According to a statement from the new company, Vuguru aims to focus on “high-quality, story-driven content for the Internet” on a par with professional television and cinema productions.

Vuguru – anyone know the origin of the name, sounds like some kind of venereal disease – also plans to be platform agnostic, with content available for mobile and your living room.

YouTube Banned by Turkey, Subpoenaed by Cuban

In case you missed it, the Turkish government banned YouTube from the entire country. One judicial decision and they flip a switch—bam. No more Lazy Sunday in Turkey. (I’m not being flip; apparently the ban really is that simple.) (Okay, I’m being flip about Lazy Sunday.)

The questionable video that prompted the decision, which criticized Turkey’s founder, has been removed from the site. Philipp Lenssen reports that YouTube is working to get back into Turkey. This is only natural since Turkey was one of their most profitable markets ;) .

As if that weren’t enough, Mark Cuban has subpoenaed YouTube/Google to get the identities of users who posted pirated versions of copyrighted works from his Magnolia Pictures.

He tells Reuters:

SEO: The Best Way to Get People to Your Website Video

I know we all miss Andy. I’m sure he misses us, too, if he ever thinks about the blogosphere while vacationing in Tahiti (but why would you?).

I know I’m a poor substitute for Mr. Beal himself, so here’s something to make us all feel better: a video interview with Andy. Podtech Networks’ Jennifer Jones interviewed Andy on SEO. Enjoy (and don’t worry; Andy will be back next week)!

Hearst to Deal 12 Blows to YouTube?

William Randolph Hearst entered the publishing business in 1887. Since then, and even after his death, his empire has continued to grow. 120 years later, the media conglomerate that started with the San Francisco Examiner owns dozens of newspapers, magazines and television channels—and would like to ‘pwn’ YouTube.

Hearst has already begun its online video channels with TeenMag.com‘s branded video player. Hearst plans 12 more channels to be debut over the next three months, including branded players for magazine sites like Good Housekeeping, Esquire and Cosmopolitan.

Hearst relies on MSN for online video syndication now, but VP & General Manager of Hearst Magazines Digital Media Chuck Corddry says, “We may or may not avail ourselves of the syndication portion of the product.”