Hulu first impressions

I recently received a beta invite from NBC Universal and News Corp’s new video venture, Hulu. After watching some videos, I’m impressed with what they’ve done for a beta release. Hulu offers both full-length shows and clips from current programming as well as classics from its back catalog. In their words, Hulu offers current primetime shows like The Office, Prison Break, Bionic Woman, House and Bones, and episodes from TV classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Miami Vice, Arrested Development

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Wall Street Journal adds Technorati to articles

I noticed an interesting feature this morning as I was reading the Wall Street Journal online. At the bottom of every article, a Blog Watch section is displayed powered by Technorati. Clicking on “Most Blogged About Wall Street Journal Articles” take you to a page at Technorati where they list the top ten blogged articles from the WSJ. Kudos to Technorati for continuing to make inroads with the mainstream media. I know they have a similar feature on articles from

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Streaming video via MLB.com

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today regarding MLB.com and how they outsource their streaming video technology and expertise. I watched some of the NCAA tournament games in the first round via CBS Sportsline which was powered by MLB.com. This is a great example of turning your leadership in a market niche into a nice burgeoning revenue stream.

NBC Chief Mulls Blogs for Top News Anchors

NBC’s President, Jeff Zucker, wants his top news anchors (Brian Williams, Katie Couric) to have blogs. Zucker said he was considering a blog for Williams and could envision a similar blog for Katie Couric, the co-host of NBC’s “Today” show. He noted that the morning program hadn’t changed its format much in more than a decade. Does anyone really care? Will the fact that these two have a blog make me want to seek out NBC for news and information?

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New Gawker site Sploid launched

Gawker launched a new site in their network yesterday called Sploid. From the site’s description, Sploid is a news site with a tabloid mentality — top stories up top, played big, as fast as they break. If there’s a political line, it’s anarcho-capitalist: sniffing out hypocrisy and absurdity, whether from salon left or religious right.

Digital music players market penetration report

A recent survey from Pew Internet shows that 11% of U.S. adults (or approx 22 million people) have iPods or MP3 players. The study didnâ??t take into account teens or younger as the survey was only taken from those 18 years or older. Some of the other interesting stats from the survey: - iPods/MP3 players are gadgets for the upscale. Fully a quarter (24%) of those who live in households earning more than $75,000 have them; 10% of those living

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GoDaddy.com Super Bowl commercial pulled

On the way home, I listen to CNBC on XM Radio. Dylan Ratigan, host of the Bullseye segment, had an interview with the CEO of GoDaddy.com, Bob Parsons. Apparently, the NFL contacted Fox after their commercial aired in the first quarter and requested Fox pull the commercial. Fox complied and the spot was not aired a second time. When asked on CNBC why he thought the ad was pulled, Parsons stated that it was the NFL censoring GoDaddy's parody of

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Marketing satellite radio

This morning on CNBC I heard that DirecTV is considering entering the satellite radio business. Who knows what level of accuracy this report has, but I made me think about the current media coverage of the satellite radio industry. Most of the hype surrounds the recent signings of big-name talents and content providers to the two main players: XM Radio and Sirius. Iâ??m talking about Howard Stern (Sirius), Major League Baseball (XM Radio), the National Football League (Sirius), Opie &

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