robotchicken.jpgHere’s an interesting tibit I ran across: Cartoon Network is working on some sort of Adult Swim content/gaming mashup for web and consoles.


The Mega Series is a custom application accessible through a console browser and a PC browser. Once the application is built, the interface will be customized for the Flash capabilities of each distribution platform — including PC, PS3 or mobile phone — creating a VOD and gaming experience

Could be cool. Though it sounds like Xbox 360 (no web browser) and iPhone (reports of no Flash) owners will be left out. Guess we’ll find out in early 2008.

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Looks like some of those upcoming AT&T U-verse features actually won’t be making an appearance any time soon:

  • Photos, VoIP, U-Bar, Yellow Pages (Q4, 2007)
  • 2 HD Streams, Pair Bonding, iNID (Q2, 2008)
  • Whole Home DVR (Q3, 2008)
  • Caller ID on TV (Q4, 2008)

Though, the most interesting new DVR interface/functionality I want to check out is FiOS TV 2.0. No telling how well it’s executed, but the pictures and description are drool worthy. Not to mention, Digeo has some stand-alone Moxi boxes in the pipeline… The competition is heating up.

(via EngadgetHD)

YouTube will soon test a new video identification technology with two of the world’s largest media companies, Time Warner Inc. and Walt Disney Co. This technology, rolled into Claim Your Content, will help copyright holders identify movies that have been uploaded without their permission.

Testing of the identification technology, developed by engineers at Google, will begin in about a month. Once videos are flagged as improperly uploaded, Disney or Time Warner will be able to decide whether to remove the offending clip or keep it online and generate money through advertising.

This new technology has the potential to not only automate the takedown process of videos on YouTube, but also to block the uploading of copyrighted material all together. If the technology is successful, YouTube plans on offering it to all copyright holders.

Another outcome of this technology might involve the sharing of advertising revenues by splitting advertising dollars with copyright holders of identified videos.

Chris Tew is an entrepreneur and internet journalist that has a passion following the Internet TV industry. You can catch more of his thoughts and musings over on Web TV Wire.

nbcu.jpgNetflix continues to extend their reach by purchasing and distributing content. They’ve primarily stockpiled indie and foreign flicks, but now they’re expanding into custom short-form video via a NBC Universal deal:

“‘I Love This Movie!’” will be available for instant watching at the Netflix member Web site,” said Robert Kyncl, vice president of content acquisition at Netflix. “As part of a three-series content partnership between Netflix and NBC Universal Digital Studios, ‘I Love This Movie!’ is the first short-form content to premiere on our service and provides Netflix subscribers with unique and entertaining recommendations for classic films.”

2-3 minute I Love This Movie episodes will be distributed later this year through the Windows-only Watch Now service and via an embedded web player on the Netflix site. Given the topic and length, these don’t amount to much more than advertising… Perhaps Netflix’s partnership with NBCU will lead to more creative content going forward.

It’s good to have friends, and Cablevision appears to have earned a few in their ongoing network DVR legal battle. Several trade and lobbying groups, representing companies such as the Consumer Electronics Association, AT&T, and Verizon have chimed in… Last week’s joint Amicus brief reads:

Network-based services may prove to be both cheaper and technologically superior, providing better service at reduced costs to consumers. But these benefits that many consumers now take for granted could disappear if this District Court decision is not overturned or significantly revised….The District Court’s decision could chill technological progress aimed at providing consumers the best and most flexible solutions for delivering the video content they want.

Of course, there’s still no telling how this will (continue to) play out in court and Cablevision is the one who stands to lose big bucks in a protracted legal battle. As I’ve said before, the network DVR is a sensible idea but Cablevision’s got some powerful, deep-pocketed foes from the broadcast and content industries.