Google Glass, POV video

Google Glass and the Rise of POV | MIT Technology Review: "If Google Glass is indeed a compelling product that people wind up buying en masse, then one of two things is about to happen. Either the   YouTube/Facebook/Vine uploads of POV video will become so commonplace as to condition us to appreciate it, where previous audiences never had a taste for it. Or: our distaste for the form will prove so deep-rooted (audience members were reported to vomit after seeing “Cloverfield”) that video sharing will be one of the things people rarely do with their new Google-produced toys."

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Signal, Noise, Content Curation

Content curation: More signal, less noise - founder and "Curation Nation" author Steven Rosenbaum says associations -- and their members, for that matter -- have a choice: Become trusted content curators or risk becoming irrelevant.

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Users Want Broadband With No TV, Charter CEO Surprised

TV, or "video" as it is now called, is just another app or feature --

Charter CEO 'Surprised' More Users Want Broadband With No TV | DSLReports, ISP Information: " . . . the most interesting bit has to be comments made by Charter CEO Tom Rutledge during the company's conference call with the press and analysts. Notably, Rutledge expressed "surprise" at the fact that most of their broadband subscriber growth last quarter came from users that only signed up for broadband (aka "single play" users). . . ." (read more at the link above)

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Netflix Video Usage 10 Times More Than Amazon and Hulu Combined

North America online video: Netflix comes in first, YouTube second --

Netflix Video Usage More Than 10 Times Amazon and Hulu Combined | Variety: "Netflix remains the biggest pig in the broadband python, representing 31.6% of all downstream Internet traffic in North America during primetime hours in September — well ahead of any other streaming service, according to a new study. The Internet video-subscription service, with more than 31 million streaming members in the U.S. alone, uses nearly 20 times more peak-period bandwidth than Amazon video, which has 1.6% share, and is 24 times bigger than Hulu (at 1.3%), according to the study by network-equipment maker Sandvine. Meanwhile, YouTube usage continues to climb, with 18.6% share of downstream peak bandwidth in September (up from 17.1% in March). In North America, Netflix and YouTube combined now account for more than 50% of downstream traffic on fixed networks, according to Sandvine. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Netflix unified TV interface

Netflix introduces one unified TV interface to rule them all | The Verge: "The streaming-video giant turns into a TV channel programmed just for you - Watch Netflix instant streaming on your television and you know what content you’ll get — but you likely won’t know how you’ll find it. Whether it’s the PlayStation 3, Roku, or the Apple TV, every flavor of Netflix is slightly different, creating interface and feature fragmentation that’s in stark contrast to the ubiquity of the service itself . . . Netflix is taking a big step towards tackling that problem with a faster, more engaging television interface that will put a majority of its living room customers on the same page — and let them stay that way. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Google, NFL Programming

Is Google Eyeing NFL Programming? | MIT Technology Review: "If Google claimed ownership of comprehensive Sunday football coverage, Google Fiber – and TV dongles – would be an even better deal" (read more at link above)

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YouTube, Mobile Media Company

YouTube Becoming a Mobile First Company - Peter Kafka - Media - AllThingsD: " . . . why YouTube placed such high importance on controlling its mobile experience: It is well on its way to becoming a mobile-first company. During yesterday’s earnings call, Larry Page announced that 40 percent of YouTube’s traffic was coming from mobile devices. That’s up from 25 percent a year ago, and six percent in 2011. . . ."

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Netflix, more paid subscribers than HBO

Netflix could have more paid subscribers than HBO by the end of the year: "Netflix is about to pass a milestone by having more paid US customers than HBO, according to a poll of analysts by Bloomberg. The streaming outfit, which was originally a DVD rental service, probably has around 31 million subscribers now stateside compared to 28.7 million for HBO (including free trial accounts, it topped 31 million back in April). The premium cable-TV network isn't standing still, though, expanding video on-demand access to its shows via Google Play. . . ." (more at links above)

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YouTube Video Responses Nixed

Social is hard --

Google Dumps Video Responses From YouTube Due To Dismal .0004% Click-Through Rate | TechCrunch: "Google is ditched video responses from its video sharing site on September 12, encouraging users to fall back on hashtags and descriptions to surface videos in searches. The cited reason is a minuscule .0004% click-through rate on video responses submitted by users. To illustrate, says the YouTube team, only four out of every 1 million users bothered to click on those little boxes underneath the main video. Efforts will theoretically go into providing new and different tools to increase fan engagement for creators."

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ESPN, Internet TV, platform

ESPN eyes Internet TV service - Silicon Valley Business Journal: "....Skipper told Bloomberg whomever ESPN worked with would have to buy "the whole suite of products. We're not going to offer one-offs," and said online provider would not get a break on carrier fees paid by cable and satellite TV companies. More and more people are breaking away from traditional TV viewing to move toward streaming to laptops or mobile devices or set-top boxes such as Roku and Apple TV." (more at link above)

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Yahoo's Mayer, Media Mogul?

Is Yahoo's Mayer Turning Into a Media Mogul With Couric Web Deal? - Kara Swisher - Media - AllThingsD: "“We think there’s room for lots of players and video really comes down to the question of the content,” Mayer said on the call, calling out Yahoo Screen, its video portal, and original shows like “Burning Love.” She said that most of the video deals would be via partnerships, rather than via Yahoo’s own original programming. Yahoo is more likely, of course, to focus itself as a platform than as a content creator, as it plays into Mayer’s tech background. That said, among many execs in the Web space, she has been more attracted to the media scene, and struck deals for Google to buy content properties like Zagat while there." (more at link above)

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Google Chromecast, a success

Google speeds up Chromecast shipments, but inventory remains low - Computerworld: "Google announced Chromecast in July. The thumb-sized device plugs into a TV's HDMI port and brings smart TV functionality such as Netflix and YouTube streaming to larger screens."

It works great--and you can "cast" anything from your Chrome browser (e.g. on your Windows computer) to your TV ( editor's note) more info at:

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Popular streaming channels: Netflix: The king of movie and TV show streaming. $7.99/mo. YouTube: User-submitted videos and some original programming. Free. Hulu Plus: TV shows days after they air and some movies. $7.99/mo. Amazon Prime: A strong Netflix competitor with other Amazon benefits. $79/year. Crackle: Movies and TV mostly from Sony's library. Free. Vudu: Movie rental site owned by Walmart. Fees per movie

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