Netflix, Changing Viewer Habits, Online Video

There is no more TV -- it's all video, on a screen, on demand --

Netflix's War on Mass Culture | New Republic: "Netflix believes it has a powerful factor in its favor as it tries to change viewers’ habits. “Human beings like control,” says Sarandos. “To make all of America do the same thing at the same time is enormously inefficient, ridiculously expensive, and most of the time, not a very satisfying experience.” There is a freedom achieved when your options extend beyond that night’s offerings and the limited selection of past episodes that networks make available on demand. Specifically, it’s the freedom to only watch television you really enjoy."

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Google Nexus TV, Early 2014 Launch?

But why does anyone need anything more than a Chromecast? --

Google's Nexus TV Could Launch in Early 2014, Report Says: "... Google is one step closer to unveiling its own Nexus-branded set-top box for streaming videos and playing games, according to a new report. The set-top box, which streams video from services such as Hulu and Netflix will run on Android, and could be available as early as the first half of 2014, The Information reported Friday. SEE ALSO: 6 Great Alternatives to Netflix The tech publication is not the first to speculate on a set-top streaming device from Google. Months ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google showed off a prototype device in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. The device reportedly had a motion sensor similar to Xbox's Kinect technology, and also supported Google Hangouts for video conferencing ... "

more news below Pivots Shutting Down So Company Can Focus On Turntable Live Events Platform | TechCrunch: "I always found quite cool, but the basic concept had some distinct flaws. Streaming music is often something that people listen to in the background, without the time or inclination to directly participate. Having humans program your stream is kind of neat, but the overhead of hanging out in a special online room to do so ended up not panning out. A live event is another whole bag entirely, as people would theoretically be showing up for a specific reason and hanging out would feel like less of a chore. At least, that’s what Turntable is betting on. We’ll see." (read more at link above)

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YouTube Trends Map

YouTube Trends Map Highlights Most Popular Videos | News & Opinion | "YouTube ... launched a new interactive Trends Map, a visualization of the most shared and viewed videos over the last 12 to 24 hours in a number of major U.S. markets. The map lets you see what's popular across all of YouTube, among women or men, or different age groups."

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Google, YouTube, Music Streaming Service

Way overdue --

Google's YouTube Could Be About To Launch A Music Streaming Service - Forbes: There’s definitely something afoot and the expectation is that there will be the usual ad supported ability to listen to/watch unlimited material and then the paid level offering an ad free capability. Given how crowded this space is now, what with Pandora, Spotify, Apple , Google’s own All Access and so on, we might wonder whether there’s really all that much room for another new entrant ... the thinking is that the paid service will be pretty much a soft sell. Google makes good money out of the ad based YouTube as it is and could quite happily continue with that model. So the contention is that rather than viewing the paid service as a necessary new “must have” service, it’s more of a way to keep people who really don’t want ads, to stop them going off to one of the other paid services. Google, of course, isn’t commenting on this potential new service... (read more at link above)

more news below Pivots To Turntable Live Events Platform Shutting Down So Company Can Focus On Turntable Live Events Platform | TechCrunch: " has announced that it will shut down its ‘virtual dj’ product entirely to focus on its new Turntable Live platform, which attempts to replicate the ‘being there’ experience of live performances. TechCrunch broke the news of’s live event pivot back in September, but today the company has acknowledged that will be shuttered...."

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YouTube, TV, No More Sweetheart Ad Deals

YouTube to TV: No More 'Sweetheart' Ad Deals for You! | Digital - Advertising Age: "Once, YouTube begged the TV networks to put their content on YouTube and lured them with ad splits much more favorable than amateur or web-only content. But that's about to change. As contracts come up for renewal, YouTube is treating Hollywood the same as online video producers, with 45% of ad revenues going to YouTube, meaning CBS or Warner Bros. would get the same terms as, say, Machinima or AwesomnessTV. YouTube plans to have transitioned all partners to the new split by January, said sources close to the talks. The transition ends what the online video world referred to as "sweetheart deals," where producers of TV and film would keep up to 70% of ad revenues, similar to the networks' deals with distributors like Hulu. . . ."

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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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