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Welcome to Jelli, user-controlled radio. This past week, I had the chance to catch up with Mike Dougherty, CEO of Jelli, at Digital Hollywood to ask him some questions about the site. Incidentally, Mike is not the lead singer of the band Soul Coughing as I had excitedly thought before meeting him. Apparently, I am not the only person to make this mistake.

The Product

Here’s the jist. Log on, start listening, and start voting music up or down based on what you want to listen to you. Others will do the same. The combinations of all of that voting will determine what comes next in the playlist. If you really want to hear that Herbie Hancock track, “rocket” it to the top of the list. If you really can’t stand that Citizen Cope song, “bomb” it out of the playlist. I come from a traditional radio background, and as a DJ for 5 years, I was quite used to the programmed playlist that neither I nor the listener had any control over. The playlist was dictated by a number of rotations coordinated in advance by the radio Program Director, band manager, and artist. In essence, if you requested something, there was pretty much no chance in hell that it was getting on air. This web site flips the switch on the whole radio industry.

The Hotness

Pandora, MySpace Music, iTunes, and pretty much any other online music service you can think of are very one-to-one types of experiences. You pick the music and based on what you are selecting, in certain cases, the service recommends additional music it thinks you will like.

Jelli brings the social aspects of traditional radio back to the forefront allowing users to each play DJ selecting and voting on music as the playlist runs its course. In addition, every Sunday on Live 105 in San Francisco from 10PM – Midnight, what plays on Jelli plays on traditional radio. It should come as no surprise that this is the most highly trafficked time for Jelli.

The Lameness

I would much rather listen to music that I and a few of my friends are selecting rather than listening with the main group. I don’t really need to hear that Soundgarden song once an hour and I know my friends would never subject me to that. Also, giving new users more power seems to be a must. On my first try to the service, a track that I had rocketed to the top was quickly bombed by another user and removed from the playlist. Sad face. Dougherty claims that this may be on the horizon.

What Comes Next

Jelli will be nationally syndicated allowing any radio station to follow the Live 105 lead and empower listeners on their airwaves. In addition, 5 stations in Australia will also begin carrying Jelli as of November. Live DJs? Also on the way. Also, users will eventually be enticed with incentives for their participation in the site.

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Guest Writer: Pascal Hillet

Do you remember what music downloading was like before iTunes?


Those were the heady days of Napster and Morpheus. There was a portable digital music device called the MPMan F10. I bought one but never could figure out how to make it work. I gave it away.


Then came Jobs. He and Apple figured out how to make a consumer-friendly music service and portable player. This was a Copernican revolution: Apple started from the premise of making as good a consumer experience as possible, then finding a way to deliver it, rather than the other way around. The rest is history.


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Yet now I feel as if we’re back in a geocentric universe, only this time with mobile video. There are multiple mobile video and mobile TV services on this earth, and they all, well, suck. Not one of them is consumer-oriented.

For example, why put longish video on a linear service? Mobile viewing by definition isn’t appointment viewing. Who wants to miss both the start and the end of something, watch what’s in between and then try to figure out what it was all about?

Why ask us to pay $5 or $10 on top of the $50 or so we already pay for phone service so that we can watch ancient television episodes in low resolution on a tiny screen? Sorry, not a compelling proposition.

And that’s the point. The industry players (handset manufacturers, mobile operators, technology developers) are not thinking about the consumer first when they try to foist top-down-driven services upon us. Buying any of these is a dismal experience. We’re back to the MPMan.


Small wonder that none of these services have caught on.

Just as for music, we need a service that starts with the consumer in mind. Let us watch whatever we want, whenever we want, wherever we want. Give us an intuitive UI. Make it free, or include it in our phone subscription.

Last time I checked, Apple was doing pretty well selling iPods and iPhones on the back of the iTunes service. Whoever solves the mobile video puzzle will also prosper.

Go ahead. Make some history.

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Media companies appear to be losing the battle over illicit digital copies of television episodes and films. Illegal downloading and streaming is increasingly becoming a mainstream behavior. NBC Universal exec Richard Cotton says: “Young people conclude that if it’s so easy, it can’t be wrong.” (Iwantmedia 2/5, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/business/media/05piracy.html?_r=1 2/5)

Doesn’t this feel kind of nostalgic? Anyone remember a little Deathmatch called Napster vs. the music business? Hmmmm… The world has a funny little way of repeating itself when the snooze button is depressed.

A high-quality streaming video version of “Slumdog Millionaire” as seen on a secondary site reached through a “link farm” featuring pirated movies.


Media CEOs say they are seeing their audiences move toward free or lost-cost Web video — both television and movies — and away from traditional delivery methods, such as cable television and DVDs. More young people are saying: “All I need is broadband.” (Iwantmedia 2/5, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123377977256648981.html 2/5)

With Time Warner reporting earnings yesterday, we now have online advertising numbers for the fourth quarter from the four largest players: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL. Tallying up their online advertising revenues provides a decent proxy for the health of the overall online advertising industry as a whole, since they represent a majority of those revenues. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/05/is-the-worst-behind-us-online-ad-revenues-pick-up-in-the-fourth-quarter 2/5)


Things are not going well for Universal Music Group’s in its lawsuit against video-sharing site Veoh. First, the Los Angeles judge, A. Howard Matz, ruled last month that the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act do apply to the case, contrary to UMG’s request for summary judgment. On Monday, Veoh scored another point in the preliminary legal sparring that always precedes the main event. The same judge threw out the part of the complaint that named Veoh’s investors as defendants in the suit. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/04/judge-tells-umg-no-you-cannot-sue-veohs-investors-for-copyright-infringement 2/4)


Microsoft is partnering with entertainment firm BermanBraun Interactive to create a celebrity news site. The creators of the new Wonderwall say it will attempt to “decommoditize” the stream of celebrity images, with a balance of the editorial tone found on TMZ and People.com. (Iwantmedia 2/5, http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/techtracks/2009/02/05/msn_launches_new_celeb_gossip_site_wonderwall.html 2/5)

And here I thought Wonderwall was an Oasis song? Microsoft take down Perez or TMZ? Doubtful.


Online film site Jaman signed a deal with E1 Entertainment to add nearly 3,000 of the studio’s titles to its download service including feature films, documentaries, episodic series and classic American TV shows. E1’s library includes the works of cinema masters including Jacques Demy, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer. (Cynopsis 2/5)

The comedians at Team Tiger Awesome have come up with an imaginative spoof of their own for MTV Network’s Atom.com to celebrate Oprah Winfrey’s recent birthday. Oprah is Dead riffs on just how much the queen of daytime television has come to mean to America. (Cynopsis 2/5)

JuicyCampus, an online hangout for college students to spread anonymous rumors, is shutting down, citing a lack of advertising revenue and funding. Despite expanding to more than 500 U.S. campuses, the site was unable to “muster the resources needed to survive,” says CEO Matt Ivester. (Iwantmedia 2/5, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/02/juicy-campus.html 2/4)

U.S. Web surfers watched 14.3 billion online videos in December, a 13% increase from the month before, according to a study by comScore. YouTube had the biggest gain in viewers, a growth of 49%, and it represented about 41% of the market. TVWeek.com (2/4)

Google Sites once again ranked as the top video property in the U.S. with 5.9 billion videos viewed (a 41% online video market share), with YouTube accounting for more than 99% of all of its videos viewed, according to ComScore‘s latest Video Metrix report. Fox Interactive Media ranked second with 445 million videos (3.1%), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 330 million (2.3%) and Viacom Digital with 291 million (2.0 percent). Hulu continued its impressive growth trajectory, climbing 6% versus November to 241 million videos viewed. Nearly 150 million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 96 videos per viewer in December. Google Sites surpassed 100 million online video viewers during the month, representing two out of every three Internet users who watched video. (Cynopsis 2/5)

Top U.S. Online Video Properties* by Videos Viewed – December 2008
Property Videos (000) Share (%) of Videos
Total Internet 14,318,722 100.0
Google Sites 5,905,854 41.2
Fox Interactive Media 444,865 3.1
Yahoo! Sites 330,025 2.3
Viacom Digital 290,558 2.0
Microsoft Sites 247,903 1.7
Hulu.com 240,585 1.7
AOL LLC 197,135 1.4
Turner Network 183,948 1.3
Disney Online 148,434 1.0
ESPN 102,542 0.7
Source: comScore Video Metrix
*Rankings based on video content sites; excludes video server networks. Online video includes both streaming and progressive download video

Top U.S. Online Video Properties* by Unique Viewers – December 2008
Property Unique Viewers (000) Average Videos per Viewer
Total Internet 149,587 95.7
Google Sites 100,092 59.0
Fox Interactive Media 56,895 7.8
Yahoo! Sites 42,761 7.7
AOL LLC 31,522 6.3
Microsoft Sites 29,534 8.4
Viacom Digital 27,370 10.6
Hulu.com 24,572 9.8
Turner Network 20,499 9.0
Time Warner – Excl. AOL 17,294 2.8
CBS Corporation 14,840 3.7
Source: comScore Video Metrix

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
January 20, 2009, 7:00 PM
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Microsoft lost its antitrust case against the European Union, reports the AP. Upholding a complaint filed by Norwegian browser company Opera Software, the body ruled that Microsoft must now untie its Internet Explorer browser from its Windows operating system or face a large fine. (Cynopsis 1/20)

LG has debuted a pair of new highly stylized DVD devices: the DV4S and the DV4M. The DV4S is a DVD player that can upconvert DVD movies to near HD quality; the DV4M converts MP3 files from a connected audio device onto another disc. Electronista (1/19)

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October 29, 2008, 4:15 PM
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Wal-Mart Stores plans to lower prices for some MP3 downloads 22%, a move that will heat up competition in the online-music sector. “Top 25” tracks will sell for 74 cents, and other songs will be priced at 94 cents, according to the company. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (10/28)

Online video portal Hulu is in talks with BBC/ITV/Channel 4 VOD joint venture Project Kangaroo to launch a UK version of the site, reports C21 Media. The discussions have stalled due to the venture’s ongoing legal issues, according to Fox Digital Media President Dan Fawcett. (Cynopsis 10/29)Logo

Microsoft unveiled Azure, a new Windows program envisioned as a “cloud computing” operating system for the internet. Azure will provide a platform for developers to build applications that will be accessible online in real time using existing Windows programming languages. (Cynopsis 10/29)

Google’s settlement this week in a copyright-infringement case against book publishers may have a bearing on Viacom, which last year filed a $1 billion case for similar reasons against the giant search engine and its online video site YouTube. Michael Fricklas, Viacom’s general counsel, said that Google might have finally figured out that “copying and distributing copyrighted works requires permission from the copyright owner.” The New York Times (10/29) , CNET (10/28)

Six months after first announcing its open strategy, Yahoo has released a slew of development tools (as we told you it would) under the Y!OS 1.0 platform. It’s kind of like a Web OS, but Y!OS officially stands for Yahoo Open Strategy. As part of its strategy to remain one of the most popular starting points on the Web, Yahoo is making it much easier for data, content, and applications to flow in and out of Yahoo. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/28/yahoo-opens-up-big-time 10/28)

Msnbc.com unveiled its new embeddable Decision ’08 election widget that allows consumers to watch the presidential results unfold in real-time on November 4, 2008. The widget allows users to view the electoral vote count and the congressional balance of power via the national U.S. map or choose a state and see how individual counties are voting. It also provides the top political headlines of the day. (Cynopsis 10/29)

SciFi.com launched a new social network built around its hit reality show Ghost Hunters, featuring weekly tutorials, ghost story swapping and Q&A’s with the show’s part-time adventurers. Go to SciFi.com on Halloween night to access a multi-camera online video feed, thermal imaging camera views and photos taken from The Ghost Hunters Live event at the historic Fort Delaware. (Cynopsis 10/29)

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Netflix said new net subscriptions declined 30% in October compared with a year ago and — despite reporting a 30% increase in net income for the quarter — again cut its fourth-quarter estimates for adding new customers and profits. The company, which also stated that 500,000 of its 8.7 million subscribers will be Blu-ray customers in the fourth quarter, restated its outlook downward for the second time in two weeks. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (10/21) , Reuters (10/20)

It looks like Walmart has soft-launched it’s DRM-free MP3 store class=”snap_preview_icon”> . The company decided to ditch its DRM approach, but then got into hot water with consumers once they figured out that Walmart was going to be taking down the servers they used to manage all the DRM rights. No servers, meant that they wouldn’t be able to listen to the songs they had legally purchased. So Walmart had to reverse course class=”snap_preview_icon”> and is now keeping those servers up. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/21/screenshots-of-walmarts-new-mp3-only-store 10/21)

Yahoo just announced third quarter earnings. revenues were flat, up one percent to $1.79 billion. The company met consensus earnings estimates of $0.09 a share. CEO Jerry Yang on the conference call says that yahoo will lay off “at least 10 percent by year end.” That’s 1,500 people, as expected. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/21/yahoo-to-cut-headcount-at-least-10-percent-possibly-more-to-come-next-year 10/21)

(Below) So much online video, so little time.  While content developers are thinking about how to make yet another online serial, perhaps someone should also be investing time into how to engage audiences to the point where they are watching multiple episodes.  Appointment viewing is relatively lost on the online content crowd.  Apart from subscribing to a newsletter, is there a better way to promote viewing habits?

Fox TV Studios announced its first homegrown digital serial: a 13-episode web series called The Skinny: Fat-Free News, currently available on MySpaceTV and at Hulu.com. (Not to be confused with celeb dieting blog The Skinny Website.) The Skinny will also be available across multiple video aggregation sites including YouTube, Metacafe, Dailymotion and Blip.tv, as well as social networking site Facebook.com. The Skinny is the result of a think-tank of creative types encouraged to develop original content for the web, henceforth to be known as 15 Gigs. (Cynopsis 10/21)

(Below) The social rooms are live now and frankly bring me back to an antique time where message boards were popular and Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a phenomenon.  The format and user experience are hardly engaging.  TV widget yes.  Social room no.

Taking a page from MTV and others, CBS Interactive announced it will provide social viewing rooms on CBS.com beginning Wednesday where fans can gather to watch primetime, daytime and CBS classic shows while chatting, participating in polls and otherwise interact with the content. Intel is sponsoring the feature. (Cynopsis 10/21)

Current signed a deal to syndicate comedic video produced by stand-up comedy producer RooftopComedy on its linear network and via Current.com. Current TV plans to feature a weekly show featuring stand-up performances from around the U.S. with a focus on topical gags. (Cynopsis 10/21)

From the creators of The Onion and The A.V. Club comes Decider.com. No, it’s not another political site. It’s a localized blog profiling events, musical gigs, restaurants and bars, designed to be powered by users. The site launched with versions for Chicago and Madison, WI. (Cynopsis 10/21)

Time Warner Cable introduced FameStar, a new online mashup tool powered by Oddcast allowing users to create their own mock celebrity exposes of themselves. The interface calls for the subject to upload their photo, decide on a story arch then add dialogue. Your creation can be shared with friends via integrations with a variety of social networking sites. (Cynopsis 10/21)

Aiming to expand its interactive-TV capabilities, the Comcast Media Center has inked a deal with itaas to offer advanced ITV services to small and midsize cable providers. The deal, whose first products are expected to hit the market in the middle of next year, involves services built around the Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format as well as the tru2way platform. Light Reading (10/20)

A new survey from D S Simon Productions reports that 65% of the Web sites owned by media companies now use online video, and the vast majority of those — 77% — predict that the trend will increase during the next year. The study also showed that 45% of TV stations and 67% of radio stations use video from outside sources on their sites. MediaPost Communications (10/20)

The race for the White House has raised all boats in the online political publishing realm increasing traffic by a factor of three in some cases, notes Mediaweek in a roundup of Nielsen Online data:

  • MSNBC.com increased its uniques by 13 million since last Sept. now counting 43.2 million
  • Yahoo News traffic is up 5.7 million uniques during same period to 38 million
  • CNN is up 6.4 million uniques to 37 million
  • ABCNews.com increased by 8 million uniques to 17.2 million
  • FoxNews.com nearly doubled its base to 14.9 million uniques

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
August 25, 2008, 10:16 PM
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A new three-speaker system from Genius allows listeners to adjust volume, base and treble — as well as select musical genres — all from a touch pad on one of its speakers. The SW2.1 1800 2.1 Touch Speaker System, which retails for just under $180, features a 6-inch subwoofer and a jack to plug in an MP3 player. ElectronicHouse.com (8/22)

Touch-screen pads, once solely used in less-than-exciting settings such as ATM machines and cutting-edge restaurant registers, are getting sexier, according to this analysis. One big reason for this is Apple’s iPhone, which was a game-changer for touch screens and is expected to help migrate the technology to many other CE devices. The New York Times (8/23)

A multitouch screen by N-trig, on the Dell Latitude XT laptop-tablet hybrid, responds to a pen as well as fingertips.

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