Filed under: Feature, ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA | Tags: Bohemian Rhapsody, BohemianRhapsody, Freddie Mercury, Mercury, Muppets, Planets, Queen, Recreation, Solar System, YouTube
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: MUPPETS STYLE
Uploaded on November 23rd to mark the 18th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death on November 24th, this video has amassed just under 5 million views in 4 days on YouTube alone. Impressive numbers to say the least.
In addition, it’s just really f-ing funny. Mama!!!
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Filed under: ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA | Tags: Adam McKay, EBay, Janus Friis, Private equity firm, Rob Corddry, Silver Lake Partners, Skype, YouTube
Thumbs up, thumbs down comedy site Funny or Die has launched a channel on YouTube showcasing some of its most popular star-studded videos and Co-Founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have agreed to curate its initial selections. For instance, check out The Daily Show‘s Rob Corddry exploration of homophobia, “Rob Corddry Has A Broner.” (Cynopsis 11/6)
eBay has just announced that it has reached a settlement with the founders of Skype, clearing the way for the sale of the Internet communication company to a consortium formed by private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. (Techcrunch11/6)
Newser, the news aggregator founded by Michael Wolff and Patrick Spain, is for “people who can’t get what they want from their newspaper,” says a newly posted “6 Myths About Newser” page on the site. “If newspapers want to stay alive, they have to adapt to the Web.” (Iwantmedia11/6, Newser)
Filed under: Feature | Tags: Digital Hollywood, Hulu, iTunes, Mobile content, Mobile phone, Netflix, Television, YouTube
MOBILE MOVIES ON THE GO: MSPOT
Just launched about a month ago now, mSpot allows consumers the opportunity to watch movies on 30 phones domestically. Interested in taking in Zach and Miri Make a Porno? Now, you can introduce your fellow train mates to comedy nudity as well. Incidentally speaking, this was the movie playing when mSpot was demoed to me. Currently, over 350 movies are available on the service and a few TV shows as well.
The business model:
I had the opportunity to sit down with Darren Tsui , CEO of mSpot, today at Digital Hollywood LA. The service in available both in a rental and monthly subscription model ($4.99/movie and $9.99/month for 4 movies). When asked why the service wasn’t available in an unlimited monthly Netflix type of model, Tsui responded that this model wasn’t compatible with the way studios make money on their content.
I questioned viewers’ desire to watch full length movies on a cell phone. Tsui responded that this was more of a challenge two years ago but not at this point. Of the audience using the service, consumers tend to rent rather than subscribing via the monthly model.
The other players in this space include iTunes, and possibly if rumors are true and you know they are, the Hulu, YouTube, and Netflix apps to come. mSpot attempts to differentiate itself from iTunes with a streaming content model. “People don’t plan when they want to watch something,” Tsui tells me. In essence, iTunes requires some forethought to download the content in advance whereas mSpot is available on the go. That said, clearly iTunes has its advantages in its ability to allow viewers to watch on planes, subways, and anywhere else where cell service isn’t available…like the panel rooms at Digital Hollywood.
Currently the service is only available as a mobile website but applications are sure to come.
I continue to wonder how many people will truly watch full length movies on any type of mobile service…only because I would never do such a thing if offered the option between my laptop and my phone. That said, I’m not a parent and I clearly see the advantages that this platform offers the parental units.
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Filed under: ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA | Tags: Google, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco, Search Engines, Searching, Twitter, Virgin America, YouTube
A concert by U2 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California on Sunday will be streamed live on YouTube. The stream will be accessible in 16 countries. The Google-owned video site says that the concert will be archived and available for later viewing, with overlay advertising. (LA Times 10/20)
Click below for U2’s YouTube channel.
I’m still not sure if the Twitter stream is the right place to be for advertising, but with the way the company set out to make it easy for developers to build upon their platform with open APIs, it’s no wonder so many ad networks have sprung up since it got started. Its massive growth and the fact that the San Francisco startup is a media and celebrity darling probably helped in that regard, too. (Techcrunch10/20)
for everybody on board between November 10, 2009, and January 15, 2010. (Techcrunch10/20)