Important news and views in web video, TV, convergence and digital culture during the last week (1/13-20) plus a couple links form earlier in the year!
Research and Policy:
While the merger was expected, the real squabbles have focused on whether the conditions placed on Comcast by the FCC have any teeth. Comcast will not divest its stake in Hulu but will not be involved in management, the FCC’s way of trying to save Hulu from Comcast’s TV Everywhere ambitions. But the conditions, many say, left out a whole lot. The conditions have won over some, for obvious reasons, and while some say they have some teeth, more say they may not change the course. Free Press and other public interest groups are panning the merger.
These debates are mostly about safeguarding the web’s premiere growth market: online video; the key conditions place presumed limits on Comcast’s activity. There are other safeguards for Comcast’s cable activity.
• FCC Studies Retrans (New York Times): And cable providers try to prove they don’t need regulation.
• Mobile Video Is Big But Unwatched (paidContent): Consumes 40% of all traffic but vast majority (90%) is only watch by 10% of users. I assume it’s all iPhones.
Web Video Market:
• Netflix Still King, But Hulu Plus A Player (NewTeeVee): .
• Netflix Can Get HBO — For A Price (CNET): It would have to charge crazy high subscription fees.
• SnagFilms Gets a Boost (New York Times)
• Squatters Talks Exclusive vs. Non-Exclusive Distribution (NewTeeVee)
• New York Times Watchlist Spotlights High Profile Projects (New York Times): Single Dads and The Handler.
Hollywood and Tech:
• Hollywood Tackles Premium Video-On-Demand (NewTeeVee)
• Web Analytics Firms Tackle Web TV Audiences (Variety): Includes some interesting information about Nielsen’s plans to integrate TV and web ratings.