In this CNET article Viacom moves on without YouTube a very strange argument is made. The situation is that clips from Comedy Central programs like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show are very popular on YouTube. Viacom, the owner of Comedy Central, has demanded that over 100,000 clips be removed from YouTube.
Microsoft has a long history of copying ideas from elsewhere. I've been watching them for years, and have yet to see them come up with an inventive idea. Oh, wait, they have a visual effect for tooltips which has them "unfurl" from top-to-bottom, that's probably a true invention by Microsoft. Okay, they've had one minor original idea. In particular they seem fond of copying ideas from Apple -- in fact, its well understood that Windows was developed because Bill Gates saw the Mac and got scared and told his people he wanted something like that.
Boy, it seems like just a couple days ago I was talking about the possibility of broader deliver of television shows over the Internet. er.. Gosh, yes it was just a couple days ago.
Coming soon, Nightly News, free and online Next week, America's No. 1 newscast will stream worldwide after it airs (October 31, 2005, MSNBC.COM)
It is being presented at Nightly.MSNBC.com.
iTunes store counts 1 million video downloads (By Dinesh C. Sharma and Ina Fried, Special to CNET News.com, Published: October 31, 2005, 7:04 AM PST)
"Selling 1 million videos in less than 20 days strongly suggests that there is a market for legal video downloads," Jobs said. "Our next challenge is to broaden our content offerings so that customers can enjoy watching more videos on their computers and new iPods."
I guess journalists like to find ways to spin the stories they write so there's a life and death struggle, two titans up there clashing against each other, one of them about to stomp the other one into the dust. And what better story than for a surprise newcomer to arise from nowhere and whack the head off the ruling king?
The Internet and the future of TV (By Marguerite Reardon, Staff Writer, CNET News.com, Published: October 31, 2005, 4:00 AM PST)
Suppose you're a TV addict? I'm not, I haven't owned a TV for over 10 years. But I appreciate that a lot of you out there are TV addicts. It's for you that the video iPod exists, I suppose. But in the iTunes Music Store they offer only a small number of TV programs, so what if you want more?
TVHarmony has been offering software for a long time to improve the TiVo experience. Their software now supports converting recordings from a TiVo to the format required to view on the video iPod.
Enjoy your addiction.
Finally, Apple revealed the video iPod. But it's not just an iPod that can play video, it's a complete service of buying video content through the iTunes software.
This is what distinguishes it from the Archos AV devices which only allows the user to play video clips. By delivering not just a video playback device, but also video delivery, it's showing the usual Steve Jobs wisdom in delivering a complete service.