VideoNuze Shares Starz Media Consumption Data

A fall 2008 survey of 5,500 U.S. Internet users suggests that almost two-thirds (62%) watch "online video" each week, making online video more popular than time-shifted television (38%). However, almost half  (47%) who watch online video choose "short-form" video, so it's not fair for my brain to compare that consumption pattern  with DVRs. Only 15 percent watch "long-form" video online; 14 percent watch both. And it sounds like Starz is using a more encompassing definition of "online" than mine. Theirs appears to be everything that is not TV, which includes iPods, xBox, PS2 and Netflix streaming -- as well as Current.tv and Hulu. So this universe is much larger than YouTube or GoogleVideo. …continue reading →

This Day In History: Truman’s First Televised Speech

On 5 October 1947, President Harry Truman delivered the first televised speech from the White House. In this speech, Truman asked Americans to change their food consumption patterns -- no meat Tuesdays; no eggs or poultry on Thursdays -- to help Europeans, who were starving. Truman's speech launched the TV presidency; all of his subsequent White House speeches were televised, even though most Americans (only 14,000 sets) did not own a television set. A month later, the first Senate committee hearing was televised. Truman later became the first political candidate to buy a television ad, in the 1948 presidential contest. However, President Franklin Roosevelt was the first to appear on television, 30 April 1939. On the web: How The White House Discovered Televisioncontinue reading →

The Race Is On

The Sundance Channel has joined the rush to distribute online, partnering with Google Video, not iTunes. "The deal allows consumers to download their choice of 18 of the network's movie titles at $3.99 for a 24-hour rental or $9.99 to own. Three of the Sundance Channel's original series are available only for purchase starting at $1.99 an episode." Last month, AppleInsider reported that iTunes should be serving full-feature films by the year's end. It already provides access to shows from 32 channels -- including ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. I bought a Daily Show With Jon Stewart episode this week (because I'd lost my own recording on ReplayTV). Quality was clearly not up to my own recording -- frame rate was too slow, action and audio were often out of sync. However, it was good enough for my purpose -- but not worth more than the $1.99 that I paid.…continue reading →