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Web TV Wars
When he was promoted to President of Clear Channel Digital this month, Brian Lakamp, stepped into some very big shoes. The radio giant’s digital efforts had previously been steered by Bob Pittman, the legendary founder of MTV, who is now CEO of Clear Channel’s umbrella of corporate holdings. (Mr. Pittman’s associates also recently launched a seed stage fund for digital media.)
“We’ve got a big challenge in front of us, as streaming radio becomes the norm, and the social graph allows for personalization in a way that wasn’t possible a few years ago,” said Mr. Lakamp, speaking with Betabeat by phone. “Add to that the 750 local radio brands we work with, and you have a a massive opportunity.”
Follow the Money
Netflix sent the blogosphere into a tizzy earlier this week when it announced it was dividing itself in two: Netflix the streaming video business, and Qwikster, the disastrously named DVD by mail step child. A lot of articles were written trying to parse the news, but the general sentiment was confusion.
The truth is that the TV business is on the brink of a seismic shift, akin to what has already happened in music with the iTunes store and Spotify. But the entrenched interests, both the networks and the cable companies, are doing everything they can to make sure they keep control during this change.
So you get a situation like Netflix and Qwickster, which as Evolver.fm Elliot Van Buskirk explains, is all about the licensing silly:
First World Problems
The folks at Dubset.com, one of the original General Assembly companies, have released a fun little explainer video on the MixSCAN technology they are developing in partnership with Sony Gracenote. The idea is that DJs can upload their mixes and create a virtual watermark. That way any system running MixSCAN can identify when a Read More
First, they came for the DVDs…
In the battle to build the universal screen, where anyone can watch anything from anywhere so long as they are a paying customer, Time Warner has gone into retreat.
Sometimes there is an advantage in being the little guy. Google and Apple have been unable to come to terms with the major labels in their efforts to build a digital “locker” that streams music from the cloud, in large part because the labels are wary of these tech giants leverage as Read More