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YouTube traffic up after removing Viacom videos

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 26th 2007 11:42AM
YouTube traffic
Who says Daily Show clips and other copyrighted materials drive most of the traffic on YouTube? Oh right, Mark Cuban. Well, recent events may be proving the blog maverick wrong.

Hitwise has released figures showing that YouTube's market share has actually gone up by 14% since removing 100,000 videos at Viacom's request earlier this month. As of Tuesday, YouTube was the 12th most visited internet domain in the US.

Perhaps more significantly, earlier this month YouTube traffic climbed higher than the traffic to every US television network's web sites combined. Sure, more people are watching TV than watching web videos. But when it comes to the battle for online eyeballs, YouTube is winning, with or without partnerships with major content producers.

[via NewTeeVee]

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Yougle 2.0: Watch YouTube videos through Vista Media Center

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 12th 2007 10:19AM
Yougle 2.0Yougle is a Windows Media Center plugin that lets you search, browse through , and watch videos from YouTube, Google Video, Grouper, and DivX Stage 6 from the comfort of your couch.

Version 2.0 is in development, with support for Windows Vista. The developers are looking for alpha testers. Right now, there's a lot of work to be done, as you can search for videos with the latest version, but you can't watch them yet. That should be fixed any day now.

If you ask me, online video search is the sort of thing that Microsoft should be building into Media Center. But failing that, it's nice to see the user community and third party developers picking up where Microsoft leaves off.

[via Chris Lanier]

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Bloopers from season 3 of Battlestar Galactica - VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 16th 2007 9:29AM
battlestar galacticaIt looks like someone from Battlestar Galactica made this video for the cast and crew. It's a compilation of outtakes and spoofs from Season 3. It's 13 minutes long and it includes clips from other movies that some cast members were in-- for example, Mary McDonnell as Stands with a Fist in Dances with Wolves and Katee Sackhoff in some weird, very bad horror movie. What I like about bloopers is the way it humanizes some of the more serious characters. What's funnier than watching Admiral Adama break into laughter or stink up the set with a fart?

Oh, and there's a "Sploiler Alert" (their spelling, not mine) that's fake. It's just meant to set up the next clip so don't get all mad at me like I ruined the ending or something... because it's a joke!!!

Video is after the jump. Warning: content is NSFW!

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Charlie Rose Show is free on Google Video

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 4th 2007 11:11AM
charlie roseI don't know how long this has been going on, but Mark Evanier points out that episodes of The Charlie Rose Show are now available for free on Google Video. The episodes had been available for some time, but at a cost. You can check out the episodes here. Skimming through the list, I found episodes with Donald Rumsfeld and Noam Chomsky, so there's something for both heartless war-loving conservatives and elitist liberal hippie bastards. Yeah, I know, what many of you are thinking: what about handicapped Whig Party members? Am I so bent on using this blog to tout my political views I won't even give them equal time? You're damn right. Screw those limping, Zachary Taylor-lovin' bastards.

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Superman has to do the TPS reports - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 27th 2006 1:33PM

Superfriends"I'm gonna end up doing it because, uh, I'm a big pussy. Which is why I work at Intertech to begin with."

A lot of you might remember that line from the cult hit Office Space. It was said by Ron Livingston (now on Standoff), but now it's being said by the Man of Steel himself, Superman. Someone has mashed together dialogue from the movie with an episode of The Superfriends, and the results are, well, super.

The great part about this is how the person who did it actually gets the casting down perfectly. Superman, the way he is drawn here, actually does look like Livingston, and The Green Lantern really does look like Gary Cole. The editing is well done too, even getting the facial expressions and reaction shots down. I also like how Aquaman is the sleazy horndog in the group. I always suspected that about him.

Video after the jump!

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It's official: Google is buying YouTube

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 9th 2006 5:15PM
Google buys YouTubeRumors have been swirling around for a couple of months that Google was going to buy the out-of-nowhere video sharing sensation YouTube, even though Google had their own video sharing site. Well, those rumors have become a reality, as the search engine company has bought the video company for $1.65 billion of Google stock. The YouTube brand will remain intact, as will the company's entire staff of 67, including founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. You know what that means... high corporate positions and heftly salaries on top of the Google stock. Not a bad haul for a company that has yet to turn a profit.

The interesting aspect of this deal is that Google Video, while not at the level of YouTube, was still a widely-used product. Is this going to get tossed in favor of YT, or will both embedded video systems continue on parallel tracks? The article doesn't say. Either way, Google seems to be following the Microsoft model of competition: if you can't beat 'em, buy 'em.

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Check out some TV ads from the 50s and 60s

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 1st 2006 3:10PM

60s Coke canA lot of people collect things: stamps, baseball cards, snow globes, coffee mugs, T-shirts. I collect old advertisements. Whether it's print, radio or video, I'm fascinated by the ads of yesteryear, especially the 1950s and 60s.

So imagine my delight when Keith sent me a link to this, 25 minutes of TV commercials from the 50s and 60s on Google Video! Some great ads here, from vintage ads for Colt 45 (that's a beer) to cigarettes. A few ads for an oddly creamy shampoo for women, and there's a Coke ad in there too, and I swear the women doesn't just "like" Coke, she's thoroughly addicted (there's even an address to write to her - I wonder if we wrote something it would get to her, assuming she's still with us?). And that Heinz pickle ad with the old lady has instantly become one of my favorite TV commercials of all-time.

Oh, and if you wait til the very end? The last ad features a young Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae) from The Facts of Life...naked in a shower! Woo-hoo!

Take a look at the retro advertising goodness after the jump.

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Archive of American Television interviews on Google Video

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 6th 2006 12:29PM
carroll spinneyI've noticed the few times I've poked around Google Video I kept getting results from the Archive of American Television, which has several celebrity interviews on the site. I actually watched quite a lengthy interview with Carroll Spinney, who performs both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street. There's several others as well. What I like about these interviews is that there's not a lotof editing, so you see second takes, actors getting annoyed, and all kinds of "real" stuff you don't see once something has been polished and edited for television.

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Google admits Google Video needs work

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 1st 2006 1:23PM
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Google VideoIf you've been somewhat underwhelmed by Google Video, you're not alone. The site is lacking in many of the ways that typically make new ventures from Google cool and exciting. Even Google's own Marissa Mayer has said it was a mistake not to feature popular shows like CSI and Survivor (which can be downloaded at a cost) on the home page, since it was those shows Google was using to promote the idea of Google Video in the first place. That oversight has been corrected, but Google still trails far behind Apple's more successful iTunes store. I think Google can still create something cool from this, but for the first time it seems the company may have tripped on its own feet coming out the door.

[via Lost Remote]

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