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The Prisoner is being remade! Title: The Prisoner is being remade!
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Filed in archive Announcements by martino on December 31, 2006

I recall from the 1980's watching a revival on PBS of a 1967 CBS series called "The Prisoner." The series was only shown once on CBS and had a total of 17 episodes (a few of which that...

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Fox Sports makes Bowl Games available for Download Title: Fox Sports makes Bowl Games available for Download
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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 30, 2006

If you miss a vital football game on New Year's Eve, fox sports is going to give you the chance to download the game for $2.99. Fox will also sell preview shows and highlights for $1.99. But you...

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MTV Arabiya lives! Title: MTV Arabiya lives!
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Filed in archive Announcements by martino on December 29, 2006

In a move sure to please Islamic fundamentalists and radicals, Viacom is working to create a version of MTV in Arabic for the youth market in the Middle East. To do this, they've signed a deal...

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Comcast upgrading system after AT&T enters IPTV market Title: Comcast upgrading system after AT&T enters IPTV market
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Filed in archive IPTV by martino on December 29, 2006

Competition is a good thing for consumers. Right after AT&T announced plans to roll out its television service called U-Verse in parts of the San Francisco Bay Area, Comcast announces that it will...

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Motorola acquires Tut Systems Title: Motorola acquires Tut Systems
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Filed in archive IPTV by martino on December 27, 2006

Motorola's got its credit card out and it is not afraid to use it! Back in January, Motorola bought Kreatel Communications, an IP set-top box and middleware vendor. Last month Motorola bought...

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YouTube adds more features Title: YouTube adds more features
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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 26, 2006

Changes are afoot at YouTube. Perhaps the most significant one is that users now have the ability to instantly record videos by using Flash software and Web cams. The site also is offering a new user...

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AT&T's U-Verse available in some Northern California areas Title: AT&T's U-Verse available in some Northern California areas
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Filed in archive IPTV by martino on December 26, 2006

AT&T said it would roll out its IPTV service by the end of the year in 15 markets and technically it squeaked in to my area with 6 days to spare. U-Verse is now available in limited areas of......

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Milwaukee sues AT&T Title: Milwaukee sues AT&T
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Filed in archive IPTV by martino on December 26, 2006

When I write about the Telco's emerging business in IPTV, it is difficult not to bump into the topic of cable-franchising. Click here to see a list. In that same vein we have the city of...

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Brilliant But Cancelled Title: Brilliant But Cancelled
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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 25, 2006

For years we've seen some TV shows come and go. Fans sometimes successfully revive a canceled show (like "Family Guy"), while others were canceled because they appealed to a niche...

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DVR usages serious impacts TV ratings Title: DVR usages serious impacts TV ratings
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Filed in archive Business Trends by martino on December 23, 2006

There has been a big tug-of-war this last year about whether time-shifted television viewers should factor into a show's ratings. I don't write much about it because on its surface it may...

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Starring Amanda Congdon to run on Blip.TV Title: Starring Amanda Congdon to run on Blip.TV
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Filed in archive Announcements , Internet TV by martino on December 23, 2006

Amanda Congdon is likely the first cross-over star from broadband video to television. She initially rose to fame as the singular personality behind Rocketboom. When I used to tune into that program,...

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What if Television was good? Title: What if Television was good?
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Filed in archive Business Trends by martino on December 22, 2006

This year's lineup yields the strongest signs yet that some sort of life force is returning to network television after years of absence; at least that is what the Wall Street Journal says....

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30 Rock and Friday Night Lights on NBC.com for free Title: 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights on NBC.com for free
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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 21, 2006

A new show that I like is '30 Rock.' It has some good laughs and memorable lines. I see that NBC is making all previously aired episodes available for free over the holidays. They are doing...

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SIVOO multicultural content appearing on Brightcove.com Title: SIVOO multicultural content appearing on Brightcove.com
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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 21, 2006

SIVOO is an Internet TV network of multicultural programming. Now, they will distribute some of their content on Brightcove.com. SIVOO will initially feature 30 full-length Spanish-language programs,...

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Revver shakes up its management team Title: Revver shakes up its management team
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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 21, 2006

During my recent use of Revver, I've sensed that the company is not hitting on all cylinders. And today I read in AdAge that the management team at Revver has been shaken up. Steven Starr will...

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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 20, 2006

During my recent use of Revver, I've sensed that the company is not hitting on all cylinders. And today I read in AdAge that the management team at Revver has been shaken up. Steven Starr will...

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MTV Networks goes mobile Title: MTV Networks goes mobile
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Filed in archive Business Trends by martino on December 20, 2006

We have to erect a statue in honor of the person who first figured out that people hesitate to pay over a $1 to purchase a song but will pay 4x that to purchase just a portion of that same......

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Viacom Backs Out Of Web Venture Talks Title: Viacom Backs Out Of Web Venture Talks
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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 19, 2006

Here is some breaking news: The new Internet video Web site collaboration that has been discussed by media heavy hitters including NBC Universal, News Corp., CBS, and Viacom may be on the rocks after...

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Must Love Jaws Title: Must Love Jaws
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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 19, 2006

One of the better mash-ups of movie trailers. Mike Dow and Ari Eisner recast the Steve Spielberg classic that made you afraid to go into the water as a romantic comedy in which love comes to the...

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AT&T market opportunity for U-Verse Title: AT&T market opportunity for U-Verse
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Filed in archive IPTV by martino on December 19, 2006

Question: how large will AT&T's potential universe be for its IPTV service called U-Verse. Answer: Rollouts will begin in ernest in 2007. It plans to make U-Verse available to 19 million...

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HDTV over a copper wire poses challenge for AT&T Title: HDTV over a copper wire poses challenge for AT&T
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Filed in archive IPTV by martino on December 19, 2006

I am still looking forward to testing out AT&T's U-Verse when it rolls out here in the San Francisco bay area. Disappointed, but still interested. It is better to get the product right before...

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Comcast test using On Demand to replace Blockbuster Title: Comcast test using On Demand to replace Blockbuster
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Filed in archive Business Trends by martino on December 19, 2006

The Comcast systems in Pittsburgh and Denver are running a little experiment: letting people rent films on demand for $4 simultaneously with their release on DVD. VOD is in 30 million homes, and the...

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Reuters expands mobile video options Title: Reuters expands mobile video options
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Filed in archive Announcements by martino on December 18, 2006

I am still looking hard to find the people who like mobile content, still have not found them; nor do I know that they actually exist outside of a handful of iPod video downloads. But, just in case...

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PBS streams its first full episodes in a test Title: PBS streams its first full episodes in a test
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Filed in archive Business Trends by martino on December 18, 2006

Condensed from a Broadcasting & Cable article PBS is trying a little science experiment. On January 1st, PBS will stream pilots/specials for three potential new science series at PBS.org then air...

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Type of YouTube Revenue Model that US Internet Users Would Tolerate Title: Type of YouTube Revenue Model that US Internet Users Would Tolerate
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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 15, 2006

I borrowed the following wired magazine graph from Ian Schafer. I know that Google wants to monetize YouTube through some form of advertising. But what really surprises me is that 6% of the people...

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The Venice Project moves into testing phase Title: The Venice Project moves into testing phase
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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 15, 2006

The Venice Project this week starts to open up beta-testing of the service to a much larger group of users. The ambitious effort aims to combine TV-quality video with the interactive and community...

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ABC is the main video provider to Yahoo News Title: ABC is the main video provider to Yahoo News
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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 15, 2006

Excerpts from Online Media Daily ABC NEWS HAS BECOME YAHOO News' main video content provider, the companies said Wednesday. Expanding on their year-old revenue-sharing partnership, ABC News will...

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Bill Gates: Digital Right Management is lame Title: Bill Gates: Digital Right Management is lame
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Filed in archive Announcements by martino on December 14, 2006

Michael Arrington got to ask Bill Gates a few questions about digital rights management (DRM). You run into DRM when you cannot transfer video or songs you legitimately buy to devices you own just...

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ABC To Stream Hot Topics From The View Title: ABC To Stream Hot Topics From The View
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Filed in archive Internet TV by martino on December 14, 2006

For those of you who are fans of The View on ABC, here is some news you may like. ABC will streaming clips of the talk show's opening "hot topics" segments on ABC.com. According to...

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Time Warner VOD Growth Statistics Title: Time Warner VOD Growth Statistics
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Filed in archive Video on Demand by martino on December 14, 2006

While researching, I ran across this little table of statistics that Time Warner put out about their video on demand (VOD) changes within 2006.......

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