- 6% of US Adults Listen to Podcasts
Nielsen recently released a report indicating that 6% of U.S. adults have downloaded a podcast in the last 30 days. Of those listeners, 38% say they are listening to radio less often as a result.
Nielsen, a leading global information and measurement company, provides market research, insights & data about what people watch & what people buy.
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- A Low-Water Mark for Broadcast TV Viewing
The first week of July was the least-watched week in recorded history for the four biggest broadcast networks.
- Apple to Announce iTunes Movie Rentals
<b>What?</b> Apple appears ready to mainstream a subscription model for video content.<BR>
<B>So What?</b> This may help to legitmaize the "subscription" models we've been kicking around internally, especially as they apply to feeding money to the local stations.<br>
<b>Now What?</b> Let's wait and see how well it works for Apple (assuming they actually implement it). Perhaps PBS could get in early and capitalize on the hype?
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- BBC reorganises for an on-demand Creative Future
As part of the BBC reorg, they centralize Future Media & Technology and put FM&T controllers with all three main content areas: Journalism, BBC Vision and Audio, and Music.
Press Release - BBC reorganises for an on-demand Creative Future
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- BBC To Offer 'Personalised' Radio
BBC will offer a service called MyBBCRadio as part of BBC's iPlayer. The free service will offer seven days of BBC TV on demand, as well as existing services such as podcasts and the BBC Radio Player.
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- CinemaNow Launches First Secure DVD Download and Burn Service
CinemaNow already offers download to own movies at between $14.99 and $19.99 per title, and download to rent at between $2 and $4.99 per title. Those both limit the user to viewing the program on their computer. The Burn to DVD feature is priced at around $19.99 and is currently only being offered for older titles.
CinemaNow launches first secure DVD download and burn service - Movies News
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- Mobile Technology Aids Swedish Evacuation
An interesting use of mobile technology for public service. Perhaps it can serve as an inspriation for local stations who want to offer text message notification services to help local public institutions (Police, Fire, etc.) to reach citizens.
Despite reports of disorganisation and chaos, Sweden's evacuation of its citizens has been held up as a model of order by commentators in other countries. Louis Roper explains how text messaging has played a key role.
- Net Neutrality for Dummies
A great, easy to understand (if a bit reductive) summary of the issues around Net Neutrality. This issue will certainly heat up in the months ahead.
- New Music Site Combines Social Networking with User Generated Content
Amie St. allows aspiring musicians to upload their songs for download and allows all users to recommend songs on the site to each other. As a song becomes more popular, the cost to download the song automatically increases. Artists take 70% of the royalties, Amie St. keeps the rest. Interesting "public media" model that allows users to be their own curators and therefore bypasses our "Public Media" system.
Amie Street empowers musicians to release, and music fans to discover, new and independent music in an online marketplace where listeners decide the price. Music fans can search for new music according to its price, genre, region, number of recommendations, as well as browsing the homepages of other Amie Street members. Musicians upload their music at no initial cost or risk (Ami
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- Podcast Peer Awards Looking for Podcasters
An Academy Awards-like organization, called the Podcast Peer Awards, has formed and will take nominations up to August 31st. The emphasis will be on quality over popularity.
- Public Access TV Kept Off the Air
An early instance of public access television being compared unfavorably to YouTube. "Several commissioners said they believe the growth of the Internet - particularly sites such as YouTube.com that allow people to post homemade movies - eliminates the need for public access television."
Why public access TV died
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- The 1% Rule
Fascinating article from the Guardian theorizing that, for every 100 people online, 1 will create content, 10 will interact with it (through comments, etc.), and the other 89 will simply view it. Statistical analysis of sites like YouTube seem to support the idea.
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- Wireless Broadband Could Be Available in 3 Years
Craig O McCaw's Clearwire Corp. will use WiMAX and recently acquired licensed radio spectrum to create a nationwide, wireless broadband network. On July 5th, Intel and Motorola invested $900M.
Clearwire's plan to create a mobile broadband network could make waves
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- YouTube Growth Continues To Soar
YouTube pageviews rose 515% between January and June of this year. Time spent on the site increased 64% from 17 minutes to 28 minutes.
- YouTube Sued For Hosting Copyrighted Footage
An LA news service is suing YouTube because some of YouTube's members uploaded copyrighted footage of the 1992 LA riots and other clips.
- YouTube's Copyright Terms Upset Users
Both YouTube and MySpace have been responding, rather unsuccessfully, to users' concerns about the site's rights to reuse or resell uploaded content. Public Broadcasting may be able to exploit this by providing a place for user-generated content that emphasizes the spirit of the Creative Commons License.
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