Vid-Biz: YouTube Ads, Next New Billion, MobiTV App

YouTube to Introduce Skippable Ads; senior product manager Baljeet Singh said at a Google press conference that a new ad format will let users skip pre-roll ads that are embedded in videos, and won’t charge advertisers for ads that are skipped. (Wall Street Journal)

Next New Networks Celebrates 1 Billion Views; As expected, the online video company hit its billionth view since its inception in 2007. (press release)

World Cup Drives 1M Downloads Of MobiTV iPhone App; over 1 million of users have purchased and downloaded the MobiTV iPhone app, propelling it to number two on Apple’s Top Grossing apps list. (TechCrunch)

Dyyno Offers Facebook Video Streaming; to help organizations create their own video channels on Facebook, Dyyno launched an integrated video platform that makes live and on-demand streaming simple. (

Starz Inks New Comcast Carriage Agreement; Starz Entertainment and Comcast announced a new multiyear, multiplatform carriage deal that includes distribution of a new, authentication-based online movie service. (Multichannel News)

Porn Industry to Drop Flash; while Adobe is rallying support for Flash, Apple receives support from a rather unexpected ally — the adult film industry. (Conceivably Tech)

Pay-TV Operators Pause Investments as Subscribers Slow; Infonetics Research says pay-TV providers are trying to figure out how to grow their subscriber base in a hyper-competitive environment, while also threatened by over-the-top video providers. (press release)

Retrevo Predicts Big Year for 3-D TV; of a group of consumers planning to buy a TV this year, roughly 35 percent said they plan to buy a 3-D TV. (Retrevo blog)

STV Becomes YouTube’s Third UK TV Shows Supplier; Scottish Channel 3 licencee STV is joining Channel 4 and Five as the next major UK broadcaster to syndicate full shows to YouTube. (paidContent)

Branded Entertainment Set to Surge; in 2010, branded entertainment is on track to total $25.93 billion, a 5.3 percent gain. (MediaWeek)