Barney Bites Back, Snowy The Frostman: NTV Station Today

The nation is currently abuzz with rumors about what kind of dog the Obama family will be getting upon their arrival at the White House, but what about the current Presidential Pup? Well, turns out Barney is a little cranky — as Reuters correspondent Jonathan Decker found out, um, first-hand.

And how excited are you by the notion of “spending the yuletide season in South Park with a beloved childhood mascot chasing you with a hatchet”? The answer to that question directly reflects how excited you are about Snowy the Frostman, an Aniboom series that seeks to bridge the gap between Halloween and Christmas. Check out this satire wrapped in a spoof at NewTeeVee Station.

Vid-Biz: Hulu, Bandwidth, NBC

Hulu Cares Deeply about Every Pixel; some good notes on the OMMA conference today with sessions such as a keynote by Hulu’s Jason Kilar. (paidContent, Online Video Watch — check back on those sites for more posts throughout the day)

10% of Bandwidth on Corporate Networks Goes to Online Video; streaming video sites consume 30x as much enterprise bandwidth as P2P file-sharing, according to Palo Alto Networks study. (release)

Palin Clip is NBC’s Most Popular Ever; official online version of SNL impression by Tina Fey has been seen more than 5 million times (but probably a lot more times on YouTube). (Beet.TV)

Amazon Adds Commerce to Video on Demand (Duh); site offers storefronts for shows like Battlestar Galactica and Family Guy. (release)

Aniboom Launches Third-Annual Contest; offers $50,000 in prizes for animators. (release)

aniBoom Raises $10M for Web Animation

aniBoom has raised $10 million in a round led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, as TechCrunch first reported yesterday.

The second round for the Israeli startup was also led by DFJ Tamir Fishman Ventures and existing investor Evergreen Venture Partners, according to the release. The company had previously raised $4.5 million.


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As far as funding and developing its own content is concerned, aniBoom is going further than most other web video portals are willing to; the company said it would put some of the new money towards funding animated short-form content for the web and mobile, and animated series for television. But the site does have the distinction of its singular focus on animation. aniBoom already offers its own web-based animating tool and pays out cash prizes for contest winners. Embedded above is a promo for a current contest in which participants are asked to make music videos for Radiohead’s In Rainbows album.

Vid-Biz: Veodia, CNNMoney, iJustine

Veodia Raises $8.3 Million; enterprise white-label video provider (previous coverage) gets Series A from Clearstone Venture Partners, the D. E. Shaw group and an angel group led by iParadigms chairman Steven Berger. (emailed release)

Financial Web Video Shows Booming; CNNMoney.com delivered 14.6 million streams in March; Yahoo Tech Ticker pulling in 150,000 to 230,000 unique viewers a day. (MediaWee)

Carson Daly Creating Daily Web Show About UGC; The Really Big Internet Show will cover the most buzzed about original videos of the day, hosted by iJustine. (Variety)

Social Networking Comes to VOD; SeaChange’s new Axiom On Demand 5.0 lets customers manage and share their on-demand viewing. (Broadcasting and Cable)

No Microsoft Conspiracy Against YouTube; a mistake, not malice, had Messenger IM blocking YouTube links from being sent over the weekend. (paidContent)

Film Site The Auteurs Holding Contest at Cannes; company handing out Flip cameras for hopefuls to make a three minute film; winner gets $10,000. (TechCrunch)

aniBoom to Animate Games; company will create animated videos based on mobile phone games by I-play for online, television and mobile. (VentureBeat)

Four Sites for Animation Fans

Thanks to the web, cartoons aren’t just for Saturday mornings anymore — they’re for every morning, and afternoon and night, too. Independent animators are reaching wide audiences by putting their work online and there’s a ton of great cartoons to be found. Here are four places you can find some of the best.

aniBoom
We’ve covered the YouTube of animation site before, and they’ve just announced distribution partnerships with both online and mobile partners. The beauty of aniBoom is that anyone can upload their work, and while this makes it harder to sift through the bad to find the good, poke around and you’re sure to find some clever stuff.

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