Blake Krikorian Invests in Clicker, Joins Board

BKrikorian-b.jpgBlake Krikorian, who left left Sling Media earlier this year, the place-shifting startup that he sold to Echostar for $380 million in September 2007, is going to join the board of directors of Clicker.com, a Los Angeles-based online-video content discovery company started by Jim Lanzone, the former CEO of Ask.com. Krikorian is also going to make an undisclosed amount of money in the company; a news announcement is likely to be made later this week.
Clicker is backed by veteran venture capitalists Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital and Geoff Yang of Redpoint Ventures, who have invested $8 million in the company. Clicker is going to be unveiling its service to the world at our NewTeeVee Live conference, which will be held on Nov. 12 in San Francisco. (To buy tickets for the conference, click here. ) Liz covered the company in The Best Guides to Watching TV Online. Continue reading at GigaOM.

SlingMedia Founder Invests In Clicker, Joins BOD

BKrikorian-b.jpgEver since Blake Krikorian left Sling Media, the place shifting startup that he sold to Echostar for $380 million in September 2007, he’s been lying low. Instead of trying to build yet another startup, he has been spending time trying to put together a killer home entertainment system that uses HDMI-over-fiber, dozens of iPod touch devices and many Apple displays spread across his home. “It will either be a great thing or my family will hate me,” Krikorian joked when he stopped by in our office last week. This do-it-yourself project is a way for him to think about what he will do next.
And as he waits for inspiration to strike, Krikorian is going to join the board of directors of Clicker.com, a Los Angeles-based online-video content discovery company started by Jim Lanzone, the former CEO of Ask.com. He is also going to make a minority investment in the company; a news announcement is likely to be made later this week. Read More about SlingMedia Founder Invests In Clicker, Joins BOD

Cloudy Days Ahead for Slingbox

When Blake Krikorian made the rounds in 2004-2005 to tell people about his new device called the Slingbox, the founder and then-CEO of Sling Media employed a pretty smart tactic: He coined a term – placeshifting – to describe what exactly it was his company’s flagship product, the Slingbox, actually did. As described by Om, placeshifting was “the concept of watching your television, anywhere, anytime.” But, after all that, Sling — and its counterparts Orb Networks, Sony and others — has not become the next big consumer hit. So what happened here? Did Sling and others in the placeshifting market fail to execute? The answer is no. Instead, the avalanche of online content has made placeshifting unnecessary.

Vid-Biz: Krikorian, NewsMarket, Microsoft Vomit

Sling Founder Headed to DirecTV? Satellite company reportedly has reached out to Blake Krikorian to succeed Chase Carey as CEO. (paidContent)

The NewsMarket to Acquire MediaLink; NewsMarket will acquire all oustanding shares of MediaLink’s common stock for 20 cents per share in cash; move will combine NewsMarket’s digital video distribution platform with MediaLink’s professional services. (release)

Microsoft Dumps Vomit Ad; viral spot for Internet Explorer featuring a woman vomiting over the web sites her husband visits is pulled. (CNET)

1Cast Signs Fox Business News and Al Jazeera; two networks will provide “up-to-the-minute” clips to the news aggregator. (Multichannel News)

Yesterday Was Supposed to Be a Tru2Way Milestone; July 1 was the day the large cable cos agreed to be ready to support tru2way enabled CE devices; while deadline was missed, cable companies are making good faith efforts. (ZatzNotFunny!)

HD Streams Still a Dream; measly megabit-per-second connections, superior Blu-ray video quality and limited content add up to high-definition video streaming to the TV not taking off for a while. (Variety)

Study: TV More Effective for Ads than Online; research from Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing and NeuroFocus TV gives high marks for recall, intent to purchase and emotional engagement (ed. note: What if the emotion people are engaging in is anger over all the commercials?). (MediaWeek)