Vid-Biz: Netflix, Hulu, Current

Report: It Costs Netflix Roughly a Nickel to Stream a Movie; Day Rayburn crunches some numbers and estimates that it costs the company .06 cents to stream a full SD movie and .09 cents to stream an HD one. (The Business of Online Video)
Hulu Getting Into Documentaries, Short Films; video site to launch a dedicated section of the site for this content, will provide a way to create relationships with indie filmmakers and studios. (Broadcasting & Cable)
Current TV Journalists Detained by N. Korea; Laura Ling and Euna Lee along with their guide were reporting along the N. Korea/China border. (The New York Times)
YouTube Exec Says Google is “Not Good at Content;” Kevin Yen, director of strategic partnerships at YouTube says Google is better at being a platform so purchasing something NBC or The New York Times wouldn’t make sense. (MediaWeek)
SNL Kagan: Comcast Tops MSO; cable operator has 20.1 million subscribers in the top 40 markets, almost triple that of second place Time Warner. (Multichannel News)
Google Enables YouTube Vid Viewing Inside Emails; new feature eliminates the need to click to a new tab to watch a video someone emails you. (Official Gmail Blog)
Career TV Picked Up by Fox Business News; bad job market is good news for the half-hour web series as it scores a national TV syndication deal. (MediaPost)

Where to Get Live Election Night Coverage Online

The 2008 election and online video have had a lot of special moments together: The CNN-YouTube primary debates. Obama Girl. Will.i.am‘s “Yes We Can.” Saturday Night Live’s “Fey-lin” skits. And even though those examples might lean to the left, online video isn’t just a liberal thing. Both the Obama and McCain campaigns have active YouTube accounts, and in September, the McCain account had nearly three times as many average views per video as its rival’s. And no fewer than nine outlets offered live online video of the presidential debates.
But those were simply viral videos and two-hour events coming straight from the official debate stream. For election night, the fun starts early and could continue all night. There will be red and blue states to call, voter fraud to police, polling lines to record, partisan parties to tune into, and pundits, pundits, pundits. For those who want more detail, perspective or partisanship than TV broadcasts offer — or for the election-obsessive looking to build a multi-platform election night command center — we’ve sniffed out a few of the election night options to choose from. Continue Reading..
Image credit: CNN. This article also appeared on BusinessWeek.com.

Current A-Twitter with Debate Hacking

Sprinkling a little Twitter dust on your broadcast is the hot new trend in television. Both Current and C-SPAN have displayed “tweets” alongside their political coverage, and CNN’s Rick Sanchez created a news show based around Twitter.
Showing watcher tweets on the air doesn’t make you truly interactive, but it’s a nice start. In the first month of his new show, Sanchez increased his time slot’s audience by 25 percent, to almost 900,000 viewers. And for Current TV, the progressive cable network that has yet to make a big mainstream splash, its “Hack the Debate” Twitter project has been a huge breakthrough.
Over at Current TV headquarters, which happen to be just around the corner from our office, folks were beaming with excitement when I visited them just before and during the final presidential debate last night. See my annotated video of the scene above.
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Target Women, Pizza Robot: NTV Station Today!

From Team Tiger Awesome comes this absurdist bit of genius comedy: An almost-parody of Boyz in the Hood, Pizza Robot tells the story of a hero for the early 90s generation.

And today we have an exclusive interview with Sarah Haskins of Target Women, the standout Current TV series that tackles women’s issues from a real woman’s perspective. Get Sarah’s thoughts on creating for web audiences and frenemies only at NewTeeVee Station!

Hanging Out at CurrentTV With Al Gore

Al GoreWith the U.S. Presidential elections likely to be held in November 2008, two major candidates, Senators John McCain (Rep.) and Barack Obama (Dem.) debated issues around foreign policy yesterday. To mark the occasion, Current.tv, a citizen journalism-based TV network, teamed up with San Francisco-based Twitter to host a special event that allowed folks to participate in real time as the debate unfolded. 

Before the debate kicked off, Al Gore, former U.S. vice-president and a presidential candidate who co-founded Current TV along with Joel Hyatt, stopped by the TV network’s fancy digs. They are right across from AT&T Park and a stone’s throw from our more modest offices. 

Om Meets Al Gore

GigaOM Network Managing Editor Carolyn Pritchard and yours truly stopped by. Twitter team was in attendance as well, and so were my friends Tekzilla co-host Veronica Belmont and Gdgt co-founder Ryan Block. David Galbraith, who is in town for a personal visit, was in attendance as well.  

I got a chance to exchange a few words with former V-P Gore, who was extremely warm and gracious and generous with his time. You can check out my photos from the event on Flickr, though they are not as good as Scott Beale’s always excellent photography.