The Young Turks–MSNBC dispute is a cautionary tale

This week’s drama between The Young Turks creator and host Cenk Uygur and MSNBC has a sad tinge of inevitability to it, given the compromises required by the mainstream media. The major twist is just how loudly Uygur is raging against his former employer.

Vid-Biz: Apple and Adobe, Electus, Disney

iPad Puts Focus on Apple’s Flash Feud; Apple and Adobe, which used to be cozy partners, have become increasingly estranged since the computer maker unveiled its iPad tablet late last month. (Wall Street Journal)

Electus Hires Starcom Entertainment Vet Caraccioli-Davis; entertainment marketing specialist Laura Caraccioli-Davis is leaving her job at Publicis Groupe’s Starcom USA to join Electus, the entertainment joint venture of Barry Diller’s IAC and former NBC Entertainment executive Ben Silverman. (AdAge)

Disney to Break Windows; Disney has boldly told U.S. exhibs it wants to break the theatrical-to-DVD window on at least two titles a year, shortening the gap to just over 12 weeks vs. the usual 16. (Variety)

Hulu Could Still Launch on the iPad; one industry insider says Hulu is working on an iPad-friendly version of its site that should be ready by the time the iPad hits the market. (TechCrunch)

Current TV Taps SnapStream; Current TV will use SnapStream’s TV search server for its half-hour satirical news show, InfoMania, enabling it to search online and grab TV clips for use in the program. (Multichannel News)

AT&T Brings Fans Interactive Coverage With Olympic Games Multiview App; AT&T launched the U-verse NBC Olympics Application, a new TV app that lets subscribers watch up to four different channels featuring Olympic content on a screen at any one time. (press release)

New on Clicker: “Search Within” Everywhere!; the startup has expanded its “Search Within” capability to let users search for more types of information in more places, from categories like Comedy to media pages like TV or Movies. (Clicker blog)

Reelzchannel Steps Up VOD Content Frequency; Reelzchannel said it will increase the frequency of its video-on-demand and pay-per-view movie promotional content to a biweekly basis to keep it as current and relevant as possible. (Multichannel News)

TV Genius Joins NDS Recommendations Engine Partner Program; Through the deal, NDS will offer the services of video recommendations service TV Genius to its customers. (press release)

La Blogotheque’s Take Away Series a Treat for Music Fans

[show=lablogotheque size=large]To be a music fan who doesn’t attend or enjoy live shows is an impossible thing, due to the magic that can occur during an unedited performance. A spontaneous cover, a new segue between songs — not to mention watching the joy of playing music wash over an artist’s face — are all reasons to push beyond the recorded tracks of one’s favorite artists and see what they might do in a less conventional environment.

And that’s the cornerstone of French music blog La Blogotheque‘s Take Away shows, which have been capturing artists performing live in random locations since April 2006, anywhere from street corners to abandoned buildings to the Grand Palais in Paris. The emphasis is definitely on indie bands that the cool kids listen to — Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Plants and Animals — but don’t worry, there’s something for all ages. Well, I mean, there’s stuff for the cool kids, and there’s Tom Jones, performing in a New York hotel room.

The range of artists overall is varied, including well-known performers like Amanda Palmer and Sigur Ros, as well as those you might not be as familiar with — one highlight is Tender Forever (the moniker for ukulele-rocking Melanie Valera) wandering through a building under construction with her instrument and playing some pop covers. Read More about La Blogotheque’s Take Away Series a Treat for Music Fans

Digeo Caters to Multi-TV Households With Moxi Update

After being acquired for a song by Arris in Sept., Digeo released the latest in a string of improvements to its product portfolio today, starting with an HD DVR that can stream live or recorded video to up to three rooms in a user’s home.
In the latest update to the Moxi brand of products, Digeo added a new three-tuner HD DVR, which will allow consumers to record up to three programs at once, while having the ability to watch a fourth recorded program. Or, when combined with the company’s Moxi Mate products, users can now watch up to three live or recorded shows from different rooms in the house.
The ability to stream live programming to the Moxi Mate is also a new addition, correcting one of the biggest things missing from the product. Prior to the latest release, users could only watch pre-recorded programs through their Moxi Mates.
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Vid-Biz: Clinton, TiVo, Weird Al

Bill Clinton Met with Kim Jong-Il Over Current TV Journalists; former president spoke with North Korean leader today about the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee. (CNN)
RCN Partners with TiVo; the cable operator will make TiVo its primary DVR platform in 2010, will integrate RCN’s VOD as well as TiVo’s broadband services. (Broadcasting & Cable)
Star in a JibJab Weird Al Video; putting your mug in the song about Charles Nelson Reilly available only if you’re a paid JibJab member. (TechCrunch)

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Roughly 200 Million Set-Top Boxes to Be Shipped in 2013; growth spurred by high definition adoption, and by homes in areas like rural India getting TVs. Video Business)
ESPN Using Web Series for High School Quarterback Competition; webisodes follow real-life QBs as they prepare for the Elite 11. (paidContent)
DivX Signs Studios, Storefronts; Lionsgate and Paramount to release films on the format while three European storefronts ERG, and Play4Film agree to sell films playable on DivX devices. (releases)

Current Replaces CEO With MTV and Ad Industry Vet

Multiplatform video company Current Media said today that Mark Rosenthal, the former president and COO of MTV Networks and CEO of Interpublic Media, will replace co-founder Joel Hyatt as CEO.

RosenthalRosenthal had been a Current board member since the inception of the company. Hyatt will now serve as vice chairman.

Rosenthal had most recently been vice chairman and president of media platforms at the troubled ad startup Spot Runner, which he joined a little over a year ago from Interpublic.

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Boxee (Officially!) Partners to Bring MLB to TV

Boxee made a slew of announcements at its App Developer Challenge in San Francisco this evening, and key among them was the news that was added to the open-source media platform. Starting tonight, Premium subscribers will be able to watch games piped over the Internet on their big screen TVs (or just on their PCs) through the Boxee browser.

MLB - choosing a game

What’s interesting about this announcement is that the addition of baseball to Boxee was done in an official partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM). This wasn’t just some hack that Boxee put together, so presumably the company will avoid the troubles it got into with Hulu.

But it’s also nice to see the MLB is still forward thinking when it comes to web video. Sports leagues get very particular about where, when and how games reach consumers. But the MLB has proven itself very tech-savvy as an early adopter of online video, and this season added HD capabilities and DVR functionality to its service. MLB also offers an iPhone app to allow fans to watch games on the go.

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