“Watch Later”: A Hypothetical DVR for Web Video

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson recently proposed the idea of a “Watch Later” queue for the web that connects up to the TV in your living room and to other devices. That web-to-TV linkup is high on his mind given that he’s in investor in Boxee, but is it something that people want?

What I want is a video plugin, where I have a little thing on my browser, anytime you e-mail me a link and I see it in Gmail or you pass a link to me in Friend Feed or Twitter, or I see a link in Facebook, or I come across a video, I just want to bookmark it. But what…I really want [is] to…queue it. And then, after I get home at night, after…dinner with the kids and homework, that hour-long time that I have where I sort of lean back, linear video, I just want to go to my queue which I’ve built up over the past day or two and just boom, sit back and watch linear video, watch this video, and then the next thing is some funny clip somebody sent me and then go watch Charlie Rose …

I can definitely see the behavior Wilson is talking about here, given I actively use an app called Instapaper on my iPhone, where I queue up articles to read offline on the train rather than leaving them open in endless browser tabs.

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YouTube Launching YouTube Biz Blog; will act as a forum for more product and content announcements that are more business, advertiser and partner focused. First announcement is melding of Google Analytics and branded channel data. (YouTube Biz Blog)

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Twitmatic was a little weird when we tried it earlier today, but it seems to be working fine now. Yes, there’s a lot of missing functionality — right now it’s pretty much just a random video plopped on your screen — but ffwd has already promised via blog post to add features such as support for Twitter trending terms, search and permalinks. What I like is that Twitmatic is already bringing in a wider variety of video hosts than most video popularity indexes, with Yahoo, MySpace, Qik, Vimeo, Viddler and of course YouTube showing up just now. But I have to give it a major ding for alerting me to the existence of this Barbie music video.

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Hitachi to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing LCD Prices; firm agrees to pay $31 million fine. (USA Today)

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Google Rolling Out Behavioral Ads; YouTube among the sites to feature “interest-based ads” that allow you to select categories of ads you want to see. (GigaOM)

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