Jaman Restructuring After Layoffs and Attrition

Independent movie web distributor Jaman appears to be petering out. The company has “made a strategic decision to emphasize a business-to-business oriented professional video platform and services for the future,” according to a statement from founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon provided to NewTeeVee. Jaman said it plans to continue offering its movie and community service amid the restructuring.
It seems unlikely the company will be able to keep up its offerings considering it’s laid off most of its engineers, its international development team, its acquisitions team, its biz dev team, and its marketing team, according to people familiar with the situation. Other employees have left of their own accord between rounds of layoffs. (Thanks to “Bob” for sparking us to call the company with your tip.)
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Vid-Biz: DTV, Veoh, Super Ads

DTV Delay-related News; according to Nielsen, more than 5.8 million U.S. homes (5.1 percent) are unprepared for the DTV switch (Nielsen Wire); the Consumer Electronics Association warns that the recent push back to the DTV switch could result in a shortage of converter boxes. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Universal Music Group Can’t Sue Veoh’s Investors; judge throws the part of UMG’s complaint that accuses Shelter Capital, Spark Capital and Eisner’s Tornante Company of “vicarious copyright infringement” and “inducement of copyright infringement.” (TechCrunch)

A Breakdown of Super Bowl Ads Online; 4,000 clips of ads from the big game have been uploaded and have received more than 75 million views. (Visible Measures)

SAG Feud Goes to Court; drama over the ousting of the union’s former executive director and chief negotiator continues, judge denies SAG president’s request for a restraining order against the union and the national board. (The New York Times)

PlayOn Releases Beta; software moves Hulu, CNN and other content from Windows PC to TV-connected boxes like Xbox 360, PS3 and other DLNA and UPnP devices. (Zatz Not Funny!)

Jaman Gets Indie Distributor E1’s Titles; deal will expand movie rental company’s library with roughly 3,000 feature films, documentaries and TV shows. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Blinkx Changes Up its Homepage; new buttons such as “Entertain Me” and “Inform Me” deliver automated entertainment and news streams. (Contentinople)

Vid-Biz: YouTube, Jaman, Kwiry

YouTube Mutes Infringing Music; instead of yanking the entire clip, just the infringing soundtrack is removed, resulting in a silent video. (Mashable)

Jaman Expands into Europe; online movie service also hires former MySpace Exec David Fisher to head up localized UK site. (emailed release)

Kwiry Lets You Program Your TiVo via TXTs; service works without a mobile browser; after setup, just text “TiVo” the name of the show and a code. (CNET)

MTVN Signs On With Panache; video ad company to serve video ads to the network’s sites. (MediaPost)

House Republicans Want to Keep DTV Transition Date; Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) along with 14 other House Republicans sent a letter to Obama, urging him to keep the date as is. (MediaWeek)

U.S. Patent Office to Reexamine TiVo’s “Time Warp” Patent; it’s the latest twist in the ongoing legal dispute between EchoStar and the DVR maker. (Broadcasting & Cable)

NBC Digital Entertainment Ups Emre Celik; Celik gets promoted to become the units’ vice president of technology. (emailed release)

Vid-Biz: Video Arrest, Tvigle, Fallon

Australian Man Charged for Uploading Baby Swinging Video; 60-year-old Chris Illingworth arrested after re-posting a viral video of a man swinging a baby around by the arms. (theage.com.au via BoingBoing)

Moscow Venture Fund Puts $5M into Tvigle; venture capital fund managed by Allianz Rosno will take a 24-percent stake in the content company. (Quintura Blog)

First-Look at Fallon’s Late-Night Show Debuts Tonight Online; nightly 5-minute episodes of the forthcoming late-night talk show will feature the comedian doing bits and offer glimpses behind the scenes as the show is created. (Variety)

FOXSports.com Taps EveryZing; partnership will allows fans to look for specific keywords in video clips online. (MediaPost)

TV Guide (the Magazine) to Launch Online Companion; only problem — the owners of the print publication do not own the online TVGuide.com business. (paidContent)

Content Distribution News; Jaman to distribute 60Frames content such as Who Cut the Cake?, Carpet Bros. and Lonely Corn Muffin. (emailed release); Blinkbox Signs Big Studios; film and TV site gets content from 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Television International and Warner Bros. Television. (emailed release)

Filmmaker to Install Video Camera in Fake Eye; Rob Spence’s prosthetic eye will have a built-in wireless video camera to record everything he sees. (Gadget Lab Blog)

TiVo Adds Jaman, CinemaNow

Written by Adrian Covert.

Following previous revelations that TiVo would be teaming up with CinemaNow to provide users with Disney movie rentals straight from their DVRs, they appear ready to unleash that content to the public, with digital film provider Jaman.com also along for the ride. Rentals from CinemaNow will be available next week for $2.99, while content from Jaman.com is available now for $1.99, with a 24-hour rental period for both. CinemaNow will only offer Disney rentals on TiVo for now, but plan to include movies from other studios in the near future. A number of shorts and full-length movies on Jaman.com are also available for free.
Contrary to previous promises of HD, movies only come in standard definition and include Disney classics like Dumbo, major blockbuster films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, and independent favorites including Supersize Me. With the current streaming media arms race going on between electronics companies, TiVo is actively trying to differentiate itself from competitors as more than just a DVR.
Adrian Covert is a San Francisco-based tech journalist and television addict.

Vid-Biz: Manga, iPhone, thePlatfrom

Jaman Gets Manga Content from Starz; movie site will offer such as Ghost in the Shell, Robotech and Astro Boy. (release)

AT&T Synergizing iPhones and U-Verse; planned functionality includes using the iPhone as a remote and downloading shows to the mobile device. (Reuters)

Comcast’s thePlatform Hooks Up with Six Ad Partners; video publishing service to offer Microsoft adManager, DoubleClick’s In-Stream, Tremor Media and other options for customers. (Multichannel News)

No More DTV Coupons for You! National Telecommunications and Information Administration says it has neither the power nor the desire to reissue the subsidy to households that didn’t redeem the initial batch. (Broadcasting & Cable) Plus, how will the DTV switch on Feb. 18 impact viewership of the Oscars on Feb. 22? (Variety)

Blu-Ray Not Big Business for Netflix; company’s CFO says the HD format won’t have significant impact on its business; less than 10 percent of its subscribers order Blu-Ray discs. (Video Business)

Tweet Your Debate Comments on Current; network’s web site will stream the debate and post user’s thoughts sent via Twitter in close to real time. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Verisign Hosting .TV Contest; submissions need to show what a “.tv worlds looks like,” grand prize winner gets a Sony HDR-TG-1 digital Camcorder. (www.tv)

Joost To Kill Desktop Client

Exclusive: In what is likely to be a major shift in the company’s strategy, peer-to-peer startup Joost is going to stop making its desktop client. The decision to suspend the client is likely to be announced soon, I am told. The company is going to a browser-only strategy, in which much of its content is going to be available through a browser-based player. Joost, I am told, will release a small plug-in that would embed itself in the browser and allow you to grab files using the P2P technologies. The web client is likely to have better quality than average video sites. (Update: Liz has an indepth review of the upcoming service along with screenshots.) Read More about Joost To Kill Desktop Client

Vid-Biz: Brand.net, Animoto, Mad Men

Brand.net Raises $10 Million; ad network gets money from Norwest Venture Partners and previous investor InterWest Partners. (CNET)

Animoto comes Out of Beta; photos-to-videos company celebrates its one-year anniversary, says it has 250K registered users that have created more than 4 million videos. (release)

Mad Men Twitters Removed; users “Don Draper” and “Peggy Olsen” (characters from the TV show) are removed after a DMCA takedown notice. (VentureBeat)

Jaman Gets Lionsgate; the online movie service adds content such as Reservoir Dogs and The Bank Job. (Variety)

2.3 Billion Online Vids Watched in France in May; YouTube is No. 1, but has a smaller percentage of the overall video pie than any other comScore-monitored country. (comScore)

Dish Going All MPEG-4; satellite company will begin transmitting all SD and HD content in the MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding Standard. (DSLReports)