Justin.TV Goes QVC With Talk Market

The big question surrounding live video streaming services so far has been how they plan to make money. Today, in the hopes of finding an answer, Justin.tv is introducing a home shopping channel.

The livecasting company is partnering with Amazon-backed e-commerce company The Talk Market to offer “one-time-only deals and incredibly creative inventions,” (not that they’re overselling it). The 1-hour broadcasts will be filmed in New York and hosted by Christine Gambito (aka YouTube’s “HappySlip”), and the two companies will share in the revenue.

Watch live video from Talk Market on Justin.tv

Shows will run throughout the week of Sept. 15-19, airing at 1:30 p.m. EST, and will feature chats with live guests and the ability to click and purchase featured items. The initial batch of sellers cover a wide range of markets including Japanese pop toys, music, green products and jewelry.

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Beijing Olympics Live on Justin.tv

Update: All the channels mentioned in this story are down, replaced by the message “Content from this channel removed at the request of the copyright holder. This channel will be accessible again in 24 hours.”

As we’ve been writing all week, tape delays are an excellent way to ensure that people find a way around the official means to watching the Olympics. So, for instance, if you were to head over to Justin.tv right now (which often carries unauthorized sports footage, which tends to conclude before the DMCA notice makes it out of the lawyer’s office), you could see multiple live streams of the tail end of the opening ceremonies and ongoing soccer matches.

We’re not condoning this behavior, but we have to say we’re mighty frustrated to see evidence that the Olympics is happening all around us, but when we turn on NBC, we get Today Show hosts yapping about Chinese breakfast foods.

Watch live video from www.Maroc-Jadid.Com on Justin.tv

Post-mortem: The Justin.tv channels were taken down, but that was just after the fireworks concluded — a.k.a. when it ceased to matter. And as commenters are noting below, more channels are springing up there and elsewhere. I just spoke with Brian Stelter at the New York Times, and he said the U.S. is the only country he can find where the opening ceremonies were tape-delayed. Between the two of us, we didn’t find evidence that hundreds of thousands of people were using these illicit streams, so maybe we’re making a mountain out of a mole hill — and this could be considered successful anti-piracy action. The reality, though, is tape delay is a total anachronism.

However, my conclusion is that NBC missed the opportunity for the biggest live-streaming event to date. With all the work they’ve put into NBCOlympics.com and all the lucrative advertising they’ve sold, they could have had millions of people watching simultaneously this morning, feeling that global togetherness/warm fuzziness at the same time as everyone else. Instead we have to settle for stale warm fuzzy feelings tonight on tape delay. Lame.

Another update
: Here’s Brian Stelter’s article.

Mogulus Gets $10M from Gannett

Live-streaming service Mogulus has raised $10 million in funding from news giant Gannett. TechCrunch first wrote about the story, and our sources corroborate that figure. Mogulus had raised $1.2 million in seed funding in May of last year and another $1.5 million in January of this year.

Gannett signed on to use Mogulus’ services in April and the partnership actually led to breaking presidential campaign news when Sen. Hillary Clinton’s remarks about the assassination of Robert Kennedy were caught on a Mogulus stream.

With its war chest full, Mogulus just needs to figure out how to make money. The company introduced overlay ads in May and announced that it would roll out a “pro” service over the coming months that charged for a higher quality experience.

The livecasting space certainly isn’t without competitors. Ustream raised $11.1 million in April, Justin.tv says it just passed 1 million registered users, Stickam just launched a pay per view service and YouTube says it will be adding live video this year.

We sent a note to Mogulus for confirmation and will update when we hear back.

Stickam Launches Pay-Per-View Service

Now you can transform those backyard wrestling events into your own Wrestlemania, as Stickam today announced PayPerLive, a new service that lets users charge admission to their livestreamed events.

The service is in beta and currently accepting applications. In the press release the company said it would implement a tiered revenue-sharing program, with Stickam receiving 25 percent of the profits from each user-hosted event. We’ve contacted the company to find out more specifics and will update as we get them.

UPDATE: I spoke with some Stickam reps and they provided a few more details. The beta will initially be open to ten users, and will expand out from there to a hundred and then a thousand and so on until all the details and bugs have been worked out. Stickam will take 25 percent of the ticket price (a little more specific than just “profits”). The company has updated its terms of service in anticipation of the new service which means, sorry, no selling tickets to your live sex show. Adult content is verbotten and Stickam will have support people watching to make sure.

Livestreaming companies are still searching for a business model. NowLive has started partnering with traditional media companies to do red carpet coverage at movie premieres; Ustream has gotten into politics and will be streaming the Republican National Convention; and Justin.TV is reportedly working on a transaction system of its own.

Those Jonas Brothers Sure Do Get Around Online

While pop stars’ fortunes these days are heavily dependent on building an online fan base, the reverse is even more true. Social media sites are tripping over themselves to score the one celebrity who will shower them with rabid fans.

I’m surprised to see how often the words “The Jonas Brothers” show up in my inbox. And no, it’s not because I’m signed up for their fan club alerts or anything like that. It’s because these guys are huge. Their magical combination of luscious locks and mediocre crooning have captured the hearts of young ladies everywhere. And outside of their day jobs as Hanson 2.0, they’re also the poster children for any number of social media services.

The first time I heard about the band was last October, when Justin.tv told me the brothers were by far their most popular users, helping the startup to secure venture funding from Alsop Louie. As I noted then: “Up-and-coming band the Jonas Brothers has been the biggest hit to date, with 80,000 uniques and a maximum of 14,000 simultaneous viewers turning in for a live chat last week.”

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The F|R Interview: Y Combinator’s Paul Graham

Editor’s note: For the sake of accuracy, we have replaced the edited questions and answers with their unedited version (save for some minor stylistic changes). We sincerely apologize for any confusion.

This week Found|READ interviews software entrepreneur Paul Graham, co-founder of the influential startup incubator, Y Combinator.

Since 2005, Y Combinator has seed-funded 250 founders and over 45 startups including Justin.TV, RescueTime, Weebly and Zecter. Many other “YC shops” have quickly achieved liquidity events, among them Reddit (Condé Nast) and Auctomatic (Live Current Media). Fresh from Y Combinator’s fourth annual Startup School ‘08, Graham talks about the competition, various success factors, and how Y Combinator picks its winners. Read More about The F|R Interview: Y Combinator’s Paul Graham