Vid-Biz: Hulu, Boxee, Sky

At Hulu, ‘Free’ May Turn into ‘Fee’; one plan that the site is considering would allow users to view the five most recent episodes of TV shows for free but would require a subscription of $4.99 a month to watch older episodes. (LA Times)

Boxee Adding a Payment System; video startup plans to release a payment platform this summer that will allows users to make purchases with one click on a remote. (Boxee blog)

Sky Loses ITV Appeal; UK satellite firm has lost an appeal against having to sell its stake in the commercial broadcaster ITV, and as such will have to reduce it to below 7.5 percent from a current 17.9 percent. (Broadband TV News)

Discovery CEO Zaslav Makes $34 Million Profit on Options; Zaslav reaped a $34 million payday as a result of a stock appreciation rights plan that kicked in earlier this month, according to an SEC filing. (paidContent)

The Cord-cutting Threat May Be Larger Than You Think; operators continue to see little evidence in support of cord-cutting, but the industry is being impacted incrementally by a number of forces, all of which collectivity point to a “perfect storm” in support of the phenomenon. (The Diffusion Group)

Josh Silverman: How Video Changes Everything; Skype CEO argues that video is not only an entirely different way of communicating, but a really important one. (GigaOM)

Bharti Airtel Partners With Limelight Networks for CDN services; the deal enables Limelight to expand its access in India, while letting Bharti resell global CDN services to its customers. (press release)

Kaltura Releases Open-source Video Extension for Moodle; white-label video platform company releases an extension for Moodle, a popular open-source learning management system for remote learning programs. (emailed release)

Vid-Biz: BBC, Ooyala, Kaltura

BBC to Offer Over 2,000 Hours of Winter Olympics Coverage; the Beeb’s Red Button interactive TV service will have 2,000 hours of coverage available, compared to approximately 160 hours of coverage on BBC Two. (InteractiveTV Today) Ditching Brightcove for Ooyala; The Telegraph has signed a deal with Ooyala to manage the clips on its Telegraph TV section. (paidContent)

Video Ads Become More Engaging; online video ad companies are responding to agencies and advertisers by providing more flexibility in how they deliver their messages. (VideoNuze)

Unigo Selects Kaltura to Power Video for Its Online Platform for College Students; white-label platform will be used to deliver video on, including WSJ On Campus. (press release)

VOD Outperforms DVRs; Video On Demand will reach 54 percent of US households by 2015, compared to 44 percent for DVRs, according to a new report from Interpublic’s Magna Global. (Broadband TV News)

Is Facebook Video Chat the Future of Social Media?

As social networking becomes more mobile and as next-generation mobile broadband technologies increase the amount of bandwidth available to mobile devices, video will be the most natural mode of social communication. Status updates spelled out in letters may become the minority before very long.

Vid-Biz: RealNetworks, Travel Channel, Cablevision

RealNetworks’ COO Giamatteo Quietly Resigns; according to an SEC filing, John Giamatteo will step down effective April 2. (paidContent)

Travel Channel Site Makeover Adds Video; the cable network, now managed by majority owner Scripps Networks International, has relaunched with a new video player and a deep library of travel video, itineraries and destination guides created for the site. (Multichannel News)

Cablevision’s Interactive TV Ads Work Well; cable company claims that conversion rates — the percentage of viewers who, after initially clicking on an ad, successfully requested the advertiser’s product sample or coupon — ranged from 40 percent to more than 70 percent. (Multichannel News)

CBS AdLabs Beta Review: A Gimmick for Free CBS Episodes Online?; CBS has an interesting gimmick going on at its Ad Labs site, in which you can view advertisements in order to watch CBS full-length episodes online. (WebTVWire)

Cablevision Gets Board Approval for MSG Spinoff; the board has approved a spin off of its Madison Square Garden business to the company’s shareholders, which will take place on February 9, 2010. (paidContent)

Skype Names Former Sony Ericsson Mobile President as Chairman; Miles Flint will be the Luxembourg-based phone and video conferencing company’s new chairman, leading its 17-person board of directors. (Bloomberg)

SetJam Working on “TV Everywhere” Widgets; the online TV search engine developer announced it is working with major media companies to build a suite of specialized “TV Everywhere” widgets to transform static entertainment sites into on-demand interactive TV watching destinations. (InteractiveTV Today)

Mzinga Teams with Kaltura to Deliver Integrated Social Video; with Kaltura’s video solution, Mzinga OmniSocial users can more easily import and share rich media content across their community and within social applications. (press release)

CastUP Launches Video Delivery Solution for iPhone; the new product provides a framework for video to be delivered to the iPhone via multiple delivery mechanisms, including live broadcast and VOD. (InteractiveTV Today)

Kaltura Tries to Own Open-Source Video

Kaltura today announced a self-hosted version of its open-source online video platform. The move fills out the company’s positioning as the open-source option in video management. It’s frankly surprising that the rest of the rabidly competitive white-label video market seems to be letting Kaltura claim this angle for itself.

Kaltura, which has an undisclosed amount of funding from investors such as .406 Ventures, started as a collaborative video mixing application built on its own framework, but over the last year and a half has secured some 35,000 customers for its video platform service. Its new “Community Edition” is a free version of that under the GNU Affero General Public License v3.

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Vid-Biz: Digital Power List, Tremor Media, IPTV

The Digital Power 2009 List; among the 50 execs chosen by The Hollywood Reporter are Hulu’s Jason Kilar, News Corp.’s Jon Miller, and Felicia Day. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Tremor Media Unveils New Video Ad Format; the showcase unit first shows a 10- to 15-second clip and then users can decide if they want to watch more. (MediaWeek)

IPTV Set Top Market Cooling Off; though the sector grew 55 percent in 2008, fewer new customer prospects and the sour economy will slow that expansion down. (In-Stat)

Barrington Broadcasting Selects Cell Journalist for UGC; will allow the company’s stations to expedite getting approved user-generated clips on air. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Sorenson Expands its Spark Licensing Program; company’s video decoder now being used by Ittiam and NXP Semiconductors. (release) Picks Kaltura; white-label video provider to power video management of the hip hop site. (release)

Vid-Biz: TiVo, MMOD, Thomson Reuters

TiVo Lost 125,000 Subs in Latest Quarter; total number of subs is now at 3.34 million, roughly the same April of 2005 (see TiVo’s subscriber chart at TV by the Numbers). Amidst the slow death of its hardware business, TiVo has struck separate deals with Alticast, for easier integration into set-top boxes for cable operators, and with SeaChange, to allow TiVo users to search beyond recorded shows and into VOD titles. (CNET)

CBS Sports’ March Madness On-Demand Developer Platform Returns; open suite of widgets and applications lets developers choose and post an array of content from the NCAA basketball tournament. (NCAA)

Thomson Reuters to Launch VOD Service; news service to build massive database of business and financial video clips for use by its subscribers, the service won’t be available to the general public. (The New York Times)

AthletixNation Partners with Kaltura; college sports online syndicator hooks up with the open-source white label video provider to deliver content highlights to AthletixNation publishers. (release)

New Eye-Fi Video Cards Upload Directly to YouTube; new 4GB Explore Video cards cost $99 and will upload photos and video to any of 20 different social networking and media sites such as YouTube and Flickr. (VentureBeat)

Paul Yanez Upgrades His Hulu-Playing Desktop App; MyMediaPlayer 2 is an Adobe Air app to watch Hulu content, it now features Twitter integration. (TechCrunch) Whoops. Well that was quick. MyMediaPlayer 2 can no longer access Hulu videos.

Vid-Biz: Pirate Bay, Mobile Video, Keystream

Half the Charges Against the Pirate Bay Dropped; flaw in the evidence presented results in 50 percent of the charges being withdrawn. (TorrentFreak) See our primer on the Pirate Bay trial to get up to speed.

Mobile Video News for iPhone and Android: PacketVideo releases app that enables delivery of operator-branded TV and video services to the iPhone. (iPhone World) German company has ported its mobile TV service to Google’s Android, delivering 600 TV and video channels to the platform. (release)

RedOrbit Taps Keystream; science and tech site will use the automated ad insertion software to monetize its videos. (release)

AMC Launching a Trio of Web Vids in Support of Breaking Bad; in support of the second season of the (ed. note: fantastic) drama, the network is launching viral video, minisode recaps of season one and new original webisodes. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Betawave Launches Video Platform; Betawave TV will feature family-friendly programming and will be ad-supported. (MediaPost)

AlwaysOn Selects Kaltura; media network picks the open source white label provider to power power its video offerings. (release)

MobiTV Hits the 6 Million Subscriber Mark; company has added 1 million subscribers since December. (release)

Vid-Biz: Kaltura, Cable Rates, Kevin James

Kaltura Partners with PLYmedia; white-label video provider and ad platform combiming technologies to allow interactive layers of information on top of videos. (release)

FCC Says Cable Rates Up 122 Percent Since 1995; results of commission’s study looked at basic and expanded basic packages, also finds prices are lower when a second wireline cable operator enters a market. (Multichannel News)

Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) to Create Web Series for Crackle; web series Dusty Peacock is about an illusionist who stunts fail, Gary Valentine to star in it. (Variety)

Stickam Live-Streaming NATPE; company will provide all the keynotes as well as panel discussions from the TV biz conference. (release)

NBC Average 8.3 Million Uniques in 2008; network says that’s a jump of 34 percent over 2007 and that full-episode viewership online grew 25 percent over the previous year. (MediaPost)

Inauguration Video on Xbox; MSNBC had video of the event up at the Xbox Marketplace within hours after it finished. (Business of Online Video)

EQAL and Argora to Create New lonelygirl15 Offshoot; web series n1ckola will have 100 episodes and will launch on Jan. 26. (socalTECH)

Vid-Biz: Soulja Boy, Kaltura, Conchords

Soulja Boy Gets Animated Web Series; Interscope records to launch Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em: The Animated Series, which follows the rapper as he returns to high school (Alfonso Ribiero will play the principal!). (The Hollywood Reporter)

WNYCWNET/Thirteen New York Signs Kaltura; prominent public television station taps the open source white label video management company for the show Worldfocus. (

Watch the Season 2 Premiere of Flight of the Conchords Now; New Zealand’s fourth favorite folk rock novelty act is back — find them on Funny or Die before they return to HBO. (Funny or Die)

Demand for Place-Shifting TV Growing; new survey shows that 33 percent of U.S. broadband households are looking for ways to access their media content from outside their home. (Parks Associates)

NY Governor Mulls an “iPod Tax;” Paterson looking to make up budget shortfalls by potentially adding local sales tax for “digitally delivered entertainment services.” (NY Daily News)

Sony PS3 Now Supports GridCast TV; GridNetworks’ technology allows content owners to stream video directly to the game console. (release)

Television for iPhone Now Available; app doesn’t deliver live TV, but does have on-demand video from CNN, CBS, VH-1 and others. (CrunchGear)