Vid-Biz: Holograms, Limelight, Babelgum

100 DVDs on a Single Disc; breakthrough in storage comes courtesy of G.E., and is a result of the company’s work in holography. (The New York Times)
Court Says Limelight Doesn’t Infringe on Akamai’s Patent; legal battles have been ongoing since July 2006, Akamai says it will appeal this latest decision. (GigaOM)
Babelgum Stakes Its Claim in a Niche; web TV service says it wants to fill in the void between viral video destinations and premium content sites like Hulu, and will go after professionally produced content catered around specific passions. (MediaPost)
CBS Interactive Scores More Than 200 Million Unique Users in March; of course, it got a some help from a little thing called NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament; stats provided by comScore Media Metrix (not Video Metrix). (emailed release) Elsewhere at CBS, an early deployment of mobile DTV will happen on buses near the network’s Raleigh, N.C. affiliate later this year. (MediaWeek)
Documentary Channel Heading for the Web; network will offer 15 percent of its library online and has recently launched channels on YouTube and Sling.com. (Multichannel News)
Verizon Added 299,000 Net New FiOS TV Customers in Q1 of 2009; brings the total number of FiOS TV customers to 2.2 million. (GigaOM)
Hey, Aspiring TV Writers, FOX is Holding a Contest; script contest held in conjunction with the New York Television Festival, and this year it will have a production company participating as well. (The New York Times)

Vid-Biz: Kutcher, Streaming Costs, Limelight

Kutcher Bringing Punk’d-esque Show to Ustream; star’s Katalyst Media will live-stream people getting tricked and embarrassed. (TechCrunch)
What Does it Cost to Stream Video? In light of metered broadband discussions, Saul Hansell at the NYT breaks down the local network and bandwidth costs associated with delivering video. (Bits Blog) Elsewhere, Dan Rayburn has tracked down some of Level 3’s customers, including Netflix, FOX, Yahoo and others. (The Business of Online Video)
Limelight Expands into Mobile; beta of the CDN’s mobile video service was used for March Madness iPhone app and reportedly being used for Major League Baseball’s iPhone app. (Contentinople)
Qik Integrates Facebook Connect; new features include the ability to instantly upload live-streamed videos to the social network. (Qik Blog)
ZillionTV Chooses Verimatrix for Content Security; VOD startup deploys Verimatrix’s encryption and authentication platform. (Multichannel News) Zillion also chose Inlet for encoding. (release)
A Digital TV Feature You Can’t Get; under ATSC guidelines, digital TV sets have the ability to offer dual streams of audio for broadcasts, but no manufacturer has included the decoding equipment to enable it. (Gadgetwise)
BBC iPlayer to Turn on HD; streams and downloads of some programs like Doctor Who and Dragon’s Den to stream in high-definition. (BBC)

AT&T Creates Private CDN for Corporate Video

logoStarting today, enterprise customers can get all the bandwidth for high-definition video they need from AT&T (s T), which has launched a private content delivery service for video inside company firewalls. The explosion of video inside corporate networks is straining resources, according to the carrier. But unlike the tiered service that AT&T is experimenting with for its last-mile consumer networks, it’s offering enterprise customers a service that helps them track, compress and prioritize video traffic within the network.
AT&T explains pretty clearly why this is necessary in its release:

“On the average business day, about one-third of the more than 17 petabytes of traffic traversing AT&T’s global backbone network is video content. A mere three years ago, video content traversing the AT&T network produced barely a blip,” said Roman Pacewicz, senior vice president of strategy and application services, AT&T Business Solutions.

AT&T, rather than become a dumb pipe that acts solely as a conduit for the video deluge, is hoping to monetize that video traffic. Read More about AT&T Creates Private CDN for Corporate Video

Voxel Adds Cloud Computing With SilverLining

voxelVoxel, the managed hosting provider, has built its own cloud computing product called SilverLining that will compete with Amazon’s (s AMZN) Elastic Compute Cloud and Rackspace’s (s RAX) CloudServers products. Thanks to its managed hosting business, Voxel plans to offer the same hybrid strategy that both Rackspace and ServePath offer, which combines dedicated servers with cloud computing for spikes in traffic or one-off projects. Read More about Voxel Adds Cloud Computing With SilverLining

Vid-Biz: CBSSports, Hulu, Fairy Tale

CBSSports.com Launches Countdown to Kick-off; the show will feature news, interviews and analysis with new episodes running daily from today through Saturday. (release)

Hulu Held Up By Music Rights as Well; some episodes of shows go missing because the music used hasn’t been cleared for internet streaming. (Techdirt)

A Web Video Fairy Tale; “Once upon a time there was a sad little digital video file. She had no dress to attend the Web Browser Ball!…” (jd/adobe)

NBC Reveals ’08 Mobile Highlights; peacock says it served 1.8 million mobile streams between Sept. and Dec., 1.3 million of which were full episodes; Heroes was the most popular. (emailed release)

Apple Gets a Second CDN; in Q4 ’08 started using Limelight in addition to Akamai. (The Business of Online Video)

Mag Rack Entertainment Buys Concert.tv; purchase price of the VOD network that does music and documentaries not disclosed. (paidContent)

Generate to Create TV for 20th Century Fox TV; multiyear deal has the production/management company developing scripted show for broadcast and cable. (Variety)

FastSoft Tweaks TCP to Speed the Internet

FastSoft, a Pasadena, Calif.-based startup with $4.3 million in funding from Miramar Venture Partners and Caltech, has developed a device that sits between a router and the Internet (or any other wide area network) and ensures the faster, smoother delivery of data — without using an expensive content delivery network.