Arab Spring helps Livestation to grow audience tenfold

Livestation has seen its audience size explode ever since the beginning of the Arab Spring earlier this year. The company’s success makes you wonder whether other news networks that restrict their live feeds to pay TV subscribers are really doing the right thing.

Big News Is Good News For Livestation

Revolutions in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world were already helping the live-news-streaming service Livestation grow its audience. Now…

Vid-Biz: NBC Olympics, 3-D Movies, Livestation

NBC Is Losing Money on the Olympics Because It Paid Too Much for Them; GE predicts NBCU will generate $250 million less in advertising revenue than it cost to license and produce the games. (TV by the Numbers)

Hollywood Rushes Out 3-D Movies In Wake of Avatar; more than 20 3-D releases are scheduled already for 2010, and additional titles are expected to be announced. (Wall Street Journal)

Livestation Finally Hits iPhone With Live TV Streams; 20 months after previewing an in-development app that would bring its live TV news service to iPhones, Livestation is finally taking its streaming offering mobile. (paidContent:UK)

Epix Shows Mobile Hand; the joint venture of Viacom, MGM and Lionsgate has provided a look at the mobile version of its premium, on-demand movie service that will deliver hundreds of movies to subscribers’ mobile devices. (Multichannel News)

Cablevision Skates Out Interactive TV Mosaic for Olympics; the MSO’s “Olympic Showcase” mosaic presents six video tiles on the screen, five of which show live looks at NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network and Universal HD, with the sixth highlighting an Olympics video-on-demand section. (Multichannel News)

Poland’s Largest Online Portal Selects ExtendMedia for On-demand Video Service;’s OnetVOD has ad-supported and pay-to-view movies, TV series and programs, including more than 2,100 titles available at launch. (press release)

Bell Connects Remote PVR in Time for Vancouver Olympics; Bell has rolled out a national service driven by technology from Sling Media that enables subscribers to schedule their TV recordings from Bell Mobility smartphones or any Internet connection. (Multichannel News)

Vid-Biz: YouTube, Conviva, RollingShutter

Music Videos Back Online on YouTube in the UK; video site reaches agreement with the PRS for Music rights collection society; premium videos to return in the next few days. (YouTube Biz Blog) Speaking of online music videos, Vevo is reportedly in talks with NBC and CBS to develop original programming for its forthcoming music video site. (Reuters)
NBCU CTO Leaves for Conviva; Darren Feher will be CEO of the online video distribution company, which has a multi-year agreement with NBCU. (paidContent)
RollingShutter Removes Video Wiggle; plug-in tool for After Effects straightens objects that get tilted because of the CMOS sensors. (The Foundry)

Livestation and Telestream Pick Wowza for Multiple Screen Streaming; the Wowza Media Server 2 streams live entertainment to devices like the iPhone. (emailed release)
NDS and TNS Team Up for Individual TV Tracking; the opt-in service is able to monitor viewing habits of individual users. (Multichannel News)
Cable Cos Cry Foul Over Franchise Fees; they are lobbying hard to get a law passed in California that would require satellite operators to pay up to provide service. (The LA Times)

Vid-Biz: Funny or Die, ESPN, VHS

Funny or Die Raises $3 Million(?); cash comes from undisclosed investor, though news reports unsure of whether this is a new round or part of the previous $15 million round. (Reuters)

ESPN to Launch Interactive TV Apps Next Year; sports network to launch three iTV initiatives, two based on the EBIF software spec and one based on Tru2Way, will allow viewers to do things like create custom data feeds and participate in votes and polls. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Last of the VHS Holdouts Gives Up the Ghost; VHS distributor Distribution Video Audio says this is the last Christmas the company will offer the antiquated format. (Ars Technica)

SAG Delays Strike Authorization Vote; ballots won’t be sent out until Jan. 14th at the earliest. (The Hollywood Reporter) Picks EdgeCast Networks; IT infrastructure taps EdgeCast as its content delivery network. (emailed release)

Early Look at Livestation on the iPhone

Livestation is demoing live-video streaming on the iPhone and iPod touch. Pretty cool stuff, but the product isn’t out yet, and it will only be available over Wi-Fi.

Q&A with Livestation CEO Matteo Berlucchi

Livestation streams TV content from around the world to its own video player. CEO Matteo Berlucchi explains his company’s business model, why live-streaming is important, and about his competition.