Vid-Biz: Rickrolled, Lost, Domino’s

Rickrolling Nets “Never Gonna Give You Up” Co-Writer £11; despite being viewed 154 million times, Pete Waterman says he received the paltry sum from YouTube. He’s now started a campaign for fairer deals for songwriters whose work shows up on the video-sharing site. (Telegraph)
Lost Generated 35.8 streams in March; Nielsen says 1.4 million unique viewers watched a combo of full episodes, clips and other short-form content. Overall, served 176.9 million streams to 6.9 million uniques. (Variety)
YouTube Videos Show Domino’s Pizza Workers Doing Gross Stuff with the Food; clips show peppers and cheese being stuffed up a nose as well as a sponge being used, ummm, unsanitarily before being used to scrub a pot. (Consumerist) The perps were tracked down and according to a company email, will be fired.
Qik Cuts Costs for Mobile Travelers; Qik Roam is a pre-paid SIM card that lets users make calls, stream video, send email and browse the web in 134 countries while saving 60-80 percent on roaming and data charges. (VentureBeat)
Wrestlemania’s 25th Anniversary Brings Big Numbers; scores record numbers with 2.7 million unique users and 2 million videos streamed in one day. (MediaWeek)
Film Production in LA Down 56 Percent in the First Quarter; though TV production is up over last year (there was a strike going on), commercial shoots are down, overall location film in Los Angeles is nearly stagnant at 0.7 percent year-over-year. (The Hollywood Reporter) Meanwhile, film production was up $205 million in Vancouver in 2008. (The Wrap)
Turner Exec: Broadcast Ad Rates Are Outdated; David Levy says broadcast networks are charging inflated rates based on performance from years ago, wants to create a marketplace that blends cable and broadcast into the upfront mix. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Visible Measures Powers Reporting for MySpace Videos; video measurement company to provide third-party analytics for the social network to share with advertisers and content partners. (release)

Vid-Biz: Qik, PlayStation, Hitachi

Nokia to Feature Qik; handset maker to push live-streaming video service in its Ovi Store application depot and integrate it with its video-sharing platform. (emailed release)

PlayStation Network Gets NBC Universal Films and TV Shows; addition brings the total amount of content on the game platform to 1,400 movies and 4,500 TV episodes. (VentureBeat)

Hitachi to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing LCD Prices; firm agrees to pay $31 million fine. (USA Today)

Revision3 COO Ustreams Intruder Break-in to His Apartment; rather than call the police David Prager Twittered about the interloper’s presence and set up his web cam. (Silicon Alley Insider)

Google Rolling Out Behavioral Ads; YouTube among the sites to feature “interest-based ads” that allow you to select categories of ads you want to see. (GigaOM)

MTV Orders Private High Musical Pilot; ribald web series from 60Frames’ Red Band Industries among the latest web-to-TV acquisitions made by the network. (Tubefilter)

Revision3 Acquires CO-OP; will air video gaming culture show from creators of The 1UP Show. (emailed release)

Vid-Biz: Wikipedia, IPTV, Kutcher

Wikipedia Ramps Up for Video; expecting a crush of video uploads in the coming years, the sum of all human knowledge boosts its storage to 48 terabytes. (Network World)

IPTV to Grow 32 Percent Annually Over the Next Six Years; cable and satellite growth rates will slow as IPTV services forecasted to reach 79 million subscribers by 2014. (ABI Research)

Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Rose Create 24 Hours at Sundance; the online reality show is backed by mobile streaming company Qik, and follows four “social media mavens” as they compete in a set of challenges around the famed film festival. (CNET)

Google Officially Launches SpotMixer Service; service lets people automatically convert text ads into video spots that can be aired nationally. (Google Traditional Media Blog)

More than 2 Million Requests on DTV Coupon Wait List; too bad the program ran out of money. (Broadcasting & Cable) (See who the big losers will be should DTV be delayed over at GigaOM.)

Sony Pictures TV Acquires Embassy Row; purchase also brings the digital assets including the YouTube entertainment series Poptub. (The Hollywood Reporter)

ABC Puts Daytime Online; now you can watch full episodes of The View and General Hospital at (emailed release)

Layoff Count Rises: Akamai, Qik, Strands

The economy is affecting players all over the web video ecosystem, and companies both large and small. Here’s the latest carnage. Content delivery giant Akamai (s AKAM) laid off 110 employees today, or 7 percent of its staff. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company described the layoffs as “cost-cutting measures.”
Also, TechCrunch reports that recommendation startup Strands laid off 14 people, or 10 percent of its company, and mobile live video startup Qik also laid off 10 percent, or five people.
Update: Qik co-founder Bhaskar Roy tells us via email, “Well, given the current environment we had to take a hard look at how we create better efficiencies in our organization and to remain focused on long-term growth. As a part of this, we had to take the difficult step of eliminating a limited number of positions. Having said that – we will continue to increase our investments in areas such as R&D, product development that enable us to achieve long term growth.

Next Up for Qik: BlackBerry

The live video-streaming boxing match enters a new round today with Qik counter-punching an alpha for select BlackBerry handsets. Those of us sitting ringside saw a similar function land a right-hook on the BlackBerry Pearl and Curve through software from Next2Friends. Any corner manager worth their salt is obviously going to fight back as this space heats up. Not only does your phone act as a live web-cam for all the Internet to see, but the streams are recorded for posterity and you can tie in your activities with Twitter so all your peeps know when to tune in. Continue reading on our sister site jkOnTheRun.

QiK Brings Video to iPhone (Legitimately)

It finally looks like video-recording is arriving on the iPhone, courtesy of QiK’s new app. The omission of a video-record feature for the iPhone has long been a major source of derision. The device is fully capable of supporting video, it simply comes down to either an oversight or ill-considered design decision regarding features on Apple’s part (and considering the Cupertino campus’s eye for detail, the latter is much more likely).
Qik, featured over at sister-site back in June, is one of several video apps that owners of jailbroken iPhone’s have had access to for some time now. The interesting thing about QiK is that it streams live to the web — it means whatever you’re doing, where ever you may be, you can now broadcast live to the masses direct from your iPhone.
Fountain of Apple rumors, Kevin Rose, claims that QiK is very close to arriving at the App Store. “This is not a hacked or jailbroken version, this is the real deal. It’s not out in the App Store yet, but I hear it’s coming very soon.” Bringing serious substance to his rumor mongering, Rose actually broadcast the news live using the official QiK app itself.
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Qik Adds Andreessen’s Money, Advice

Mobile live video streaming startup Qik has taken “a significant investment” from Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, who formerly worked together on Netscape and Loudcloud/Opsware. The two are both joining Qik’s board. This adds onto Foster City, Calif.-based Qik’s $4 million previously raised across two rounds from Marc Benioff (Salesforce), Arjun Gupta (Telesoft Partners) and George Garrick (Jingle Networks).

The investment is significant because Qik is trying to stand out from both the competition and obscurity and Andreessen is a Silicon Valley heavyweight. In recent months the company has attracted high-profile users such as U.S. congressman John Culberson, The Vatican and the prime minister of Singapore.

Andreessen’s other online video investments include EQAL and CastTV.