Vid-Biz: Qik, Babelgum, Puppet Fight

Qik to Get Cash Fix?; parent company Visivo raises $3 million in Series B round; could be used to bolster the live mobile streaming service. (VentureBeat)

Babelgum to Plunk Down Six Figures on Oil Doc; feature length Oil Sands to be the first project from the P2P TV service’s Digital Studio program. (Variety)

Puppet Video Sparks Blogging Feud; video blogger Loren Feldman mocks Fast Company TV’s Shel Israel’s interviewing skills; online fight erupts. (TechCrunch)

Verizon FiOS to Shut Down Analog Channels This Month; company phasing out local analog channels starting April 21, well in advance of the national February 2009 deadline. (Multichannel News)

HD TVs Lowering Crime Rate? Low wages in China flooding U.S. with cheap electronics that just aren’t worth stealing (just try pawning an old CRT TV). (Freakonomics Blog)

Nielsen Acquires IAG Research; Ratings company spends $225 million for TV show consumer engagement measurement service. (Broadcasting and Cable)

Sprint and CW Form Super Arrangement; Supergirl to get her own animated mobile series. (MediaWeek)

Another $5.6 Million for Kyte.tv

The San Francisco-based startup behind mobile lifestreaming video service Kyte.tv, decentral.tv, has raised a whopping $5.6 million in new financing from Spanish phone company Telefonica, according to sources close to the company. This is in addition to over $2.25 million the company had previously raised. According to some estimates, the total VC funding raised by decentral is around $10 million.

I had learned about Kyte.tv’s new financing efforts about three weeks ago, and was able to nail down the details while attending the Le Web 3 conference in Paris. As I have already reported, lifecasting/lifestreaming as a concept is becoming increasingly popular, and several new startups are jumping into the fray.

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At Le Web, Video is the Buzz

Le Web 3, Europe’s premier Internet-related conference, has attracted over a 1,000 people from across Europe. After talking to dozens of people, it has become clear — video is as hot in Europe as it is in the U.S. I found a couple of the startups that are worth keeping an eye on.

One to Watch: Qik Live Video

Kyte.tv, Justin.tv, Zannel, Seesmic and the like had better watch out: A startup we just heard about is doing live video streaming directly from cell phones. The service, called Qik, is a product of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Visivo Communications. We haven’t yet had a chance to talk to the company or try it ourselves, but if you have a fancy Nokia phone you should try to get into the alpha test.

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Here’s the big-picture idea from the Visivo about page:

Visivo is an early stage, well funded startup that is pioneering the next generation of video communication experience that is embedded into web pages and social networks and seamlessly works across all devices – from cell phone, game consoles to computers.

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