Vid-Biz: Schmidt, Netflix, YouTube

Eric Schmidt Resigns from Apple’s Board; move comes as the two companies increasingly compete head-to-head in multiple sectors. (GigaOM)
Report: Netflix Coming to iPhone/Touch and the Wii? Multichannel’s unnamed industry source says you’ll be able to watch on additional devices (though probably only over WiFi). (Multichannel News) Meanwhile, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said there is no magic number that would trigger the company offering a streaming-only solution, and that the company is still focused on its hybrid strategy. (Video Business)
YouTube Gets Into Local News; video site wants to work with news outlets to deliver (and monetize) News Near You content, but local stations aren’t sure if hooking up with Google is really in their best interest. (The New York times)
Real-Time Animation Starting to Transform TV Production; the ability to create graphics and animation on the fly helps with visualization during green-screen shooting. (Variety)
WGA to Rep CBS New Media Writers; 15 news, promo and sports writers creating content for CBS in the LA area joing up with the scribe’s union. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Add Some Asparagus to Your YouTube Video; CollegeHumor gives you the secret codes to spice up any YouTube clip. (via Mashable)

Netflix’s Hastings Leads Top 10 Tech CEO Ratings

When I wanted to find out who were the technology sector’s top-ranked CEOs, I reached out to Glassdoor, a Sausalito, Calif.-based company that that tracks employee satisfaction. They obliged and sent us a list of the 10 top-ranked CEOs of publicly traded technology companies. CEOs are included on the list if and only if they have garnered 50 or more votes on Glassdoor’s web site. reedReed Hastings, CEO of DVD rental service Netflix (s NFLX), ranks the highest, followed by Steve Jobs of Apple (s AAPL) and Eric Schmidt of Google (s GOOG). The CEO list doesn’t surprise me — these companies are doing reasonably well despite a very bleak economy, giving their troops the confidence that comes from stability.
I wonder which CEOs one could include in a similar list for non-public/private technology companies?
From The Archives: Our interview with Reed Hastings.

Vid-Biz: Take180, 3-D TVs, CEOs

Take180 has 9M Views Since Last Fall; Disney-owned studio formally launches with three participatory web series: My Date, I <3 Vampires, Electric Spoofaloo. (release)
3-D TVs Could Account for 10% of Global TV Sales by 2011; but only if industry agrees on autostereoscopic standard, according to Screen Digest. (release)

Digital Media CEOs Worth Less
; Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer lost $6 billion and Netflix’s Reed Hastings is the lone gainer on paidContent’s chart of how digital media CEOs’ holdings changed in 2008. (paidContent)

Reckitt-Benckiser to Shift $20M to Web from TV
; major advertiser had measured-media budget of $475 million last year, with less than $1 million on the web; now employing video ad networks to get cheap CPMs. (AdAge)
iWidgets Signs Revision3; will distribute Diggnation via Facebook application. (release)
ExtendMedia Names Tom MacIsaac CEO; was previously on startup’s board as partner at BlueRun Ventures, prior to that was CEO of AOL-acquired Lightningcast. (emailed release)

Entertainment Tonight Comes to the iPhone
; get your celebrity news on the go with application developed by Rhythm New Media. (emailed release)

Vid-Biz: Netflix, YouTube, CBS

Netflix Pushes Streaming; CEO Reed Hastings says there may be a streaming-only level of the subscription service as early as this year. (Bloomberg) New partnerships allow Netflix subscribers to add and play movies directly from The New York Times and Rotten Tomatotes. (Netflix Blog)

YouTube Adds Functionality to Annotations; users can now collaborate with friends on pop-ups within videos — or shut off all annotations entirely. (TechCrunch)

CBS Launches Doc Dot Com; new weekly medical web series will feature health officials as guests and run on (AdWeek)

Full Steam Ahead for Canoe This Year; joint venture between the major cable companies will not be impacted by the bad economy; first Canoe product should hit the market by the end of Q2. (MediaWeek)

Hollywood Studios Offer Actors “Last, Best and Final Offer;” AMPTP says it has made big concessions; actors’ union has 60 days to respond. (TVWeek)

Study: 38% of Connected Homes Get Premium Services; NPD Group says 38 percent of web-connected homes get services like DVD delivery, music and gaming downloads. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Man Shoots TV Over Digital Switch; 70 year old Missouri man was reportedly upset he couldn’t get his DTV converter box to work. (

NewTeeVee Live: How to Achieve Video Nirvana, According to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings

How can we achieve video nirvana? The answer, according to Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, is to simply put the web on the TV, and the tipping points will come from the proliferation of broadband, high-def screens, and “the pointer” interface for a remote for the TV. He’s well aware that the online video industry has been saying this for a decade, but just wait ’til January’s Consumer Electronics Show, he says, where he predicts we’ll see some promising web-on-TV products.
Here’s some notes from his speech:
We want to watch what we want, when we want, where we want, and discover the content how we want. The debate has been between the TV and the web in the race to deliver the on-demand personalized video future. Standard TV is getting better — now they have over-the-air, cable, satellite, telco, and program guide. We have the DVR and VOD, which are “bolted-on” experiences and in most cases are discrete subsystems. TV’s problem has been: How do you create integrated and personalized experience before the web catches up? TV has the advantage of having a huge installed based, but on the other hand it doesn’t have crazy, innovative, inventive, web culture.
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Live from NewTeeVee Live!

The show that’s bringing you backstage access to the future of Internet video is finally here! Yes, the second year of our own NewTeeVee Live event kicks off this morning, and we’re about to hear from web video gurus like Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Anthony E. Zuiker, creator and executive producer of the CSI franchise. The Internet as a distribution platform for video has arrived, and industry insiders will tell you what you need to know at our day-long event.

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