Viacom v Google

14 03 2007

Yesterday I was at work, and me and this guy started laughing randomly at Randy from South Park. Specifically the part in the episode “Red Hot Catholic Love” where he craps out of his mouth. So we started to search Youtube, in all kinds of ways. 0 results. Then I just decided to type in “South Park”. 0 results. I thought there was some kind of malfunction, until I read later that my company, Viacom, was suing the new media upstart, Google, for $1 billion! That’s right, Dr Evil is alive and is ultimately my boss!

Because of my conflict of interest, I couldn’t possibly comment on the situation, but I will say that Viacom need a centralised video distribution service as good as , if not better than, Google. Everything in one place. Because Youtube is so dominant, people won’t go hunting for what they need. they will ultimately find something else on Youtube that makes them laugh. Which is the reason all those classic Ali G clips are now playing on my vodpod, on the right there. think about it, Viacom people.

Google warn about Internet TV, then launch more TV… for the internet

15 02 2007

The other day at the Cable Europe congress, Google warned that if TV and movie downloads continue to grow at the current rate, the internet could come to a standstill.

“The Web infrastructure, and even Google’s (infrastructure) doesn’t scale. It’s not going to offer the quality of service that consumers expect,” Vincent Dureau, Google’s head of TV technology, said.

Yeah, says the company who spent $1.65 billion on the biggest clogger of useless online video. A few days later, a Google spokesman went on to retract that staement, saying Mr Dureau had been misquoted. Then a few days after *that*, Google announced that they would be legally airing classic TV shows. Wow, what a fun, whirlwind time for them.

Oh, and in totally unrelated news, Google filed a form of some sort that let everyone know just how much Chad Hurley and Steve Chen made from their web 2.0 lottery winnings sale of Youtube. It makes me wanna throw up. I am not bitter in the slightest. In other unrealted news, I bought a dozen eggs and a one-way ticket to wherever Google’s headquarters are. What?? I like eggs.

BBC link up with Google

23 01 2007

Yesterday MediaGuardian revealed that the BBC are in “advanced negotiations” to make their programming available via a branded channel on Google’s video portal. So I went over to their UK website, and I noticed that Google have already signed up Channel 4 and Sci-fi channel in the UK, as well as kids TV channel Jetix (where are Nickelodeon???). With ITV and five moving rapidly into the digital age, and Apple firmly in cahoots with Google, could this development lead to British TV content appearing on Apple TV when it arrives on these shores? Or at the very least, the ability to watch Google Video and Youtube on our TV screens through the Apple TV box? Click here for the full story.

Youtube considering linear channel

15 01 2007

Media Guardian and Digital Spy are reporting that Youtube are looking at launching a linear channel in the “old skool” sense of the word. Here is why, if they are serious, this would be a bad move for them. Read the rest of this entry »