Viacom Tries to Play Hardball With GooTube

After not getting its way in negotiations with YouTube (details, anyone?), Viacom has demanded that YouTube remove 100,000 unauthorized Viacom clips.  Although this is probably little more than another negotiating tactic (like the preposterous idea floated a few months ago about the creation of a Big Media YouTube Clone), it will be interesting to see how it …

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Analyzing YouTube’s Revenue Potential

From Silicon Alley Insider: So, Google’s YouTube will finally sell video ads.  How much revenue will they generate?  Most likely, not enough to materially affect Google’s overall revenue for at least a year or two.  Over the long haul, the contribution could be very material, at least on the top line. Let’s run the numbers. Emily Steel’s WSJ and Miguel …

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Joost In: Some Real YouTube Competition?

Perhaps Viacom had an ace up its sleeve after all.  When the company stormed out of negotiations with Google a few weeks ago and demanded that YouTube remove all its clips, the popular thesis was that the “Big Media YouTube Rival” was a go.  It wasn’t–and, likely, will never be–but Viacom appears to have found …

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YouTube and Sequoia Bullish on Google

Gold stars to YouTube, Google, and their respective investment bankers for how they handled this one…  Settle on basic deal terms and a provisional price, leak details so the market has a couple of days to chew on the idea, see how the stock reacts, neutralize the market’s biggest concern (lawsuits) by announcing a distribution …

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Viacom Disputes Vidmeter YouTube Study

In a Reuters story, Viacom responded to the findings of the Vidmeter study that concluded that Viacom content only accounted for a small fraction of YouTube’s video views.  Seconding some of the comments on this site, Viacom said the study’s conclusion was misleading because it only accounted for content that has been removed from YouTube at …

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Big Media YouTube Competitor? Sorry, Quincy Smith is Not a Moron

Reading the WSJ today, you might have been forgiven for thinking that even after a decade of futility, Big Media has learned exactly nothing about the Internet.  For today came new rumors that Fox, CBS, Viacom, and NBC are discussing forming a “competitor to YouTube.” A competitor to YouTube?  On the theory that Big Media content is so valuable …

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Vidmeter: Viacom Videos Were Only 2% of YouTube Views

Vidmeter Incorporated has published an in-depth study of the number and type of YouTube videos that have been removed at the request of copyright holders.  Importantly, the study analyzes not only the number of videos removed but the percentage of total YouTube views that such videos accounted for prior to their removal. After the Viacom lawsuit, I scanned Vidmeter’s …

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