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Posted by Richard Kastelein in Writers on October 30, 2010
As the New York Post so perfectly nailed it: "YouTube wants to be the boob tube." Social media giant Youtube passed one billion subscriptions, took over Google TV (not) and lost it's CEO - all in one week.
But nothing seems to be slowing Google down in it's quest for TV network-like status, and a share of the 60 billion dollars spent in the USA on TV advertising annually.
On average, 200 million channels been subscribed to each year since Youtube was founded in 2005. For those that don't know - Youtube's 'subscribe' button is a lot like the 'Like' button on Facebook or the 'Follow' button on Twitter and by subscribing to a certain channel or user, you get all their new videos on your own homepage.
It's no wonder the rumor mill is churning that Google TV looking to aggressively launch a YouTube TV channel since the networks have flipped them off and blocked their free and ad-funded content on the web from hitting the living room screen via Google TV.
Google downplayed a report yesterday that it folded its Google TV operations into YouTube after failing to win network content. Google is aiming for the TV set with or without Hollywood.
"The best content doesn't have to be created in a studio or on the backlot," a Google source told the New York Post.
And Google has more than just user generated content - including its own vast library of movies and professional generated programming.
In the midst of over 10,000 content partners on Youtube - who share ad revenue with the site, hundreds of those partners are making six figures a year and attracting what Google terms "TV-size audiences."
Democratization or disruption? Depends on who you are talking to. Studios, networks, broadcasters and heavy weight distribution players are not sleeping too well these days - and disruption is causing a lot of unknowns in their world. Smaller producers, directors, film makers, artists, writers, comedians, actors, smaller distro outlets and others that are not high on the old school food chain are ecstatic. This is a leveling of the playing field as far as they see it.
Using scarcity as a leverage in entertainment to rake in billions due to locked-in top-down deal-making is history.
If Google succeeds.
Or even if it's a collective effort to knock down the walled gardens as we know them by Google TV, Apple TV Samsung Internet@TV, LG and Sony Smart TV, Panasonic Connected TV, Yahoo Widget TV, Sharp, Philips and Loewe Net TV or Boxee or Roku or Tivo, Netflix or Hulu, HbbTV or Youview... things are not going to stay the same.
Chad Hurley, the co-founder of video website YouTube is stepping down as CEO - he founded the video-sharing site with Steve Chen in 2005 and sold it to Google some 20 months later for 1.65 billion dollars. On the surface it just seems he wants to step out of the day to day and go into advisory mode.
“For the past two years, I’ve taken on more of an advisory role at YouTube as Salar Kamangar has led the company’s day-to-day operations,” Hurley said in a statement released by YouTube on Friday.
“I will continue to serve as an advisor and am excited to witness the next phase of YouTube’s growth.” Hurley added.
Hurley founded YouTube with Steve Chen and Jawed Karim in February 2005. Hurley formerly worked at Paypal and under Google, YouTube has grown from 67 employees to more than 600.
Telefonica Europe’s VoIP unit, JAJAH, claims to have become the first VoIP app to be embedded into Facebook, the social networking giant. The operator announced this week that ‘JAJAH Social Call’ has launched in beta mode, initially as a mobile app for BlackBerry devices. The service allows users to directly call any online Facebook friend at local call rates. “JAJAH Social Call is the first global telephony service to work within Facebook,” said JAJAH CEO Trevor Healy. “We have seen numerous announcements from many companies, but JAJAH is the first to bring a genuine calling service to Facebook.” The deal is another significant scoop for JAJAH in the social network space after earlier striking a similar agreement with Twitter. Facebook has more than 500 million users worldwide. The move follows news earlier this month that VoIP giant Skype has launched a PC-based service that is integrated with Facebook’s social network. Dubbed ‘Skype 5.0 for Windows’, the VoIP firm noted that “the Facebook Phonebook in Skype allows users to call and SMS their Facebook friends directly on their mobile phones and landlines with just a few clicks. If your Facebook friend is also a Skype contact, you can make a free Skype-to-Skype call.”
Telefonica Europe – which runs the O2-branded operations in the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – acquired mobile VoIP start-up JAJAH for US$207 million at the beginning of the year. It announced in July it was to begin using the technology at its German subsidiary (O2 Germany) with a product called ‘O2 Global Friends.’ Yesterday, the Financial Timesreported that O2 UK will this week launch “a low-cost international calls service for its customers” and the Spanish operator group plans to introduce similar arrangements at five of its Latin American businesses next year.
Apple has become a top-five global handset vendor off the back of its iPhone sales, as rivals LG Electronics and Nokia underperformed, according to analyst firm Strategy Analytics. Meanwhile year-on-year market growth of 13 percent in the third quarter of 2010 was below the 16 percent recorded in the first half of 2010, as component shortages and economic volatility “slightly” constrained volumes. Total unit shipments were 327 million. While Nokia remained in top place, Strategy Analytics noted that this was the ninth consecutive quarter in which it reported below-average growth, at just 2 percent annually, as a result of pressures on its mass-market 2G handset shipments due to component shortages. Samsung’s growth was above average, at 19 percent, taking it the closest to Nokia it has ever been – at 22 percent and 34 percent market share, respectively. Samsung also increased the gap on third-placed LG, which saw a decline in shipments as a result of missing out on growth in the smartphone market – an issue which is also impacting its profitability.
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