Qoof finally launches. After many, many months of speculation. Qoof finally launches their first product called Usermercials. Usermercials are User generated commercials that have an embeded affiliate link. It is a new way for users to generate income with Online Video.
We feel we need to apologise. We really want videosoda to keep going, but the start-up we are involved with has been keeping us very, very busy. Hopefully soon we will have what to announce and we are currently looking for blog writers to keep this blog going. Thank you to all of you who have emailed us, we hope to bring some new bubbling content soon.
I believe this will be very good news for .tv fans. eNom, which is a Demand Media company will take over the extension pretty much. Please read below the email we received this morning:
Dear Video Soda,
In an effort to enhance the portfolio of domain name-related products and services available to you, The .tv Corporation is pleased to announce that we have signed a service agreement with Demand Media to manage the administration of our customer’s domain names and customers. eNom, Inc., a Demand Media company, will be the direct provider of these domain name registrar services.
You will benefit from the full array of domain name registrar services andvalue-added products that eNom, a top 5 registrar, can provide. eNom's business model is built on a strong network of resellers and retail clientsworldwide, and a strong, loyal and successful customer base due to their high quality service and solid technology platform. Additionally, eNom and its parent company Demand Media have a vision that leverages domain names and new media with the goal of strengthening the positioning of the .tv Top Level Domain Name (TLD) as the place online for rich media. The transition will take place on December 12, 2006. This email provides important information about the transition. We will also send additional communications prior to the transition date to keep you informed.
Both companies will continue to be dedicated to our common goal: the commitment to putting customers first and you can be sure that eNom will work to ensure that you continue to receive outstanding customer service before, during, and after the administrative transition. Additionally, both companies are working to ensure that this process is as seamless to customers as possible.
Below is a selection of Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand the initial phase of this transition.
1.) Which company will be my new registrar?
eNom, one of the largest registrars in the domain industry, will be the newregistrar for current .tv Corporation for customers. For more information on eNom visit their Web page at www.enom.com.
2.) Will I still be able to log into my account to manage my domains?
Yes. Currently, you can continue to manage your domain registrations and other services at www.tv. When your account is transitioned to eNom, you will be able to manage your account online from their site. Links to their site will be provided on the www.tv homepage to provide you with access into your log in area with eNom. You will be able to use your existing username and password the first time you log in, at which time you will be prompted to change them.
3.) How will I be able to check my e-mail for this account? Will my e-mail messages be deleted?
E-mail messages that currently reside on The .tv Corporation’s webmail accounts will NOT be deleted. You will be able to log onto your webmail account at webmail.srilanka.tv. In addition to logging on at webmail.srilanka.tv, there will be a link on eNom's account management page to your webmail account. Please note that if you have used a client-based program such as Outlook to download e-mail messages from the webmail interface, you will have to maintain these messages if the program parameters are set to delete the mail from the server.
4.) Will the DNS records of my site be compromised with a move to a new registrar?
No, all nameserver records will remain unchanged.
5.) I currently use a credit card to auto-renew my domains and I saved my credit card information under my account info. Will the .tv Corporation send my credit card information to the new registrar?
As a measure to protect the security of your credit card information, The .tv Corporation will not release your credit card information to eNom. eNom will contact you based on the mailing address currently on your account with us and distribute notifications to renew your domain names. Please ensure your contact details are up to date.
6.) Will my user ID and/or password change for logging into my account?
Current usernames and passwords will be available for a one-time logon with eNom. After the initial log on, you will be prompted to enter a new username and password.
7.) When will I be able to log into my account with the new registrar?
The effective date of the transition is scheduled for December 12, 2006. Until that date you can continue to manage your registrations and the services you currently enjoy with the .tv Corporation as you are doing today. Links to eNom’s website will be provided on the .tv Corporation Web page.
8.) Will the same e-mail forwarding services be setup for my account with the new registrar?
Yes, all e-mail records that are currently on file at the .tv Corporation will be transferred to eNom.
9.) Will the same web-forwarding services be setup for my account with the new registrar?
Yes, all web-forwarding records that are currently on file at the .tv Corporation will be transferred to eNom.
10). Will my parked Web page (e.g. under construction page or for sale page) be impacted?
Your parked Web pages will look a little different in terms of layout and design, but the content will not change. Until December 12, you can continue to manage your page as you do today. After December 12, you can manage the content and the page by logging into your account at eNom and using the eNom domain control panel.
11.) Will the registration term for my domain be the same or will it change with the change in registrar?
No, your registration term will not change. eNom will contact you to renew your domain once the term is due for renewal. Please ensure that your contact data is up to date.
12.) Are there any current email features that will not be supported?
Yes, Group Lists and POP3 Events (retrieving email from a 3rd party mail server) will not be supported.
13.) Will I have to make any changes if I use my own or third-party DNS servers?
Yes, after December 12th, you will need to change the MX record for eachdo main using our email services. The correct setting will be:
The current mail server will forward mail to the new server after the switch is made on December 12th to protect your mail from being lost in the transition. It is recommended you make your DNS changes on December 13th.
14.) I use the free Parking Page service templates on my domain ("Site Coming Soon", "Domain for Sale", or "Business Card"), will that still be available for me now, too?
Yes. You will log into your account and select your domain from your account. eNom’s Domain Control Panel will have a setting that will allow you to change or manage these Parking Pages. Should you have additional questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AppleInsider (personally I would call them Apple Cider or Apple InCider) reports that over half a million Disney videos have been downloaded via iTunes. They are expecting $50,000,000 in ad revenue in the first year!! This is tremendous and a for sure sign of things to come!
Walt Disney Co. said Thursday it has sold nearly a half million films through Apple Computer's iTunes store since announcing the distribution deal a little less than two months ago.
The sales figure, which amounts to approximately $4 million in revenue, was announced during the entertainment conglomerate's fiscal fourth quarter conference call with analysts and members of the media.
Disney said it expects movie downloads to generate $50 million in added revenue during the first year of the program.
It started by making 75 movies available on iTunes service in Sept. and recently announced plans to add the No. 1 animated film of the year, Cars, and the No. 1 film of the year, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
Better ROI From YouTube Video Than Super Bowl Spot
Dove's Viral Hit 'Evolution' Is a Real Beauty
By Jack Neff
Published: October 29, 2006
CINCINNATI (AdAge.com) -- With not a penny of paid media and in less than a month, "Dove Evolution," a 75-second viral film created by Ogilvy & Mather, Toronto, for the Unilever brand has reaped more than 1.7 million views on YouTube and has gotten significant play on TV talk shows "Ellen" and "The View" as well as on "Entertainment Tonight." It's also brought the biggest-ever traffic spike to CampaignForRealBeauty.com, three times more than Dove's Super Bowl ad and resulting publicity last year, according to Alexa.com. ...
At first glance Brightcove looks like a glorified YouTube, and in a way they are. They will succeed where YouTube has failed and that is with quality video content. Truth be told there is a need for YouTube, but the future belongs to Brightcove.
They have made many changes to their website and it seems that they have shifted focus from a platform to a Station which runs on their platform. It is really the same thing they have been doing, but their home page has now become a destination site.
Below is a copy of the email that just came out announcing all the changes:
9:47 pm (22 minutes ago)
I'm writing to share some exciting news about Brightcove.
This week we're unveiling a range of new programs, pricing and services that continue to deliver on our vision for Internet TV. We've been listening closely to the feedback from everyone in the commercial preview, and these announcements also address many of the major requests we've heard.
First, we're announcing the economic terms for using Brightcove. Basically, you have two choices: the Brightcove Network and the Brightcove Platform. The Network lets you use Brightcove at no cost, and earn money from our advertising network and download video sales. The Platform gives you complete control with a range of usage-based pricing options for both large and small companies.
You can learn more about these new account types on our corporate website. When you sign in to the Console, you'll find instructions on how to convert your account to the type that fits your needs. Of course, if you don't convert now, the free commercial preview will continue until the end of the year.
Beyond the new offers, we've released several major enhancements to the service and new opportunities for building your audience:
Easier Video Encoding & Uploading – We have a new desktop tool, the Brightcove Publishpod, that lets you easily encode and upload videos from your Mac or Windows computer. You can download the beta through the Brightcove Console. Learn more.
Destination Site – We launched the beta of a new consumer destination at www.brightcove.com that is specifically designed to help people find your videos. Through the Console you can update your channel page on the site so it lists and plays what you want. Learn more.
Syndication Marketplace – To expand the ways you can find web publishers to distribute your content, we've released the first version of our Syndication Marketplace, which you can start using today. Learn more.
AOL Video Distribution – Through our partnership with AOL, we are now giving you the to ability easily sell your video downloads on AOL Video. You can choose this option through a simple checkbox in the Brightcove Console and make your videos available to consumers on AOL Video in the coming weeks. You'll earn 70% of the purchase price for videos you sell through AOL Video. Learn more.
User Community – To help you take better advantage of all the Brightcove capabilities, we've created a new online destination for our community of video programmers and rich media developers. In the Studio you now have easy access to expanded help documentation, API information, on-demand tutorials, and a strong community of Internet TV programmers. Learn more.
For more information about everything we released, visit our new websites:
Internet TV is rapidly transforming the media industry, and it's a privilege to be working with such an incredible group of producers, programmers and content creators to help shape and build that future. Thank you again for choosing Brightcove.
I look forward to hearing your feedback and seeing your channels.
So I was reading the report from T.R.A.F.F.I.C on DNJournal and I did a double take. Read the paragraphs below:
Gardner told me he was a fan of small cap stocks (which have returned 18% annually in recent years) and that he was going to close his speech by making a prediction of success for a domain world equivalent of a small cap stock. Just before he got up to to go to the podium, he told me that because of the explosion of video on the Internet .tv would be his pick for future price appreciation. I didn’t get a chance to tell him that the .tv registry keeps most of the potential profit from .tv domains by charging extremely high annual renewal prices for what they classify as “premium” domains.
When Gardner closed his speech with the prediction of stardom for .tv and started taking questions from the audience I got up and asked him if he knew about .tv’s unique pricing structure. Without skipping a beat, Gardner looked out at the audience and said, “Did I tell you how much I like .info!?” That drew a raucous round of laughter, one of many he earned with the charm and wit he displayed throughout the evening.
Tom is correct and the fact that their is a premium cost to some of the key word .tv, that doesn't take away what he sees as the pick for future price appreciation.
We have spoken about this on other posts so we don't need to go into detail here, but for example I just registered fur.tv for $225.00, How much would Fur.com cost me today? The fact that I will have to pay a renewal fee every year of $375.00 does not lessen it's value! So if I were to sell the domain for $20,000 I can subtract 10 years of registration and still make a very nice profit.
.TV is the biggest secret to Internet gold on the market today! These names will continue to be sough after and more and more .tv channels are being launched each day. Did you see the press release on LX.TV? More then a million dollars has gone into that site.
IMVITE does video search right. Finally I found a place where I can watch Live TV streams from around the world and also catch the latest and greatest video clips. Their video search engine is the best I have seen and there are even many games I can play and live webcams to watch.
Their tagline is "Entertain Yourself" and that I have done. I'm not that impressed with the user interface to be honest, but it is still better then YouTube's.
Watch these guys (heh, no pun intended) they are on to something big.
Just a day after VideoSoda protested and created a huge uproar will all it's readers on the removal of Jon Stewart clips from YouTube, Viacom announces the Return of the Jon. Wow! The power of VideoSoda! The power of Blogging! Today has made it all worth it. Jon, if your reading this, thank you and your welcome.
Viacom and YouTube have reached a licensing deal. After Viacom asked the popular video-sharing site YouTube to remove much of their popular content, including clips of The Daily Show, Colbert Report, and Sponge Bob Square Pants. YouTube swiftly replied by taking down all of the clips pertaining to Viacom’s request. But now the companies have reached a mutually beneficial agreement that will grant YouTube the license to play the Comedy Central, etc. content again.
One of the reasons I visit YouTube each day is to watch Jon Stewart clips. Now someone wants to take him away from me :(
This is a sad day in the Online Video world.
Bye Bye Jon. I'll miss you.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viacom Inc. has requested that video Web site YouTube take down some Viacom videos, including shows by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, as part of ongoing discussions on how the two companies can work together, a Viacom source said on Monday.
Ahh Bit Torrent, I remeber when the first site came out... It was a dream come true. I was probably one of the first 10,000 people to use it and use it I did. Now is has become so commercial and my secret is mine no longer. Oh well... All good things must be shared :)
A.As of October 27, 2006, the 5 Best Bit Torrent search engine sites are listed below. This list is selected from hundreds of reader votes, and voted on each week by a small panel of torrent download users.
The criteria used to evaluate these torrent sites: breadth and depth of database, database currency, ease of use and searching, speed of access, general integrity of files, information provided about the files, information provided on the torrent P2P community, price of membership, and readers' comments.
I must say that I am pretty impressed with Travelistic. There have been similar sites, but with MTV behind them they should do really well.
by Mark Walsh, Monday, Oct 23, 2006 6:00 AM ET
ANYONE SEEKING A BIGGER AUDIENCE than just family and friends for videos of their summer trip has a new place to go on the Web. Formally launched today, Travelistic aims to be the YouTube of online travel, where people can post videos and share travel experiences and tips using social networking features like tagging and user profile pages.
Under the tagline "Watch Where You're Going," Travelistic will also encompass professionally produced programs including "The Thirsty Traveler," which visits wine and spirit-producing regions; "Get Out! Girls," following three friends touring exotic locales; and "Focus On," which explores lesser-known destinations.
A sign of things to come. The truth is 30,000 files won't make even a dent in the amount of copyrighted videos YouTube has available. Just as long as they don't delete the Jon Stewart videos I'll be ok.
The online video site YouTube has deleted close to 30,000 files after complaints from an organization representing Japanese copyright holders, the organization said today.
The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC), which collects royalty payments for musicians, submitted a list to YouTube of 29,549 files that it judged infringed on the rights of 23 Japanese content companies, said Masato Oikawa, a spokesman for the organization in Tokyo.
So I went to visit ThrowAwayYourTV.com and I must say I like what I see. Obviously the name implies that with the future of online video, you will not need your TV anymore as it will be combined and merged with your PC. We couldn't agree with you more! (I currently do not have a TV in my house and do not feel I need one.)
The site has a lot of great video content and is giving you good reason to ... throw out your TV.
Microsoft has partnered with Blinkx to use its video search technology on Live.com and some parts of its MSN site.
You would think that will all of Microsofts programmers and technology and oh yeah Billions of Dollars they would have created their own video search technology. Or atleast they should have bought Blinkx.