Video download and streaming site YouTube has passed the 100m views a day mark with 2.5 billion videos viewed last month, according to the latest online stats. In April that figure was 35 million a day, an indication of how rapidly the public's appetite for online video is growing.
BSkyB launches a package this week of broadband and on-demand TV programming - but the competition will be fierce.
Some of the biggest names in the British media are making significant moves into the brave new world of broadband television. And although watching TV on your PC is not going to replace the telly in the living room any time soon, players from Google to BSkyB, and from Channel 4 to independent producers such as Talkback Thames, are diving in.....
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With three simple words: SEE, SHOW, and SHARE -- www.iklipz.com is officially open for business. This innovative new website offers its members the chance to upload their films for free using state-of-the-art streaming technology. Created with a passion for independent cinema, the website provides filmmakers, film enthusiasts, and the independent film community with tools to build an interactive bridge, allowing their films to reach the widest possible audience. Iklipz was formed by a leading group of experts in the fields of design, technology, and entertainment. Two of the website's creative forces include former President of Marketing for Paramount Pictures Arthur Cohen and internet entrepreneur Richard Witkowski.
TribalWeb, a free peer-to-peer file sharing service, has launched its services in the UK. TribalWeb, is designed for individuals, groups and small businesses and allows users to share documents of any size, photographs or films, on a private network.
Brooke "Brookers" Brodack has become the first person to get picked up from YouTube by a recongised Hollywood producer after being signed earlier this month to an 18-month talent and development deal with Carson Daly Productions. The video blogger (vlogger) has gained several million views for videos which include Crazed Numa Fan, a gobledegook homage to another Internet viral hit - Gary Brolsma's Numa Numa.
A battle has been raging in the US which goes to the very core of the Internet and the freedoms which enshrine it. On the one hand is the idea that the Internet flourishes as a place free from regulation. On the other is the principle of 'network neutrality', whereby ISPs should transfer data (and get paid for it) without any regards to what that data actually is - and that regulation is needed to ensures its survival. Increasingly the major US cable and telecoms companies, such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner are seeking - as carriers of the Internet's traffic - to effectively act as gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow and which won't load at all; all based on who pays them the most money.
On-demand digital media specialist ioko, and Kontiki, leading provider of intelligent infrastructure services for the Internet and telecommunications networks, have partnered with the BBC to build and launch the BBC Film Network - an interactive showcase for new British filmmakers.
The number of viewers watching TV piped into homes over the internet - known as IPTV - is increasing... and more and more broadcasters are looking to offer their content this way.