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TVInews - 102 The World of Smart90 includes, CES, MacWorld, Google, Yahoo, LookRadio, XingTV, Belkin, WiFi90, VRAtelePlay, VoIP, and tviNews. A Pete Allman - Gary Sunkin, tviNews report.
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1. Feature Story / .TVI's Hotest Prediction of 2006-07, say Pete Allman and Gary Sunkin from the annual CES Las Vegas show includes this month's NBS100's PoWeek achievement selection, CES keynote speaker -- Larry Page and Google's video.google.com.
Page's insight on those things that are predicted to happen around Google, the company Page co-founded with Sergey Brin, put his own twist on the budding online video market Friday, unveiling Google's own web video player that allows movie studios, TV networks, independent TV producers and any amateur wanna-be's with a camera, to sell their wares on-line with Google's.
The Google Video Store, launching with 5,000 titles, is the first major challenge to the early lead that Apple Computer Inc. has in the emerging market for online video. It also could help realize the dreams of futurists who have long envisioned the Internet as a creative commons that upends the business models of traditional media.
Big-name content in Google's service includes new and old CBS-owned shows such as "CSI" and "The Brady Bunch," National Basketball Assn. games, interviews by PBS' Charlie Rose and classic cartoons such as "Rocky and Bullwinkle."
"Independent filmmakers, for instance, can utilize Google to distribute their video DVD product -- by digital download's", says Gary Sunkin.
"Now any guy with a camera who believes in what they're doing can compete with the Sonys and Warner Bros. of the world," said a young producer from Texas, who said he turned down a distribution deal to go with Google for $4.99 a download. This producer now sells his programing on DVDs through VRAtv.com
"The only problem with Google plan" -- it employs its own player, that will not be compatible with industry standards set by Apple's Quick Time Microsoft Windows, and Real Video.
Again, like in the past, a 4th player will slow down online video streaming, "because material bought from one vendor may not work with devices sold by another", said LookRadio.com spokesman, who broadcast their first web-cast from WNBS, Murray, Kentucky in 1991 and from Harbin, China in 2000.
Mark Sovol, of VRAtv.com says, "videos using Google's copy protection won't play on an Apple iPod, and until all streaming video players are standardized, and royalty issues have been resolved, like "Firewire" leaders did in the 90s with the 1394 standard, nothing big will happen. "Hell", said an analyst who asked tviNews to withhold his name, "you're going to have to see a lot of things happen with the leader, Quick Time, before anything bigger hits the web."
Unlike Apple's iTunes video store, Google will let content owners decide how much to charge for their videos, with no minimum or maximum prices. Content owners can also decide whether to use copy protections to prevent customers from transferring the videos they buy onto portable devices.
If the Google service catches on, like the one started by Amazon.com and independent TV producer/ distributor, VRA TelePlay Pictures did in the mid-1990s, it would become the source of revenue for Google, which generates billions of dollars a year by placing ads on search results and other Web pages.
Google is still deciding whether to place ads in the online store, but it does take a cut of each video it sells, like what Amazon commenced doing from day one.
Claims that the Internet will become a video producers paradise, that will allow anyone to become a movie producer are finally starting to become a reality. Such consumer-produced media broadcasters, such as weblogs and podcasts have helped everyday people find audiences online. Such is the case of VRA's LookRadio.com webcasts from Hollywood, Kentucky, Beijing, Munich and Las Vegas. They all have become the only place where you can view some of their historical China Ddiaries Series on the Internet. The Ddiary series was filmed in China, when camera's were not allowed, unless you had special permission from their Leaders.
Such 4 to 5 minutes clips, like VRAs new SmartLegal advice series, produced by Charley Portz, of Houston, Texas, will spread from established weblogs and by e-mail free of charge, and with the help of both Yahoo and Google, like always, the short-short legal puzzles solutions, will attract over a million visitors a month to Smart90s' LookRadio, Xingtv.com and VRAtv.com's television channels.
Selling access fees to view SmartLegal advice segment would impede the spread the chances of the programs success. Google has stated that it wouldn't sell material that violates copyrights and porn is a no-no. Google Video's terms of service prohibit adding video clips that the company considers "pornography or obscenity," "invasions of personal privacy" or "promotions of hate or incitement of violence."
Despite those limitations, several Google Video Store partners said they were attracted to the service by its lack of rules. Jennifer Feikin, director of Google Video, said the company didn't want to tell content owners how to sell their content because nobody seems to know yet what will work.
"We don't know any better than they do at this point," she said. "Why don't we let the market decide?"
Google's decision to use its own digital rights management software could even further fracture the market for digital video in its formative years. Consumers may find themselves unable to keep track of how and where they're able to watch shows.
But, said a person in the know, Google's copy-protection software not only will be able to imposes a big restrictions on piracy, but at their option, their software can be quickly converted to allow anybody's player to become compatible. "We're ahead of the curve," she said. "Nobody ever got ahead by playing it safe."

Part 02 / CES 102WebMusicVideoToTV
Merging the television set, radio and the Cable-TV router was the Puzzle being answered at the International Consumer Electronics Show as some of the biggest names in technology and entertainment outlined plans to bring the Internet to the living room.
It's going to work, depending on which system you're using. But, other than that, this time it might work because high-speed networks and speedier chips will deliver a better, bigger and better video image.
To some analysts, it'll be an entertainment experience, like VoIP. They said consumers already had rejected the computing world's vision of entertainment and the notion of navigating endless screens of menus or pecking through on-screen keyboards with the remote to find a TV program.
"In 1999, consumers said they didn't want it," said Sean Badding, president of Carmel Group. "It was a bit too cumbersome. They didn't want all the features. They didn't want e-mail. WebTV tried to be everything to everyone. That was their Achilles' heel."
This time, information technology and consumer electronics companies are paring down their expectations for TV-connected devices. Rather than try to duplicate the computing experience for nerds, they want to connect their wireless telephone screens to the banks of video, music and photos people have stored on their PCs and to the unlimited content available on the Internet.
Apple, which has been using its iPod music player and iTunes Music Store to create a market for online music, has been a showcase. At next week's Macworld show in San Francisco, the company is expected to unveil a TV-connected device that would record shows the way TiVo Inc.'s popular digital video recorder does.
The device, expected to be a version of Apple's Mac mini, would be powered by software that Apple introduced with its latest version of the iMac, which lets people watch DVDs, play Internet video and listen to music using a remote control.
Years after the failure of WebTV and similar devices, Google, Intel Corp., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. -- are now prepared to copy-cat Apple's success in selling Internet music and video to the TV screen. Of course since Apple Computer Inc. is already there, Steve Jobs will tell you all about its TV tuners in all of its computers. at MacWorld, if he wishes to. Spokesman Steve Dowling said Apple would not comment on "speculation and rumor."
The company, whose QuickTime software has delivered its VRA TelePlay movie over the Internet for years, said that: "iMovies is what made it possible to webcast it Troy Cory television shows on a daily bases, from China."
Entertainment companies including AOL, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting and ESPN similarly took the stage to talk about how consumers could use their Viiv-powered PCs to listen to AOL Radio, watch classic television shows or view highlights from the 2006 Winter Olympics in high-resolution video.
For its part, Yahoo showed off its Yahoo Go service, which allows viewers to watch movie trailers and other media content from Yahoo. It will also help people manage photos and other personal content stored on a PC.
"We all grew up when someone else was the programmer," Yahoo Chief Executive Terry Semel said. "That dynamic has totally changed."



3. Editor's Note / 102Clear ChannelOfferMusicVideosOnline

Clear Channel to Offer Music Videos Online

Will video thrill the radio star?
January 7, 2006 / That's certainly the hope of Clear Channel Communications Inc., the nation's largest radio station owner, which is about to expand its online entertainment business by letting users watch music videos on its websites.
Seeking to compete with Google Yahoo Inc., Time Warner Inc.'s America Online, Microsoft Corp. and NBS100's wireless telephone and WiFi priorities, Clear Channel this month will begin offering thousands of videos online from Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, radio executives said.
Like other search engines, Clear Channel will not charge users to watch the clips, the selling of advertisement place in between webplay content, like they are doing now, will be the format.
As Clear Channel rolls out the program in Los Angeles and four other markets, it has a secret weapon: its local stations, which it will use to drive users not to one central Clear Channel website but to hundreds of branded sites bearing the call letters that music fans already know.
It was in 1999 that the San Antonio-based radio giant started looking at the technology that would enable it to stream radio broadcasts online from it's DVDs designed by VRA TelePlay Pictures. The DVD was entitled, "Gruve Tube" and was under the direction of Clear Channel's, Victor Caballero.
"Radio has to become more than tall towers in corn fields and swamps," said John Hogan, chief executive of Clear Channel Radio. "We have to complement the radio experience with video and online interactivity. We want to become part of every listening experience."
"Imagine converting a radio station into a television station." Well you can do that now with the advent of and acceptance of viewing video/music over the Internet," says Mark Sovol, of LookRadio.com. "We did then what they are now permitted by the FCC to televise radio programs."
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, bragged about how Microsoft has become the important part of many media companies' strategies. Urge, MTV's new Internet music service was developed with Microsoft, was a centerpiece of the "digital lifestyle".
Under a deal struck with the participating labels, Clear Channel will pay an industry-standard fee to display the clips, Harrison said. Executives at other companies said the average rate was about three-quarters of a cent to 1 cent every time a video is played.
After Congress deregulated parts of the radio industry in 1996 and put a restraint on Microsoft's near monopoly of streaming windows, Clear Channel went on a station buying spree, buying SFX and the Burbank headquartered, Network 40 group, that lead them into the live concerts and billboard advertising business.
But in the last five years, amid an industrywide slowdown in radio advertising, the company's stock price has fallen more than 40%. Clear Channel saw revenue decline 15% to about $7 billion in the first nine months of last year from the same period in 2004.
The company's attempt to increase its audience by curtailing the number and length of on-air advertisements has had mixed results, in part because new competitors -- notably satellite radio, Apple iPods and the LookRadio, Smart90 websites offering free webcast programing.
The company has responded by seeking out new distribution methods, such as the Internet, and the strategy is showing results. About 800,000 people a week listen to a Clear Channel station online, according to comScore Arbitron Online Radio Ratings. That figure lags behind AOL and Yahoo's combined 3.9 million weekly listeners but is ahead of the 581,000 tuning in to Microsoft's Internet radio.
By comparison, about 200 million Americans tune into traditional broadcast, or terrestrial, radio at least once a week.
SFX's, Clear Channel's terrestrial station theory in 1999, eventually became the foundation for some of SFX's former associates who was at the time designing the DVD video online profitability for Internet broadcasting. The firm now sells advertising on its stations' websites and as lead-ins to Internet video clips, and strips out advertisements from terrestrial broadcasts when they are streamed online, reselling the airtime.
"It's silly to think how Google, AOL or Yahoo, can compete with a radio/television station that includes webcasting" said Victor Caballero, of LookRadio.com. According to Google, why would they want to compete against a radio or television station, since Google business is distribution and advertising. Google and Yahoo want to invite people online, where Clear Channel is just one of its thousands of broadcasters that are competitors, instead of just the dozens on a radio dial?"
But, like most landline telephone companies, condoning VoIP and WiFi, -- Clear Channel's plight is from necessity, as well as opportunity.
"It's unreasonable to believe consumers will only listen to terrestrial radio with their towers standing in corn fields," says Mark Sovol, of NBS100, our WiFi antenna's will be built in cemeteries to provide everyone's musical and television broadcasting needs". "They should join our "wireless cemetery project. Advertisers are interested in touching consumers in the most personal way possible."

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