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News Corp.’s Fox network has signed a six-year agreement with its affiliates that will allow it to show reruns of its television programs on the Internet.

ABC, CBS and NBC are all making similar experiments, and iTunes has a number of television shows available for download. The space is evolving fast. For example, experiments are being considered that will stop people from fast forwarding through commercials (bad idea) after a new study was published that say people skip ads in recorded shows (surprise!).

This is an area that we are turning our attention to. Expect upcoming reviews of the current state of the market for tv shows and movies on the Internet. And we’ll be looking at these in light of the “free” if illegal services that people are already using.

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    • EH

      You know, this Salesforce thing is kind of a big subject. They’re building niche search while carelessly (read: business imperative) slapping a trendy word on it, giving themselves tried-and-true (and simple) functionality for their users and a fancy word to drop at parties for their bizdev people.

      That’s all fine, gravy for them and probably high margins too, and I think one of the bigger points is that the trendy appellation they chose was “cloud” rather than “social network” (which this is, equally if not more). This portends a change in the industry when the business use of “social network” falls out of favor.

      How someone’s first reaction to this is to post linkwhore spam about their irrelevant site is beyond me. Ironically, it illustrates that not everybody is picking up on this migration beyond the “social network” train of thought illustrated best by the quality of the comment panes on just about every MySpace page. “Hay guise, howz it been? Check out my new mp3s!!” Double-irony for the site not even being finished.

      Sorry to make an example of you, guy, but you’ve just written a form of abstract comedy you can’t find on TV.

      • http://www.allurefx.com Sekhar Ravinutala

        Cloud and customer service are more what SF is about, not social networks, so I’d say “Service Cloud” makes good sense.

      • Victor

        Wow, EH, I thought your post was a Gillmor spoof.. What, with the pasted-together buzz words, run-on sentences, abstract points, and lots of mid-sentence interjections. Bravo, you’ve just written a form of abstract comedy you can’t even realize yourself!

      • Victor

        Ok, gotta apologize to Steve. I do like his articles. Most blogs are filled with one-line dramatic headlines with no substance. Steve makes you think. We don’t need any more dumbed-down media. That’s what digg is for. (And no, I won’t apologize to digg)

    • jess

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  • no one here

    Did you mean: multitude?

    (Insert snarky comment to you and your editor here.)

  • http://askbusinesscoach.wordpress.com courtney benson

    Oh no! looks like I’ll be able to add two new words to my blog posting “11 Stupid Sales Cliches” – social networks and cloud. I do think “cloud” can last awhile though.

  • Jason

    Salesforce is a like a dot com 1999 company throwing around the latest web acronym to seel their wares. Blah blah blah.

    Their CRM is great. Stick to that.

  • http://www.shawndrewry.com Shawn

    I had a really good experience working with SalesForce when I worked at a media company that used Salesforce everyday in lead generations :)

  • Auston

    I can never understand what the hell you are saying!?

    I really wish I knew if Salesforce was actually launching something or you are just keeping us up date something they did a while ago!

  • Jason

    Give the guy a break.. hes old.

  • http://www.mediatrust.com peter bordes

    We are heavy users of Sales Force at MediaTrust. BUT that being said it has taken a long time to get here. Much cost. Much customization which drives much cost.

    These deals are good and smart. But mostly hooks to get you on the platform and usable after…. more cost and more customization..

  • http://www.forimpact.org Nick Fellers

    I use salesforce. I love salesforce. I buy the stock, etc.

    That being said, I often feel like Tom Hanks in Big, “I don’t get it.”

    Most of the big cool things have appeared to me (after using) to be simple layers or repackaging that don’t live up to the hype.

    App store? Most of those are VERY VERY lame customizations of salesforce.

    The Google Integration? Instead of integrating email I got a hyperlink that opened up my gmail and automated a BCC line that would send memos to salesforce.

    To be clear – GREAT core product. All the ‘leading edge value propositions’ I think the jury’s still out.

    • Steve Gillmor

      Let us know what platform you are working with and its ROI.

      • jsiz

        Great to see that you’re publicly following-up on leads that further your salesforce.com salesmanship and DELETING the posts that point this out. Awesome.

  • http://Leadlogsys.com Esteban G.

    @NICK FELLERS – you are totally right!

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  • http://www.solarplaza.com Johan Trip

    Ok, can we see more customizations in salesforce.com.

    We’re using it but is starts to look really old school.

    Furthermore I would like to see more intregration with other servies. Mailchimp for example.

    Let the cloud comunicate.

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