• CBS Launches “60 Minutes” Chrome Web App, Features Interview With Steve Jobs Biographer

    CBS Launches “60 Minutes” Chrome Web App, Features Interview With Steve Jobs Biographer

    In what I think is an interesting experiment, CBS this morning debuted a “60 Minutes” application that you can find in and launch from the Chrome Web Store (which just got a major facelift). Granted, “adding it to Chrome” doesn’t really do anything but take you to this page, which you can just open in Chrome just like you would any page, but the Web app does… Read More

  • Top 10 Greatest U.S. Digital Media M&A Deals Of All Time

    Top 10 Greatest U.S. Digital Media M&A Deals Of All Time

    Back in November 2006, I published the Top 10 Greatest Internet Digital Media M&A Deals of All Time.  It included eBay’s $1.5 billion acquisition of PayPal, Yahoo’s $1.6 billion acquisition of Overture, and Microsoft’s $400 million purchase of Hotmail back in 1998.  It also included News Corp’s $580 million acquisition of MySpace.  Don’t laugh.   The list… Read More

  • Amazon Lands CBS Licensing Deal To Stream TV Shows To Instant Video Offering

    Amazon Lands CBS Licensing Deal To Stream TV Shows To Instant Video Offering

    Amazon has just announced a deal with CBS to allow Amazon prime customers to stream television shows from CBS’s library of content. Financial terms of the non-exclusive deal were not disclosed. According to the release, Amazon Prime customers will be able to instantly watch thousands of episodes from the CBS library at no additional cost to their membership. In February, Amazon… Read More

  • CBS Acquires TV Guide For Online Video Clicker, Jim Lanzone Named President Of CBS Interactive

    CBS has acquired Clicker, a TV Guide for internet programming, according to a release just issued by the companies. Clicker’s CEO Jim Lanzone has been named President of CBS Interactive. Terms of the deal were not disclosed; Clicker raised a total of $19 million in funding. According to multiple sources, the deal was in the $50 million to $100 million range. Clicker is a… Read More

  • Apple Looking To Slice Up Cable 99 Cents At A Time

    Apple Looking To Slice Up Cable 99 Cents At A Time

    The wheels are in motion. The rumors have persisted for a while now that a new Apple TV (soon to be called “iTV”) is approaching. It’s thought to be a cheaper, smaller version of the current device that puts an emphasis on streaming rather than storage. The killer app of such a device could literally be apps — as in, the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch variety. But… Read More

  • uTest Finds 908 Bugs In Web And Mobile Apps Of Major U.S. TV Networks

    Software testing marketplace uTest today announced the results of its so-called “TV Networks Bug Battle” competition. More than 500 software professionals from 30 countries around the world participated in the quarterly competition, reporting a total of 908 technical, functional and GUI bugs in the web and mobile apps of NBC, CBS, Fox and ABC. Testers were challenged to search… Read More

  • Sony opens 3D Experience in Vegas

    Well, TV manufacturers are definitely embracing 3D for the home. Obviously it’s going to require the networks to jump in too, as evidenced by Sony and CBS building the “Sony 3D Experience” in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Read More

  • JPMorgan Forecasts A 10.5 Percent Rebound In U.S. Display Advertising in 2010

    In the advertising industry overall, revenues generated by direct and brand advertising are roughly split 50/50. But in the online world, where direct advertising is represented mostly by search and email ads and brand advertising by graphical display ads, the split is closer to 70/30 in favor of direct ads. Last year, with the economy down, the display portion of the U.S. online… Read More

  • Apple May Be On The Verge Of Kneecapping The Cable Industry. Finally.

    The cable companies suck. All of them. Some suck less than others. But they all suck. We need someone to whip them into shape. And that someone may be Apple. Apple may be on the verge of gaining two key television network agreements, according to The Wall Street Journal. Specifically, CBS and Walt Disney (which runs ABC) are said to be considering a proposal by Apple to offer a… Read More

  • Look Mom, Cooliris Is On!

    I don’t know about you, but I have a male geek crush on Cooliris, the startup behind this splendid technology that enables users to browse photos and videos from the Web, their desktops or their iPhone devices in a visually attractive 3D manner that one really has to try to get a feel of how amazing that can be. Publishers are starting to notice that too, and are increasingly turning to… Read More

  • Video: Wherein CBS makes a fool of itself by showing it has no idea what it's talking about re: movie piracy

    Bias much, CBS? The network ran a report on 60 Minutes the other day (which shows how far off our radar the show is, seeing as though we just found out about it) that, according to TechDirt’s fantastic report, is basically a piece of MPAA propaganda. It makes all sorts of ridiculous claims that can easily be disproven by, you know, spending two minutes looking this stuff up. Read More

  • Leaked Email: Quincy Smith Of CBS Wants To Counter "Reckless Hulu Streams"

    There is no love lost between CBS and Hulu. You won’t find any full episodes of CBS shows on Hulu, and CBS’s own site is so similar in look and feel that one might call it a product of envy. So it should come as no surprise that the knives are still out for Hulu at CBS Interactive. An email with an article critical of Hulu from CBS Interactive CEO Quincy Smith that was… Read More

  • First Twitter, Now The Web Starts To Embrace Google, TypePad, CBS and yfrog

    When Twitter decided to start using as its default URL-shortener, usage exploded. But the service was able to handle the rise in usage, and has been steadily adding new features. And now other major players on the web are rewarding that reliability by also embracing it. Today on its blog, details a few of the new API uses and partnerships that they’ve been cooking… Read More

  • Deny This,

    A couple of months ago Erick Schonfeld wrote a post titled “Did Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?” based on a source that has proved to be very reliable in the past. All hell broke loose shortly thereafter. Before posting Erick reached out to the RIAA, and parent company CBS for comments. The only response was from CBS – “To our knowledge… Read More

  • Goes From Cluttered With Information To Cluttered With Pictures is undergoing a major overhaul and redesign of its sites to make them easier to navigate, more visually compelling, faster and more focused on driving users to content. The new home page features a rotating list of top stories on the left, next to the list of the latest and most important headlines. CBS News programs, as well as the latest videos, photo galleries and blogs, are… Read More

  • Blah Girls Jumps From The Web To TV, As Kutcher Does The Opposite

    Ashton Kutcher got his start on the small screen. His roles in That 70s Show and development of the MTV show Punk’d (which is being kind of reborn with Ustream) allowed him to become a movie star. But these days he seems more interested in using the web to further his career. His recent race with CNN to be the first user with a million Twitter followers was just one facet of what… Read More

  • Online Apps Help You Get The Most Out Of March Madness

    March Madness is in full swing as the nation’s best college hoops teams face off in this year’s NCAA Basketball tournament, and there is no shortage of online applications looking to help you keep tabs on your favorite teams. CBS has built an iPhone application that allows users to stream live video of any NCAA basketball game, provided they are on a Wi-Fi network (you can only… Read More

  • The Digital Divisions Are Dead At Big Media

    Big Media’s love affair with the Internet ebbs and flows with the markets. When they see money pouring into Web startups, they feel threatened and rush to do the same. They ramp up their digital divisions, which usually are no more than venture arms, and hope to strike it rich. When the markets are down, as they are now, their attention drifts elsewhere—exactly at the time when… Read More

  • Ooh, Teaser For Harper's Globe Looks Spooky

    Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried of EQAL, the producers of Web video hits Loneygirl15 and Kate Modern, have just released a trailer for Harper’s Globe, their latest online show in partnership with CBS. The Website will feature its own original side story to accompany Harper’s Island, a new show that will debut on CBS proper in April. Apparently, everyone dies by the end of… Read More

  • Did Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?

    That leaked U2 album is causing all sorts of trouble. The unreleased album, which is due out on March 3, found its way onto BitTorrent and was downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. That, apparently, sent music industry lawyers over at the Recording Industry Association of America into a fit. As a result, word is going around that the RIAA asked social music service for data… Read More