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  • The TechCrunch Guide To The Inauguration

    Whether you are headed to Washington for the Obama Inauguration or simply want to follow along online, there is no shortage of sites and applications dedicated to the national party on Tuesday, January 20. Of course, every major news site will have videos, photos, and reporting from the event. But the people lining the parade route will also be Twittering, uploading photos, and capturing… Read More

  • Hulu Streams Bush's Goodbye And Obama's Hello

    Tonight Hulu will stream outgoing President George W. Bush’s farewell address live. The speech will begin at 5PM PST/8PM EST. On Tuesday, the site will also be streaming President-Elect Obama’s inauguration speech. Read More

  • Joost Has A Heartbeat

    In October we wrote “Joost Turns On Its All-Flash Website. Is Anybody Watching?” It turns out that yes, it appears that they are. A year ago the online video site was a ghost town. Then in September, when the company moved away from the use of downloaded software to an all-browser video experience, viewership spiked. Compete says they had 550k U.S. visitors in November 2008. Read More

  • 2009: Products I Can't Live Without

    At the beginning of each year I traditionally publish a list of my favorite startups and products. This is the fourth year I’ve done this – previous lists: 2006, 2007, 2008. You guys get to pick the winners of the Crunchies – this list is all mine. This is a list of the products I tend to use daily. Some are for work (WordPress, Delicious, Zoho, etc.), some are for fun… Read More

  • YouTube Looks Back At A Year In Video; Hulu Brings in 2009 Live From New York

    YouTube is posting their year end review of the top videos, measured by ratings, favorites and number of comments. Last year they posted just 10 videos. This year, 24. They’ll be posting one per hour all day today and then summarize them at midnight when everyone will presumably find them much funnier because they’ve been drinking for hours (hopefully not alone watching the Big… Read More

  • What Was The Best Of The Web in 2008? A Voter's Guide For The Crunchies.

    Last night we released the finalist names for the Crunchies Awards. Vote here for who you think should win. We’ve set up a site that is pretty self-explanatory, with all of the names of each finalist for every category, along with links to their Websites and Crunchbase profiles where you can learn more about each one before voting. The Crunchies represents the best the Web had to offer… Read More

  • TV.com to get redesigned as a Hulu competitor

    Hulu overcame incredible initial criticism to become the golden child of revenue generating video sites. CBS has been eyeing the NBC success story and reportably has big plans for TV.com. CNET lauched said website back in ’05, but CBS recently aquired the company, along with its websites, earlier this year. The report indicates CBS wants to add full length episodes, but keep the… Read More

  • Joost Launches A Broken iPhone App

    Joost launched their iPhone application on the App Store this evening, giving users access to 46,000 Joost videos, including major television shows and films. The iPhone has a built in YouTube application already, giving them a serious head start when it comes to video on the iPhone. But archrival Hulu doesn’t yet – giving Joost a little room to maneuver for now. I’m sure… Read More

  • Sling opens Hulu competitor

    Sling Media, the company behind the popular Slingbox TV-streaming hardware devices, has opened the gates to its video portal Sling.com. The site pits Sling directly against Joost and Hulu (though Hulu is a Sling partner), allowing users to stream a variety of television shows and movies for free through an intuitive Flash player. Sling’s selection of media is pretty comprehensive… Read More

  • Why is Hulu more valued by advertisers than YouTube?

    Something’s wrong with YouTube, and it looks like Hulu stands to benefit. YouTube, as you’re all painfully aware, is primarily comprised of short videos of guys falling off their skateboards (embedded here), dudes playing video game songs on the piano and illegal Seinfeld clips. Those types of videos aren’t attractive to advertisers. That may explain why YouTube, which had… Read More

  • WTF: Come on, Hulu/Netflix/ABC/NBC/Sling/whoever, let us watch American TV outside of the country

    A quick rant. I’m in Geneva, the city where boredom goes to be bored, and wanted to watch a movie on Netflix Instant Play. I headed over and discovered, much to my chagrin, that the system was keyed to my current location and, as a result, I’m locked out. While I’m aware of IP masks and other tricks I could use to get to the content, I’m essentially browsing Usenet… Read More

  • Online Video: Where's The Money?

    Here is the stark reality of online video: nobody is making much money and the enthusiastic projections for online video advertising going from $500 million in 2008 to more than $5 billion in five years will undoubtedly be pared back in the coming weeks as analysts revisit their numbers. (Those numbers are from August—eMarketer). The writing is already on the wall. YouTube is resorting… Read More

  • Hulu mastermind leaving at end of '08

    The brains behind NBC’s wunderkind video site, George Kliavkoff, is leaving NBC at the end of ’08. George came to NBC over two years ago as the companies chief digital officer and laid the groundwork for Hulu’s success. Under his watch, Hulu became a digital revenue cash cow for NBC and a legitimate alternative to YouTube for content providers. The site might not post as… Read More

  • DirectTV May Enter Online TV War With "Web On Demand" Service

    We’ve received a couple of anonymous tips that DirectTV, a $24 billion satellite TV provider, may be entering the online TV wars with a new site called DirectTV Web On Demand. The site would compete with startups like Hulu, Joost, Fancast, Sling.com, etc. We don’t know much about the service, or even if it’s real. One of the tipsters says they’ve worked on the project… Read More

  • Happy Birthday Hulu. I'm Glad You Guys Didn't Suck.

    Online tv/film site Hulu launched a year ago today, and boy did we have to eat crow. We provided nearly constant criticism of the site since it was announced in March 2007 (no name, billion dollar valuation, name translation issues, trademark absurdity, etc.). But despite a slightly bumpy launch, we had to admit that they did an outstanding job. And today I can safely say I spend more time… Read More

  • Joost Turns On Its All-Flash Website. Is Anybody Watching?

    Without much fanfare, Joost has finally turned on the browser version of its Web video service, as we noted it would last month. The new site is all based on Flash, and lets you watch old Bruce Lee flicks, Sci-Fi movies like The Fifth Element, and clips from Barely Political and Comedy Central. The Flash site comes almost exactly a year after I wrote a post pointing out that Joost’s… Read More

  • Time Warner tells price-gouging TV provider to take a long walk off a short pier

    We really ought to applaud Time Warner, I think. A company that owns the rights to broadcast some of the major networks in certain markets, LIN TV, has been playing hardball with the cable operator, demanding more money for access to the channels. Time Warner is all, “But, you can get these channels for free over the air, and many times online, why should we pay you (and raise our… Read More

  • Roku opening its Netflix Player to developers

    The Roku Netflix Player is an amazing little set-top box that streams Netflix movies, but Roku is hoping for so much more. The company has gone on record, stating that its going to open the platform for other content providers within the coming months. Does this mean we will finally see a quality Hulu or YouTube living room solution? I sure hope so, because with the Roku Netflix box $99 MSRP… Read More

  • Like Sister Site Hulu, New MySpace Music Is Just For U.S. Users

    The new MySpace Music launches tonight for everyone. But like Hulu, another joint venture backed by News Corp. (MySpace’s parent company), it’ll only be for U.S. users. International users will see the new design and functionality, but the new content won’t be there. Hulu is now a year old and most video content is still only watchable in the U.S. MySpace already has tens… Read More

  • Hulu Launches All Kinds Of Stuff To Keep You Defocused On Joost

    There’s no way Hulu is going to let Joost get a foothold in the race for attention in online professionally produced video. So what happens when Joost ditches the download, goes all browser and launches a social network around their content? Hulu can do that. No problem. Tonight, via a 1 am press release, Hulu launches: show recommendations, user discussion forums for programs and… Read More