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January 24, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
With 125 million viewers watching more than 1 billion of its videos a month, Machinima may be the most-watched channel that's not on TV. The specialty channel devoted to video-game aficionados — which offers game walk-throughs, gaming news, exclusive trailers and original series — is the channel with the fourth most subscribers on YouTube, itself the world's third most popular website, according to online measurement firm ComScore Inc. ...
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January 24, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
With 125 million viewers watching more than 1 billion of its videos a month, Machinima may be the most-watched channel that's not on TV. The specialty channel devoted to video-game aficionados — which offers game walk-throughs, gaming news, exclusive trailers and original series — is the channel with the fourth most subscribers on YouTube, itself the world's third most popular website, according to online measurement firm ComScore Inc. ...
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September 15, 2005 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
The question nagged Harvey Levin all summer: Is the Internet a place where TV careers go to die -- or be reborn? After Telepictures Productions pulled the plug on Levin's syndicated newsmagazine "Celebrity Justice," he was approached about starting an entertainment news website with America Online. "My initial reaction was, I couldn't be less interested," Levin recalled. "I thought, I'm going to do more television. Why would I do Internet?"
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August 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Hoping to plant their flags on the screens of Internet-connected television sets, Intel Corp. and Yahoo Inc. unveiled a new project Wednesday to populate those screens with tiny programs called widgets. Depending on your point of view, the goal is to create a multitasker's dream or an information-overload nightmare: It would let people do things like check their stock prices or peruse their photos, all while watching TV. The notion that the Internet will be the delivery mechanism for TV has been gaining momentum, and the Intel-Yahoo partnership, called the "Widget Channel," reflects the potential.
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February 7, 2007 | From Reuters
Warner Music Group has signed a deal to allow its entire catalog to be played over the fast-growing social networking music service Last.fm. The deal with Warner is the first with one of the major labels, and the network's co-founder, Martin Stiksel, said it was in talks with the other three major labels and content holders. With more than 15 million active users per month, Last.
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January 2, 2007 | From Times Staff Writers
There may be one constant in the media sector in 2007: its obsession with Google Inc. and the Web. Internet envy had old media working overtime in 2006. Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone became so overwrought after losing the MySpace social networking site to News Corp. that he served up his well-regarded lieutenant of 20 years, Tom Freston, as a scapegoat. Freston was sacked.
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June 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
CBS Corp., which already sells episodes of its hit television shows "Survivor" and "CSI" on Google Inc.'s online video store, is now offering the downloads on Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music Store. Apple's online store carries other shows from ABC, NBC and Fox. It previously offered some CBS programming, such as NCAA basketball, but not prime-time hits.
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June 15, 2006 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
AOL plans today to relaunch its Netscape Internet portal as an experiment in community journalism, trying to recapture the magic of the once-famous online brand. Netscape will rely on its users to submit, rank and comment on news stories, videos and blog postings from across the Web. Stories will be organized into 30 categories, such as movies, travel and money.
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October 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Video-sharing site YouTube Inc. deleted nearly 30,000 files after a Japanese entertainment group complained of copyright infringement. The Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers found 29,549 video clips such as television shows, music videos and movies posted on YouTube's site without permission, said Fumiyuki Asakura, an official with the organization. San Mateo, Calif.
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September 12, 2005 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
Yahoo Inc. has been talking like a major media company. Today it will start acting like one. Ten months after Lloyd Braun, former chairman of the ABC television network, began plotting the company's content strategy, the Internet giant plans to announce today the first of many original programs expected to come from the Yahoo Media Group headquarters in Santa Monica. Yahoo, which for years recycled traditional media companies' work on the Web, has hired its first news gatherer.
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July 30, 2008 | David Sarno
I've a feeling we're not in Hollywood anymore. But you might like it here too, Toto. This is Dogpatch, the bayside sliver of east San Francisco that's home to the Internet TV start-up Revision3. Through the doors of this old brick warehouse and up the stairs, there's a roomful of people who make a point of ignoring the old rules of the television business. Starting with the TV part. Revision3 is home to 19 original shows, 10 of which are filmed weekly in its on-site studio. But you won't find any of them by flipping channels.
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December 16, 2007 | DAVID SARNO
A decade after the Internet's Big Bang, the online cosmos is expanding as fast as ever. Much more so than a year ago, we can now download or stream many of our favorite movies, most of the TV shows we didn't TiVo, and just about any song you want (Music lovers: I'm exaggerating for effect. Thanks). Larger, higher-resolution online video players are emerging. It won't be long before we think back bemusedly on how many clips we watched on that fuzzy miniature YouTube screen. Remember?
BUSINESS
October 30, 2007 | From Reuters
Tribune Co. and Gannett Co. said Monday that they were working on a joint venture to expand Tribune's Metromix local entertainment website network throughout the United States in a bid for more revenue from national advertisers. Metromix will be owned equally by Chicago-based Tribune and Gannett, based in McLean, Va.
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September 15, 2007 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
The Screen Actors Guild announced Friday that it signed a contract to cover performers on "quarterlife," a Web series that will debut Nov. 11 on MySpaceTV.com, the video page for the popular social networking site. Billed as the most ambitious stand-alone Web project to date, the series is being produced by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, the Emmy-winning creators of TV hits "My So-Called Life" and "thirtysomething."
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September 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
AOL is once again revamping its Netscape.com Web portal, dropping a year-old "social news" component in which visitors submitted news stories and blog entries and voted on them to determine how they're ranked on the site. AOL, the Internet services unit of Time Warner Inc., said it wasn't giving up on social news completely and would instead send interested visitors to a separate, yet-to-be-determined Web address.
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August 30, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal Inc. and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. on Wednesday announced the name of their new Web-based network of films and television shows: Hulu. The site will start in a private testing format in October and be open to a limited number of users, the companies said in an e-mailed statement. The name was chosen because it is short, easy to spell and rhymes with itself, project chief Jason Kilar said on the Hulu website. The NBC Universal-News Corp.
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August 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Hoping to plant their flags on the screens of Internet-connected television sets, Intel Corp. and Yahoo Inc. unveiled a new project Wednesday to populate those screens with tiny programs called widgets. Depending on your point of view, the goal is to create a multitasker's dream or an information-overload nightmare: It would let people do things like check their stock prices or peruse their photos, all while watching TV. The notion that the Internet will be the delivery mechanism for TV has been gaining momentum, and the Intel-Yahoo partnership, called the "Widget Channel," reflects the potential.
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September 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
AOL is once again revamping its Netscape.com Web portal, dropping a year-old "social news" component in which visitors submitted news stories and blog entries and voted on them to determine how they're ranked on the site. AOL, the Internet services unit of Time Warner Inc., said it wasn't giving up on social news completely and would instead send interested visitors to a separate, yet-to-be-determined Web address.
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March 22, 2007 | Meg James and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writers
Several media giants are teaming up to challenge Google Inc. and its YouTube video-sharing service, seeking to blunt their incursion into the entertainment business. News Corp. and NBC Universal plan to announce as soon as today that they are creating an online video site stocked with TV shows and movies, plus clips that users can modify and share with friends, according to people close to the negotiations. The two companies enlisted help from some of Google's biggest Internet rivals.
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March 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A group of U.S. venture capital firms, including Disney's investment arm, was set to announce today that it had invested $23.5 million in UUSee, a major Chinese video website. UUSee distributes live and on-demand TV from CCTV, China's largest TV broadcaster; CSAT, China's largest satellite TV company; and Beijing TV. The investment round is being led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Highland Capital Partners. It included Steamboat Ventures, the venture-capital vehicle of Walt Disney Co.
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