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THIS WEEK: REMEMBERING MCA by Marauder

THIS WEEK: REMEMBERING MCA

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“as you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all our

friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support.
i’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him.
thank you.”

– Mike D

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Coldplay Tribute 5/4 at the Hollywood Bowl “Fight for Your Right to Party”

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It is with great sadness that I dedicate this post to one of my heroes, Adam “MCA” Yauch from the Beastie Boys. He died last week at 47 years old from cancer in his salivary glands. Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz in 1979, one year after I was born. The Beastie Boys started as a punk rock group and quickly merged over into hip hop.   Paul’s Boutique defined my college experience and laid groundwork for a connection to music which has motivated and pushed me forward in the darkest of times. He was one of my heroes. He will be missed.

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For more videos to remind you of the Beastie Boys genius, click here.

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In other news, Nielsen reported another drop in TV viewers, the Apple OS vs. Android deathmatch continues, The Scream sells at Sotheby’s for a cool $120MM, Turntable tries to get its mojo back, Facebook sets its IPO at $28 – $35 a share, Discovery buys Revision 3, ComScore names Tagged as the most engaged social network, and Zynga sees massive decline from its recent acquisition Draw Something.

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Some more Cool Sh-t:

Transmission LA: Mike D Curated Art

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ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA by Marauder

ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA

In the last year, people somehow found a way to spend 73% more time on Facebook and other social networking sites, according to a new report from Nielsen. In February, Nielsen says, people used social network sites more than they used Web-based e-mail for the first time ever. (Iwantmedia 4/23, http://www.thedeal.com/dealscape/2009/04/nielsen_facebook_use_outstrips.php 4/22)

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Hulu, the video site owned by NBC Universal and News Corp., is said to be in talks with the world’s largest record labels to offer music videos in competition with Google‘s YouTube. Hulu plans to compete with Vevo, the music service planned by Universal Music and YouTube. (Iwantmedia 4/23, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aIve2K3rJFl0 4/22)

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BBC’s hugely successful iPlayer will begin to offer a selection of programs in HD from the BBC HD channel. Featured shows include Doctor Who and Dragon’s Den. (Cynopsis 4/23)

Comcast is developing a Web site that will function as a portal through which the company’s cable subscribers can watch its TV content on the Internet, according to Karin Gilford, who runs Comcast’s Fancast Web site. Gilford would say only that the service, which initially will be free of charge to Comcast customers, will premiere soon. PCWorld (4/21)

Us Weekly magazine is selling sponsorship of its new Facebook profile to insurance firm State Farm in what appears to be a first for a media company on the social networking site, as well as a first for a company fan page. Facebook will not get any revenue from the deal. (Iwantmedia 4/23, http://adage.com/mediaworks/article?article_id=136214 4/23)

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YouTube class=”snap_preview_icon”> is trying to find more ways to monetize the popular web service, and recently started a test project with selected partners who were invited to start offering video downloads to interested viewers (they subsequently killed our own download tool, presumably because they want to minimize the risk of losing money on unauthorized download apps). Now it seems the Google-owned online video community site is ready to expand the program to other interested partners based in the U.S. (see screenshot below). (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/23/youtube-starts-rolling-out-video-download-program-for-partners/ 4/23)

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Microsoft is launching a service that allows users of its MSN portal to create a home page dedicated to the goings-on around Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and other celebs. Microsoft in the future plans to offer home pages customized around other topics. (Iwantmedia 4/23, http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/ebusiness/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=217000208 4/22)

Discovery CEO David Zaslav said he had nothing against putting content online, except when it didn’t make for a smart business decision. Discovery is beginning to find some success with its full-length content in the lucrative syndication market and, because of that, Zaslav said he was willing to sit on the Web-video sidelines for a little while: “We’re waiting to see if an economic model develops.” Los Angeles Times (4/22)

Josh Schwartz, co-creator of NBC’s “Chuck,” says there is a push on the Internet to get fans to go to Subway to buy sandwiches to support the ratings-challenged series. (The sandwich shop was featured in a recent episode.) Also, many fans are Twittering their support. (Iwantmedia 4/23, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2009/04/can-twitter-and-subway-save-chuck.html 4/22)

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Barry Diller is said to be shopping the “hipster” tip sheet Very Short List. The media mogul’s IAC is in talks with several potential buyers, including Bob Pittman’s The Pilot Group and New York Observer owner Jared Kushner. The small business “likely won’t fetch a substantial sale price.” (Iwantmedia 4/23, http://www.nypost.com/seven/04232009/business/diller_dealing_web_site_165741.htm 4/23)

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Not with a bang, but with a whimper. Yahoo! is unceremoniously closing GeoCities, one of the original web-hosting services acquired by Yahoo! in 1999 for $2.87 billion. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/23/yahoo-quietly-pulls-the-plug-on-geocities/ 4/23)

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comScore Top 10 Gaining Properties by % Change in Unique Visitors* (U.S.) March 2009 vs. February 2009
Total Unique Visitors (000)
Feb-09     Mar-09     % Change     Rank by
Unique Visitors
Twitter.com                         4,033      9,313        131           78
Grisoft                                4,260      7,764          82          114
Oprah.com                          2,814      4,505          60          234
Usmagazine.com                  3,863     5,943           54           47
Technorati Media               11,692     16,021          37             2
MLB.com                            5,069       6,860          35           75
Groupe Lagardere                4,253      5,705          34         122
Limewire.com                      7,861     10,414         32           71
Universal Music Group          5,626       7,421         32           49
Nestle                                 3,269       4,278         31         201
Total Internet: Total Audience 192,187    192,173        0          N/A
Source: comScore Media Metrix
*Ranking based on the top 250 properties in March 2009

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WHO, WHAT, WHERE: ONLINE VIDEO DISTRIBUTION by Marauder
April 14, 2008, 8:58 PM
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WHO, WHAT, WHERE: ONLINE VIDEO DISTRIBUTION

The dominant players in online video distribution seem to be the purveyors of free content over linear TV air: the broadcast networks. Being the most avant-garde players in the space, I decided to investigate deeper on the what, where and by whom in this case focusing on the big four: ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. I did not list every platform instead opting for the more dominant players in the space. I invite any and all comments and critique in the hopes of continuing to improve upon the original.

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BROADCAST/CABLE by Marauder

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CBS benefited from Nielsen‘s new out-of-home measurement tracking service during the first rounds of the NCAA tournament, according to Ad Age, showing ratings 23% higher than the overnight figures in one instance. This should help make up for downward trend in the tourney’s conventional household ratings. (Cynopsis 4/3)

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NBC
announced its upfront slate yesterday with a theme to each hour of primetime – 8p is the family hour; 9p is the blockbuster hour; and 10p are adult dramas.  Also the amount of reality shows is fairly limited from the fall thru into spring 2009, though we have yet to see what next summer will bring. (Cynopsis 4/3, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i958f1f23dbbf0f0119b1978233f40b59  4/2)

 
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama will make an appearance on
HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” and talk about the influence basketball has had on his life. The episode will run April 15 at 10 p.m. on the pay-cable channel. (Multichannel News 4/2)

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Sundance Channel
also had their upfront press briefing yesterday and introduced a lengthy slate of new, returning, in development and acquired series.  The mix tho remains the same with 70% of the schedule feature films and documentaries, 25% series and 5% talk and shorts.  And despite chatter about a potential sale, the Channel is continuing with business as usual having been thru this process a couple of times before. (Cynopsis 4/3)

 
Tribune boss Sam Zell will have to sell assets besides the Chicago Cubs baseball team and its Newsday newspaper to pay off its $1.85 billion debt, according to bond research firm Gimme Credit. Tribune will need to look at selling other assets, such as its 31% stake in the Food Network. (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601204&sid=aAxHuFRP2A0U  4/3)

 
Rhode Island‘s top cable TV regulator has ruled that the state’s three multichannel-TV providers — Cox, Full Channel TV and Verizon — do not have to release subscriber information because it would give competitors an unfair advantage. Additionally, Cox has asked that other financial information, such as balance sheets and income statements, not be made public. (The Providence Journal (R.I.) 4/3)

 
Time Warner Cable will announce today that it is increasing the availability of enhanced VOD services in the New York metro region, including parts of New Jersey. The move means that more area residents will gain access to the company’s Start Over service, in which viewers can rewind to the beginning of a show in progress without a DVR. (New York Post 4/3)



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Part-two of the CSI:NY episode “Down The Rabbit Hole” about a virtual world killer concludes today with a nifty 3D Machinima segment produced by The Electric Sheep Company. (Cynopsis 4/2)

Down the Rabbit Hole Part 1

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Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards show Saturday attracted a record 7.4 million viewers, a 22% spike over last year’s version. The event, hosted by actor Jack Black, also brought in children of all ages: 3.8 million in the 2-to-11 demographic watched, and 2.7 million 9- to 14-year-olds tuned in, according to Nielsen. (The Hollywood Reporter 4/1)

Jack Black and Orlando Bloom Get Slimed

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On May 25,
HBO will premiere “Recount,” a drama focusing on the 2000 presidential election that resulted in George W. Bush’s first presidential term. The film stars Kevin Spacey as Ron Klain, Al Gore’s former chief of staff. (World Screen News 4/1)

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The CW announced the premiere date for its reality series Farmer Wants A Wife on April 30 at 9p. This U.S. version from FremantleMedia North America takes one young farmer from Missouri and introduces him to ten city slicker gals who come to his hometown to learn about farming and country life in hopes of one becoming his wife. (Cynopsis 4/2)

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How to Look Good Naked with host by Carson Kressley bares all for a second season on Lifetime as the show expands to a full hour with eight new episodes starting this July. (Cynopsis 4/2, Multichannel News 4/1)

All weekend CBS College Sports Network will air additional coverage of the 2008 NCAA Division I Mens Final Four and Championship Game as a compliment to CBS Sports live game broadcasts from San Antonio. CBS College Sports Network extras begin Friday at 1p with the live Final Four Team Practices and concluding with the National Championship Pregame Show on Monday at 8p and following the game with NCAA March Madness Highlights at 12a. (Cynopsis 4/2)

 
SCI FI Channel’s new original 13-episode series Sanctuary begins production this month with a debut set for this fall. The series, about bizarre creatures living among us that are only seen by a few, was originally a hi-def web series.  The one-hour drama uses live-action actors shot mostly against virtual sets and is produced by Stage 3 Media, in collaboration with the network. (Cynopsis 4/2)

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The three months TV writers spent on the picket lines, when the production of new episodes were halted, led to steep year-to-year ratings drops for four of the five broadcast networks, according to Nielsen data for the first quarter. Not surprisingly, cable networks such as ESPN, Nick at Nite, TBS and History all posted solid gains for the first three months of the year. (USA TODAY 4/1)

The Hills on MTV

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Despite the slowing economy, mergers and acquisitions in the media industry are keeping up a fairly strong pace, according to a report released by media investment bank Jordan, Edmiston Group. AOL’s $850 million acquisition of Bebo helped lift the deal value in this year’s first quarter. (Iwantmedia.com 4/2, http://www.btobonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080401/FREE/995082902/1001  4/1)

 
CBS will cut about 1% of its 1,200-employee news work force, the network says, amid a tough media environment. Television news operations, whose viewers tend to be older, have had less success attracting a younger audience drawn to the rapid updates of news on the Internet. ((Iwantmedia.com 4/2, http://www.reuters.com/article/industryNews/idUSN0131772320080402  4/1)

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has been a consistent thorn in cable’s side, and the industry has no option other than to bide its time until he is replaced, according to NCTA President Kyle McSlarrow. “It’s a given: This is what it’s going to be like while he is chairman,” McSlarrow said. “There’s nothing the industry does that’s going to be good enough. So we have to make our case to other people.” (Multichannel News 4/1)



BROADCAST/CABLE by Marauder
April 1, 2008, 7:30 PM
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The political season continues to be very good to Time Warner’s CNN, which will officially announce on Tuesday that for the first time since 2001, it managed to beat News Corp.’s Fox News Channel in prime time for one quarter of the year for viewers age 25 to 54, according to Nielsen. (Iwantmedia.com 4/1, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/01/arts/01arts-POLITICSBENE_BRF.html?_r=1&oref=slogin  4/1)

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The stocks of major media companies tumbled during the first quarter, with nearly all sector biggies — Time Warner, News Corp., CBS — hitting new 52-week lows amid weaker overall markets and concerns about the advertising market outlook fueled by fear of a U.S. recession. (Iwantmedia.com 4/1, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/business/news/e3i37a2ec580927b4288621c1bd19136cae  3/31)

 
Disney, with its eye on a new potential franchise, is using its television, radio and Internet properties to boost exposure of the Jonas Brothers. Last week, the boy band appeared on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards. Coming soon: the Jonases’ first movie. (Iwantmedia.com 4/1, http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-nudisney1apr01,1,6516887.story  4/1)

The Jonas Brothers

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A familiar face returns to daytime television as Kathie Lee Gifford joins NBC News’ Today as co-host of the fourth hour with Hoda Kotb. Kathie Lee starts next Monday at 10a.
(Cynopsis 4/1, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/31/AR2008033102797.html  4/1)

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Fans of the daytime drama Passions will have the chance to buy props, clothing, furniture and more used on the Universal Media Studios’ soap at a live auction April 5 and 6. NBC Universal Television DVD, Music and Consumer Products Group is teaming with Premiere Props for this two-day public estate sale which consists of several thousands of Passions items. The sale will be at the CBS Radford studio lot in Studio City, CA this Saturday and Sunday from 8a to 4p PST. Passions, currently airing on DIRECTV, will end this August after nine years. 
(Cynopsis 4/1)

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MTV’s Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew finale last Thursday posted a 4.34 A12-34 rating and attracted 7.9 million total viewers. (Cynopsis 4/1)

The Finale

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MTV premieres its latest series The Paper from MTV News & Docs April 14 at 1030p. The Paper is about the student-run newspaper The Circuit at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, FL.

 
The first installment of “The Capture of the Green River Killer,” Lifetime’s first original miniseries, averaged 2 million viewers Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m., a record for the channel. Part 1 also delivered strong numbers in key demos: 989,000 25- to 54-year-olds tuned in and 832,000 viewers 18 to 49 watched, according to Nielsen. (The Hollywood Reporter 3/31)

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The NFL season opens on NBC September 4 at 7p as the Super Bowl champs New York Giants host the Washington Redskins. The NBC primetime game on September 7 begins at 815p with the Indianapolis Colts versus the Chicago Bears.
(Cynopsis 4/1)


ESPN’s 39th season of Monday Night Football opens September 8 with a doubleheader: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers at 7p followed by Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders at 1015p. (Cynopsis 4/1)

 
Ray Romano
may be returning to primetime TV.  Romano and Everybody Loves Raymond’s writer/producer Mike Royce, are working on a new one-hour dramedy called Men of a Certain Age for TNT. Ray will also star in the pilot about three 40-something men who have been friends since college and now find themselves going through different midlife crises. (Cynopsis 4/1)



ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA by Marauder

ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg publicly apologized for the Beacon fiasco with a posting on his blog. He promised to go all the way this time and offer users a privacy control option to disable the feature completely – a move critics have been calling for since the system was announced nearly a month ago. (http://money.cnn.com/2007/12/05/technology/kirkpatrick_facebook.fortune/index.htm?postversion=2007120514  12/5)

I am more than impressed with Zuckerberg’s blog post which demonstrates his frustration with the roll-out of Beacon and the subsequent slow response after user backlash. If only every CEO could be quite this candid.  Well done.  See below for the new global opt-out option available on a Facebook page near you.  To Facebook I say, thank you.

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Kanye West leads the field for the 2008 Grammy Awards with eight nominations each, followed by Amy Winehouse with six and the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain, each of whom got five nods.  iTunes is partnering with the Grammys this year to provide samples of the nominated songs in a password-protected area, presumably for voters to listen to the songs. Additionally, Delta Airlines is debuting a Grammy-branded plane as part of its fleet for the next three years. The ceremony started with a showing of the commercial celebrating the Grammys’ 50th anniversary. The spot produced by Chiat/Day is part of the Grammys’ marketing campaign for this banner year. The Chiat/Day partnership, said Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, is intended to “disrupt expectations and help establish a fresh, exciting campaign for the Grammys. Indeed, the next 50 is here.”  (http://billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/genre/e3i3743c78b6de09e1ea3fa45d280c8cef3?imw=Y  12/6)

Big THANK YOU to Mary Cunningham from the Grammys for providing the video below.  If she remains so gracious, I’ll have screengrabs of the password-protected iTunes section and pictures of the Grammy-branded plane soon enough.


Beliefnet just found a new corporate home with News Corp. But what of the myriad Web 2.0 outfits still rumored to be in acquisition talks? Flixster has been in on-again, off-again discussions with InterActiveCorp; News Corp. has been rumored to be eyeing Digg since November 2006. (http://www.forbes.com/business/media/2007/12/04/news-corp-beliefnet-tech-cx_wt_1204newscorp.html  12/4)

Apple will not be able to dominate the video-distribution industry as it has the music business because the company’s success is limited by what content the movie industry is willing to make available, according to James L. McQuivey of Forrester Research. Media executives “shouldn’t let a lessening Apple threat cause them to slow the pace of innovation. As we know from fickle audiences in the past, if you do not serve them, they will wander,” McQuivey said. (CNET 12/5)

Multiplatform music network Music Choice completed an integration with Tivo, allowing broadband connected Tivo DVRs to access thousands of music videos and original programming via TivoCast. Music Choice also announced it landed on MetroCast’s VOD service.

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Lesbian-leaning social networking site OurChart.com will host the online premiere of the 5th season of The L Word on Dec. 30, a week before it premieres on Showtime on Jan. 6.

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Brazilian author Adriana Falcao won YouTube’s first ever Project Direct film competition for Lacos. She will spend nine days at a major film festival of her choice courtesy of HP, receive a $5,000 debit card and get her short placed prominently on 7 international YouTube sites.

Teen-focused virtual world Gaia Online signed deals with Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. to offer pay-per-view and free ad supported programming in its virtual online interactive theaters. Sony and Warner Bros. will provide feature films with the former adding TV content, Minisode Network titles and channels sourcing AXN and Funnybones content. Sony Pictures also made an investment in the start-up in a series B round of financing.

From the image below, note that 112 people are watching The Matrix on Gaia right now.  Suffice to say, not a tremendous audience.

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Viacom’s MTV, formerly known as a music video channel, is announcing German and Asian partnerships with 10Tacle Studios to create a virtual world. The multi-user 3D online space will give Internet users access to MTV content, as well as a large number of online games. (http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/games/archives/2007/12/05/mtv_starts_own_virtual_world.html  12/5)

Mass-market adoption of IPTV hinges on making the technology easy to use, a Microsoft executive said. “If we ever want to get IPTV to a mass market … it (IPTV) has to fundamentally be one of the easiest things to use,” said Sal Arora, Microsoft’s senior director of product management of Microsoft TV. (ZDNet 12/5) 

Nielsen and Digimarc Corp. joined the rush to provide protection against digital piracy. The Digital Media Manager, set to roll out next year, will provide digital fingerprinting to enable studios to monitor usage of their content across social networking sites, user generated video portals and peer-to-peer sharing sites. Nielsen says it has already encoded 95% of national TV shows as part of its new ratings system. It is also in the process of building a huge database of DVDs, movies, games and other licensed content that can be used to authorize online delivery.

Broadband video consumption is on the rise, according to a new Horowitz Associates study. Sixty-one percent of internet users watch online video at least once a week (up from 45% a year ago,) while 86% do so at least once a month. News and user generated content were the most popular genres, followed by movie trailers, music videos and TV clips. However weekly viewing of full TV shows doubled this year with 16% of respondents claiming the habit. Other tidbits:

  • NBC.com and ABC.com were mentioned most frequently as destinations
  • Grey’s Anatomy was the show most often mentioned
  • 70% of users who watched TV online said they did so because they missed it on air

Reelzchannel premiered a new series called Movie Mob, described as “the first user generated TV show powered by video bloggers.” G4 Attack of the Show technologist Layla Kayleigh hosts a collection of cyber reviews submitted by armchair film critics from across the country