Searching For TV News Online

Most news organizations provide video content on their sites, and aggregators like Google News also offer video clips for some stories. But there are also some excellent search tools that focus exclusively on broadcast television news, and they can often take you to "all the news that's fit to watch" more quickly and efficiently than browsing the Web. Today, a look at "TV News Search and Borrow" (TV News), one of the many services the Internet Archive makes available, such as the incredible Web history archive, The Wayback Machine. "TV News Search and Borrow" allows you to keyword [...]


Election 2012: Searching And Researching The Presidential Debates

The final debate between U.S. presidential candidates Obama and Rommney airs tonight. Until the election next month, a lot of attention will continue to be on the presidential and vice presidential debates. Here's an easy and free way to keyword search debate video and then immediately view the video online. In fact, all of the presidential debates back to 1988 can offer keyword searchable video. Where do you search and access? Visit the wonderful, irreplaceable and important C-SPAN Video Library. I'll be taking an in-depth look at this resource in an upcoming report but [...]


Watch, Know, Learn: A Rich Online Video Academy

The Khan Academy gets a lot of deservedly favorable attention for its breadth and depth of online video instruction. But there's another, similar site that I think deserves applause for quality, authoritative online video instruction. It also happens to be a freebie. It's called WatchKnowLearn.org and it’s being developed for K-12 students and educators. While I don’t fit directly into either of those categories I like to think of myself as a "lifelong learner" and for that reason WatchKnowLearn has become an essential reference tool for me, perfect for a quick knowledge "tune-up," [...]


Four Seriously Cool Information Resources

As a librarian, researcher and frequent blogger, I'm constantly coming across incredibly useful online information resources that are most effectively searched using their own site search tools, rather than relying on general-purpose engines to surface their valuable content. I plan to start writing about these on a regular, ongoing basis, using a bullet-point format that highlights the most useful features of each resource, rather than doing in-depth reviews. Without further ado, here are the first four (of many more to come). C-SPAN Video Library Cost: free In three words, amazin [...]


Volunia, A Social Search Engine, Says The Web Has Come Alive

volunia-logo Google might be synonymous with the word search in most of the world, but that hasn't dissuaded others from bringing new search engines to the market, usually aiming to innovate in an area where Google has somehow let up its guard. Volunia, launched this week, promises to help searchers with three distinguishing features: High level site previews in search results A multimedia search within a site function A social layer which, among other things, allows Volunia users to share information and connect to one another My sense is that it is the social layer which will be most apprecia [...]


How To Get Started With YouTube Promoted Video

youtube-featured Earlier in the year, YouTube surpassed Yahoo as the world’s second largest search engine. In June 2011, ComScore reported that in the U.S., YouTube attracted 5.6 billion viewing sessions per month and the average U.S. visitor frequents the site 23 times a month with each visit lasting on average 26 minutes. And, just today, ComScore also reported that YouTube passed 20 billion video views during October 2011 alone. No matter how you look at the data, that’s a lot of eyeballs and a lot of time spent on a single site that a marketer can take advantage of. But creating a video is only hal [...]


In-House Video Marketing Via YouTube

The second largest search engine on the web after Google is YouTube. In-house search engine marketers often overlook the promotional possibilities of YouTube, but with the relatively recent proliferation of cheap and easy video filming technologies (iPhones, Androids, Flips), leveraging YouTube’s massive search volume is something in-house search engine marketers should give at least as much time as they devote to other second-tier search engines like Bing, Facebook or Twitter. Create A Brand Channel Establishing a YouTube presence is the critical first step. Setting up a brand channel and [...]


Google Dominates Online Video, In Hunt For Hulu

By unique viewer count (per comScore) YouTube is more than two and a half times the size of the next largest US video site, Vevo. It also sees more than five times the monthly minutes of Vevo. Only Hulu approaches YouTube in terms of time spent or engagement. However Hulu is the most heavily and successfully monetized video site, with almost 20 percent of online video ad impressions. Google, the owner of YouTube, is one of a handful of companies, including Yahoo, Amazon and DirectTV, that are rumored to be going after Hulu. The anticipated, competitive bidding could fetch as much as [...]


Google, MSFT, Yahoo In Talks To Buy Hulu: Report

Hulu is apparently a popular dance partner at the moment. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are all in "confidential" discussions about buying the popular video service. YouTube remains the dominant video site online, but it's built around user-generated, amateur videos. Hulu, on the other hand, has agreements with major TV networks that gives it access to current (and professional) programming -- an area that YouTube has been trying to beef up for a few years now. That kind of programming is what attracts ad dollars, as the Times report explains: Hulu' [...]


YouTube Down, But Still Dominates Online Video; Netflix Owns Movie Watching

Video watching was down on YouTube during February, but it still holds a seemingly unsurmountable lead in viewers, video views, and time spent per viewer. According to the latest comScore video stats, which cover February 2010, Google sites -- i.e., primarily YouTube -- saw a 2.1% drop in unique viewers 4.3% drop in viewing sessions 7.7% drop in minutes per viewer But YouTube is still exponentially more popular than all the other sites on comScore's list, including Microsoft, which rose from No. 7 in January to No. 2 in February. Meanwhile, earlier this week a different [...]


New: Topsy Launches Real-Time Video Search

Topsy has just launched a new search engine that surfaces hot videos that are being shared on Twitter. The company announced Topsy video search this afternoon via its Twitter account. The new video search functions similarly to Topsy's other search tools -- web (links), tweets and photos. Results appear to be ranked based on several factors, including how often, how recent, and who shares the video on Twitter. The left column offers a number of filtering and sorting options. Those search results are pretty good; I found a few Japan-related videos that I hadn't seen yet despite having [...]


CBS Buys Clicker Video Search Guide; Lanzone Becomes CBS Interactive Prez

CBS has wisely acquired internet TV guide Clicker, sometimes incorrectly called a video search engine. Clicker CEO Jim Lanzone has been named President of CBS Interactive. He'll bring tremendous energy and intelligence (and a sense of humor) to the role. The acquisition price wasn't disclosed. Clicker raised roughly $19 million from investors. CBS also owns TV.com as well as several other online properties. How TV.com and Clicker co-exist and interact remains to be seen. TV.com is a portal. But Clicker has the potential to be the front end and directory for all digital media content, [...]


Hulu Plus Rides To The Rescue Of Google TV?

Hulu Plus, the ad-reduced subscription service from Hulu, just dropped its price to $7.99 from $9.99. It just launched on the Roku box as well. It's also on the iPad and a range of TVs. The company plans to push distribution to a wide range of devices, reportedly including Google TV. That would circumvent some of the problems Google has experienced with the networks blocking access to their content. The combination of Hulu Plus for $7.99 and Netflix streaming for $7.99/8.99 will be sufficient to convince some people to drop their cable. That may be more challenging if it's part of a bun [...]


From Apple To Google TV: A Quick Overview Of Six “Connected TV” Offerings

While many people are focused on the recent launch of Google TV, there are a range of existing alternatives for people who want more than just TV on their TVs -- or who may what to "cut the (cable) cord" entirely. The chart below offers a short overview and comparison of the major providers and systems available in the US market. It is not intended to be definitive or exhaustive. Each product or system below requires some sort of new hardware, either a set-top box or a entirely new TV. Prices range from a low of $59 for the cheapest Roku box to well over $1,000 for the largest Sony Internet [...]


Clicker Launches iPhone App, Against Backdrop Of TV Changes, Disruption

Social TV guide Clicker, also sometimes called "TV Guide for the internet," launched its iPhone app this morning. An iPad app is on the way. It's cool and useful and it contains some, but not all content, available on the Clicker.com site. Here's the list of the app's content and features per the Clicker Blog: Search Clicker’s massive database of online programming Check-in to your favorite TV shows, movies, and Web series Follow your friends on Clicker and see what they’re watching Rate and discuss shows and movies Earn show awards and badges Manage your Clicker Playlist [...]


YouTube Still Owns Video Share; Vevo Gaining Viewers

YouTube continues to dominate the video search landscape, but Vevo is off to a good start according to the comScore numbers for April 2010. YouTube's 43% market share remains light years ahead of everyone else in the space, with Hulu and Microsoft in second and third, respectively. ComScore estimates that YouTube served more than 13 billion videos during April. (See chart below left.) Meanwhile, in terms of unique viewers, Vevo is gaining ground. The new music video site formed by several international record labels, and hosted by YouTube, jumped to the number four spot with more tha [...]


Live Matrix Wants To Be Your Guide To The Live Web

If you're looking for something to do, there are several event search engines you might use: Upcoming.org and Zvents are two biggies, while Joobili is a smaller one that combines events with travel search. But all of this is for finding offline events. What about the thousands of things happening on the web every day? Enter Live Matrix. It's a new site that's just launched (into private beta) with enormous ambitions: to serve as a guide to everything happening online. "We don't include anything happening offline," says co-founder Sanjay Reddy. "We include anything happening online t [...]


Five Keys For Creating Viral YouTube Titles

As with text web pages, from an SEO standpoint the title of your YouTube video is the most important piece of content on the page. Well, to be fair, the most important piece of content is actually the video itself, but for the purpose of this discussion, let’s assume that the video is at least moderately watchable and entertaining. Every YouTube video resides on its own page and has a unique URL. YouTube creates HTML meta tags for each of these video view pages based on different page elements. The title of the video becomes the title tag, the description becomes the meta description tag, [...]


My Video Search Holiday Wish List

The holiday season is well on its way in the U.S. with our biggest feast, Thanksgiving, and largest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, behind us. Now, it’s more crucial than ever for advertisers to work like Santa’s elves to ensure their products and/or services land on everyone’s list. As both an online consumer and a dedicated online video enthusiast, I decided to write my own wish list specifically focused on online video. I am asking for a lot, but I feel optimistic that even if I don’t get everything this holiday season it’s possible I might get it sometime next year. He [...]


“TV Guide For The Internet” Clicker Comes Out Of Beta

The label, "TV Guide for the internet," doesn't fully capture the intent or the extent of Clicker. We first wrote about the site when it appeared at the TechCrunch50 event. It was then in a closed beta. However today, a mere 58 days later, the site launches to the public with a number of new features and additional content. Former Ask CEO Jim Lanzone, now the CEO of Clicker, has described the site as "the first structured, comprehensive and unbiased programming guide for internet television." And in today's press release the site calls itself "Complete Programming Guide for Internet Televis [...]


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