One year: 27 milestones towards Anytime TV

November 30, 2006 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

James (Singapore) writes:

 I just got hold of Mary Meeker’s latest State of the Internet presentation in pdf at Morgan Stanley’s website. Nobody analyzes the big picture, supported by facts and data, better than Meeker, and this presentation is no exception. I’m going to pull out some key ‘Big Switch’ highlights shortly, but in the meantime, I have to share this very neat (US) milestone summary. The explosion of experimental TV/Movie/Video download models has been the major story of the past 12 months. Here’s 27 milestones along the way

  • 10/05 – Disney / ABC and Apple to offer episodes of popular shows like Lost and Desperate Housewives available ad-free via iTunes for $1.99 apiece
  • 10/05 – 1MM+ videos, priced at $1.99 each, downloaded from Apple’s iTunes site in less than 20 days
  • 11/05 – Comcast / CBS and DirectTV / NBC to offer on-demand TV shows for $0.99
  • 11/05 – Cisco to acquire Scientific Atlanta for $7B to prepare for demands of online video; expecting network traffic increases of 4-6x annually, instead of 2x gains seen in US and Europe, driven by video consumption requirements
  • 11/05 – Time Warner to stream episodes for free (supported by 2-minute blocks of 15-30-second commercials) in Jan 2006. Initial run limited to 30 series (Wonder Woman, Growing Pains, Kung Fu…) but TWX plans to expand to 100+ series and 300+ episodes per month
  • 11/05 – NBC Nightly News to air its entire broadcast on the Internet — NBC Nightly News Netcast with Brian Williams will be available for free beginning at 10PM EST
  • 12/05 – NBA to digitize 60+ years of footage and post on, beginning in 2006, with a searchable database that will include players involved and exact locations on court
  • 12/05 – CBS will offer NCAA basketball March Madness games for free in 2006, on streaming ad-supported basis
  • 12/05 – CBS offers free streaming video of 2 comedy programs Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother on Yahoo! during the week of 12/27
  • 12/05 – AOL / Google to collaborate to showcase AOL’s premium video service within Google Video
  • 1/06 – Google to offer for-pay video over Internet from likes of CBS and NBA
  • 1/06 – DirectTV / FOX to offer on-demand TV shows for $0.99 and pre-air shows for $2.99
  • 3/06 – Cingular to offer on-demand video service for 3G mobile phones for $20 a month
  • 4/06 – Disney to offer many TV shows for free anytime on the web
  • 5/06 –Italy to get mobile TV in time for World Cup. Service offered by Mediaset and Europa TV
  • 6/06 – Yahoo Video hosts video uploads and allows users to search videos on other sites
  • 7/06 – A&E’s History Channel
    UK makes appearance on audio / video search engine Blinkx
  • 7/06 – Amazon to open online movie store
  • 7/06 – Warner Bros. Entertainment to sell studio shows on iTunes
  • 8/06 – AOL opens video portal
  • 8/06 – Google and Viacom sign video distribution deal
  • 9/06 – Amazon launches Amazon Unbox, offering downloadable movies and TV shows
  • 9/06 – Apple to offer downloadable movies from Miramax and Walt Disney via iTunes at prices of $9.99 – $14.99
  • 10/06 – Microsoft to use Blinkx technology to power the video search on its MSN Internet sites and
  • 10/06 – CBS and YouTube strike strategic content and advertising partnership
  • 10/06 – Google to acquire YouTube for $1.65B in stock
  • 10/06 – AOL and Brightcove launch distribution service for selling digital video downloads

If anybody has thoughts about how this is going to play out in Asia over the next few years, I’d love to hear your comments…

Entry filed under: media general.

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