Warner Bros to set up branded channels with major online video services


Warner Brothers has announced that it has signed a number of deals with large online video networks to show ad-supported branded channels such as TheWB.com, KidsWB.com, plus two new channels showing classic and science fiction programming.

The channels will be available on Joost, TiVo, Sling Media, Daily Motion, and Veoh networks, with WB hoping to attract viewers from the 16-34 age group who are increasingly using mobile and Internet services in preference to traditional TV channels…

Joost retreating to US, BBC iPlayer reigns supreme in the UK


According to a report in the Sunday Times business section, online video portal Joost could be about to retreat back to the US, following ongoing problems with getting media and sports companies to sell it global rights to show programming over the web.

“The company is expected to rein in its global ambitions to focus solely on the US market,” the article says. Of course, that’s a huge market, and it may be easier to convince rights holders to allow content to be shown within one country…

2007 in Review No. 5: Telly 2.0 arrived

joost-2007.jpgPart of our series of festive posts looking back at the key happenings in 2007… One of the more exciting developments in 2007 for webheads was the emergence of a clutch of ‘Telly 2.0’ startups (I’m persisting with that moniker until it catches on) like Joost, Babelgum and VeohTV. Each offered an array of exclusive channels, mixing music, entertainment and weirdness.

20 things I learnt from Le Web 3.0 in Paris: VCs aren't spending, everyone has a video site and no one loves Facebook anymore


If you have been lurking about on Techdigest in the last week or so you’ll know that a few of us have been in Paris at the Le Web 3.0 show. It is the one time of the year when a small part of the French capital morphs into a mini Silicon Valley with lots of entrepreneurs, VCs, web gurus, bloggers and assorted hangers on listening to key note speeches from internet superstars and networking like crazy over radioactive coffee.

Joost opens the floodgates, so you can now sign up (and stop pestering me for invites)

joost-logo.jpgJoost, the online TV streamer which we got quite excited about and then promptly forgot, once we discovered the joys of streaming from Joox, has just been opened up to the public officially.

It’s been in beta for quite some time, with users only able to play around with its nifty interface and sadly uninteresting TV shows, but yesterday on the Joost blog it was announced anyone can sign up. So,…

Online TV set for steady growth in the UK, but behind music


You can treat many analyst predictions with a pinch of salt, but at least they’re trying to figure out how fast technologies will take off (and who stands to trouser the revenues). Screen Digest has just released a report predicting that by 2011, online TV will be generating £181 million of revenues here.

That includes catch-up and on-demand services from the big broadcasters, but also online telly firms like YouTube and Joost (pictured), and download services like Apple’s iTunes. It specifically says that the tradiitonal broadcasters will be threatened by the rise of these new online firms, too. If I was ITV, I’d be trying to buy Joost right now.