At a press conference this morning in the heart of Microsoft’s glasshouse, the company announced an online video partnership with MTV Networks International and Sony BMG, because according to John Mangelaars, VP of Microsoft Online Services Group, “video is exploding”. Just cottoned on, eh Microsoft?
Adding to their MSN video service, which is free to users, clips from MTV programs including South Park, Pimp My Ride…
YOU WILL NEED: One fat man in drag, two sobbing children dressed in sackcloth, a few bottles of prescription medication, some very cheap wigs and 25 extras to act as paparazzi photographers.
Although it’s actually not that creative. From today, MTV users can remix and edit a video for Britney’s new single ‘Piece of Me’ (maybe in 1999…
The working day’s about to get quite a bit more bearable, thanks to glorious youth-pleaser MTV doing a MEGABUCKS deal to stick every episode of South Park up on the internet for us all to watch.
And the price to you, brave internet user? Nothing. They’re doing it for free, no doubt in some convoluted readership-expanding, demographic-driving…
You’d be forgiven for thinking Second Life is the only virtual world in town, from the acres of press hype in the last year. And there’s no doubt that Linden Lab’s world has deserved many of the plaudits (and fat marketing expenditure) coming its way, having been arguably the first non-gaming virtual world to excite mainstream attention.
But it’s not alone. Industry body Virtual Worlds Management recently estimated that 35 virtual worlds companies had trousered over a billion dollars of investment in the last year (although that research has since been questioned, with some of those companies not actually being involved in virtual worlds, and $700 million of the figure coming from one acquisition).
Finally, something to do on the coming winter months now that huddling outside crack dens clutching spoons isn’t a smart idea. Unless you want pneumonia.
Finally getting their asses into gear, Comedy Central has given The Daily Show With Jon Stewart its very own website, due to launch today at noon EST. Only a few short hours, get those fingers poised on F5 already…
Every so often, something takes YouTube complete storm. At the moment, Britney Spears’ performance at the MTV VMA awards is subject to the most ridicule. Here’s just one of many videos taking the mickey.
Seen Britney’s shambolic performance at the MTV VMA awards yet? If not, and you’re outside the US, you’ll be hard-pressed to watch it. Why? Well, MTV has the footage on its website, but it says it’s “not accessible”, which I think is because I’m outside the US.
But it’s on YouTube, right? Wrong. It was, for a few hours on Monday, but MTV parent company Viacom’s lawyers were quick on the case to get it taken down from there, and any other video-sharing site where it was posted.
It’s frustrating, because you’d think MTV would be keen to have the video splashed all over the web, given that on Monday morning, Britney’s performance was THE celebrity story around the world.
YouTube isnt just great for cool stuff. It’s also great to see videos of people falling apart. The latest celeb to find their mind-a-wanderin’ is poor ol’ Britney Spears who, after her comeback performance at the MTV VMAs, has found herself named ‘the worst performance in history’. Terrible lip-synching, dazed bumbling around stage, vacant expression. It’s a classic!
If you’re hotwired into pop culture like an electric scenester (or something), you’ll be aware of yesterday’s MTV VMAs, one of the glitzier awards shindigs in the music world.
It’s increasingly one of the most gadgety too, what with mobile simulcasts, Twittering stars, and now the news that emo stars Fall Out Boy were moblogging the whole thing using their cameraphones.
However, singer Tila Tequila is leveraging her huge MySpace popularity (two million friends and counting) to launch… a bisexual dating show on MTV. Well, I guess that qualifies as playing to your audience. Tila puts it best on her blog: