YouTube Clone

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The Hungry Caterpillar

The announcement that NBC Universal and News Corp.—in conjunction with AOL, Yahoo! and Microsoft—would launch a Web portal is more notable for what was left unsaid than what was said. Even with those marquee players, there are too many elements missing from the pact to make anybody at Google/YouTube quake in their boots.

Just look at who’s not part of the consortium. Viacom—the guys who, a week ago, sued YouTube for a cool $1 billion—planned to join in but backed out at the eleventh hour. CBS was in talks but balked as well, believing, like Viacom, that the deal meant giving up too much control of its libraries, without enough revenue potential. Earlier on, ABC had been approached but wasn’t getting assurances that network branding would be integrated into series running on the site—an essential caveat of its landmark Apple iTunes deal.



March 26, 2007 - Posted by | youtube, youtube clone

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