It's easy to think of web video as beginning and ending with YouTube, but if you expand your field of vision, you'll find that there are a remarkable group of startups inviting new services and technology for sites and small businesses around video.
This week on Hacking TV: YouTube digs deep to cover fair use defense for creators; Vice continues its promiscuous flirtation with all the platforms and networks it can; MSNBC explores rare sharing relationship with Bloomberg; and Yahoo's negative press barrage continues.
Will the big guys crowd out innovation in digital TV? Saul and Steve have a lively debate about whether the rapidly emerging over-the-top TV market is going to be open to innovative upstarts as well as media giants trying to learn new tricks.
Each year, a remarkable group of Internet entrepreneurs gather to share observations, wisdom, and bit of early warning radar on the state of the Internet. The attendees are carefully curated, and totally off the record.
When you walk the floor at Comic Con, one thing becomes immediately clear; fans certainly like engaging in far more than passive viewing. Comic Con may be the white-hot center of the fan world and consumers are engaged.
The New York Hall of Science in Queens was the home of Maker Faire - a massive festival of technologists, hobbyists, and makers of all shapes and sizes. It's all part of the "maker movement" of hackers and inventors.
Taking stock in the video and television world. On today's episode: The video rights deals keep coming, Verizon gets ready to put big money behind its go90 service, Amazon's twitch TV gets ready to take on YouTube.
Last week Apple released iOS9, and with it the tools to allow consumers to block ads. Apple presented it as a way to improve web page delivery and give consumers' choice. But industry insiders are clear about the fact that it's Apple firing a powerful volley at Google.
So, is this always-on-camera world a sign of the new narcissism, or a new connected world in which we're all sharing and connecting, the first step toward making diversity and social justice visible to all?