In the last couple of days it is great to see Viacom and NBC showing some of their real colors as it relates to how they want to approach their content and open range digital distribution.
I personally think this is a good thing. If you want to see NBC's content or one of any of Viacom's offerings you can tune in on any given night of the week on any television in the country. However, to catch content created by you, me or some other independent producer where can you go? That's right you go online because that is the only place you can find it. It surely is not on NBC, MTV or any other broadcaster's feed. So, if NBC and Viacom want to take their toys and go home leaving YouTube and a handful of other online content distributors to the masses...I say great. More bandwidth for the next Steven Spielberg to get his masterpiece out to a willing audience. Click the title of the article below to view the entire piece.
NBC’s Zucker lashes out at YouTube
By Joshua Chaffin and Francesco Guerrera in New York
Published: February 6 2007 22:12 | Last updated: February 7 2007 02:03
Jeff Zucker, on his first day as chief executive of NBC Universal, came out swinging at YouTube, accusing the online video site of failing to deploy its technology to protect the copyrighted materials of traditional media companies.
“YouTube needs to prove that it will implement its filtering technology across its online platform. It’s proven it can do it when it wants to,” Mr Zucker said, referring to the site’s controls to block pornography and hate speech. He added: “They have the capability. The question is whether they have the will.”