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Putting Pirates in Perspective: Mininova versus the World

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For a recent Telco 2.0 conference, I decided to try and get a sense of just what proportion of media experiences could be attributed to files acquired through pirated channels as compared to those experiences that are the function of more “traditional” and licensed access channels (e.g., radio and television).  The pirate channel I chose was Mininova, given the site recently claimed 10,000,000,000 torrent downloads during the period 2005-2009. A video of the (now updated) presentation slides (without an audio overdub) is embedded at the bottom of this post. Importantly,…read more

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From Access to Access: How the future of media is like the past (and present)

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Recently, it has been argued by a number of people that the age of selling media has passed, and the age of selling access to media has begun.  I have wondered about this claim a bit, and upon digging around it seems that this purchase-to-access proposition is a position that could use some questioning if not de-bunking. In short, the future business model for the media industries may indeed be Access.  But this business model simply looks like the one from the past; We are going from Access to Access….read more

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YouTube versus The World: a global viewing comparison

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On Sunday, YouTube celebrated its fifth birthday.  Congratulations! On this birthday, the video site announced approximately 2,000,00,000 views each day. In the wake of this announcement, Eliot VanBuskirk over at Wired.com suggested YouTube viewing now tops network prime time viewing—at least in the US. Recently at the Telco 2.0 conference, I tried to put YouTube viewing in context and made some estimates and conversions so I could compare YouTube to the World of Television viewing. Daily YouTube views = 2,000,000,000 Average length of YouTube video = 4.3 minutes Average time…read more

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