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Submission + - BBC signs video deal with Youtube

LordSnooty writes: The BBC reports on a deal they've signed with Youtube that paves the way for BBC 'channels' on the video-sharing website. From the article: "Three YouTube channels — one for news and two for entertainment — will showcase short clips of BBC content. The BBC hopes that the deal will help it reach YouTube's monthly audience of more than 70 million users and drive extra traffic to its own website. The corporation will also get a share of the advertising revenue generated by traffic to the new YouTube channels." Here's the best bit: "[The BBC's director of Future Media and Technology] Ashley Highfield said the BBC would not be hunting down all BBC-copyrighted clips already uploaded by YouTube members — although it would reserve the right to swap poor quality clips with the real thing, or to have content removed that infringed other people's copyright. 'We don't want to be overzealous, a lot of the material on YouTube is good promotional content for us'." For a long time the BBC and Highfield have held a pragmatic view of the use of the Internet and media content, long may it continue.

Submission + - UK survey says online video 'erodes TV viewing'

LordSnooty writes: The BBC reports on a survey of 2,070 UK adults which finds that some 43% of respondents who watch video from the internet or on a mobile device at least once a week said they watched less normal TV as a result. Food for thought for the broadcasters? The question is, who are these users who sit down and watch Youtube content like they would a TV? Are videos of happy-slapping and incompetent sportscasters really that interesting? Thankfully the BBC didn't see fit to refer to the legion of UK residents who keep right up-to-date with shows like 24 and Lost thanks to P2P.

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