Comedy Central Back on YouTube

The Daily Show sums up Bush speeches.

After suing YouTube, NBC signed a deal with YouTube. Now after having their clips pulled off YouTube over the weekend, Comedy Central’s owner Viacom signs a deal with YouTube. Do you see a pattern emerging here?

You gotta love YouTube’s data retention practices. Pulled clips just magically reappeared, stats and all. Here’s what Viacom had to say about it.

We want our audiences to be able to access our programming on every platform and we’re interested in having it live on all forms of distribution in ways that protect our talented artists, our loyal customers and our passionate audiences.

Of course, Viacom asserting copyright right after Google’s purchase of YouTube raises questions of sincerity.

A YouTube user questions Comedy Central’s motives.

Greed aside, it’s good to see Viacom gets this video thing. For a moment there, I was gonna bash them for having their clips pulled off. In the words of VC Paul Graham:

The big media companies shouldn’t worry that people will post their copyrighted material on YouTube. They should worry that people will post their own stuff on YouTube, and audiences will watch that instead.

In celebration of this landmark deal, enjoy a few of my favorite Comedy Central YouTube clips, supersized for your pleasure. Click here to continue reading “Comedy Central Back on YouTube”…

New York Times Announces Decline of Newspapers

As Joey Alarilla points out, newspapers are fucked. From The New York Times:

Circulation at the nation’s largest newspapers plunged over the last six months, according to figures released today. The decline, one of the steepest on record, adds to the woes of a mature industry beset by layoffs and the possible sale of some of its flagships.

Overall, average daily circulation for 770 newspapers was 2.8 percent lower in the six-month period ending Sept. 30 than in the comparable period last year, the Audit Bureau of Circulations reported. Circulation for 619 Sunday papers fell by 3.4 percent.

But some papers fared much worse. The Los Angeles Times lost 8 percent of its daily circulation, and 6 percent on Sunday. The Boston Globe, owned by The New York Times Company, lost 6.7 percent of its daily circulation and almost 10 percent on Sunday.

The New York Times, one of the few major papers whose circulation held steady over the last few reporting periods, did not emerge unscathed this time: its daily and Sunday circulation each fell 3.5 percent. The Washington Post suffered similar declines.

The Wall Street Journal’s new Weekend Edition, just over a year old, lost 6.7 of its circulation from a year ago.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, which changed hands earlier this year and where the new owner is in the middle of difficult contract negotiations with the paper’s unions, lost 7.6 percent of its daily circulation and 4.5 percent on Sunday.

Newspaper circulation has been in a long, slow decline for decades. But the pace of loss seems accelerated now, as the industry tries to adjust to the steady migration of readers and advertisers to the Internet.

Now why would The New York Times announce the decline of newspapers? Simple: they’re ready for it.