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New York Times TV?

February 6th, 2006

Did you know that the New York Times has its own Internet TV newtork?

Me neither.

How do you keep something like this secret when you own one of the most widely read newspapers in the world?

Anyway, it’s pretty good. In fact, CNN better wake up.

Note the number of "channels" they have (see the right hand column of their video home page.)

One of my favorites is the weekly technology columm by David Pogue.




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  1. Joel Smith
    July 22nd, 2006 at 18:54 | #1

    Hi Ken,
    I’m a relatively new reader of this blog and a technical neophyte.
    This is my first comment to any blog.
    But am enjoying the content here.
    I just came across an article by Ken Schafer at http://www.onedegree.ca, describing how Apple missed a ‘viral video’ opportunity with their new AD campaign.
    For lack of a better phrase, the established companies (i.e. CNN, Apple and others) need to start ‘thinking outside of the box’.
    Here is Ken Schafer’s article:
    Making “Get A Mac” Viral
    By Ken Schafer, May 7, 2006 04:32 PM
    I get the whole new marketing thing that Joseph Jaffe talks about in his Life After The 30-Second Spot. TV just isn’t what it used to be. But that doesn’t mean that all TV ads are a waste of money.
    If you are Apple and you want to take another shot at convincing people to Get A Mac then TV might be the right place to do it.
    Tell me the ads in the Get A Mac campaign aren’t brilliant and compelling.
    Still, Apple could have done a much better job of making the online part of Get A Mac more viral. Here are seven things I would have done to make this spread faster:
    1. Add them to YouTube and Google Video. Who cares where people see the ads. Getting them on these highly viral networks in “official versions” (not the fan-uploaded ones you find now) would be a great step forward.
    2. Make each video linkable. Right now while there is a unique URL for each video at each resolution these don’t seem to be visible to the user. All the ads regardless of content or size seem to come from the same URL (http://www.apple.com/getamac/ads/?restarting_medium). This makes it hard to naturally link to something or to bookmark favourites.
    3. Make them easy to download. Yes you can download the .mov files if you know what you are doing, but adding a “download this ad” link wouldn’t hurt.
    4. Copy YouTube and GoogleVideo and make it very easy to share the video online by including a “Share this Ad” to e-mail a link, a “Link to this Ad” with a short URL to get to the specific ad, and an “Add this Ad to your Site” link to an embedded player (like the one I used above from YouTube).
    5. Create a feed people can subscribe to if they want to get new Apple ads sent directly to them via iTunes or a Feedreader. Apple’s ads are so entertaining that I’m sure many people – even non-Mac users would sign-up for amusement sake.
    6. Archive older ads so that people can always look back at how far we’ve come.
    7. Bribe people with “link love” by cribbing YouTube’s pseudo trackback for video plays. Called “links to this video”, the feature shows how many people have clicked through to the page from other sites (with live links to the URLs).
    I’m kind of surprised that Apple isn’t paying more attention to these techniques to spread the word. Every Mac Fanatic (I now count myself as one) wants nothing better than to tell on their Windows-using friends about these ads and anything Apple can do to make that easier is an easy win for everyone involved.

  2. January 27th, 2007 at 13:45 | #2

    Thought that the Netflix video on the NYT site was interesting.
    Over here the Daily Mail is adding a little bit to the bottom of it’s articles saying – go and have a look at the video now you have read the article.
    The one above is for a guy who had his head inside a shark’s mouth and lived to tell the tale !!

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