Warner Bros is Hiring Student Piracy Spies

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How far would a movie company go to fend of movie pirates and put a stop to their scheme which is causing the company billions of money in potential income?  Well, Warner Bros. through its Anti-Piracy division is going as far as recruiting students to spy on activities on private Torrent Sites.

If you’re an “IT literate” student who has experience participating in those torrent sites, you might want to apply for this internship at Warner Bros. Who knows it might open up other income-generating opportunities for you, right?

I mean what job could possibly be the best for you if you’re a student, which according to Warner Bros are very experienced with private Torrent Sites?

The job deals with both digital and physical piracy. And if you apply land the job, you’re responsibility include making trap purchase and maintaining accounts on those sites.  You will also be scouring the Internet looking for illegally posted and used Warner Bros. and NBC Universal content.  You will also be responsible for sending out take down and infringement notices to violators.

And guess how much Warner Bros. is willing to pay for this internship? –  £17,500 salary for the 12 month internship that will start on July 2010. Applicants are required to study a degree in a computing related discipline and programming experience with Java or JSP and PHP, Perl or Python is seen as a bonus.

Deadline for submission of application is on March 31. Interested with this cool job? Better send your application now.

Watch Super Bowl XLIV Tonight, Rate the Ads at YouTube AdBlitz

Tonight marks the most important game of the year in all of American sports scene. Super Bowl XLIV kicks off in exactly 11 hours from now. Most if not all of you are probably gearing up to watch it where ever you may be tonight.  But tonight is not only the most important sports gig in all of America but  also in the advertising industry.

Aside from the game, the Super Bowl ads that will be airing tonight are also highly anticipated. It is perhaps one of the most prestigious advertising spot that every brand have been eyeing for in their entire lives.  Even Google is rumored to be airing their own “search stories” ads tonight. That adds some more excitement to the event later.

And while we wonder whether Google is indeed airing a commercial tonight, YouTube on the other hand has also prepared for the event via its AdBlits channel. Co-sponsored by Kia Motors  YouTube AdBlitz is your one-stop shop for everything about Super Bowl XLIV.

Later on as the Super Bowl commercials air one by one, YouTube will be posting them on the AdBlitz wall for everyone to rate and vote for their favorites. Voting ends Monday, February 15, and the winner will be announced  on Thursday, February 18.


NBC moving out of YouTube

NBC is allegedly pulling out its official channel on YouTube in preparation for the public launch of its video-sharing site, Hulu. However, both companies are quite silent about this ongoing transition.

Hulu is currently in beta phase but will open to public within this month. Its distribution network includes big players like Yahoo!, MSN, MySpace, and AOL.

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It’s not a surprising move especially when you’re positioning your new video-sharing network as a “YouTube killer”. On the other hand, NBC might want to try the business model by NO GOOD TV to get more than 100 million clip views in just 6 months.

Still, others believe this was just a technical glitch and the partnership that started last year remains strong.

AP and NBC Universal join forces on distribution of Beijing Olympics content

nbc AP and NBC Universal join forces on distribution of Beijing Olympics contentThe Associated Press has reached an agreement with NBC Sports and NBC Olympics to be the exclusive news agency for the distribution of select, NBC-produced text content and video links related to the 2008 Olympic Games through a premium online product produced by the AP.

The joint effort will provide AP customers with comprehensive Olympics coverage leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympics, as well as during the 17 days of international Beijing competition. AP customers can receive a turnkey solution that will give their users, readers and viewers Olympic content matched with the exclusive video coverage and related content provided by NBC through its NBCOlympics.com web Site.

NBC Universal will present more than 3,600 hours of coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, more than the combined total of every Summer Olympics ever televised in the United States. The Beijing Olympic Games will start August 8, 2008, with unprecedented around-the-clock coverage and, for the first time in the United States, live streaming of Olympic broadband video coverage.

NBC to shut down NBBC for a joint venture with Fox

nbc univeral NBC to shut down NBBC for a joint venture with FoxNBC Universal is shutting down it’s video content syndication site this week to make way for a joint online video venture with Fox to be launched later this year.

George Kliavkoff, chief digital officer for NBCU and interim CEO for the new site, said that existing NBBC (National Broadband Company) content partners will be given the invitation to join this new venture, including an improved revenue share.

“It’s a broader distribution platform and better economics,” Kliavkoff said. “The revenue split on the business model for New Site provides a higher revenue share for the content partners than NBBC did.”

NBBC, NBCU’s online video syndication site, was launched late last year. There’s still no news as to what the name of this new venture will be, but for now, they’re dubbing it as the New Site.

Jason Kilar joins NBC, News Corp; heads online venture to rival YouTube

jason kilar Jason Kilar joins NBC, News Corp; heads online venture to rival YouTubeNBC Universal and News Corp appoints former Amazon executive Jason Kilar as CEO of the still unnamed online video venture that is said to join the growing battalion of YouTube rivals.

Kilar, 36 years old, joins NBC and News Corp starting July 9 after nearly a decade of being a key executive at Amazon.

“Jason’s product and consumer expertise in the world of e-commerce is arguably unrivaled in this business and gives him a great insight into what it takes to create a superior user interface,” Peter Chernin, President and COO of News Corp. “We already have access to world-class content and near ubiquitous distribution, and the next step is marrying it with the features and tools that will help define the ideal user experience for video content on the web. We think Jason is the ideal person to lead that effort.”

Meanwhile, this online video venture to be headed by Kilar debuts later this year and is said to surprise us with thousands of hours of full-length programming, movies and clips from various networks and film studios. Partnering with Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft, MySpace, CNet, Comcast, among others, they are said to have access to about 98% of the monthly unique users on the Internet in US alone.

New content partners for News Corp. and NBC Universal’s online video venture announced

News Corp. and NBC Universal announced the addition of Fuel TV, Oxygen, Speed, Sundance Channel and TV Guide as content partners to their upcoming online video joint venture.

“Each of our new content partners has a reputation for creating premium entertainment experiences designed to fulfill television viewers’ more eclectic needs. We are delighted they have all agreed to contribute their compelling content to our venture, which will help ensure our ability to satisfy the more personalised demands of the growing number of Web video consumers,” George Kliavkoff, NBC Universal chief digital officer said.