Sixty-two percent of Web users who view video online prefer professional video to amateur video, a Pew Internet & American Life Project study found. Thirteen percent of users watched video commercials via in-stream placements or rich media banners, the study found.
Newsday profiles hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, a.k.a. the "godfather of hip-hop." Simmons, now head of Rush Communications, has developed a hip-hop empire by forming partnerships with companies with wide enough reach to distribute his hip-hop lifestyle products.
Cable operators are pushing to make new networks available exclusively on a VOD basis, a strategy that is frustrating entrepreneurs trying to reach the widest possible audience. Comcast, for instance, has three networks on its VOD service, and is planning to add more.
Internet retailers, many of whom crashed and burned around 2000 and just about broke even in 2002, collectively made a 21% operating profit in 2003, according to a report by Forrester Research and Shop.org, the National Retail Federation's online unit. So things certainly look up now for online retailers; but this is a volatile business and no one knows what it might look like in the future, writes columnist Leslie Walker.