VENICE BEACH, Calif. – Can online video giant YouTube convince its billion users to pay to watch movies and TV shows along with short clips?
Various reports this week have YouTube reaching out to Hollywood to license movies and TV shows for its new Red $9.99 monthly subscription service. Would folks actually sit still for a full-two hours of a Mission Impossible or Big Bang Theory rerun next to funny cats videos or the latest song from Adele? That’s the lead question on our #talkingtechLIVE podcast this week.
Besides the Netflixation of YouTube, we also go over:
–Yahoo: The company may be split up and sold in pieces. Who will buy it? And what will they do with it? When’s the last time any of us used Yahoo?
–Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook founder got great press for announcing a giveaway of his $50 billion fortune in his lifetime. Which got us to wondering–why does someone make such an announcement? Sure, he gets adoring headlines. But is there more to it?
–Internet comedian Elliott Morgan, who is probably best known as one of the original members of the popular YouTube channel SourceFed. On December 10th, Morgan will release his first comedy special, Premature on Vimeo.
–Warren Needler, a co-founder of Giftagram, a new mobile shopping app. (Check it out–Needler is offering #talkingtech listeners and readers a 20% off coupon for downloading the app and registering. Use the code: TALKTECH20.)
–Jason Martin, a co-founder of Stacked, a new way to wirelessly charge smartphones.
—Natalie Jarvey, a digital entertainment reporter for The Hollywood Reporter.
The #talkingtechLIVE podcasts airs every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on TuneIn, and is re-broadcast on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and TuneIn.
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