Friday, May 30, 2008

The Real Fight Over Fake News - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

Remember all the dazzling predictions in the mid-1990s, about how the Internet and the broader shift to digital stuff was going to revolutionize commerce, entertainment, socializing, and more?  It's sometimes subtle, and it took a lot longer than many people expected, a dozen or so years ago, but it looks like many of the early projections are now coming to fruition...

It turns out MTV’s main deals with cable operators these days do give it the right to distribute all of its content online, said Mark Jafar, an MTV spokesman. And indeed it has started Webcasting some of its signature programs like “The Hills” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Comedy Central, however, was under a different set of contracts until early this year because Viacom only bought the network in 2003.

The Webcasting trend is not pleasing the large cable operators. Indeed, when Glenn Britt, the chief executive of Time Warner Cable, was asked recently how he feels about the cable networks putting more content online, he said “Guess what? We do mind.”

The Real Fight Over Fake News - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

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