October 17, 2005

Apple and Video Content [6:00 pm]

Based on what I’ve been reading as I catch up, no one should be surprised by this: Apple faces hard time wooing Hollywood to new iPod [pdf]

In the week since Jobs unveiled the handheld iPod, which plays video clips on a 2.5-inch diagonal screen, media and technology executives have been trying to figure out whether people will watch shows on a small screen, what types of programs will work and whether money can be made at the $1.99 price Apple set.

[...] Veteran financial analyst Tom Wolzien said “a lot of confusion” remains in the marketplace and further noted that how much actors, directors, writers and other artists might receive also must also be addressed.

Late last week, unions representing various talent groups issued a rare joint statement saying they would work to “ensure our members are properly compensated” for downloads.

Related: Cool, a Video iPod. Want to Watch ‘Lost’?

Later: Another examination - Video iPod opens gates on ad model [pdf]

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