Broadband Content Bits: Microsoft; Oprah-XM; Complex Media; Few Get Their TV Online: Poll

This story was written by Amanda Natividad.
-- Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) launches video on Messenger Users will now be able to watch video clips with their network of friends while chatting via Windows Live Messenger, reports Reuters. Messenger TV will offer content from MSN Video including MTV shows and music clips from providers such as Sony (NYSE: SNE) BMG. Launched in 20 countries, including many European countries, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brazil, Canada and Mexicobut not the USthe company hopes to amp up users' social experience.

-- Oprah's XM (NSDQ: XMSR) Radio show available online: Some episodes of Oprah Winfrey's XM Radio show, Soul Series are now available on Oprah.com as streaming video and free video podcasts, with the podcasts also offered by xmradio.com and the iTunes Store. The show can also be found on its own branded channel on XM Radio Online, which complements the existing "Oprah & Friends" channel offered to XMRO and XM Radio subscribers. Release.

-- Complex Media expands network: Complex Media will launch two new websites in addition to the four sites it added with its latest acquisition of PlanetXbox360.com and new partnerships with OnSmash.com, Karmaloop and Eckotv.com. With the new ComplexVideo.com and DasGamer.com, the network will expand its gaming, music, video, style and lifestyle content geared towards men aged 18-34. The company also has custom video and static content for AT&T (NYSE: T), Pepsi, Southern Comfort and Mountain Dew currently in the works.

-- New poll shows few Americans view TV online: Entertainment Weekly just conducted a poll of 1,000 adults to determine common TV viewing behaviors and found that only 1 percent said they "most often" view TV shows by downloading or streaming them online. 58 percent of Bittorrent users use the site once or more per week; 52 percent of YouTube users said they use the site once or more per week; 51 percent of Hulu users use Hulu once or more a week; and 45 percent of network site users use sites like ABC.com once or more a week. Other findings reveal 60 percent still watch their favorite shows live. Fourteen percent digitally video record these shows and watch them later in the week, while 9 percent of DVR users watch the show the same day it airs.


By Amanda Natividad
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