Video Killed the Video Star

In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind we’ve gone too far
Oh-a-aho oh, Oh-a-aho oh
Video killed the radio star.

    — "Video Killed the Radio Star", The Buggles

vid-heads Last night I somehow ended up briefly watching a segment of — and take a deep break, because this gets complicated — blogger Robert Scoble, broadcasting live via phone on Kyte, while filming Loic Le Meur of Seesmic, who was filming Robert, while both of them, and other video and text bloggers, were in a bus at CES in Las Vegas, with a television producer hovering in background, all preparing to be filmed by CNBC for The Big Idea show.

Whew, got all that?

They were about to talk about some company whose names escapes me, and about which CNBC was about to say nice things because the bloggers were saying nice things. But to me, the most interesting thing — even if I couldn’t watch for long — was this unique confluence of so many forms of video media, old and new.

The newly bargain-basement cost of online video — both creation and transmission — are driving a thousand points of content. As a result, while video killed the radio star, video is killing the video star. Far from being exclusive, showing up on "TV" is newly something that can now happen five times before breakfast — and twice on the bus to the television station.

More on the latest online video data here.


  1. Wow — that’s quite the recursive, snake-eating-its-own-tail kind of story, which probably isn’t surprising when the Scobleizer is involved :-)
    Thanks for the link.

  2. More information streams then actual viewers…

  3. Meanwhile, back in Hollywood, the cartel continues infighting over their evaporating futures as the prospect of thousands of competitors looms ahead. Anybody got any popcorn? This one’s gonna be good!

  4. You are speaking truer than you know! I was on the bus during that segment, which I just watched on Donny Deutsch three days after they filmed it. In the interim, I had uploaded my own stills on Flickr and Sarah Meyers had livestreamed it, along with Loic and Scoble. It had also been Twittered and blogged. It made the Donny Deutsch show look awfully old and staged.