Shelly Palmer

  • Apple
    Apple TV – Just What The Doctor Ordered

    AppleTV does one thing and one thing only. It allows you to watch content from a computer...

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    You Won’t Own EMI’s DRM-Free Music!

    “EMI is taking the next big step forward in the digital music revolution. This is something that will become very popular” said Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs. He was referring, of course, to the fact that Apple and EMI are going to start selling DRM-free music (no copy protection) through the iTunes Music...

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    Is Radio’s Business Model Doomed?

    What is Internet Radio? I am about to do the most technical article I have ever written for general public consumption and I promise not to use one technical word. All you need to know is that everything I am about to discuss can be done by an average 14 year old...

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    Google’s Idea of Primetime

    I was asked to guest lecture to a room full of MBA students from Columbia University the other night. The lecture took place at Google’s new New York offices across the street from the Chelsea Market. Nice digs! Anyway, I was up second and I arrived in the middle of the presentation...

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    Can MTV Attract More Online Users?

    By Shelly Palmer (bio), Managing Director, Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC MTV's New Web Strategy According to Reuters, "MTV Networks, owner of the MTV and Comedy Central channels, is pushing a risky new Web strategy to win back young viewers from the likes of YouTube and MySpace. The network, which already has...

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    Do User Generated Commercials Work?

    By Shelly Palmer (bio), Managing Director, Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC Dove – Taking UGC Too Literally Lindsay Miller of Sherman Oaks, CA was the proud winner of Dove's Cream Oil Body Wash submit a commercial and we'll air it during the Oscar telecast contest. As a commercial, it was simply terrible!...

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    Cracked Windows

    By Shelly Palmer (bio), Managing Director, Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC There have been several news items this week with prophesies of doom and gloom for Microsoft's Vista operating system. After Steve Balmer's quote about its lackluster launch, the sharks have been circling and, truthfully, the press (especially the blogs) have been...

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    The “Other” Digital Rights Management

    By now, everyone in our business has either read or knows about Steve Jobs’s essay, Thoughts on Music by Steve Jobs. (If you haven’t read it, click here for my commentary and a full version of the original essay by Mr. Jobs.) The thesis of Mr. Jobs’s essay is that Digital Rights...

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    Bootlegging Bootleggers Bootlegged – A Most Unusual Act of Piracy

    “For the past three months, an employee at Gawker Media has posted copyright videos sandwiched between ads for Gawker-owned properties such as Valleywag and Gizmodo.” This quote is from a very interesting article by Greg Sandoval and Stephen Shankland entitled: “Gawker Media mystery ads appear on YouTube.” If the allegations are true,...

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    New Media Stupid Criminal Tricks

    By Shelly Palmer (bio), Managing Director, Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC I remember a day, back when the Earth was cooling, when I got my first up close and personal lesson in the fledging art of business voice mail etiquette. My client's VP Sales had left me a message that made me...

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    The Television Business vs. The Content Business – NATPE 2007

    There’s a business school case study about the fledgling airline business in the early part of the 20th century. According to the story, after the Wright Brothers flew their airplane, some entrepreneurs decided that they should fund an aircraft company. They thought about where to get the money and decided to seek...

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    Editing Home Videos With Music Not So Simple

    By Shelly Palmer (bio), Managing Director, Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC Is This A Crime? Music Licensing Has To Be Easier! The crowd went wild as the first dot of glowing red light became visible from atop Stratton Mountain. It was the beginning of the traditional New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade –...

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    CES Over The Top

    By Shelly Palmer (bio), Managing Director, Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC If you attended the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) expecting to see the new, new thing — you probably came away disappointed. For the untrained eye, the show looked like it was filled with iPod accessories, very nice flat screen...

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    What Comes First In the Music Business? Music or Business?

    By Shelly Palmer (bio), Managing Director, Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC RIAA Seeks to Penalize Musicians for Industry Failures "Mechanical royalties currently are out of whack with historical and international rates," RIAA executive VP and general counsel Steven Marks commented recently. "We hope the judges will restore the proper balance by reducing...

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    Should You Buy a HD Camcorder?

    There are actually only five handheld HD Camcorders that you can consider purchasing right now, four from...

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    HDTV Buying Advice From a TV Insider

    By Shelly Palmer (bio), Managing Director, Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC It's Time to Buy an HDTV! Welcome to Shelly Palmer's Technophobe's Guide to HDTV — a very biased, highly opinionated, absolutely partisan instruction manual focused entirely on purchasing something you absolutely don't need. George Bernhard Shaw once said, "Every profession is...

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    YouTube without Bootlegs… Where’s the Business?

    “Like our peers in the media industry, we are focused on finding the right business model for professionally created content to be legally distributed on the Internet. We want our audiences to be able to access our programming on every platform and we’re interested in having it live on all forms of...