Here's to '06
2006 was billed as the breakout year for web video and was it ever.
2006 was the year when Google launched Google Video, relaunched it, reached 2nd place in video traffic, and then bought 1st place for 1.6 Billion dollars.
2006 was the year that CBS and ABC started streaming their primetime shows online and in watchable quality.
2006 was the year that web video revived the stone dead Saturday Night Live and kept The Office on the air.
2006 was the year when two guys making videos on their couch raised more than a million bucks to start a web video studio.
We talk about the "You Tube era"... that era is comprised of not even the entirety of 2006.
Will web video be like e-commerce and change the way we use the web? Will it be like flash intros and just fade away? We'll find out in '07... stay tuned.
Happy New Year.