AP Launches Online Video NetworkAP Launches Online Video Network
There's no charge for the content, but subscribers must commit to placing links to the video player in prominent locations on their home pages and within related text stories.
March 1, 2006
The Associated Press on Wednesday launched its online video network, which delivers news clips to AP clients via a custom-branded video player from Microsoft Corp.'s MSN portal.
The ad-supported service, announced with MSN in November 2005, went live with stories on New Orleans's cleanup after its post-Katrina Mardi Gras, and a special section on the six-month anniversary of Katrina and its continuing impact on the Gulf Coast region. Tailored for the Internet, the service is meant to bring Web site readers "to the scene of the story," Brad Kalbfeld, deputy director and managing editor of AP's broadcast division, said. "When people read a story on the Web, they want to know what things looked like, what it felt like to be there," Kalbfeld said in a statement. More than 450 Web sites have signed up for the service, which has an initial audience of 45 million unique visitors, the AP said. Advertisers include more than 50 of the top TV spending brands in the United States. Subscribers receive a custom-branded MSN Video player, advertising that runs prior to the video, and a portion of the advertising revenue, the news agency said. There's no charge for the content, but subscribers must commit to placing links to the video player in prominent locations on their homepages and within related text stories. The majority of U.S. online consumers have watched online video for more than an hour a month, indicating an acceptance of the medium and an opportunity for advertisers. More than 94 million people, or 56 percent of the online U.S. population, have watched streaming video online, Web metrics firm ComScore Networks said.
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