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Yahoo wants four original comedy shows tips source

Last week we heard that Yahoo was looking to compete against YouTube in the streaming video market. That announcement puzzled a lot of people since Google has admitted that it has been unable to sufficiently monetize YouTube.
According to a source familiar with the plans, Yahoo is close to ordering four new original web series that will all be 10-episode, half-hour comedy shows. The source tips that a budget for each of the shows would be in the area of $700,000 to $1 million per episode.
Yahoo isn’t looking for content from unknowns; it wants content from directors and writers that have TV experience. A source said that, "They want to blow it out big time."
This move makes it sound like Yahoo wants to compete with Netflix and Amazon more than YouTube. Perhaps Yahoo has a Netflix-style video service in mind that would be free to use like YouTube. If the shows are top notch, a free streaming video offering with original shows might be interesting.
CEO Marissa Mayer is said to want to show off the new TV quality content on April 28 at an event called NewFront. Yahoo clearly thinks that a spate of original programs will help lure viewers to whatever video service it buys or launches. That could hold true, only if the shows are good.

Source: WSJ

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By Flunk on 4/7/2014 9:36:57 AM , Rating: 2
You know how they can make money? Have a low-priced subscription that gets you out of the ads. $5/month or less. There are plenty of people who would pay for that.

RE: Youtube
By Flunk on 4/7/2014 9:37:37 AM , Rating: 2
Obviously they'd also need to make it impossible to block the ads, which I can't believe they haven't already done because it's very easy to do.

RE: Youtube
By Reclaimer77 on 4/7/2014 11:28:26 AM , Rating: 2

Why would I want to pay $5 a month for what I already get for free by using a free ad blocker?

No offense but your idea would be the death of whatever Yahoo is trying to do. Who wants to PAY for a YouTube competitor?

RE: Youtube
By FITCamaro on 4/7/2014 3:09:07 PM , Rating: 2
Youtube is starting to imbed ads in its videos. Ad blocker doesn't take care of ads that are in the video stream they're sending you.

RE: Youtube
By Reclaimer77 on 4/7/2014 3:23:54 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I haven't come across any with embedded ads then. Haven't seen it for myself.

RE: Youtube
By piroroadkill on 4/7/2014 4:21:36 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, but so far, I have had absolutely no embedded ads in videos on YouTube.

Ad blockers definitely kill them.

RE: Youtube
By aurareturn on 4/7/2014 12:34:12 PM , Rating: 2
The backlash that Youtube would get for implementing a $5/month fee would be monstrous. Remember Netflix's ordeal?

It would open up the door for competitors who won't charge a monthly fee.

By kattanna on 4/7/2014 11:02:47 AM , Rating: 2
the more streaming services with original content, the better.

content overload
By purerice on 4/7/14, Rating: 0
RE: content overload
By bobcpg on 4/7/2014 4:32:23 PM , Rating: 2
Same reason why Comcast bought into NBC. Without content your just a pipe.

Also contracts keep content from many providers.

Therefore, come up with your own content.

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard
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