This is a guest post from FT media correspondent Kenneth Li
It has taken no less than two years of testing, but HBO Go, the subscription TV channel’s broadband portal, has finally launched in the US.
Initially available to Verizon’s estimated 3m television and high speed internet customers, the Time Warner-owned HBO plans to offer this to all 30m of its subscribers at no extra charge in a staggered rollout. HBO said it was in talks with European pay TV operators on similar versions outside the US. Read more
Not so long ago, I heard a senior internet executive expressing bemusement over the fact that Google had so notably failed to offer any financial support to the cash-starved Wikimedia Foundation, the not-for-profit that runs Wikipedia.
After all, there is a clear symbiosis here. The majority of Wikipedia’s traffic comes from search engines (60-70 per cent was the estimate I was given by Jimmy Wales recently.)
Likewise, Google benefits tremendously from the existence of a massive source of free reference material online. Indeed, many internet searches are started with the aim of finding an article on Wikipedia. Read more