Comcast's Dating on Demand service is one example of how user-created content is changing the cable industry. This story, part of a series on do-it-yourself media, also looks at offerings from Time Warner and Charter Communications.
While many larger firms have tried and failed to find an online market for couture, a 5-year-old independent Web store called Net-a-Porter.com has combined fashion sense, branding and a coincidental rise in online apparel shopping, especially in Europe, to stand out from the crowd.
HBO has signed a deal with wireless provider Cingular to offer some of its programs on cell phones. The cable network is planning two services for Cingular customers -- HBO Mobile and HBO Family Mobile.
Online content and commerce companies are girding for battle with telecom and cable giants as Congress looks to rewrite the laws governing broadband access. Web companies are concerned that the politically connected providers will lobby to impose fees on content or else restrict user access to content supplied by the provider -- the way cable TV companies control access to channels. The broadband providers counter that these fears are overblown.
Nielsen//NetRatings' AdRelevance is reporting a 7% drop in online display impressions last month compared with October's results. The ratings service reports that impressions via e-mail sites accounted for the highest percentage of impressions -- 26.7% -- up from 20.8% in November 2004.