Will the Studios' YouTube Killer Fly?

Rob Hof

It looks like the long-rumored alternative to YouTube will actually happen, as NBC Universal and News Corp. team to provide TV show clips and even full-length movies to a new network slated to launch this summer. Assuming the obviously fluid deal holds, it has to be a blow to Google's YouTube, a significant piece of whose popularity depends on commercial content. But whether the Hollywood folks can avoid stepping on their own feet (people at Google apparently call this partnership "Clown Co."), is far from certain.

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