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If You’re Paying to Watch Web Video, You’re Watching Netflix

If you’re watching video on the Internet, the odds are very, very good that you’re doing it on YouTube. And failing that, on Facebook.

But if you’re paying to watch video on the Web, then the odds change: You’re very, very likely to be watching Netflix.

This news comes to us from Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney, who polled Web users last week and came up with this breakdown of Web video usage. It’s not a shocking result, but it is instructive to see it spelled out. It’s also useful to see just how far Apple and Amazon lag behind in this race (Hulu is close to Netflix here, but most of its visits come from free users, not paid Hulu Plus subscribers):

As Mahaney notes, these numbers also point out just how much potential YouTube has if it ever gets serious about pay-to-play video. But he doesn’t think Google has the skills or will to do that.

Mahaney is also a bit puzzled to see how prominently Facebook figures in his survey — “What is also interesting/surprising is the significant presence of Facebook as a video watching site” — but he shouldn’t be. Third-party surveys have already pegged
Facebook as one of the top video sites on the Web, and plenty of media companies are getting their heads around the idea, too.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald