NBC Yanks D*ck Off YouTube

Oct 21st, 2007 | By | Category: Digital Video Downloads, Internet TV, Streaming Video, Video

NBC Universal has quietly yanked Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake’s D*ck in a box off of YouTube. Try to view the video, and you get a message that the video is no longer available.

The video removal appears to be part of a larger shift in NBC’s strategy for Internet video.

According to reports, NBC has killed the YouTube channel that it announced with fanfare in June of 2006. At the time, the two companies described the arrangement as “a strategic partnership that will combine NBC’s quality programming with YouTube’s vast audience to enhance the entertainment experience on YouTube while engaging viewers in innovative new ways to promote NBC’s Fall program lineup and other preferred shows over the next year.”

That year is up, and NBC has moved it’s attention to developing its own video sites, where it can control how the videos are used and how they are monetized. The change is bad news for YouTube, which already faces a billion-dollar lawsuit, a coalition of media companies that think YouTube has the responsibility to screen content before it is published, and growing signs that big media companies may get Internet video, after all.

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