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Broadband Slivercasts

March 12, 2006


There is a pretty interesting article in the business section of today’s New York Times that discusses the “slivercast” :

In the last six months, major media companies have received much attention for starting to move their own programming online, whether downloads for video iPods or streaming programs that can be watched over high-speed Internet connections.

Perhaps more interesting — and, arguably, more important — are the thousands of producers whose programming would never make it into prime time but who have very dedicated small audiences. It’s a phenomenon that could be called slivercasting.”

The article is worth a read. Personally, I think this is a pretty important trend, and in a lot of ways my belief in the value of aggregated niche audiences is the premise underlying our recent investment in World Championship Sports Network. It also has been borne out by the tremendous revenue and profit growth our portfolio company TechTarget has enjoyed over the last few years.


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  1. April 12, 2006

    Mike –

    Good luck with your social media hunt. There are a whole host (probably 10 at last count) of VC bloggers that are talking about and investing in the apex of social media and user generated content – aggregators, reconstructors, and so on.

    From a casual observers point of view, there is a great deal of ‘chatter’ which is sometimes hard to decipher – whole industries are once again being threatened by small bands of coders in very short periods of time. Feels eerily like 99 – with all the opportunities and warnings coming along for the ride.

    All the best in your hunt!


  2. January 8, 2007

    Super site!

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