Mar 012011

~ IMHO Google is way too entrenched in every facet of the government & our lives! ~JP

U.N. Builds Special Video Relationships with Google, Brit Broadcaster…

The United Nations has struck an under-the-radar deal involving its video content that apparently offers financial benefits to a private British digital online rebroadcaster and the ubiquitous search engine giant, Google.

~ Doing things like this administration…

Among other curious things, the deal was struck on the basis of a purely verbal agreement, according to a U.N. spokesman, even though the terms and conditions of use of U.N. video products expressly declares any sharing arrangement must involve a “letter of agreement with specific terms and conditions.”

Under the verbal arrangement, the rebroadcaster, a London-based company named Livestation, transmits video from the U.N.’s television facility, UNTV, along with a variety of United Nations video productions hosted on Google TV’s YouTube. Livestation has the same hosting arrangement with UNHCRTV, the streaming channel of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which also has a store of YouTube videos. Both arrangements date from the last months of 2009.

~ FYI Live Station is also in bed with al-jazeera-english and NASA and the channel is available in arabic. Does this sound right to you?!

~ First under Obama we get NASA making nicey-nice to the muslim world:
NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World

Even before that we had the Missile Defense Agcy. coincidentally change their logo under Obama:

—> Click image, story near the end of the post…

~ All I’m saying here is connect the dots. We have so many suspicions surrounding Obama’s true religion, and too many things to mention why he is subverting our country. The arab world connections to the British and this country. We the People are being underscored here my friends.

A link to Livestation is included on the U.N.’s own multimedia page, the same place where it lists the terms and conditions for use of U.N. materials.

The existence of the link means the U.N. itself is helping to drive internet traffic to the private rebroadcaster. Links to Livestation and YouTube appear to be the only non-U.N. links on the web page.

Livestation is not registered as a U.N. vendor, because, as a U.N. spokesman put it, “there is no need.” By way of additional explanation, the spokesman observed that “there is no exchange of revenue. They carry our signal free and we don’t charge for it, in keeping with our practice of offering our programming at no cost to broadcasters and other media.”

By the by–(Fox News also makes use of the free UNTV feed without a letter of agreement.)

But in addition to traffic, the relationship also seems to be driving at least some revenue for Livestation and Google, since commercial advertisements are placed on Livestation’s version of the UNTV page and alongside selected U.N. videos in YouTube format that are also displayed on the Livestation page. The ads come from AdSense, the proprietary Google business that distributes advertisements to independent publisher web pages and pays the website owner a percentage of the proceeds.

(Fox News also has an AdSense deal for its own properties, which include branded YouTube channels.)

~ I sure am glad I have ‘Ghostery’

According to website experts familiar with the digital advertising business, Google’s share of the AdSense take in other deals can reach from 50 percent to 60 percent of the value of the ads.

Since the U.N. videos are in a YouTube format, they are also a Google TV product, making the search company part of both the publishing and vending equation.

The U.N. itself, according to a U.N. spokesman, derives no revenue from the Livestation arrangement, and supplies its materials free of charge to the British firm. As a matter of policy, the U.N. also provides its materials to other broadcasters and specifically “repurposes” them for CNN’s World Report.

Of the Livestation deal, the spokesman said, “This is a unique service that enabled us to offer UNTV to a broader audience on a non-exclusive basis.” He added that “Google has nothing to do with our arrangement with Livestation.”

The U.N. spokesman’s comments, however, do not cover any relationship between Livestation and Google. On Feb. 21, Fox News asked the British firm questions about its relationship with both the U.N and Google. Livestation acknowledged receipt of the questions, but had not provided answers before this story was published.

On Feb. 24, Fox News also asked the U.N. who, specifically, inside the world organization was involved in striking the verbal rebroadcasting agreement, but had not received an answer before this article was published.

Google does not have a direct commercial relationship of its own with the U.N., according to the spokesman, “We have a U.N. channel on YouTube but we don’t pay YouTube and Google does not share any revenue with us.”

To say the U.N. has only one channel on YouTube, however, greatly understates the rapidly deepening relationship between the world body and the search engine giant. As just one example, on its “sole” YouTube video channel the U.N. is “friended,” Facebook fashion, with scores of other YouTube channels that belong to a variety of U.N. funds, agencies, programs, regional offices, and projects. They are thus linked in an informal network. Additionally, other U.N. entities have their own, unlinked YouTube channels.

Read more from George Russell i, executive editor of Fox News

Many of us have wanted out of the U.N. for decades. At least moved to where it truly belongs in some rogue nation. We pay dues to the U.N. and for what? To simply stand alone…~JP


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