While streaming video’s ubiquitous, actually buying or renting digital video’s not so much. A recent survey by research firm GfK showed 46% of respondents had never purchased or rented a digital movie or TV show. This contrasted to 86% of the people surveyed having bought or rented a DVD/Blu-ray in the past.
Starting tomorrow, NPR’s dropping comments from its site. NPR made the announcement last week, stating that while they want interaction with their users, very few people visiting their sites bothered to comment. They also noted spam and trolling, plus that most conversations about stories are taking place via social media.
On Tuesday, Univision won the right (at a bankruptcy auction) to buy Gawker and its related sites (including Gizmodo and Lifehacker) for $135 million.
While Univision’s mainly famous as the US’ dominant Spanish-language broadcast TV network, it’s been on a big buying spree lately. Univision wants to expand its reach into English-language media; as such, it owns the online site Fusion, as well as its recent purchases of The Onion and The Root.