Record 10 Billion Video Streams Viewed In December

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More than ten billion video streams were viewed online in December, according to information recently released by comScore.

The tally is the heaviest month on record, and reflects a tidal wave in user-generated video content.

Google-owned YouTube grabbed roughly one-third of the action, according to the report, an unsurprising finish.  Fox Interactive Media (MySpace) finished a distant second with a 3.5 percent share, and Yahoo grabbed third with 3.4 percent.

The surge could be the result of a protracted strike by the Writers Guild of America, a development that flooded traditional television with repeats and reality shows.  That standoff is now over, though users clearly had options to exercise.  “With the writer’s strike keeping new TV episodes from reaching the airwaves, viewers have been seeking alternatives for fresh content,” explained Erin Hunter, comScore executive vice president of Media and Entertainment.  “It appears that online video is stepping in to help fill that void.”

In total, nearly 141 million Americans viewed online video in December.