Video ads taking over online; Super Bowl ads already online

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> Online is becoming the place to be for advertisers chasing a new breed of gadget-crazy consumers. Story

> In case you've missed it or haven't been pitched, there's a growing catalog of Super Bowl ads already online so you don't even have to tune in to the game--or at least you can tune out if a blowout happens. Story

> As a matter of fact, controversy about the Super Bowl ads isn't even waiting until the game's coin toss, as Volkswagen can attest. Story

> Research from the Dutch Bureau for Statistics shows that one in five Dutch TV homes have a connected TV set. Story

> That's not all that rare since, according to Deloitte, the base of smart TVs worldwide could hit 100 million this year. Story

IPTV News

> Russian mobile wireless, IPTV and OTT provider MegaFon is partnering with Verimatrix and RGB Networks as it expands its IPTV and OTT offerings to more than 60 million active subscriber accounts, the companies said in two press releases. Story

Cable News

> Comcast's thePlatform subsidiary said it will use a video player based on HTML5 as the default for programming that it distributes for cable networks on the Web and mobile devices. Story

And finally… Old soaps continue to bubble up online, with word that "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will premiere on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes this spring. Story