Bloomberg cites unnamed sources who say that the deals would allow Twitter to stream the videos and split the advertising revenues with the media companies. One or more of the partnerships could be active by mid-May one source told Bloomberg.
Twitter introduced its Vine video-sharing app in January, which allows users to post and share short (six second) videos on its site. Vine was an instant hit, but it did not drive any added revenue to the company.
According to research cited by Bloomberg, a third of active Twitter users share a post about something they have seen on TV. Giving its users some additional incentive to view video clips and spend more time on the site and view more ads are all pluses for Twitter. For the media companies, greater exposure for their programming could drum up more advertising dollars, something that they need to fight back against the inroads that online streaming have made into their traditional distribution mechanisms of broadcast and pay TV.