A report by ABI Research says that Apple’s video iTunes contributed to the rise in online video. “The momentum Apple created when it announced last year that it would sell videos online through iTunes continues into 2006. While the push to online video had started well before the launch of the video iPod (demonstrated by skyrocketing advertising rates for broadband video impressions throughout 2005, and the launches of various online channels by large content companies) the online video ‘big bang’ started with Apple’s announcement and continued through the Consumer Electronics Show.”