Rumor: AT&T planning IPTV for Apple TV in 2008?

May 31, 2021

Maybe this shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise, but when AT&T execs talk about having a long and close relationship with Apple, they’re not just planning on putting out future iPhones. A well-connected source tells Engadget that AT&T and Apple are working on adding IPTV capabilities to the Apple TV beginning sometime next year. (A launch window hasn’t yet been determined, Engadget source says that plans are still being worked out.) It is beleived that it’ll be something like AT&T’s U-verse TV service, but it’s still way too early to say whether this would be a blown-out offering a full package of channels aimed at replacing your current cable/satellite service, a more limited selection of on-demand programming, or whether it’d even be available to non-AT&T subscribers.

[Source Engadget]

Zonemedia joins Joost

May 31, 2021

Zonemedia will become the latest content partner to join the Joost jamboree, adding programmes from its Extreme Sports Channel to the start-up broadband TV service.

Shows like Kelly Slater Invitational, Streetball, Pro Surfing Tour and The World Ski & Snowboard Festival will feature and Zone will introduce content from its Horror and Reality channels in the coming months.

Zonemedia Bridezilla was already featured on Joost since early Beta.

[Via C21Media]

Former Cisco Exec Mike Volpi In Line To Be New Joost CEO

May 31, 2021

We knew several weeks ago that Joost was getting a new CEO but held the info until we could confirm the identity … multiple sources have now confirmed that Mike Volpi, who left Cisco earlier this year, is the choice for CEO.  Discussions are in final stages and an announcement could come early next week. No comment from Joost and no results yet from efforts to reach Volpi. Volpi—the Mike is short for Michelangelo—served on the board of Skype, also co-founded by Joost founder Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström.

Current CEO Fredrik de Wahl, who was CEO of Joltid (the Friis-Zennström company that licenses the p2p technology to Joost and Skype), has shepherded the project into beta launch, dealing with the various scaling issues and the programming growth. But the company recently closed a $45 million round and a change in leadership wouldn’t be unusual at this stage. Index Ventures lead the round with Sequoia; in this two-degrees world, Index Ventures also funded Skype and general partner Danny Rimer was on the Skype board with Volpi.

At Cisco since 1994, Volpi was considered a likely heir to CEO John Chambers but Chambers isn’t budging any time soon—leaving Volpi with little choice if he wanted to run a company. His last post there was as SVP-GM, Routing and Service Provider Technology Group. (Om had a insightful piece about his departure in February.) More as warranted.


YouTube Coming to Apple TV

May 30, 2021

CUPERTINO, California–May, 30, 2007–Apple® today announced that it’s bringing the Internet’s most popular originally-created content from YouTube to the living room with Apple TV™. Beginning in mid-June, Apple TV will wirelessly stream videos directly from YouTube and play them on a user’s widescreen TV. Using Apple TV’s elegant interface and simple Apple Remote, viewers can easily browse, find and watch free videos from YouTube in the comfort of their living room.

“This is the first time users can easily browse, find and watch YouTube videos right from their living room couch, and it’s really, really fun,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “YouTube is a worldwide sensation, and Apple TV is bringing it directly from the Internet onto the widescreen TV in your living room.”

Thousands of the most current and popular YouTube videos will be available on Apple TV at launch in mid-June, with YouTube adding thousands more each week until the full YouTube catalog is available this fall. With Apple TV’s stunning interface and simple Apple Remote, users can easily navigate through YouTube’s familiar video browsing categories or search for specific videos. YouTube members can also log-in to their YouTube accounts on Apple TV to view and save their favorite videos.

Apple TV seamlessly integrates with iTunes® to wirelessly play a user’s favorite content from a PC or Mac® on their widescreen TV, including movies, TV shows, music, photos and podcasts. Apple TV users can choose from over 500 movies and 350 TV shows in near DVD quality; over five million songs; 5,000 music videos; 100,000 podcasts; and 20,000 audiobooks from the iTunes Store ( Users can enjoy their favorite music on a home entertainment system and view slideshows of their photo albums on a widescreen TV.

Apple today also announced that it is offering a new Apple TV build-to-order option with a 160GB hard drive. The new larger hard drive offers four times the storage for up to 200 hours of video, 36,000 songs, 25,000 photos or a combination of each.* Apple TV is easy to connect to a broad range of widescreen TVs and home theater systems and comes standard with HDMI, component video, analog and optical audio ports. Using high-speed AirPort® 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking, Apple TV can auto-sync content from one computer or stream content from up to five additional computers right to a TV without any wires.

[Via Apple]

Want Joost on your Apple TV? Here is how

May 30, 2021

Details on how Joost can be launched on AppleTV can be found in wiki. Joost seems to behave normally under AppleTV once it is set up. However setting up and configuring channels is not easy and it is recommended that you do your channel configuration on an a mac before transferring the files to ATV. Joost has fairly good support for the Apple remote but does not have the capability to exit using the remote. However it is fairly easy to crash Joost and that exit that way. All testing for this How-To was done on an Intel mac and Joost for Friends 0.10.3

Find out how to do it by reading the full Wiki post.

The Apple TV is a set top box manufactured, marketed and sold by Apple. It is a network device designed to play digital content originating from any Mac OS X or Windows computer running iTunes onto an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen television. Apple TV can function as either a home theater-connected iPod device or a digital media receiver, depending on the needs of the user.

Thank you Brian Moura for the tip!

Mozilla Invests $100,000 in Democracy TV

May 30, 2021

In their last board meeting, Mozilla decided to give a $100,000 grant to the non-profit Participatory Culture Foundation, the makers of the Democracy Player. PCF, like CC, aligns well with Mozilla and its manifesto. PCF has projects that are built partly on Mozilla’s technology.

Democracy Player, soon to be named Miro, is a cool desktop application that’s sort of a mashup of a video player, an RSS reader, an FTP & torrent client, and a channel guide. The experience is that video is regularly delivered to your desktop.

Democracy Player can automatically download videos from RSS-based “channels”, manage them and play them. It is based on XULRunner, and is free and open source software. Democracy Player is supported on Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux, and integrates an RSS aggregator, a BitTorrent client, and VLC media player (or Xine Media Player under GNU/Linux). Democracy Player is part of the Democracy TV Platform, which includes Broadcast Machine and Video Bomb.

[Via Mozilla]

Google Launches Streetside View

May 29, 2021

This is really awesome technology. Its a street-view, that in certain cities, will let you get a street side view of the area you are currently in. They are working with Immersive Media, a company that has an eleven lens camera capable of taking full, high-res video while driving along city streets. The Google Maps implementation only lets you pan along the ground, but their full viewer lets you look up at the sky as you view their video.

Google is using “Keyhole Server 2.4″ in the server and wonders if this will be available in Google Earth soon. Decompiled the source code for the flash viewer revealed several other discoveries listed on his blog post.

The new feature does not appear to be available around the globe just yet.

I can imagine Google selling virtual advertisement space in this Streetside view and make even more revenue this way… like virtual billboards that could dynamically change over time.

[Via oreilly]

OoYala… the new online video startup

May 29, 2021

Bismarck Lepe, a former employee of Google, is generating quite a bit of pre-release buzz with his limited testing for ooyala, the start-up for which he left his job.

Ooyala, which is setting out to revolutionize the video experience, is being kept under wraps for the time being. But Lepe is leaking out information bit by bit on his company blog, indicating that the company has already landed a significant amount of funding, hired someone named Alex, and is getting ready to open sales offices in New York and L.A. Among the other job openings Ooyala has posted on its site are engineers for software development, video processing, infrastructure, Flex/Flash and user experience, to join their Mountain View office.

Even more curious is Lepe’s reported disdain for Google, predicting that more will leave the company to follow the dreams that Google rejected. Isn’t that the case with most former Google employees? At any rate, we’ll look out for the beta to launch in the coming months. From what we can tell, related and rival services could include a number of companies from Joost to Mogulus, or TiVo, or Vudu.

[via mashable]

Don’t expect an iPhone UI for the iPod any time soon

May 29, 2021

Since the iPhone’s introduction in January, the requests and baiting rumors for a touch-screen iPod that looks and acts like an iPhone - sans the actual phone - have sounded from every corner of the web. The world is inarguably intrigued by this new UI Apple developed for their highly anticipated gadget, and many are waiting with bated breath and credit card in hand, believing the iPod will naturally gain these touchy-feely features any day now. Put yourself in Apple’s shoes: you’ve just smashed one out of the park with the iPod. Next: imagine that, after introducing the iPod and giving it that nudge it needed to skyrocket in popularity, you embark on another project, spending at least four and a half years developing a killer mobile phone + DMP + internet device the likes the world has never seen. A key factor here, oh reader who is momentarily in Apple’s shoes, is that the mobile phone market currently speaks in the mouth-watering language of ‘billions,’ while Apple’s iPod sales - impressive as they may be - are playing in the kiddie pool at ‘millions.’ Whether you want a mobile phone packed into your iPod or not, you can’t ignore the fact that the mobile phone market makes iPod sales look like the Zune’s on a good day.

After all that work, Apple is going to want - nay, need - to squeeze the iPhone for every penny they can, especially in the incredibly competitive market of mobile phones where look-alikes are already cropping up.

[Via tuaw]

Yes, you can run Joost under Linux… but it is not easy

May 29, 2021

Unfortunately, the Joost client application is currently only natively supported on Windows and Mac OS X. Instructions are now available in various places describing how to make Joost run on Ubuntu Linux with Wine, a Windows binary runtime layer for Linux.

Although Wine doesn’t support Joost right out of the box, developers have produced a few patches that make it work. Instructions for patching, compiling, installing and configuring Wine for Joost can be found in the Ubuntu forums. First, I got an error message telling me that Joost requires Windows XP. This problem can easily be fixed by changing the Windows Version value to Windows XP on the Applications tab of the winecfg utility. You will also have to install the default fonts from Windows, either by copying them from a Windows partition or by installing the msttcorefonts package on Ubuntu. Some users have been able to get Joost working with complete audio and video support by installing the latest release of the Nivida drivers. A colleague managed to get Joost running after doing the Wine patch. According to a poll in the Ubuntu forums, about half of the people who have attempted to get Joost running in Wine have succeeded.

Joost uses Direct3D, which isn’t really officially supported in VMware yet. Needless to say, I don’t recommend trying Joost in VMware.

Although the methods that people are using right now to get Joost working on Linux are very hackish, one should keep in mind that the Joost developers plan to officially release and support a native Linux build at some point in the future. Until then, Linux enthusiasts will likely continue working to simplify and document the process of getting the Windows version of Joost to run in Wine.

[Via arstechnica]

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