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Apple and Google are ready for the battle of your digital life

June 20th, 2007 bmaltais 3 comments

Have you noticed how Apple and Google have been teaming recently? All the pieces of the puzzle are falling in place for both of them to conquer your digital life. Steve Jobs has pulled a “Bill Gates” on Microsoft with it’s successful partnership with Google. In case you did not know, Microsoft success was in major part due to it’s ability to partner with other company to gain more and more market share.

But Microsoft appear to have missed on the great opportunity of partnering with Google. They where blinded in engaging an enemy they just did not knew how to fight. Meanwhile Steve Jobs appear to have learned from Microsoft past success and decided that fighting Google was not the answer to the problem.

Instead, Apple decided to partner with Google. After all, Apple has always had the touch to produce great looking hardware that was easy to use and appealed to the mass. Google, on the other hand, had the data Apple needed to fuel it’s innovative applications. The wedding was celebrated on August 29. 2006 when Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt joined Apple’s Board of Directors.

Since then Apple and Google went on secretly developing applications that would run on both the iPhone and Apple TV.

The iPhone got an integrated Google search, Google Maps, Google mail and the recently announced YouTube video application.

The Apple TV got it’s 1st interactive application as the YouTube video option in the update release on June 20, 2007.

Playback of YouTube video on both the iPhone and Apple TV became possible when Google decided to change it’s choice of Flash Video codec for YouTube to the more standard h.264 codec supported by the Apple hardware. This is clearly just the beginning of a great relationship. It is likely that more Apple/Google applications will emerge in the months to come… and not just for the iPhone and Apple TV.

One could easily speculate that the next OS upgrade of Apple will include more and more Google integration. This could come in the form of YouTube video integration in the new OS X Leopard Front Row application. In fact Leopard Front Row has become similar in features to the Apple TV.

If you think of it, Apple and Google are most likely getting ready to conquer you Living Room, Office, Bedroom, Loft, etc. All that is needed now is for Google to announce content partnership with major networks. Once Google has the content Apple will provide the interface that everyone will love to use. Throw in the mix a few in-line ads and you get the perfect platform for video on demand distribution.

Joost, Babelgum and others better watch out. The day Google announce major content partners for YouTube the race for the living room will be over. At the end it will come down to who can better provide the best content to the users in a pleasing to use package. Both better start working on improved hardware platform with proper interface that can be easily used with a remote control from a couch. Neither have this at this point… but Apple and Google already have their foot in the door… and the opening is getting wider and wider day after day.

The latest move of Apple in the Windows browser space is most likely part of the plan. Safari for Windows gives Apple the control they need on the environment to better display and play YouTube content… and content is king, especially in the digital space.

What else might you expect from the Apple/Google partnership? A secret feature for the iPhone that will allow direct video capture in h.264 and upload to YouTube. All your YouTube followers can then watch your video almost instantly… And when you come back home you can watch it on you PC, Mac, Video iPod or TV (via the Apple TV). This would certainly be a big ticket item for all the youth out there.

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YouTube Live on Apple TV Today; Coming to iPhone on June 29

June 20th, 2007 admin No comments

CUPERTINO, California—June 20, 2007—Apple® today announced that iPhone™ users will be able to enjoy YouTube’s originally-created content on their iPhones when they begin shipping on June 29. A new Apple-designed application on iPhone will wirelessly stream YouTube’s content to iPhone over Wi-Fi or EDGE networks and play it on iPhone’s stunning 3.5 inch display.

In addition, Apple announced that YouTube is now live on Apple TV™. Users can download the free software update using Apple TV’s built-in software update feature, and then 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.

“iPhone delivers the best YouTube mobile experience by far,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Now users can enjoy YouTube wherever they are—on their iPhone, on their Mac or on a widescreen TV in their living room with Apple TV.”

To achieve higher video quality and longer battery life on mobile devices, YouTube has begun encoding their videos in the advanced H.264 format, and iPhone will be the first mobile device to use the H.264-encoded videos. Over 10,000 videos will be available on June 29, and YouTube will be adding more each week until their full catalog of videos is available in the H.264 format this fall.

The combination of H.264-encoded videos plus iPhone’s built-in Wi-Fi networking, stunning 3.5 inch display, and custom YouTube application with its multi-touch user interface results in the best YouTube experience on any mobile device.

Update:

This was discussed back on June 3rd in this post about YouTube moving to h264 for better AppleTV and iPhone support.

iPhone has a special YouTube player that you can launch right from the home screen. So now you can access and browse YouTube videos wherever you go. And when you find a video you want to send your friends, iPhone can even create an email with the link in it for you.

Watch Youtube on the Apple iPhone demo video.

Categories: Apple, AppleTV, Youtube, iPhone

VeohTV challenging Joost and Babelgum

June 20th, 2007 admin 1 comment

Dmitry Shapiro is tired of hearing about Joost, the peer-to-peer Internet TV service launched by the founders of Skype. “Joost is your old man’s TV,” sneers Shapiro, the CEO of competing Web video service Veoh.

By that, he means that Joost is merely replicating the cable and satellite TV model using the Internet as the new pipes. He calls his competing offering Veoh TV, and is launching it later this week in a limited, invite-only beta that will become more widely available to the general public later this year. Veoh TV is backed by $40 million in funding.

VeohTV turns the hodgepodge of video on the Web into something that looks remarkably like TV by gathering all of it into a remote-controllable experience you can watch from ten feet away. You can search for and subscribe to shows and then save many of those video streams as downloads to watch later.VeohTV is free software that lets you watch and record Internet video from thousands of video sources. Watch full-length episodes from ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, YouTube, MySpace, Google, Yahoo, and thousands of others.

Finding something to watch is easy, simply use the TV-style guide, or search via keywords. You can even use a remove control. As you use VeohTV, it learns what you like and automatically recommends videos to you.

[Via business2]

Categories: Babelgum, Joost, Veoh, VeohTV

Joost not so fast, TV not moving to the web just yet

June 19th, 2007 admin No comments

The prevailing fear of the complete transition of television content to the Internet — and the horrible impact this will have on television advertising — is just plain wrong.

Thankfully, with the move to digital in 2009, along with the arrival of new technology systems that will build on the legacy of television advertising, the advantages that television on the Internet has for advertisers will evaporate.

So, beyond security problems and having to pretend watching “Heroes” on a small computer monitor is just as good as watching it on an high-definition TV, new “television-killing” Internet portals have nothing that television will not be able to offer advertisers in only a short time.

[Via Mediapost]

Categories: IPTV, Internet, Joost

Joost advertisers seek rights assurances

June 19th, 2007 admin No comments

Advertisers on Joost, the internet television service being developed by the founders of Skype, the web telephony group, are insisting they will not run their commercials next to programmes whose rights have not been cleared. The experience of Joost will fuel debate over whether mainstream advertisers will spend heavily on fast-growing video-sharing websites such as YouTube, which carry film and television clips that have not been cleared for copyright.

Although YouTube, and similar sites, has amassed a huge if fragmented audience, particularly among the youth market that is attractive to advertisers, it has been the subject of copyright infringement lawsuits from content companies whose material is being uploaded on to the web without commercial clearance.

At the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival, Eric Clemenceau, vice-president advertising sales of Joost EMEA argued that Joost would expect to charge premium rates because, once it had attracted enough users, it would offer advertisers the change to target consumers according to the demographic, geographical and viewing choice information they would have built up on the service.

Earlier, Nate Elliott, a senior analyst at Forrester, the research group, told the same event that take up of online video was growing quickly in some parts of Europe, but remained in its very early days.

[Via Euro2day]

Categories: Joost

Fox Entertainment partner with Brightcove

June 18th, 2007 admin No comments

Brightcove, the leading Internet TV service, today announced it signed a deal with Fox Entertainment Group (FEG) to make its wide range of Internet TV services available to all FEG properties. Using Brightcove, each Fox network and studio has the ability to program and host ad-supported Internet video channels and highly-targeted consumer media campaigns.

“This partnership helps further Fox’s commitment to delivering premium entertainment programming to consumers and engaging fans in as many ways as possible,” said David Baron, vice president, Fox Digital Media. “Brightcove’s tools and services enable us to quickly and easily deploy broadband video on our network Web sites while retaining control over the quality, brand experience, and monetization of our content.”

In addition to enabling network and studio programmers to host targeted video, Brightcove’s Internet TV services also empower FEG properties to expand the reach of hit programming through managed syndication to select website affiliates and viral promotion through social media features. The services can also harness the power of user-generated content and consumer video sharing; using Brightcove, FEG properties can recruit and review fan-submitted videos and add them to the programmed video content featured on their individual network and studio Web sites.

“The Fox Entertainment Group properties produce some of the most exciting and popular filmed entertainment, broadcast, and cable network programming in the world,” said Jeremy Allaire, chairman and chief executive officer, Brightcove. “We are thrilled that Brightcove is now widely available to all FEG properties, some of whom are already taking advantage of the full range of capabilities provided by our Internet video service.”

The first FEG properties to utilize Brightcove to launch an Internet video initiative will be FX Networks, SPEED and Fox Broadcasting Company. Each network will manage its own monetization strategy through the Brightcove Internet TV service.

Brightcove is an Internet TV service and are dedicated to harnessing the inherent power of the Internet to transform the distribution and consumption of media.

Brightcove empowers content owners—from independent producers to major broadcast networks—to reach their audiences directly through the Internet. At the same time, we help web publishers enrich their sites with syndicated video programming, and we give marketers more ways to communicate and engage with their consumers.

Most importantly, Brightcove give people the freedom to easily find, watch and participate in a broad range of video content—when and where they choose.

[Via Brightcove]

Categories: Partner

CBS partner with Brightcove for news distribution

June 18th, 2007 admin No comments

CBS News and Brightcove, the Internet TV pioneer, today announced that CBS News will use the Brightcove service to syndicate ad-supported video from CBS News across the Internet.  The partnership will expand non-linear distribution of CBS News content, available today on AOL News, Comcast and YouTube, to thousands of small and medium-sized websites and blogs.

In partnering with CBS News, Brightcove adds broadcast network news content to its growing portfolio of partners in the Brightcove Syndication Marketplace and will also feature CBS News on Brightcove.com.

Brightcove is an Internet TV service and are dedicated to harnessing the inherent power of the Internet to transform the distribution and consumption of media.

Brightcove empowers content owners—from independent producers to major broadcast networks—to reach their audiences directly through the Internet. At the same time, we help web publishers enrich their sites with syndicated video programming, and we give marketers more ways to communicate and engage with their consumers.

Most importantly, Brightcove give people the freedom to easily find, watch and participate in a broad range of video content—when and where they choose.

[Via Brightcove]

Categories: CBS, Content

Mediaroom, Microsoft new name for IPTV platform

June 18th, 2007 admin No comments

Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft® Mediaroom™, the latest update to its award-winning Internet Protocol television (IPTV) software platform, featuring several new multimedia capabilities, including in-home personal music and photo sharing, dynamic MultiView (multiple picture-in-picture) capabilities, Multimedia Application Environment for development of interactive services and advanced applications, and digital terrestrial television (DTT) support.

Microsoft also introduced the Microsoft Mediaroom Application Development toolkit, which provides service providers and third-party developers with tools to create compelling, revenue-generating TV-based applications that run on the platform. With this latest release, Microsoft is renaming its IPTV platform Microsoft Mediaroom to better reflect the broader set of new connected entertainment experiences made possible today and the types of experiences anticipated in the future.

In addition, the Microsoft Mediaroom name and identity are designed to be used by service providers as an ingredient brand to create a powerful competitive differentiator to support their consumer marketing activities.

Categories: IPTV, Microsoft

Internet traffic overload ahead

June 17th, 2007 admin No comments

As the flood of data across the internet continues to increase, there are those that say sometime soon it is going to collapse under its own weight. The YouTube and Joost generation want to stream video, and download gigabytes of data in one go.

“The network is growing up, is starting to get more capacity than it ever had, but it is a challenge. “Back in the days of the dotcom boom in the late 90s, billions of dollars were invested around the world in laying cables,” said net expert Bill Thompson.

Much more high-speed optic fibre has been laid than we currently need, and scientists are confident that each strand can be pushed to carry almost limitless amounts of data in the form of light. But long before a backbone wire itself gets overloaded, the strain may begin to show on the devices at either end - the routers. “The real issue that people are going to face, and are already noticing at home, is that ISPs are starting to cut back on the bandwidth that is available to people in their homes,” said Mr Thompson.

[Via news.bbc.co.uk]

Categories: Internet, Joost, Youtube

YouTube mobile now a reality

June 16th, 2007 admin No comments

Back in 2006 YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley said at the OgilvyOne Digital Summit that YouTube would launch a service for mobile phones in 2007.

YouTube already have a mobile service to some extent: YouTube To Go launched in May 2006 and lets users upload clips from cellphones. That’s a pretty standard feature on video-sharing site.

What we are talking about here is a full fledge video playback site for mobile device. Be warn that YouTube Mobile is a data intensive application. YouTube highly recommend that you upgrade to an unlimited data plan with your mobile service provider to avoid additional charges before using it’s service intensivelly.

Obviously the video offered are rather small. The following is a screen capture of an actual video:

m.youtube.com use 3gp as it’s video codec which provide decent video quality at low bit rate.

Categories: Youtube