Akamai Unveils Unique View Of The High-Definition Internet

October 30, 2021

Akamai Technologies has announced The HDWeb, a ‘proof-of-concept’ portal designed to showcase the experience consumers can have with high definition content online. The Website, available at http://www.thehdweb.com, showcases content from a variety of industries including music, movies, professional sports, games and news.

Akamai customers are now delivering a consistent, high-definition video experience on Akamai’s uniquely distributed edge delivery platform that is specifically tuned for optimal delivery of high-definition (HD) files online.

As an industry leader and pioneer in online video, Akamai has raised the bar for what a service provider must offer companies in order to deliver this content effectively and efficiently online today.

Companies providing HD content for the initiative include Apple, BBC Motion Gallery, CBS, Gannett, MTV Networks, NBA and more.

Bringing together broadband ISPs, content providers, technology providers and consumer electronics manufacturers, this groundbreaking initiative is designed to build the framework to galvanize the industry around thepotential of HD online.

Source broadcastbuyer.tv

Hulu chief: TV soon to premiere worldwide

October 30, 2021

Television shows will soon be released at the same time across the world, the boss of new online video site Hulu has predicted.

Jason Kilar, chief executive of the joint NBC Universal and News Corporation venture, said television companies would have to distribute simultaneously across the world because of internet video services.

He noted film studios have already stopped staggering film releases to cut down on piracy and added: “Television is heading in the same direction. At the end of the day, the users will win and will get access to content on their own terms.

Hulu, which has launched in beta, will host shows including Heroes, House and Family Guy. However, the beta test of the service does not allow some content to be viewed in territories outside the United States.

Source digitalspy.co.uk

Babelgum Turns to CacheLogic for Web TV Streaming

October 30, 2021

Cambridge UK and San Francisco, USA (October 30, 2021) - CacheLogic, provider of the world’s leading Digital Asset Delivery Network, today announced that the next generation global Internet TV network Babelgum is using its Velocix network to deliver progressive video streaming of on-demand TV content.

The Velocix Network is designed to enable content owners, movie studios, and broadcasters to deliver video and other large digital assets over the web, with unprecedented performance, breakthrough economics and an asset delivery lifecycle management system that provides content owners the control, analytics and reporting they need to manage their asset libraries through the digital distribution chain.

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Hulu goes live

October 29, 2021

The long-awaited and much-derided NBC (GE) and News Corp (NWS) joint venture Hulu will make a somewhat public debut this week, opening up a private beta tonight of its web video service and initiating distribution of its movies, TV shows, and mashups on AOL (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), MSN (MSFT), MySpace, and Yahoo (YHOO).

The company also cut some last-minute deals over the weekend, adding Sony television shows only at Hulu.com and MGM TV shows and movies throughout its distribution network.

Hulu viewers are given the tools to embed full-length episodes and movies wherever they want around the web. New shows are added at midnight Hawaii time on the day after they air.

Hulu CEO Jason Kilar said Hulu would use 25 percent as much advertising as broadcast norms, and promised it wouldn’t employ the annoying trick of jamming up commercial volume to get us to pay attention. For distribution partners such as Comcast, Yahoo, and AOL, Hulu has remade its Flash player to look like theirs. Hulu serves advertising in and around a video and shares revenue with content providers, Hulu, and distribution partners in that order (here’s what sounds like a reasonable description of the breakdown).

Beta testers will not be given additional invites; the way to register is through the official Hulu site. So what should we think of Hulu? It’s not really a media company. Kilar, true to his roots in the tech industry at Amazon.com (AMZN), likes most of all to talk about the Web site’s clarity and lack of clutter. Kilar declined to comment on NBC content being pulled from YouTube in advance of the Hulu launch.

Via NewTeeVee

Update:

Kara from AllThingsDigital just posted a good review.  Go read it to learn more.

Skinkers get $16 million boost

October 29, 2021

Skinkers, the UK company that is building a P2P live TV platform with Microsoft, has taken $16 million Series B in a round led by Acacia Capital Partners that included original investors Spark Ventures and the Skinkers Management team.

Skinkers will use the funding to further develop and enhance their Live Notification Platform technology and bring to market LiveStation, their live P2P television platform.

Skinkers LiveStation product is built on Microsoft’s Silverlight platform and offers a multi-channel live TV platform that will provide existing TV channels both for free and on a paid basis; think cable TV, but on a computer. Competitors include Zattoo, that already offers an existing P2P live platform that provides limited access within Europe.

Via TechCrunch

Leopard breaking AJAX browsers interfaces

October 28, 2021

OK, I confess, I am not an AJAX expert… but one thing I know is that Leopard broke some web sites AJAX upload features.

For example, using Apple Leopard, Vimeo upload and Flickr upload are broken. I have not done a huge search for other sites suffering from the same thing but I am sure there are a ton more.

The interesting thing is that this is not with Apple Safari browser… it is with Firefox 2.0.0.8! The exact same Firefox browser that I use in Tiger… And yes, I booted back into Tiger and verified that everything was working with it.

So for all I know Leopard is somehow breaking some of those nice AJAX interfaces… in both Firefox and Safari. Why? I have no idea! But it is rather odd that it impact both Safari and Firefox.

Update:

People on Digg have started to comment that MySpace suffer the same faith. I wonder if this is something Apple can address via a software update?

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Joost + Facebook = JoostBook

October 28, 2021

JoostBook fb

The 1st useful Joost widget just got released. It is called JoostBook and is from Irvin Owens Jr.

JoostBook allow you to:

  1. Tell your friends on Facebook about the cool things you are watching.
  2. Be able to see if you have any new notifications without leaving Joost.
  3. Publishes your video feed from Joost to Facebook.
  4. Go back and see the history of the shows you have watched.
  5. Displays thumbnail pictures in Facebook of what you are watching, along with a description of what you are watching.
  6. Link to the Joost page for that content so others can watch it too.

Due to the nature of the integration between Facebook and Joost the installation requires a few steps… in particular on the Joost side. Hopefully Joost could make the whole thing much simpler via future product enhancements.

Once the widget is installed in Joost the whole process is rather straight forward:

  1. Login to Facebook using the widget.
  2. Click the “Watched” button on the top of the Widget.
  3. Authorize Facebook to use JoostBook.
  4. Install the Facebook JoostBook application.

From this point anything you watch in Joost will show up in your JoostBook application.

Enjoy!

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Joost in a browser? Why? How?

October 28, 2021

This blog post does not contain any verified facts. Joost does not want to discuss any topics related to browser based clients. Take anything written here as fiction. It is highly likelly that 90% of this post will turn out to be wrong… but I had fun writing it… so…

OK, now that you have read the disclaimer let’s get on to the actual post.

Windows XP/Vista and intel Mac only

So far Joost has focused its development effort on the Windows XP/Vista and Intel Mac 10.4.x client platform. Many users of Linux and PPC Mac have been literally filling up Joost forum with posts asking when their platform would be supported. So far Joost has been rather quiet with answers on the subject.

Joost in a browser might just be the answer. If Joost move to a pure browser based solution not requiring any platform specific components then Linux and PPC Mac might suddenly be able to join the train.

So what might make this possible?

Adobe Flash 9 with h.264 support

Adobe announced back in August (http://www.joostteam.com/2007/08/21/adobe-add-h264-support-to-flash/ ) that the latest update for Adobe® Flash® Player 9 software, code-named Moviestar, will include H.264 standard video support. Why is this interesting? Well guess what video standard Joost is using to distribute high quality video over low bit rate? You are right, h.264.

If Joost move its client to the browser it is possible that it may chose to use Adobe® Flash® Player 9 software to play back its video content.

Adobe would certainly provide a lightweight interface in the browser for Joost to use. A proof of concept Joost Adobe flash interface has been written by Paul Yanez, mimicking Joost 1.0b client. But Joost might have some trick up its sleeve for running the interface on the Mozilla platform.

CorePlayerX

Joost is currently licensing CoreAVC decoder (http://www.coreavc.com/) from CoreCodec for its current Windows and Mac clients. It is therefore possible for Joost to select to use CorePlayerX Web Browser Plug-in (http://coreplayerx.coreforge.org/) to provide h.264 video decoding within the browser space instead of Adobe.

One torn on the CorePlayerX Media Player Plug-in side is that as of today it is not available for Linux or OS X platform (http://coreplayerx.coreforge.org/cpx_help.htm).

Joost is a XUL Application

As you might already know (or not) Joost is built on XUL. XUL (pronounced “zool”) is Mozilla’s XML-based user interface language that lets you build feature rich cross-platform applications that can run connected to or disconnected from the Internet. These applications are easily customized with alternative text, graphics, and layout so they can be readily branded or localized for various markets. Web developers already familiar with Dynamic HTML (DHTML) will learn XUL quickly and can start building applications right away.

OK, fine! So let run a slightly modified version of Joost XUL application inside firefox and be done with it! That could be an option… but this won’t be readily supported until Firefox 3… yet firefox 3 is not ready for prime time. This would also put the XUL application stability at the mercy of potential Firefox 3 upgrades… not good! Did I also mention that this would also cut off IE, Safari and Opera users?

So then what? This brings us back to Adobe Flash. Adobe is already supported on all common platforms and would open Joost to more browsers than the current XUL implementation. Adobe will also support h.264 playback on all platforms… another plus. Adobe Flash 9 therefore gets my vote for the browser solution… but I might be wrong!

Web based Joost profile

Joost in a browser also bring other benefits. You can now use an internet based Joost profile centrally stored on Joost backend servers. The current Joost profile in version 1.0b is only local to your PC/Mac. The problem with the current local profile is that when you have multiple systems running Joost they each a slightly different configuration. So changes made in one won’t reflect on the others.

Being a browser based client this should now be resolved. Any system with a browser should allow you to run Joost with your single hosted profile and custom preferences.

TV Browser integration

If Joost play it’s cards the right way it should be possible for it to find a home on the new internet enabled TV that are starting to come out on the market… as long as Joost selected technology can run in the TV browser space.

Retention of a full client

So if Joost move to the browser… will it keep the stand-alone clients? This certainly sound like a lot of extra work, especially if Joost move to a flash based player. The future will tell.

Broadcasters losing revenue due to technical issues

October 25, 2021

New research from Vividas today reveals that issues including complicated set up, slow to download files and crashing content are costing broadcasters up to £50,000 a year.

These technical issues are cited as a major barrier to consumer take-up of watching video online.

The research also shows that poor picture quality and incomplete downloads cost a quarter of broadcasters up to £10,000 in customer refunds and the resolving of IT issues. Playing a full-sized, downloaded file on an average home computer can often crash the system, requiring re-starts and the re-loading of content from scratch.  Delivery issues can only rise as consumers continue to scour the net for video.

Andrew Wilding, European CEO at Vividas said: “We were surprised at quite how much revenue is lost through technology issues for online video. Unless broadcasters improve their technology soon this cost will only increase as consumer demand rises.

Via broadcastbuyer

Guardian interview Mike Volpi of Joost

October 24, 2021

Mike Volpi, CEO of Joost

Mike Volpi, CEO of Joost

Mike Volpi joined Joost, the online video service, in June after 13 years at Cisco, where he was chief strategy officer. For his final six years he ran the company’s $11bn service provider business which included the routing business, cable and wireless products and the Scientific Atlanta set top box business that Cisco acquired in 2005.

Volpi, an Italian, has spent most of his life in the US. In 2003 he joined the board of Skype, but left after founders Janus Friis and Niklaus Zennstrom sold it to eBay. An engineer by training, Volpi has both an engineering degree and an MBA from Stanford University. He moved to London last month with his wife and two children.

Joost was set up last year by Janus Friis and Niklaus Zennstrom. The video service finally went live at the beginning of this month and to date, 2 million users have downloaded content.

Read the rest of the interview on guardian.co.uk

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