DVD War Over High Definition, Most Buyers Are Sitting It Out

December 31, 2021

What if nobody wins the high-definition DVD format wars? Blu-ray discs sit alongside the competing HD DVD format.

According to data from Adams Media Research, 578,000 HD DVD and 370,000 Blu-ray machines will be sold by the end of this year.

Studios allied with the Blu-ray camp include Columbia, Disney, Fox, Lionsgate, Miramax, New Line and Sony.

In the HD DVD camp are DreamWorks, Paramount, Universal, the Weinstein Company, and several smaller TV and motion picture companies. High-definition DVDs of both formats provide superior picture and sound quality compared with standard DVDs.

Only high-definition sets can display high-definition DVD images. “Today, an HDTV owner hooks up a standard DVD and it looks good,” said Ken Graffeo, executive vice president of HD Strategic Marketing at Universal, and co-president of the HD DVD Promotional Group. According to research by NPD Group, only 11 percent of HDTV set owners strongly intend to buy a Blu-ray or HD DVD player by next spring. Blu-ray and HD DVD proponents are doing what they can to change that attitude. HD DVD players, the vast majority of which are made by Toshiba, still have the price advantage. Blu-ray units are also made by Panasonic, Philips, Sony and others.

As prices drop, high-definition DVD drives will find their way into other devices. The 400 movies available in each format are a fraction of the 90,000 movies and TV programs that the video rental company Netflix offers. Increasingly, high-definition DVDs are being issued simultaneously with the standard definition DVD release.

Of Blockbuster’s 5,000 physical stores, 250 offer both high-definition DVD formats, while 1,450 rent only Blu-ray; the rest offer none. As more consumers buy HDTVs, and the price of dual format players drop, an uneasy truce may descend. “When high-definition DVD reaches its tipping point, studios will have to release their movies in both HD DVD and Blu-ray,” Mr. Adams said.

Source: NYTimes

Grab a Hulu invitation at NewTeeVee

December 20, 2021

hulu invitation

NewTeeVee is giving away Hulu invitations. Grab them while they last!

Joostteam.com now on seesmic.com

December 18, 2021

I just joined the pre-alpha of seesmic.com. I will keep you posted on my thoughts about the platform. For now here is a quick video I just made using it:

PBS and Joost Form Content Alliance

December 18, 2021

ARLINGTON, VA – Dec. 18, 2007 – PBS announced today that it will begin featuring select full-length programming on Joost™, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service. At launch, the PBS offering will include popular series, such as History Detectives and Scientific American Frontiers, as well as specials from PBS’ award-winning “Empires” collection.

“PBS is dedicated to making our content as easily accessible on as many platforms as possible,” said Andrew Russell, Senior Vice President, PBS Ventures. “Working with a premier company like Joost will engage new audiences and reinforce the value of supporting local PBS stations.”

Through its partnership with Joost, PBS has bolstered its recent efforts to satisfy the burgeoning demand for online video content. Establishing a multiplatform presence is a critical component to building the PBS viewing community. PBS programming will be available free of charge to Joost users. The PBS channel can be accessed at http://joost.com/237000d.

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, executive vice president, content strategy and acquisition for Joost, said, “PBS’ high-quality, compelling documentaries and series complement the Joost offering and give our viewers an even greater variety of programming to choose from. Documentaries are performing well on Joost, proof that people are consuming long-form programming in addition to our shorter programming, like comedy, animation, sports and music.”

Founded by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström, Joost combines the best of TV and the best of the Internet by offering viewers a full-screen audiovisual experience enhanced with the choice, control and flexibility of Web 2.0. Joost is the first online, global TV distribution platform, bringing together advertisers, content owners and viewers in an interactive, community-driven environment.

About PBS

PBS is a media enterprise that serves 355 public noncommercial television stations and reaches nearly 73 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a leading provider of digital learning content for pre-K-12 educators and offers a broad array of other educational services. PBS’ premier kids’ TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (www.pbskids.org), continue to be parents’ and teachers’ most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.

About Joost™

Joost provides a new way of watching video that combines the best of full-screen TV entertainment with the interactive and community benefits of the Internet to bring broadcast-quality video to viewers anytime, anywhere. Based on a state-of-the-art, secure, peer-to-peer streaming technology, Joost can be accessed with a broadband Internet connection and offers video content to viewers for free. Joost features more than 250 channels with programming across all genres, including: cartoons and animation; entertainment and film; sports; comedy; lifestyle and documentaries; and sci-fi. Channels and programs available on Joost vary by geographic region, based on copyright ownership.

To learn more about Joost, visit www.joost.com.

Bullseye TV is now four on Joost

December 18, 2021

Zodiak TV-owned UK independent Bullseye Television has expanded its IPTV presence by splitting its existing Braindead channel on Joost into four genre-specific offerings from next month.

From the middle of next month, Bullseye will introduce the Braindead Comedy, Braindead Crime, Braindead Sport and Braindead Reality brands on Joost.

Via c21media

NBA “Instant Classic” Games and Highlights to be Featured on Joost

December 17, 2021

NEW YORK – December 17, 2021 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Joost™ today announced the launch of the NBA Channel on Joost, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service. The new channel will provide fans around the world with viewing access to “Instant Classic” NBA games and video highlight packages for the remainder of the 2007-08 NBA season.

As part of the new relationship, the NBA Channel will feature complete replays of memorable NBA games, including the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006, and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James’ sensational performance in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons, in which he scored the Cavaliers’ final 25 points to lead his team to a 109-107 double-overtime victory.

“The NBA is always looking to further engage our fans around the world and expand our digital offerings with innovative products like Joost,” said Attila Gazdag, senior vice president of global media distribution for the NBA. “With the new NBA Channel on Joost, we offer our fans yet another platform to experience all the action of the NBA in a full-screen, high-quality environment.”

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Joost should host a “share” contest

December 13, 2021

Have you tried the recent Joost 1.0.3 beta client? Noticed the new sharing feature in it? No? Look again at the control panel at the bottom of the screen:

Joost sharing

Noticed the little “envelope” icon… the forth on the left?  You can click on it to bring up a box in which you can send a link to the program you are currently watching on Joost to a freind.

This could lead to an interesting contest.  Joost should report on “Share” that resulted in new users joining Joost.  The more people you “Share” to that eventually join Joost the higher your share rate get.

There could be two type of stats.  The direct share (people you directly invited) and the indirect share (people you shared with and the sum of all subsequant shares generated by the people you shared to).  Do I make sens?  Probably not.  (that is ok… I am used to it)

So there it is, Joost should open an sharing contest.  Daily, weekly, monthly, etc top 10 sharers could be reported on the front page of the main Joost web site.

I hope Joost kept track of all my “share”… because I have been sending a lot of them out!

Frag-TV publicity pointing to Joost

December 13, 2021

As some of you might be aware there is channel known as “Frag” on Joost. I stumbled on a forum post pointing to a rather… hummm… special video of a guy called “Mankini Man”. I will leave it up to you to judge… but right at the end of the clip there is a link back to http://joost.com for more content.

So have fun watching it if you can handle it:

In defence of Joost

December 13, 2021

InsideTonic has written a great post on why Miro ain’t better than Joost.  The short of it goes like this:

Miro is open-source… Joost is not: Open-Source does not imply superiority of quality 100% of the time. The code is important but it’s not the most important thing. The most important thing is the content… and Joost got content… lot’s of it.

Miro has more channels than Joost: Miro has 2,600 channels and Joost only has 400… Yet Miro uses the term ‘channel’ to refer to specific programs. So in reality, the amount of content offered by Joost is not so far from that offered by Miro.

Miro hcontent vs Joost:  What Joost has recognized is that TV is a mass medium. Lofty ideals like being open-source don’t matter to the majority of viewers. They should, of course, but they don’t. Many viewers are happy to use proprietary software if they get to watch ‘Yoga 4 Dudes‘.

Usability of Miro vs Joost: Joost clearly win this one!

Distribution question: Miro need to buffer the whole thing before playing, Joost does not!  Joost win here.

Great post guys!

New iTunes Canadian TV content leaves me cold

December 12, 2021

Apple® today announced that hit television programming from Canada’s top networks, US broadcasters and the National Hockey League (NHL) is now available for CAN$1.99 per episode from the iTunes® Store in Canada (www.itunes.ca). iTunes customers can choose from Canadian-produced favorites such as the top-rated, award-winning “Corner Gas” from CTV, smash hit comedy “Little Mosque on the Prairie” from CBC, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “South Park” from Comedy Central and the NHL Games of the Year.

This content really blows.  Joost already provide much of the same content for free.  Think of the Joost NHL and CFL content.  I am not going to spend 1.99 per South Park episode… no thank you.

What I want is to move away from torrent sites for prime time TV series. And iTunes ain’t going to give me that… So nice try but no thanks.

At least Microsoft is offering some half decent movies on the new Canadian Live Video Marketplace.

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