Joost starting beta testing of live streaming

February 27, 2021

Yep, you read this right.  Joost is currently running a beta test of live video streaming from it’s Leiden office.  Joost users are invited to test the experimental client.  Test will run until 8 PM GMT on Feb 27 2008.

So far the experience appear to be going well.  I downloaded the new client and installed it on my iMac.  Streaming is going very smoothly.  The intent of this test is not about video quality but about the P2P streaming of live video.

The actual video stream is a view of a PC screen running Joost video ;-) with a post-it note attached to the side of the screen ;-)

I have made a quick screen capture of the live streaming in the Joost client to show you what it looked like.  Simple play the youtube video below:

This is really great news as I have been waiting for Joost to bring live video streaming for quite some time.  This might bring back interest to Joost as it has lost a lot of luster in the past few months.  Hang in there fellow Joost users… there is still hope! Combine live video streaming with a “possible” web client and things might start to rock again!

Stage6 down the drain

February 25, 2021

OK, I compared back then the Joost video quality to Stage6 and found the later to be better… but guess what!  Joost officially outlasted Stage6.  In a statement Stage6 said:

So why are we shutting the service down? Well, the short answer is that the continued operation of Stage6 is a very expensive enterprise that requires an enormous amount of attention and resources that we are not in a position to continue to provide.”

This make one less site in the crowded space of online video.  This probably mean that 10 more will see the light.

Cheers

Update:

TechCrunch report that:

Update: Ok, we’ve been shaking the trees on this story a little. According to one source, the planned spinoff of Stage6 from DivX apparently had $24 million or so in committed venture capital but negotiations with the DivX board broke down over ownership percentages. We’re still digging.

Update2: Comscore says Stage6 has 17.4 million monthly unique visitors and 360 million page views. We also hear that their monthly CDN bill from LimeLight is $1 million, about 11% of their revenues. That’s going to hurt them.

CollegeHumor to Distribute Original Video Content on Joost

February 22, 2021

NEW YORK – February 22, 2021 – CollegeHumor (www.collegehumor.com), the definitive source for irreverent student humor and leading online source of original comedy videos, today announced that it will bring its high-quality CHTV original videos to Joost™ (www.joost.com), the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service.

CollegeHumor’s CHTV original videos will be made available on Joost through the newly launched “CHTV: CollegeHumor Original Videos” Joost channel (http://joost.com/3020001).  Initial programming includes a collection of CollegeHumor’s most popular original series, including “Street Fighter: The Later Years,” “The Michael Showalter Showalter,” “Prank War,” and “Hardly Working.”  Additionally, CollegeHumor will provide hit video satires “Brohemian Rhapsody,” “Minesweeper: The Movie,” and “Facebook Off.”  Moving forward, as CollegeHumor continues to launch new original videos the company will continue to make them available to Joost viewers through the CHTV Joost channel.

“We are excited to be partnering with Joost to launch the CollegeHumor channel because it gives us an opportunity to introduce our original videos to a new, savvy audience,” said Ricky Van Veen, Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief of CollegeHumor.  “Joost’s high quality, full screen platform is one of the few places where our high definition widescreen originals can look as good as they do on CollegeHumor.com.”

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, executive vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Joost, said, “CollegeHumor is a pioneer in online video entertainment, and a perfect partner for Joost. Their shows – which are written and produced specifically for web audiences – are hysterical, and because of their commitment to high production values, they look great on Joost.”

HULU CEO Jason Kilar To Deliver Keynote Speech At NAB Show

February 20, 2021

Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu, an online video joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp, will present a keynote address at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday April 16, 2008.

Kilar will discuss the trends and technologies that are enticing content providers to distribute and deliver content as never before.

Hulu is a free online video service that streams premium television shows, movies and clips. Via the destination site Hulu.com, distribution partner sites and embeddable video players, Hulu enables extensive distribution online. Since its beta launch in October 2007, Hulu has won praise for its high-quality consumer experience, particularly its lineup of premium content and well-designed user interface.

Jason Kilar joined Hulu after nearly a decade at Amazon.com where he served as senior vice president, Worldwide Application Software, reporting directly to Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos. During his career at Amazon, Kilar served as vice president and general manager of Amazon’s North American media businesses, leading the company’s entry into the video and DVD markets. Kilar began his career with The Walt Disney Company, where he worked for Disney Design & Development.

Kilar joins Lost executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, Pushing Daisies director and executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld, Six Flags President and CEO Mark Shapiro, and best-selling author Alvin Toffler as featured speakers during this year’s NAB Show.

Source: http://www.broadcastbuyer.tv

LiveStation goes multi-channel

February 12, 2021

As you might be aware LiveStation is offering streaming TV content over the internet.  It uses P2P technology to scale in a way similar to Joost.  Where it is different from Jost is that the content is from live TV station instead of archived content.
This new beta initially offer access to a limited number of international news broadcasters. It is anticipate that additional channels
will be available in the future.

So far the software has proven quite solid.  It even allow me to change channels using my Microsoft MCE remote control. Nice touch… but it still lack the “DVR” basic functions of pausing live stream in case you need to go, you know, to the bathroom or something.

The video quality is OK but not mind blowing.  I have lost track of how much kbps each individual stream use but If I remember well it is in the range of 384kbps.  I must say that Joost has the edge here.

LiveStation is still bound to Windows XP and Vista only… but it will run fine in an XP Parallels VM on a Mac.  I am looking forward for a native Mac version ;-)

I will keep testing the new client and I be looking forward for future updates.

For those interested to look at the actual program you can watch the screencast after the break:

Television Networks to Put More Shows Online

February 2, 2021

FOX Television Master ControlNearly 330 production companies showed off television shows and movies here at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference this week, hoping to sell the syndication rights to local stations in the United States and abroad.

This year at the biggest conference in syndication — where local affiliate stations fill their shopping carts with enough content to keep their schedules lively — the hottest topic was online syndication. In this emerging part of the market, stations buy syndicated programs to show on their Web sites, and they sell advertisements with those programs to local businesses.

As broadcast growth flattens, local stations are increasingly looking to their Web sites for new sources of revenue. Some stations are creating original programming for the Web, but it is far easier for them to purchase the online rights to syndicated shows. This week, for instance, 200 television station Web sites introduced “Big Shot Live,” a national online talent competition promoted through “Entertainment Tonight.”

Online services like Hulu, and Joost as well as the networks themselves, most notably ABC (which offers content in HD), are evidence that this is one trend that’s not likely to fad away.

For the professional voice talent, commercials still need to be produced, however the SAG, AFTRA and ACTRA have yet to put in place union rates that adequately cover what is in effect national commercials, only played online versus traditional broadcast television.

The success or failure of stations’ online ventures will ultimately rest on their promotional abilities. Viewers of local TV are often reminded to go online for weather and traffic updates, but often they go to the site of their local newspaper instead. And when they want to see television shows online, they gravitate toward the networks’ Web sites.

Source:  voiceovertimes

Paul Yanez Create the Hulu Media Player

February 1, 2021

Hulu Media Player

Hulu may have an amazing selection of videos from Fox and NBC available for streaming on the web. But there are at least two problems with the service right now:

  1. Hulu is in private beta, meaning you can only access videos if you have an account or if someone’s been kind enough to embed the video player on their site.
  2. You have to search through videos using a mouse and keyboard as if you were looking up directions, not using an on-screen program guide like you would with a TV.

Hulu Media Player attempts to deal with both of those problems. Paul Yanez, the guy who brought us a browser-based Joost clone, plus an Apple-TV inspired video player for all sorts of web video content.

Hulu Media Player is still a little rough around the edges. For example, we found that we would occasionally click on one episode of a TV show only to have a different one start playing. And once you’re watching a video, there’s no way to go back to the list of episodes for that particular TV show. Instead, you have to click the “show guide” button which takes you back to the main menu. And it’d be nice if you could control the player using your keyboard instead of a mouse. But it’s still a pretty neat twist on Hulu.

While you don’t need a Hulu beta account to access Hulu Media Player, only a small portion of the Hulu library is available for viewing right now.

Source: downloadsquad