WiTV Youtube Preview

August 21, 2021

You will find below a link to a YouTube video of the yet to be release WiTV. I will talk more about it when I get a chance to try it for myself. WiTV is touted as the new Joost competitor:

YouTube, NBC not happy with VeohTV

July 16, 2021

No one has filed a lawsuit against VeohTV yet, but it could just be a matter of time. The service is something of a cross between YouTube and Joost, giving you the ability to surf for online videos without using a web browser.

The problem is that many of those videos don’t come from Veoh, but from sources like NBC, CBS, and YouTube. That includes full length streaming episodes of shows like 24, Heroes, and 30 Rock. And Veoh doesn’t ask for permission to distribute those videos.

The company’s argument is interesting. Since the networks and other sites are streaming these episodes for free, Veoh says all its VeohTV player does is provide a new interface for streaming the content. Any video advertising included by the content owner remains intact.

But NBC and YouTube officials tell the New York Times that they’re not too happy with the service. If viewers can access their videos without going to their web sites, they lose out on potential advertising revenue. So either Veoh’s going to have to work out licensing agreements with content owners, or we’re going to see this battle headed to court. Unless of course Veoh fails to make a dent in the marketplace. Then we doubt anyone will really care. VeohTV is still in private beta.

[Source downloadsquad]

1st YouTube Video Advertisement sighted

July 1, 2021

It was reported that Google started adding overlay advertisement to some of it’s video collection. The following is a screen capture of one such ad:

I have linked the screen capture to the actual video in which the advertisement was seen. It does not appear to work for me… but I am located in Canada. It is highly possible that advertisement are geo targetted and will only display if you are in the targetted country.

Following is the actual video of the advertisement in action:

Let me know if you see it.

Digg it!

[Via Mashable]

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

June 20, 2021

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 20, 2021

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.

Internet traffic overload ahead

June 17, 2021

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]

YouTube mobile now a reality

June 16, 2021

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.

The state of YouTube video ID tools

June 15, 2021

We’ve been developing improved content identification for months, and we’re confident that in the not-too-distant future, we’ll unveil an innovative solution that will work for users and content creators alike. Today we’re experimenting with video identification tools, and will share with you a few core principles driving our technology development, past and present.

We are beginning tests on an automated system to identify and match specific videos. The technology extracts key visual aspects of uploaded videos and compares that information against reference material provided by copyright holders. Many professional artists and media companies post their latest videos without telling us, while some home video-makers don’t want their stuff online. No matter how good our video identification technology gets, it will never be able to read copyright-holders’ minds.

If particular users repeatedly infringe copyrights, we terminate their accounts. Our upcoming video identification system will be our latest way of empowering copyright holders, going above and beyond legal requirements.

YouTube’s no-fuss upload lets video artists collapse the gap between the creative moment and its worldwide publication. In conclusion, a content management system has to have technology that provides high quality matching and detection, but it also has to apply business rules in ways that support the business objectives of partners while providing high quality user experiences. With the introduction of our video identification tools, YouTube will continue to be the leader in online video, and the premier destination for watching and sharing original videos worldwide.

[Via googleblog]

YouTube getting ready for Video Advertisement

June 8, 2021

YouTube has updated their embedded video player to include new features that I think make a lot of sense for Google.  The one I find most interesting gives users quick, uninterrupted access to related videos — this feature could be YouTube’s much needed money maker.

And the next step is to start mixing sponsored videos to related videos.  It’s fun to play with and lets you discover new, related videos without leaving your site.

The time line navigation has been optimized so that you can now jump ahead in a video even if that part hasn’t been loaded yet (Google Video already did this before).  This change might ensure that people stay longer and longer on embedded YouTube content, jumping from clips they wanted to see to clips they didn’t even know existed.

Whenever changes like these are rolled out, the pros and cons for blogs and other websites to outsource their video content become more visible.

On the pro side, you don’t pay any hosting costs, the videos are easy to integrate, and whenever the player is optimized, the optimization rolls out without you having to tweak your code.

On the con side, if one day you decide that all the interface changes, or ads YouTube rolls out, are becoming too distracting for your visitors, the burden of replacing all embedded code and finding another host (if you kept your video files in the first place!) lies on you.

[Mashup Via blogs.zdnet.com gspy outer-court]

YouTube getting some broadcast content via Hearst-Argyle Television

June 4, 2021

YouTube announced that it has reached a revenue-sharing deal with Hearst-Argyle Television, so local television stations can partake in the revenue-sharing model when YouTube users watch their programs.

Hearst-Argyle owns local stations affiliated with ABC, GE, NBC, CBS and MyNetworkTV broadcast networks.

Considering YouTube’s deal with EMI to allow users to incorporate the record label’s music within their own content, as well as YouTube’s upcoming availability on Apple’s set-top box, the video-sharing king is moving swiftly into traditional media roles, integrating especially with the television industry to solidify and validate its business standing and overall success.

[Via mashable]

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