The Roku Netflix Player debuted last week to largely positive accolades. And why not? The $100 Netflix box delivers on-demand video to your TV for a flat monthly fee that's as low as $9 a month--the same price that would rent you just two to three movies on Apple TV or Vudu. But if the Roku box (and subsequent Netflix-compatible players) has an Achilles heel, it's the dearth of content: only about 10 percent of Netflix's 100,000-plus DVD library is available for streaming, thanks to Hollywood's byzantine licensing systems. The Roku box could stand to have another content source--and I think Hulu would be a perfect candidate. … Read more
The company, which launched its video search feature in March, explained in a blog post on Wednesday that it now has more than 500 news video sources, searchable by keyword. News sources currently being tracked by Mefeedia include the following:
Networks: ABC News, MSNBC, CBS News, Fox News, CNN Online publishers: The New York Times, Associated Press, Reuters, CNET Networks, The Washington Post Shows: 20/20, 60 Minutes, Nightline, Today Magazines: BusinessWeek, Newsweek Podcast producers: TalkCrunch, ReadWriteTalk, The Wall Street Journal Blogs and vlogs: WebbAlert, TMZ, … Read more
CARLSBAD, Calif.--Glam Media is launching a new platform for content distribution, the GlamTV Platform. It will allow the video assets in its woman-focused network of sites to be shared to new destinations, and more importantly, everyone in the value chain of the distribution will collect a piece of the advertising revenue. Videos on the Brightcove platform will also work on GlamTV.
"It's a rights-managed platform end to end," Glam Media CEO Samir Arora told me at the D6 conference here. An example he provided: Let's say the editor of SheFinds, an independent site, saw … Read more
Last fall, we noticed that old DVD recorders with hard drives were selling for $1,900 on the Internet, because manufacturers basically stopped making them (with some exceptions) and people still want them. The continued demand for DVD recorders with hard drives isn't surprising--many people want a simple DVR they can own, without a monthly free, that can easy burn their favorite shows to DVDs. It's a killer product, but unless you're willing to set up a home theater PC, you can't have it.
We have noticed, however, that some electronics retailers have been offering foreign DVD recorders with hard drives in the U.S., potentially to meet this hidden demand.… Read more
Early this month, Microsoft announced the availability of TV shows in the Zune Marketplace. The initial launch included more the 800 episodes from networks such as MTV and NBC. Now, the Zune catalog is set to increase by 50 percent, with Microsoft adding more than 400 episodes from 19 shows over the next week and a half. In addition to the programs listed below, new shows from Bravo will be added in the near future.
Zune Marketplace video store update schedule:
Wednesday, May 28: Comedy CentralThe Colbert Report The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Friday, May 30: NBC Universal … Read more
With so many video glasses coming on the market, it's getting increasingly difficult for manufacturers to distinguish their wares. One of them is even offering a fashion line, which seems a bit of a stretch, to say the least.
eMagin, for its part, is taking what sometimes seems to be a novel approach these days: It's focusing on the technology. The company showed its latest offering at a conference in Los Angeles, a pair of 3D glasses that create the equivalent of a 105-inch screen viewed 12 feet away. Other models have made similar claims, but its "… Read more
If the industry press is to be believed, Tuesday's announcement that Sony would be producing TVs with Tru2way compatibility was a watershed event--the electronics world equivalent of the Magna Carta or the Treaty of Versailles. But let's step back a bit and examine what this really means.
Tru2way is a digital cable technology developed by CableLabs that's designed to be built directly into TVs, eliminating the need for an outboard set-top box. In theory, you'd be able to buy a Tru2way-compatible TV, bring it home, connect it to your coaxial cable, and instantly be able to … Read more
A new study says that the number of people who watch online video will top 1 billion in the next five years.
As my boss, Jim Kerstetter, points out, it's unwise to put too much faith in predictions like this, but this isn't too much of a stretch.
The rapid rate at which broadband is being adopted around the world will lead the number of Web video viewers to quadruple by 2013, according to a report issued Tuesday by technology research group ABI Research.
The study also points out that Web video sites are increasingly finding more efficient … Read more
The National Journal writes that when Arun Chaudhary was a teenager, his father asked him why he didn't want to get into politics. "I can't, Dad," he recalled saying. "I have a funny name." Now Arun Chaudhary, the son of an immigrant Indian father and a Jewish mother, is as close to politics as one can be: He took leave from his day job -- professor at the NYU film school -- to become Barack Obama's videographer (or, so the official title, director of field production).
After 10 months on the campaign trail, … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--When you're one of the earliest adopters of a new technology, or one of the first companies into a new space, you tend to be very bullish on its future.
That energy was very much in evidence Thursday at InterPlay, the first-ever conference solely devoted to social gaming.
If you're not familiar with the concept of social gaming--small, casual game applications designed to be played on social networks like Facebook--you soon will be. That's because there is a lot of interest--and a growing amount of venture capital--being focused on the young space.
Examples of the early … Read more