Yahoo! Connected TV to Provide Broadcast Interactivity Yahoo! Connected TV, a software program installed in a number of Internet-ready television sets, will allow viewers and broadcasters to enhance broadcast programming with a variety of interactive features, the company announced at CES. At CES, we spoke with Ronald Jacoby, VP of the Connected TV Group at Yahoo!
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Boxee Readies Hulu Plus and Netflix Launch Fresh on the heels on the announcement to stream CBS television programming on the Boxee platform, the service will launch Vudu this week and will soon provide Hulu Plus and Netflix, says Avner Ronen, CEO in this interview with Beet.TV.
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MSNBC Finds New Audiences for News With Mobile Devices While much has been said about the aging population for network news, the distribution of news via mobile devices is reaching a younger audience, says Charles Tillinghast, President and Pubublisher of MSNBC.com, in this inteview with Beet.TVWe caught up with him Wednesday for this overview online and mobile video news distribtuion.
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Hide Websites From Nosy Onlookers Don't you hate it when friends or coworkers spy on your web browsing as they walk behind you? With Decreased Productivity for Firefox and Chrome, you can make any website look unassuming, and Veronica has all the details on today's Tekzilla Daily.
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Murali Nemani Explains What Cisco Videoscape Is Cisco Systems expects that there will be 12 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2014 and plans to deliver video to many of these devices through Cisco Videoscape, says Murali Nemani, Director of Video Solutions in this interview with Beet.TV. We caught up with him at CES on Wednedsday afternoon when Videoscape was announced.
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IBM Chief Strategist Sees Reality in the Virtual World Irving Wladawksky-Berger has just retired as IBM's chief strategist. He is now a visiting professor at MIT. I caught up with him last week at the AlwaysOn conference at Stanford were he was on a panel about virtual worlds. He is believes the virtual world is far more than a fleeting trend. He sees it as the promise of the Internet, far more visual and easy for humans to interact with. He sees video becoming more prevalent in these worlds.
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BitTorrent's Ashwin Navin Wants Carriers to Upgrade Ashwin Navin, the president and co-founder of BitTorrent, says that peer-to-peer file sharing as a video delivery platform is a reality -- demanded by consumers and by by scores of media companies.It's time, he says, for the carriers to upgrade their systems to accommodate P2P protocols. He told me that BitTorrent has been working with carriers in solving these issues. I interviewed him yesterday at the NewTeeVee conference in San Francisco. We spoke right after his luncheon panel.
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Perry Wu on BitGravity's CDN Solution for Live Streaming BitGravity, the new Burlingame-based content delivery network, has a focus on the quality live video streaming market. The company has signed some impressive companies including Revision3 which uses the solution to stream diggnation and other programming.I interviewed company president Perry Wu at the AlwaysOn conference earlier this month.For more information about BitGravity, check out this interview with Perry in today's TV Week.
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Cristian Cussen and Laura Lee Say Video Consumption Is a Social Activity At MySpaceTV, some two-thirds of videos are consumed on user profile pages, according to Cristian Cussen speaking yesterday at the Beet.TV online Video Roundtable. Fellow panelist Laura Lee from YouTube said that a social referrel is a big driver along with search on Google and YouTube. For the Truveo, the giant AOL-owned search engine, a big driver of video consumption is the presentation of related videos which drives two thirds of the search results, said Peter Kocks.
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Newsweek's Steven Levy on the Faults of Apple's iTV Newsweek's Steven Levy just returned from CES and Macworld. He was astonished to find that anticipation of the Steve Jobs speech in San Francisco overshadowed the giant gadget conference in Las Vegas.
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Adobe's Chris Hock Says Live Flash is Taking Off Live, quality online live video is "taking off" and will become widespread in the months ahead, according to Adobe, the maker of Flash. I visited with Chris Hock, who heads the Adobe the Flash media group, which is based in San Francisco. Chris expects that live will pervade the Web from events, to chat to "cam-in's" done in Flash by broadcasters. He says that Adobe provides a free download to create and encode live Flash. This takes some degree of skill and the use of Flash Media Server.
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Rafat Ali Talks About PaidConetent's Expansion I had a nice chat with Rafat Ali, founder and CEO of PaidContent in Madison park, just two blocks from our studios. The former journalist has bootstrapped this fledgling media property that covers digital media as well anyone. Today, he is well on his way to building an influential media brand. With funding help, he has expanded and now has a staff of 18 and is hiring. Rafat talks a about his company's growth and contemplates an eventual "exit."
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BBC Seeks Congestion Solution for iPlayer with Project Cheetah The iPlayer from the BBC, the new online video program service available in the U.K., has gone through a number of changes in its platform and distribution since its introduction last year.Launched initially for PC's with viewing only on Microsoft Window Media Player, the video player has added Flash and can be viewed on the Mac. The content delivery network powering the platform was from Verisign and has shifted primarily to Akamai, industry sources tell Beet.
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Bill Wishon on Kontiki's UK Project Kangaroo Three of the biggest broadcasters in Britain, the BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 are in a joint venture to provide a platform to distribute video programming online. For now, it is called "Project Kangaroo."Unlike Hulu in the United States, which is a streaming platform, Kangaroo will primarily be a download service. It is expected to launch this year. Kontiki, the Mountainview, California-based company will provide P2P distribution for Project Kangaroo.
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Carlos Montalvo Talks About Watching YouTube in HD at Home with HP Here at Digital Hollywood yesterday, HP announced that YouTube clips would be made available on the soon-to-be-released MediaSmart Connect digital media receiver. The box acts as a connection between multiple PC's and Macs around the house to television sets. HP is squarely taking on Apple TV with the new device which will be shipped in June. Carlos Montalvo has more.
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Tom Kennedy Talks About Online News at the Washington Post The Washington Post has been doing pioneering work in online video since 1999. Recently, video has become more visible on the washingtonpost.com with a prominent video player on the home page and video clips integrated onto many news pages. Tom Kennedy, managing editor multimedia has been leading the video effort at the Post. Tom is an award-winning photographer and editor and his aesthetics around online video are different that most broadcast journalists.
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Shelly Palmer Talks About TV vs. PC for Video Consumption Here's the second part of our interview with Shelly Palmer, who heads up the the new media committee for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Shelly sees an inexorable movement of television content distribution traveling through the public Internet. But, he says that not all video will migrate from the television sets. It depends. He also says that the democratization of content development is great, but the success of new media channels will depend on effective powerful tools.
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Dan Walker Talks About Horror Sites "Bloody Disgusting," which bills itself as "Your Number 1 News Source for All Things Horror," is proving the viability of niche publishing: It counts major studios like FOX as advertisers and has an engaged community of the genre's cultish fans. "The difference between us and everyone else? We just try to keep it fun, keep it news. I mean it's horror, come on, let's have fun with it. You can chop people's heads off and you know, have a good time," says reporter Spooky Dan Walker.
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The Carpetbagger David Carr on Video Blogging Mainstream media has no choice but to reinvent itself. The New York Times is undertaking some very un-Times-like enterprises with spunky videoblogs by the likes of David Pogue and media critic David Carr. The Washington Post is doing some innovative work with online video as is ZDNet. Carr is the author of the Carpetbagger, a blog published in the weeks leading up the Oscars. David posts several times a day and publishes a video package about once a week.
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Jeff Richards on VeriSign's Peer Assisted Technology The Kontiki peer-assisted content distibution platform was purchased by VeriSign last year. Earlier this month caught up with Jeff Richards, who heads the digital distribution system at VeriSign in Mountainview. Jeff says that his company's "peer-assisted" technology can save content producers from 30 - 40 percent in costs and "even more."
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CNET's Dan Farber on Blogging and Mainstream Media I caught up with Dan Farner earlier this month in the San Francisco News.com newsroom to get his POV on how blogging and mainstream media can be a successful combination. He has surely proven a successful recipe at ZDNet, a CNET unit.
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Marissa Mayer on Google's Newspaper Archive At the TechCrunch50 conference, Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Product and User Experience at Google, announced Google's plans to make scanned newspaper archives searchable through Google News. Over 100 newspapers are available at the product's launch today, Marissa told me in an interview.
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AlwaysOn's Noah Gellman Says P2P is a Hot Sector I caught up with Noah Gellman of the AlwaysOn Network at the Streaming Media East conference in New York. Noah keeps a close eye on technology trends as one of the key programmers of the AlwaysOn conferences. Noah thinks that P2P will be continue to grow as bigger video files will be distributed. We agree. We also spoke about the upcoming AlwaysOn conference on the Stanford campus late next month. One of the highlights of the conference will be the selection of the AlwaysOn 100.
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Jimmy Pitaro on Yahoo's Online Video Offerings Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable in New York, Kelsey interviewed Jimmy Pitaro, head of entertainment and sports at Yahoo! about the company's approach to video. He told her that Yahoo has blurred the lines between user-generated and professional content with videos like the Shakira "Hips Don't Like" fan mash-up, which was the number one video on Yahoo for a number of months.
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