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Netflix is in the final negotiations with film studio Miramax to add over 700 films to its content streaming service, according to the Wall Street Journal (sorry for non-subscribers- I do not, repeat do not support paywalls). Miramax has a substantial and fairly solid list of films, so this will mean all sorts of goodies for current Netflix subscribers. Negotiations will continue, as newer films such as Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men will not be immediately available.
Lately, online streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, and even cable-to-mobile services offered by Time-Warner and Comcast have suffered from annoying disputes over rights to deliver content to devices, including the "number of screens", specific new content, and advertising rights. In my opinion, shouldn't we be moving towards a mobile-streaming model? With everything in the cloud these days, why wouldn't users be able to stream films for which they've already paid on every device they own? We should be able to use NFC technology to scan media or receipts for media that we've already purchased in order to obtain the right to stream that content, well, anywhere. Also, if, as a Netflix subscriber, you can already request pretty much any film in their library as a DVD mailed to your home, why can't you just opt to stream the film instead?
It's hard to believe but YouTube are celebrating their sixth birthday today and announced they receive more than 3 billion page views per day, a 50-percent increase over last year. Another impressive feat is that 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, a 37-percent increase over the last six months and a 100-percent increase from last year. YouTube are congratulating the improvements to these numbers to their job of making the processing of uploads faster, increasing video length limitations, tweaking the homepage, etc.
YouTube was founded on Valentines Day (Feb 14), 2005 and by May 2005 they had launched YouTube.com. Since then the site has gone through various news headline grabbing problems, with intellectual property infringements and even after the impressive numbers, has yet to make a profit for Google since they acquired YouTube in 2006.
The Royal Wedding went off without a hitch yesterday and (sadly) I watched it live. I guess I had to, I have been reporting on it, talking about it and knew it'd break records or have some huge newsworthy stuff about it within seconds of it happening so here we are. Livestream has reported it broke a record for the most concurrent viewers on Livestream.
The livestream of William and Kate (now Catherine?) topped 300, 000 concurrent viewers at 6 am on Friday morning. CEO Max Haot had expected "at least 2 million" unique viewers by the time the broadcast was done. Livestream had various partners for it's coverage; Associated Press, UK Press Association, CBS and Entertainment Tonight.
Boom goes the dynamite. Online content streaming service Hulu is now serving Xbox 360's and the Xbox Live network. It sure took them long enough, but hey! The first week is on them! Yes, that's free! Hulu is offering the Hulu Plus service free for an entire week for all Xbox Live users, silver or gold, Hulu subscribers or not! Usually this sets you back the price of an Xbox Live Gold account and an $US8/month Hulu Plus subscription. Nice.
Even better, Hulu works with the Kinect! Yes I'm serious- we're talking voice and gesture recognition to stream movies and television shows. Hello, the future of remote controls.
Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE Key Features:
· More TV from Hulu Plus, Together with Xbox LIVE. With the Hulu Plus subscription service on Xbox LIVE, instantly watch your favorite TV shows from ABC, Comedy Central, FOX, NBC, MTV, and more on the biggest screen in the house, in HD and controller-free.
Oh how magical! For those interested in seeing Price William and Catherine Middleton get married (which has the world "buzzing with excitement") then look no further than the great YouTube for your live wedding fix. Today Google are proud to announce that the Royal Household has announced that footage of the entire ceremony will be live-streamed on their official YouTube channel:
The live stream will begin at 10:00a BST (9:00a GMT, 2:00a PT, 5:00a ET) on Friday, April 29, and will follow the wedding procession, marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey and balcony kiss (aw!). The Royal Channel will also feature live blog commentary of the event which will give timely updates and insights as the day unfolds.
Though this year's Google I/O conference sold out in 59 minutes, Google will be offering a live stream of the various goings-on on their website, according to a blog post today. The conference will be held in downtown San Francisco at the ever-popular Moscone Center, host to many an Apple conference, GDC, and other tech happenings. Beginning May 10th at 9:00 AM PST, the international online community will be able to stream the conference in its entirety for both days. All videos will be captioned, and available in all of the languages that Google currently supports (including Cherokee). For sessions that they won't be able to livestream, Google says they will attempt to get HD recordings posted within 24 hours on the Google I/O page, which will be the destination for all live-stream needs. Google is also offering an HTML5 badge for livebloggers and newsies, so make sure to visit the site to get yours.
Mark your calendars, and if you don't have a solid internet connection we'll be liveblogging the entire event!
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that YouTube is looking to spend $100 million on original programming. It's a move that Google would obviously hope is successful, in a world of instant video, original programming is also still the way to go.
Google is hoping to have YouTube compete with broadcast and cable television, with a goal to keep viewers on their site longer, and to convince advertisers that it will reach desirable customers.
Music video clips are great, but storing them and also the MP3 is not the best way of doing things. This is where Stereoclip comes in and it will synchronize whatever you're playing through iTunes with videos of the playing track through YouTube.
It's powered via Adobe Air and is a free download for OSX and Windows. When the app is running, it will play a YouTube clip of any song you're playing through iTunes, synchronizing the time of the song to the time of the video. If YouTube doesn't have an official video for that song - such as rare music selections or live tracks, the app will find live versions of people singing/playing the song in their bedrooms.
We all know Beavis and Butt-Head are making their way back to our screens but in what way? The new show is set to be very familiar to the 90's classic, MTV president Van Toffler has said: "They'll be self-contained segments with the boys in different situations like they used to be," Toffler says. "But this time around, they'll watch Jersey Shore, UFC matches and user-generated videos from YouTube, in addition to music videos."
All of the content will be displayed on Beavis and Butt-Head's TV, even if it comes from YouTube. Obviously the time in the show would make the duo in their 30's now, but they will still retain their youth and the same intelligence and humor. Toffer goes on to say: "They're the same boneheads sitting on the same couch, commenting on things through a really simple prism."
Not much is known about this clip, but it is a Russian expedition to Antarctica in high-speed. You see them traversing the sea, helicopters picking up and delivering goods to the ice below.
The video is quite amazing, it kind of gives you the feeling of what it would be like to do such a thing. The closest I've been is playing Lost Planet and watching The Thing.