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Sony's Video Unlimited - preview, a new app to experience a new, intuitive way to navigate online video

Sony has announced their new video store application which includes a snazzy new intuitive interface which allows easier and smarter navigation, "Video Unlimited - preview" is available right now for PlayStation Plus subscribers who are living in the United States or Canada. PS Plus subscribers can download the new application and experience a new way to navigate and discover video content on the PlayStation 3. While mirroring content found on the existing PlayStation Store video delivery service, the new app delivers a totally fresh experience by providing endless related search results via a whole new way to discover content for purchase and or rent.

 

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All PlayStation Network users will gain access to "Video Unlimited - preview" on October 11, 2011. The new UI does indeed look very, very nice and the search functions look surprisingly easy to use. Hopefully this trickles down to all Sony-related gear in the future!

 

What I think people will love about it is shown in the video below. Being able to browse a movie, then say an actor within that movie. Once within the actors details, it'll show their movies in a list. You can then browse into that movie and then dive into a new category, say, "action". Within "action", it'll display a list of action movies. It's intuitive enough that it just seems so, so easy and you'll think "why hasn't anyone done this before?". It really does feel fresh.

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More tweaks for YouTube videos incl. 2D to 3D conversion

Further to recent video editing/tweaking additions over at YouTube, a fresh update rolls in a few more to manipulate your existing and future video uploads.

 

There's now the ability to convert your 2D video clips into 3D via a one click operation, as well as being given a couple more video creation platforms - Vlix and Magisto to add more effects or do some short clip editing.

 

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To do the 3D conversion, you just select 'Edit Info' and then click the '3D Video' button. The process is fairly quick and the end result is a link pointing to your 3D video.

 

As for the Vlix and Magisto additions, you can make use of those via youtube.com/create.

 

Another one of the new updates includes a 15-minute upload limit for more users. You are more likely to be granted this if you've got a clean track record and have completed an account verification.

Skype 5.4 beta for Mac released, includes Facebook integration

Skype for Windows 5.5 saw Facebook integration but now Mac-based users will get the same great feature. Skype 5.4 beta allows you to do things like chat with your Facebook friends, read and update your news feel and even "like" posts, all directly from Skype. It doesn't include a revamped or new-looking UI which means most people might stick to version 2.8 for now. For those who want to hit up some Facebook integration, grab Skype 5.4 beta!

 

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Youtube adds a bunch of new video tweaking tools

Uploading various odds and ends to YouTube often? You may like to know there's just been a bunch of new editing tools added in to make it easier than ever to tweak their clips directly from the site.

 

 

The new editing tools give the ability to do things like cutting out select frames, changing the soundtrack, stabilizing or rotating the video, modifying the contrast and colors and further influencing the video via a number of effects on offer. Once you have made your changes and are happy with the result it gives you, it's as simple as re-saving it with the same ID in which it then overwrites the older version of that video.

 

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To locate the new editing tweaks, just click on the 'edit view' button as indicated in the above screenshot.

Cosmic Panda, now that I have your attention, YouTube intro experimental experience for YouTube, dubbed, Cosmic Panda

YouTube have introduced a new experimental experience for videos, playlists and channels dubbed; Cosmic Panda. With nearly 8 years of videos uploaded and 3 billion views logged every day on YouTube (WOW), it's obvious to all; everyone loves watching and sharing videos through YouTube. The team at YouTube is constantly experimenting, tweaking and playing with new ways to make the YouTube experience what you're looking for.

 

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Today YouTube are inviting you to participate in one of their latest TestTube experiments: Cosmic Panda. If you'd like to ride the Cosmic Panda extravaganza, visit http://www.youtube.com/cosmicpanda and click "Try it out!"

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Netflix Adds Miramax Streaming Monday

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.

 

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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?

 

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YouTube turns six, sees 3 billion views per day

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.

 

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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.

 

Royal Wedding Live Stream breaks records, doesn't include two kisses

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.

 

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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.

 

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Hulu Now Streaming On Xbox 360's Everywhere

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.

 

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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:
ยท 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.

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The royal wedding to be shown live on YouTube

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:

 

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http://www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel

 

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.

 

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