Netflix and Sony have announced today that the Netflix app is now available on the Sony Entertainment Network for any 2012 Bravia Blu-Ray or Blu-Ray player made by Sony. This new app will allow users to stream any video or television show they would like, straight to their Blu-Ray player. This joins the numerous other apps that Sony already provides on the Sony Entertainment Network.
This new announcement comes at an interesting time for Netflix. Wall Street investors aren't exactly in love with Netflix right now, even though they had a good first quarter. Investors are remembering 2011 instead of looking at Q1 2012 results. Additionally, analysts are predicting only a 200,000 subscriber increase for the second quarter compared to the 1.3 million of the first.
In a move designed to further differentiate itself from its competitors Netflix, Amazon and HBO Go, earlier this year Hulu announced it would spend $500 million on original content. Today brings Hulu's announcement that it is creating four new original shows to add to its vast library of online shows.
The announcement provided a brief synopsis for each of the upcoming shows that it plans to create. It also includes release dates for 2, and names and talent that will be involved with each show. The first two shows have release dates of 2012 and 2013 whereas the latter two have yet to receive a set date.
Hulu does have some competition in the original online show area. Netflix, too, is funding the creation of original content for its subscribers. This year, Netflix released Lilyhammer and plans to add House of Cards. They also are bringing back Arrested Development which happens to be a favorite of mine. I might just have to get Netflix after all.
A new report is out that shows Hulu Plus's growth is accelerating. January of this year saw Hulu Plus reach 1.5 million subscribers, so if this report is true, Hulu managed to add 500,000 subscribers in just 4 months. That rate well outpaces the previous rate of adding about 1,000,000 per year. Nothing official has come from the company just yet.
"We grew the business 60 percent from 2010 to approximately $420 million in revenue [in 2011]," Hulu CEO Jason Kilar said in January. "We exceeded our plan despite the soft advertising market (economy) in the second half of 2011.... Hulu Plus now has more than 1.5 million paying subscribers."
The report comes from the New York Times which states that the company will announce this week that it has hit 2 million subscribers. 2011 saw Hulu add 1.1 million subscribers. The previous 4 months saw them add 500,000. If this pace continues, they are on track to gain 1.5 million new subscribers this year.
Netflix, at its peak, was adding 1 million subscribers per quarter, or just about 3 times as many as Hulu is set to add this year. But Hulu has adjusted its strategy a little and that could account for the increase. They have started to air original content such as "Battleground." They are also set to release "Up To Speed" over summer. With original content, they are now said to be holding an "upfront" this Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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!"
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.
YouTube has had limits on videos since day one. For years it was 10 minutes, back in July YouTube upgraded that to 15 minutes. The reason was simple, YouTube needed a way to prevent users from uploading full television shows and movies that they didn't have the rights to.
Today, YouTube announced it is removing the limit of 15 minutes for some users. Right now there's no indication of just how many users have had this limit removed, YouTube says that it's going to "begin allowing selected users with a history of complying with the YouTube Community Guidelines and our copyright rules to upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes."
If you've heard about the 33 trapped Chilean miners (and let's face it, who hasn't) which are 2000 feet underground. After months of being trapped, the miners are being rescued one by one and media organisations have been broadcasting the footage (since yesterday) to a reported 1 billion people. The worldwide audience has led to live-streaming service Ustream to break records.
Ustream reported that it served 5.3 million stream over the course of the rescue, gathering figures in a 24 hour period over October 11 (4AM to 4AM). To think of this in other efforts or tragedies, Michael Jackson's memorial gathered 4.6 million streams while President Obama's inauguration drew 3.8 million Ustreamers. Of course, the Chilean miners stream did last longer (in time) but the numbers are nonetheless impressive.
Other sites that feed video such as CNN have seen high numbers of streams - 1.2 million live video streams on Tuesday with over 2 million Wednesday. But, that's not a record for them - with a massive 26.9 million streams for Obama's inauguration.
YouTube, which has long been known as a place to share almost any kinds of videos you can think of, is dipping their toes into the live streaming pool with a limited trial of a new platform. Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocdketboom, and Young Hollywood are the four partners working with YouTube to test their new live streaming platform.
Streaming will be done directly into YouTube channels with only a webcam or external USB or FireWire connected camera. A "Live Comments" module will also be implemented for real time commenting on channels. Depending on how the testing goes, YouTube is looking to eventually expand this trial to a broader audience. An interactive schedule is available at the Source Link.