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Sezmi Expands to New Markets — But Is Anyone Buying?

Sezmi is making its broadband and broadcast set-top setup available in 10 new markets, expanding beyond a limited trial of services in Los Angeles that began earlier this year. But while the company called its LA trial a success, we’re skeptical that consumers will be eager to pay $299 plus an additional $4.99 per month to get live access to content, most of which is readily available through Hulu or can be picked up over the air with a $30 digital antenna. Residents of Boston; Detroit; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Miami, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and San Francisco will now be able to use the Sezmi hardware to get live and on-demand content from broadcasters like ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, as well as broadband Internet video from YouTube and other online video providers. But unlike in LA, the system won’t be sold in Best Buy stores (though it will be on sale through, and users won’t have access to certain premium cable content.

04:30 pm, by mymaitv

FFmpeg Goes WebM, Enabling VP8 for Boxee & Co.

FFmpeg published release 0.6 of its set of multimedia tools and libraries this week. The release is code-named “Works with HTML5″ since it incorporates support for Google’s WebM open source video codec, as well as improved decoding for H.264 and Ogg Theora. FFmpeg is used by more than a hundred video players, transcoding applications and home theater solutions to support a wide range of video codecs, with VLC, Boxee, MythTV, Handbrake and MPLayer being some of the more popular projects utilizing FFmpeg. WebM was open sourced by Google at its developer conference in May and is based on On2′s VP8 video codec. It is meant to offer an open source alternative to the H.264 video codec, which is controlled by the MPEG LA licensing body — a fact that has stopped the makers of Firefox from supporting H.264 for Flash-free HTML5 video playback. Firefox and Chrome support the playback of Webm video content via preview-releases instead, and Adobe has announced that it will also bake WebM support into Flash.

03:30 pm, by mymaitv1 note

Yahoo Expands Widget Availability With Sony, But Google TV Looms

There’s good news and bad news for Yahoo’s TV Widgets. The good news is that Sony is expanding the number of markets where those widgets are available nearly seven-fold. The bad news is that Yahoo partner Sony is also spearheading the introduction of a competing platform by Google. Yahoo announced today that its TV widgets will soon be available on Sony Bravia LCD TVs in more than 100 countries around the world, a nearly seven-fold increase over the number of markets that they are available in now. With Yahoo TV Widgets on their TVs, customers can get access to thousands of content sources for news, weather, sports and social networking, as well as over-the-top movies, TV shows and other Internet content. The only problem is that Google also wants to make Internet content available through connected TVs and other devices, and plans to do so with the help of Sony. The search giant introduced Google TV at its I/O conference last month, with Sony as its first major CE partner to introduce connected TVs and Blu-ray players that leverage the new TV operating system.

04:30 pm, by mymaitv Offers White-label Encoding in the Cloud has introduced a new API that will let major customers — like large video publishers and video distribution platforms — offer its cloud encoding services as a white-label solution. And a group of its customers have already signed up for the white-label service, including Cisco Eos, Giant Realm, Kaltura and Vzaar.’s new features allow video management firms to create sub-accounts on the fly, enabling them to sign up their own customers for the cloud-based encoding service. By extending its API, video hosting and distribution companies can integrate the service into their own platforms, therefore making encoding in the cloud a seamless part of the video production workflow. The startup has also made sample scripts available for various programming languages to let its customers get up and running quickly.

02:30 pm, by mymaitv2 notes

YouTube Adds Video Editing in the Cloud

Up until now, if YouTube users wanted to combine multiple clips into a single video, they had to use offline editing tools. But YouTube today rolled out cloud-based video editing tools, giving users a whole new way to remix their existing video assets online. As detailed in the Google operating system blog, the new YouTube editor allows users to trim video, mix and match clips — even add music. And while the new offering won’t replace more robust video editing software — like Apple’s Final Cut Pro — it will enable users to combine their videos in new and interesting ways.

06:55 am, by mymaitv

The New Mac Mini — the Next Apple TV?

Apple has updated the Mac Mini, beefing up the processor to a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, allowing for up to 8 GB of self-installed memory thanks to a removable panel and providing a graphical boost with Nvidia’s GeForce 320M chipset. A single cord connection for audio and video output to a monitor or HDTV set has also been added, and the small desktop computer is now housed in a larger aluminum case. Aside from the new look, the updated video capabilities stand out as rumors have swirled around the Mini becoming the new Apple TV of the future. Recent talk indicated that the company might leverage the rebadged iOS4 platform for an Apple TV device, which would add tens of thousands of software apps to the living room. But with the new hardware, notably Nvidia’s graphics solution and the new HDMI port, the Mac Mini could easily function like an Apple TV through the use of iTunes and Front Row — two pieces of software that provide simple playback controls when paired with a wireless Apple remote. The price tag has also changed — at $699, it’s $100 more expensive than the previous version.

08:30 am, by mymaitv2 notes

mDialog Tackles HTML5 Video Security

Content security, advertising and tracking — these are all things that HTML5 video lags behind Adobe’s Flash. For most publishers, lack of support for any or all of these capabilities can be a deal breaker — which is why many have chosen to tread lightly or stay away from HTML5 video implementations altogether, despite the fact that HTML5 is the only way to get video on Apple’s iPhone or iPad. Because Flash has been used for years as the de facto standard for video publishing on the web, an ecosystem of tools has sprung up for reporting and analytics, monetization and content security. As a nascent web standard, HTML5 video still lacks the same kind of toolset that is available to Flash publishers for years. But some startups — like mDialog — are emerging to help video publishers tackle these problems. mDialog got its start in building video apps for iPhone publishers, but since the iPad uses the same formatting for video publishing, it was able to extend that expertise to those that want to publish on the new Apple tablet. As a result, mDialog’s HTML5 player already offers advertising support and reporting features for iPad publishers — and was one of the first companies to do so. Now the startup is extending its tool set to include content security.

11:30 am, by mymaitv

Side-by-side: HTC EVO 4G vs. Flip SlideHD

One of the many neat features of the new HTC EVO 4G is its ability to record 720p HD video. Of course, the resolution alone doesn’t say much about how the videos look, which is why we decided to take the device for a spin and have it directly compete against a Flip SlideHD. I took both devices for a spin outside our office and recorded some additional footage in our hallway and elevator to challenge them on their ability to handle low light scenes. The results, in a nutshell: Flip maker Cisco can relax, at least for now. The EVO 4G doesn’t even come close to the crispness of the Flip, which also deals much better with challenging recording situations.

07:18 am, by mymaitv

IAB: Forget Flash, Move to HTML5 for Tablet Ads

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is taking a cold, hard look at the market for advertising on the iPad and other tablet devices, launching a new “Tablet Task Force” and issuing a report on the future of “tabvertising.” (We didn’t come up with it — blame the IAB.) And while some may see the iPad’s lack of Adobe Flash as a potential barrier to advertising on the device, the IAB says that’s easy enough to overcome with a little HTML5.

10:30 am, by mymaitv

How Much Video Can You Watch With AT&T’s New Data Plans?

Critics were up in arms last week when AT&T revised its wireless data plans ahead of today’s WWDC keynote, in which Apple’s new iPhone HD is expected to be announced. The new plans, which essentially cap data usage on AT&T’s wireless network, take over for the company’s older unlimited data plan. While the new 2GB data plan, at $25 a month, is $5 cheaper than the old unlimited plan, it also limits the amount of content that can be viewed on Apple devices. AT&T claims that 98 percent of its subscribers use less than 2 GB per month, while another 65 percent use less than 200 MB a month. But the iPad and iPhone are built for content consumption, specifically web video consumption — so just how much web video can one watch under the new 2 GB data plan? To find out, video search startup Clicker tracked data usage of different video applications on the iPad and measured just how much video users can expect to view on each.

05:00 pm, by mymaitv

Vid-Biz: Facebook, Vevo, Metacafe

Facebook Grows Video Presence; data from comScore’s Video Metrix suggests the number of unique US users viewing video content on Facebook has grown from 13.3 million in April 2009 to 41.3 million a year later. (ClickZ) Vevo Passes Hulu in Users, Finds Hispanic Niche; in five months, Vevo has surged, hitting 44 million unique users in April, according to comScore. (MediaWeek) Metacafe Lands $5M for Curated Movie Site; online video sharing site Metacafe has secured $5 million of an expected $6 million in debt, options, warrants and securities, according to a filing with the SEC. (VentureBeat) Adobe Tries Creeping Back Onto the iPad, With Help From Greystripe; the software company, along with mobile ad network Greystripe, says it will be creating ads in HTML5 that work on the iPhone and iPad’s Flash-free Safari browser. (MediaMemo)

CNN’s Skype Deal Broke UK TV Regulation; UK regulator Ofcom says Skype’s sponsorship of the Connector Of The Day segment in host Becky Anderson’s Connect The World show contravened rule 9.1 of the UK’s Broadcasting Code. (paidContent)

HTML5 Video Made Hackable By; Serial entrepreneur Scott Rafer has unveiled, an HTML5 video delivery platform that allows you to put any video file’s URL in and you’ll get an HTML5 embed code. (ReadWriteWeb)

Smartclip Launches New Multi-Screen Video Advertising Platform in Europe; the new video ad platform allows advertisers to use the same ad format on a number of devices, including PCs, smartphones, TVs and game consoles. (press release)

03:30 pm, by mymaitv

Facebook: 2B Videos Viewed Per Month

Facebook is increasingly becoming a hub for online video viewing, with more than 20 million videos being uploaded to the social network each month — and more than 2 billion videos being watched. Those two stats, given exclusively to NewTeeVee by a Facebook spokesperson, underscore the growing importance of video as a communications medium on the social networking site. The number of uploads, in particular, has grown pretty substantially over the past year. Last March, Facebook said that it received on average 415,000 video uploads a day, or about 12 million a month, 40 percent of which came directly from webcams. And as more mobile devices that are video-ready enter the market, we can expect the number of mobile videos to increase. Last summer, for instance, Facebook released an update to its iPhone app enabling users to directly upload video to the site.

02:00 pm, by mymaitv

Did Apple’s iPhone 4 Just Kill the Flip?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs just announced the highly anticipated fourth-generation iPhone at WWDC, and the device is bound to make some people at Cisco pretty nervous: The iPhone 4 features 720p HD video recording at 30fps, an LED flash that doubles as a spotlight source for video recording and the ability to edit any video footage right on the device. Video editing on the iPhone is enabled through a custom version of iMovie, which can be bought in the App Store for $4.99. The development of iMovie for the iPhone was led by Randy Ubillos, whose previous credits include the design and development of Adobe Premier and Final Cut Pro. The software features a number of themes and transitions and makes it possible to export video in 360p, 540p and 720p, all of which can be shared immediately via Wi-Fi or 3G networks.

11:30 am, by mymaitv

Mobile Video Chat Revenues to Reach $3.4B by 2015

Driven by ubiquitous broadband, increasingly smart devices and free, easy-to-use video chat services, the number of video calls that consumers make is expected to increase nearly ten-fold over the next five years. That will lead to an explosion in mobile video chat revenues, which are expected to reach $3.4 billion by 2015, according to a new report by GigaOM Pro. (subscription required) The report, entitled “Can You See Me Now?: The New World of Consumer Visual Communications,” forecasts that consumers will make 29.6 billion video calls in 2015, up from just 3.2 billion this year. During that time, most video calls will be made over PCs, but by 2015, the number of video calls made over the computer will level out as consumers take advantage of video chat services available on mobile devices and Internet-connected TVs.

09:04 am, by mymaitv

Online Video Viewers: The Young, the Rich, the Educated

The number of people that turn to the web for video entertainment continues to increase, with almost 70 percent of all US Internet users now watching videos online, according to new data from The Pew Research Center. But the research firm’s latest State of Online Video report shows much of that growth coming from Internet users that are young, educated and well-off. According to the latest data, 69 percent of Internet users have used the web to watch or download online video, which equates to about half (52 percent) of all US residents. Since 2007 — the last time the survey was conducted — Pew notes that the growth in online video viewing has been driven primarily by adoption among young Internet users (those aged 18 to 29), 84 percent of which have copped to viewing or downloading videos online. That compares to 74 percent of Internet users aged 30 to 49 that say they’ve watched or downloaded online videos, and just 53 percent of Internet users aged 50 and above.

02:00 pm, by mymaitv