All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘online video’

Hotmail Gets a New Round of Feature Upgrades

Microsoft announced that it is rolling out some new features to Hotmail. These include: the ability to track packages referenced in your email from Hotmail itself, chat with Facebook friends, sharing photos more easily with expanded coverage and new features, viewing more videos from inside Hotmail, and organizing and finding important email with subfolders.

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Netflix Launches in Canada Without DVDs, Smaller Streaming Catalog

In July, Netflix said it would expand into Canada this fall, and the company made good on that promise as it made the announcement today. This marks the first international expansion of the company. 

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YouTube Gets New Content, TV/Film Leaders, Snags Netflix Acquisitions VP

YouTube announced a couple of new additions to its team. Neither are Feross Aboukhadijeh, the creator of YouTube Instant, who was recently offered a job by the company. 

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Google Improves Video Chat Quality with New Gmail Feature

Google introduced a new feature in Gmail Labs today for video chat enhancement. If you turn the feature on, your video chat experience will come with higher resolution. 

Chances are, the feature will be automatic in the future. Google says by using it, you’ll be getting a preview before its turned on for everyone. 

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At the beginning of the month, launched its Android app for live streaming. Today, it has updated its iPhone app with similar functionality. iPhone 4 and 3GSs users can broadcast live video from the app over 3G or WiFi.

"We have already seen a 20% increase in daily broadcasters due to new people using Android to broadcast live,"  says Caleb at

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Confirmed: Google Buying Quiksee

Update: Quiksee has confirmed the acquisition. The company says on its blog:

We are delighted to announce that Quiksee has been acquired by Google! 

We’ve learned a lot from our previous work at Quiksee, and we look forward to bringing our  experience, creativity and insight to Google. Both Google and Quiksee share the same innovative  vision, and while we can’t share any future product plans, we look forward to the opportunity to  contribute and do great things together in the future. 

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Will YouTube Instant Become a Core Part of

Update: We were finally able to get in touch with Feross, who tells WebProNews, "I haven’t actually accepted the YouTube offer yet. We’re still figuring out how this is all going to work out, and nothing’s final yet. However, Chad and the engineers I spoke with were excited about the possibilities."

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Boxee Box With Intel Atom Processor Coming Soon

The Boxee Box is due out in November, just in time for the holidays. It will come out looking to compete with the likes of the much-hyped Apple TV and Google TV. Here’s what Boxee’s Avner Ronen had to say on the Boxee blog after Apple launched its newest Apple TV device:

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YouTube Tests New Live Streaming Platform

On Sunday, YouTube began a two-day trial of its new live streaming platform, which continues today.

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Argentina Becomes 25th Country to Get YouTube

Google has launched YouTube in Argentina, making it the 25th country to have its own version of the site. 

"This means that Argentines will be able to more easily discover local talent like GuadalajaraMan, UESiglo21, farolatino, casiangeles or yoteloexplico, as well as view the most popular and most viewed videos in their country," says YouTube. 

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Netflix Makes Deal to Stream First-Run Theatrical Releases

Netflix announced a new deal with Nu Image/Millennium Films today. The agreement will allow Netflix to stream first-run theatrical films to its members. 

Netflix says the deal is an example of how it is moving to expand both variety and timliness of its streaming catalog. The deal is expected to provide five to ten theatrical films per year for Netflix streaming. 

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Skype for Windows Gets Ten-Way Video Calling

Skype released an update to Skype for Windows, which allows you to make group video calls with up to ten people. This is in beta. 


Read More Broadcasting Comes to Android has a new Android app for broadcasting live video. This competes with services like UStream and Qik. Unfortunately, it doesn’t let you simply watch content like the iPhone app does. Perhaps that will come later. This is the first Android app has offered.

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YouTube Gives Advertisers New Video Exclusion Options

YouTube has announced new video and channel exclusions for advertisers, so they can pick specific videos and channel URLs that they don’t want their ads to appear with.

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Chatroulette Comes Back to Disappoint

Last week, Chatroulette was down, displaying nothing but a blank screen and a promise of a quick return. That return didn’t come so quickly, but the site is back now…somewhat.

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Cisco Plans to Acquire ExtendMedia for IP Video Management

Cisco announced today that it intends to acquire ExtendMedia, a content management systems provider out of Newton, Massachusetts.

ExtendMedia’s systems manage video content through monetization for pay media and ad-supported business models. Cisco says that with ExtendMedia, it will be able to help service providers deliver multi-screen offerings as the market transitions to IP video.

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Boxee Gets a Whole Lot of Indie Films

Boxee announced today that it is adding the foundations of a movie library to go along with its existing TV show library. Boxee is tapping EZTakes, Indie Movies Online, MUBI and Openfilm to add thousands of movies to its offerings.

Most of the movies in the library will be free and ad-supported, Boxee says.

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Chatroulette is Down, and is About to Relaunch

Chatroulette is currently not available. The Chatroulette that we’ve all known has apparently just been an "experiment". It will be back today, however, if a message on the site is any indication.

If you go to the site, it says, "The experiment #1 is over now. Thanks for participating. Renewed and updated version of the website will be launched today."

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Man Spreads Homelessness Awareness on YouTube

Saturday was Invisible day at YouTube. is a site/project that utilizes social media tools like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace to spread awareness about the growing homelessness problem.

The channel was featured on YouTube’s home page over the weekend, and YouTube discussed it in a company blog post, speaking with Founder Mark Horvath.

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YouTube Charts Show Performance of Popular Videos

YouTube has launched YouTube Charts, a destination for users to see how popular videos are performing.

"What’s the latest in the all-time most viewed video smackdown between Bieber and Gaga? Is David After Dentist pwning Charlie Bit My Finger? Who grabbed more subscribers this month, ShayCarl or Annoying Orange?" writes YouTube Product Manager Matt Darby.

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Rounds Brings Engaging Video Chat to Facebook

Rounds (formerly has announced the launch of an interactive video chat platform for Facebook Platform. Users have already been using Rounds to video chat in real time while engaging in various social activities and real-time games. Offering it for Facebook obviously opens up the door for a great deal more use, given that Facebook has half a billion users.

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Facebook Creeps Up the Charts as 178 Million Americans Watch Online Video

comScore released its Video Metrix data for July today. According to this, 178 million people in the U.S. watched online video content during the month, watching an average of 14.7 hours per user.

During the month, Facebook moved up from the fourth position to the third position behind Yahoo properties, and of course Google properties at number 1. Facebook accounted for 46.6 million viewers.

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Facebook to Broadcast Live Announcements, Celeb Events

Facebook is launching a new live video cahnnel today called Facebook Live. This is the company’s official live channel, broadcasting from Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto.

"Facebook Live will provide a deeper, more interactive look into what’s happening at Facebook," a representative for the company tells WebProNews.

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Viacom Not Done with YouTube Yet

In late June, Google announced that it had won its long legal battle with Viacom. The court decided that YouTube is protected by the safe harbor of  the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement.

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mSpot: That Netflix/Epix Deal? We Get Those Movies 6 Months Earlier

You may have read that Netflix announced a new deal with Epix worth $1 billion. mSpot has taken the opportunity to point out that they get movies much sooner than Netflix’s streaming service does, most likely including many of the same titles.

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Netflix Enters Deal with Epix to Stream More New Releases

Netflix has entered a new deal with Epix, through which it will let Netflix users instantly watch new releases and library titles from Epix. The movies will begin streaming on September 1, and include content from Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM.

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AT&T Launches iPhone App for U-Verse

AT&T has launched a U-Verse iPhone app, which gives U-verse subscribers the ability to download and watch TV shows on their phones.

The company says it is the first to provide an integrated mobile app that lets you manage your DVR and download/watch select shows. The app replaces the Mobile Remote Access for iPhone app.

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iPhone Gets Another Chatroulette-Like App (For Now)

Apple has a reputation for being stingy with apps that could provide users with anything remotely resembling adult content (though it has made exceptions for big brands). Chatroulette has a reputation for being a place where guys show their private parts to random viewers (though the site is supposedly cracking down on this).

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Netflix Employee: We’d Be Stupid to Ignore Android

In late June, it was discovered that Netflix had posted a job listing for an "Android Video Playback Expert" under Partner Product Development. This appeared to indicate that the company had an Android app for streaming movies in mind.

Electronista points to some further confirmation on this at Reddit, where a Netflix employee wrote:

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70% of Global Online Consumers Watch Online Video

This week, Nielsen released a new report on the global state of video consumption, finding that consumers all over the globe are adding screens to their media mix, as opposed to replacing them.

The firm highlights the following findings:

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Chatroulette Calls Upon the Power of Napster

Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb reports that Sean Parker (of Napster and Facebook fame) announced from Techonomy that he’s working with ChatRoulette. This is particularly interesting, as TechCrunch reported in June that Shawn Fanning (also of Napster fame) was advising Chatroulette.

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Funny or Die Launches Redesign, New Ad Opportunities

Popular comedy site Funny or Die has launched a new redesign, adding adds new content and features. The site now provides new themed photo galleries, top 10 lists, and special guest blogs. It also gives advertisers a larger presence on the homepage and more in-video opportunities across the site.

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YouTube Ups Upload Limit to 15 Minutes Per Video

YouTube announced today that it has extended the upload limit to 15 minutes for all users. It was 10 minutes before. If you’ve tried to upload one in the past that was rejected for length, but would qualify now, you’ll have delete it from "My Videos" and do it again.

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Logitech Launches Contest to Find Help Promoting Google TV Device

Logitech has started a contest to promote Google TV, the upcoming service for which Logitech is a launch partner. The contest is called "Host with the Most", and asks if "you have what it takes to be a ‘host with the most’ for Logitech Revue with Google TV?"

Logitech Revue is the company’s set-top box that will help the Google TV service launch (alongside TVs and Blu-ray players from Sony).

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Chatroulette Cleans Up its Act

If you’re aware of the existence of Chatroulette, you’re probably aware that it is often associated with people exposing their private parts. Unfortunately, those on the other end of that exposure are sometimes minors, and it has become such a problem, that Chatroulette creator Andrey Ternovskiy has decided to get the law involved.

In a message posted to that Chatroulette site, he explains:

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You Have Until the End of the Day to Do Something Interesting for YouTube

Today is "Life In a Day" day. "Life in a Day" is a documentary project being put together by Ridley Scott, Kevin Macdonald, and the YouTube Community.

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YouTube Selects YouTube Play Jurors (Including Darren Aronofsky)

YouTube has just unveiled the jury for YouTube Play, which was announced last month. The project features over 6,000 videos from 69 countries. The YouTube Play Channel had had over 2 million views.

The jury includes musician Laurie Anderson, the group Animal Collective, visual artists Douglas Gordon, Ryan McGinley, Marilyn Minter and Takashi Murakami, artists and filmmakers Shirin Neshat, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Darren Aronofsky, and graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister. Guggenheim Chief Curator and Deputy Director Nancy Spector is serving as jury chairperson.

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YouTube Shows Future Standard Embed Code

YouTube has introduced a new way to embed videos. The new style uses an <iframe>.

Viewers of videos which use the following embed code style will be able to view the embedded video in one of YouTube’s Flash or HTML5 players, depending on viewing environment and preferences:

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YouTube Launches New Version of Music Page

YouTube has launched a revamped version of its Music page, following in the footsteps of its shows and movies pages. The new page showcases the most viewed music videos, as well as special promotions, curated playlists, and unsigned talent.

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Redbox May Soon Look for its Slice of Netflix’s Online Pie

Netflix appears to be facing increasing competition from all sides. In addition to long-time rival BlockBuster, retailer-based rental services and Hulu’s recently launched Hulu Plus paid service, Coinstar’s Redbox is reportedly looking to launch an online strategy.

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TwitVid Launches SocialAds to Help Brands Gain Followers, Retweets

Twitter advertising is becoming big business, and not just for Twitter. As Twitter works on building its Promoted Tweets feature and sells sponsored Trending Topics spots, other companies are finding their own ways of capitalizing on the Twitter buzz.

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Ask BP Oil Spill Questions Via YouTube at 3:30 Eastern

YouTube has partnered with PBS NewsHour on an interview with Bob Dudley, President and CEO of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization. This is a chance for people and organizations to ask questions related to the oil spill and get responses from BP.

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Chrome Stable Release Gets Built-in Flash Player

Google has enabled Flash Player integration in the stable release of its Chrome browser.

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Hulu Plus Launches for Ten Bucks a Month

We’ve known for quite some time that Hulu was working on a paid service, and the time has finally come. Hulu launched Hulu Plus today. It’s both ad-supported AND requires a subscription. Hulu says this is revolutionary.

Here are some details to know about Hulu Plus:

1. It’s available on select Samsung Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. This requires you to download a Hulu Plus app from the Samsung app store.

2. It’s available on the iPad. You can access it via Wi-fi or 3G.

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Watching Netflix on Android is Only a Matter of Time

A job listing for an "Android Video Playback Expert" under Partner Product Development has been spotted on the Netflix job listing page (via BGR > Nerdcast).

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Google Continues Experimenting with Different Ad Strategies

According to the Wall Street Journal, YouTube is looking to launch skippable ads in YouTube videos later in the year. Google reportedly talked about this in a press conference at its "Real-time Bidding, Banner Ads, Google’s Newest Big Business and Burgers" event.

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Increase Viewership and Monetize Videos on Facebook

Palo Alto-based Dyyno has introduced what it claims is the first free Facebook app for businesses that want to produce, distribute and monetize video for marketing and promotional efforts. Given Facebook’s huge user base, this is likely a very welcome effort.

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Get More Out of Your YouTube Presence

About a month ago YouTube released its Partner Communication hub, described as the "go-to spot" for news on the latest features, updates, and events for partners. YouTube has been making tweaks to this site to make it more useful.

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YouTube to Reward Partners Who Put Ratings on Content

YouTube announced to is U.S. partners today that it has recently rolled out its content rating system to all U.S. partner-uploaded content, and giving away a prize to the first ten  partners that add ratings to all of their content by the end of July.

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YouTube Kicks Off Dance Contest with Help from Step Up 3-D Director

YouTube has teamed up with Dr. Pepper Cherry and Jon M. Chu, Director of Step Up 2: The Streets and the upcoming Step Up 3-D, on a YouTube dance contest called, "YouTube Dance Contest: Dance Studio".

In this contest, YouTube users are asked to submit videos of themselves dancing for a chance to win a trip to LA and spend a day with Chu at a "jam session", as well as an opportunity to dance in an Ultra Records music video.

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