Items tagged with Streaming video

The numbers are in for Americans' TV and video consumption, and The Nielsen Company reports that our TV and video watching habits have reached new heights. Whether this is the natural progression of a long-standing trend, a byproduct of more people staying home because of the recession, or perhaps a combination of the two, Nielsen states that "the average American watches more than 151 hours of TV per month"--which averages out to over five hours of TV per day--"an all-time high."  Nielsen calculates that the average American watched one hundred fifty-one hours and three minutes (151:03) of TV per month in the fourth quarter of last year (4Q08), based on viewers who were over the age of... Read more...
A great debate is raging as to what the future of movie distribution will look like. On one side of the debate are those who claim that physical discs like DVDs, Blu-ray, and whatever format will eventually supplant Blu-ray, will always deliver a superior viewing experience than anything that will be available via streaming or on-demand content. Pundits on the other side of the debate--and this is the side that appears to gaining the most momentum--say that as broadband's footprint continues to expand, throughput speeds continue to increase, advances continue to improve in compression technologies, and more consumer electronics devices gain access to streaming content, the inevitable future... Read more...
YouTube has announced that after over three years of streaming user-uploaded video, it is shutting down... Or at least that is what we thought when we first saw the headline of the blog entry that went up today on YouTube's official blog. The headline read: "YouTube Goes Offline." No, YouTube is alive and strong and isn't going anywhere (at least that we know of). What the upon-first-glance, potentially-misleading title is actually referring to is that YouTube is now enabling, sanctioned video downloads. That's what "offline" refers to--you can now download videos and watch them offline, instead of only while online. Get it?These downloads will not be available for all of YouTube's videos; but... Read more...
There are always a lot of new products that come to view at CES. Sometimes, these products are kept under tight wraps, and other times, companies give us a sneak peek. Today, LG is giving us a look at one of the things they’ll be formally unveiling at CES next week, namely, new entertainment options for its Network Blu-ray Disc players. The new offerings come as a result of alliances with CinemaNow and YouTube. Coming sometime in the first half of 2009, you’ll be able to get your hands on a new LG Blu-ray Disc Player that has the ability to play full-length, high-quality movies, TV shows, and short video clips that are streamed over the Internet. If you’ll recall, LG began offering the ability... Read more...
In a move that will leave many saying "it's about time," the Nintendo Wii game console will finally be getting a streaming video service. Reuters reports that starting in early 2009 in Japan, Nintendo and ad agency Dentsu are partnering to launch the video-streaming service, which will become available "overseas" (presumably in Europe and the U.S.) later in the year. Before Wii owners get too excited with the vision of Netflix streaming movies dancing in their heads, so far all that has been announced is that the new service will "offer cartoons and other entertainment programmes created for the new service to differentiate it from other online content delivery operations, which often offer existing... Read more...
The Neflix Player by Roku was one of first devices available to allow Netflix users to watch streaming video from Netflix's growing library of TV and movie titles available via Netflix's Watch Instantly feature. But while other devices have since also recently gained this capability, such as the XBox 360, TiVo HD DVR, and Samsung BD-P2500/BD-P2550 players--including supporting the few HD titles that Netflix currently streams--the Roku device has only supported SD titles until now. Roku has just announced that with a firmware update that is available starting today, however, that the Neflix Player by Roku can now stream HD titles.The Netflix Player by Roku is a $99 video player that connects to... Read more...
In a move that will leave many saying, "Duh! What took so long," the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) has just added movie and TV streaming to its site. IMDb has long been the first stop for many (IMDb.com claims 57 million users) looking to find information related to movies, TV shows, and the people associated with them, such as actors and filmmakers. Available now, the Amazon.com-owned company hosts "over 6,000 full-length feature films and TV episodes for free." This new features is currenly labeled as a "Beta." IMDb.com will feature a rotating selection of video content from providers such as "CBS, Hulu, Sony Pictures Television and over 500 independent filmmakers." Content will include... Read more...
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