Netflix may be in talks to bring their service to U.S. cable TV sets in the near future which is a surprising development considering the two VoD providers are in competition with each other. Elsewhere, Vine, Vimeo and Hulu take on new appointments to push their video offering and there's going to be more video connected devices than people soon. Welcome to the world of online video for the last 7 days.
Netflix May Be Coming To A Set Top Cable Box Near You
Netflix appear to be in talks with a number of U.S. cable companies to make its streaming video service available on set top boxes across the country. It seems an unlikely alliance as Netflix is a heavyweight competitor of many cable TV providers but it's already happening in the UK so it really is only a matter of time before we see the same kind of integration in the States.
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Machinima To Launch On Xbox One With Extra Gaming Features
Microsoft and Machinima have announced that the YouTube gaming giant will launch on the Xbox One on November 22nd. The "new and improved" Machinima app will take advantage of the gaming console's platform capabilities to give gamers a unique experience. One of the features is the ability to do two things on the screen at once in what Xbox are calling "Snap" (see video below) and "Wingman" which provides supplementary how to and support videos.
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Teen's Family Sues Funeral Parlour Over Insensitive YouTube Ad
Many brands miss the mark with their advertising but it takes a special kind of insensitivity to use footage of a young man's funeral, without the family's permission, to promote a service. Robeson & Brown, a funeral parlour in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn did just this and it's bringing them the kind of publicity we're sure they could do without. The family, appalled that film of them grieving 13 year old Ronald Wallace was being used as part of a sales pitch have launched legal proceedings against the company.
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Vine Is Fastest Growing Mobile App Of The Year So Far
Vine is the fastest growing app so far for 2013 with growth of 403%, even though only an estimated 3% have installed it on their mobile devices. YouTube is the 7th fastest growing app with an estimated 309 million users, behind Google Maps with 474 million adopters and Facebook with 394 million.
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Internet Video Devices To Exceed Earth's Population By 2017
New research from IHS suggests the number of internet connected video devices will exceed eight billion by 2017. That's more than the current population of planet earth and seems a highly unlikely scenerio but that does include Connected TVs, PCs, gaming consoles and Blu-ray players as well as tablets, mobile phones and of course desktop PCs and laptops. The study estimates that ownership of the above devices amounts to 1.1 per person and smartphones and tablets are expected to account for 67% of the total ownership.
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