Online Video Weekly News Reel – The Big Move Edition

Online Video Weekly News Reel   The Big Move Edition

Some of you may know that I live in the Czech Republic, but I'm an American by birth. After six years living in Europe I have decided to return to America. This has caused much happiness and an equal amount of sadness. But as a Buddhist I believe that life is about change. All things change, trying to prevent them from doing so causes pain. That is the nature of the universe. So on Friday the 13th I will once again inflict myself upon the lands known as America. You have been warned… Seriously, it will allow me to do even more, better things here at ReelSEO and over at GDN which is the real reason for the move. Once these great things are in motion or achieved perhaps I'll go back to Europe. Anythnig is possible, after all, life is change. But you're not here to read about my insanity, you're here to read the news and so, I bring you, the news!

Top Read Reel SEO

ReelSEO – you know them, you love them, you buy them coffee from time to time…you do right? No? Well thanks for being a Reel Believer anyway. Here's what you and yours were reading this week here

  1. President Obama Has Taken Over Social Video In Just 24 Hours
  2. YouTube Announces The Winners Of Next Up & Creator Institute
  3. Android Apps May Save Google TV's Ass

Notice, I finally managed the word ass in a title… booya!

Interesting Reads Elsewhere

Of course, while we here at ReelSEO strive to be all you need on a weekly basis, we would need a staff of hundreds to do it. Still, with just a handful of talent we manage quite well. But here's some stuff of interest that we didn't cover this week.

Video Advertising

Facebook's New Sell: Watch a Video Ad, Earn Credits For Free Stuff

Via Adage

I knew this was coming…

Facebook users can now earn Facebook "credits" in exchange for watching video ads in games, and in an experiment, the social network is trying the new incentive plan on a small number of pages as well.

AdAge even went so far as to write:

Why Everyone Is Going to Start Paying Consumers to Watch Video Ads (Article)

The strange reality of the online video marketplace is that the demand for quality views far outweighs the supply. Most advertisers prefer to run their video on well-known sites, controlled by a handful of major publishers. Views from these sites are limited, and they are sold by an array of middlemen — ad networks, exchanges, and brokers — at various price points. It's not unlike an airplane, where everyone onboard pays a different price for the same trip.

Video Technology

Intel Updates Wireless display to 2.0 – Adds Blu-Ray, DVD.

Via Electronista

What that means is now you can stream that Intel Insider-protected 1080p video through it along with a much of other stuff. Other new features include a unified 32-/64-bit installer using a single file. It supports 802.11n Wi-Fi at 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Audio can pipe out across six channels at 16-bit and 48kHz. Latency has been reduced to under 300ms to keep the responses more instantaneous, and WiDi can now detect ISDB-T and ISDB-S TV tuners.

Internet TV

Warner Bros buying Flixster for Digital Everywhere

Via Home Media Mag

The studio intends to incorporate Flixster's 25 million registered users to help drive digital acquisitions of filmed entertainment, including the recently announced cloud-based consumer app "digital everywhere." The pending app allows users to organize and access their entire digital library from anywhere on portable devices, as well as to share recommendations.

Vudu Adds to Library

Via the LA Times
Wal-Mart's online video service Vudu, which has built its rental business streaming newly released movies in high definition, has just added a number of popular TV shows to its lineup, including episodes of the CW's popular "Gossip Girl" series.

What?! Wal-Mart? I'm not using them. See, even I didn't know they owned it.

Really, this is about a lot of things, but I found it interesting and wanted to share.

Online Video Weekly News Reel   The Big Move Edition

Mobile Video and technology

Google Android pads lead in market:

Top Smartphone Platforms
3 Month Avg. Ending Mar. 2011 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Dec. 2010
Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Dec-10Mar-11Point Change
Total Smartphone Subscribers100.0%100.0%N/A

All I have to say is: beep boop woooo boop beep beep. If you were R2, you would understand. I think the RIM/Microsoft cooperation isn't going to help much (RIM announced they will use Bing as default search engine).

There was much more going on this week but I'm out of time. I've got to finish cleaning the flat for the Big Move…

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About the Author -
Christophor Rick is a freelance writer specializing in technology, new media, video games, IPTV, online video advertising and consumer electronics. His past work has included press releases, copy-writing, travel writing and journalism. He also writes novel-length and short fiction as part of Three-Faced Media . View All Posts By -

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  • Dave Curtis

    Have a safe trip back to the states, @ChristophorRick
    ! Just curious to know…is there is a video service blocked over there that you want to try when you get here?

    • Christophor Rick

      Hi Dave,

      What I am thinking of doing is documenting my plans to get as much of my video entertainment delivered to me digitally and then compare it to say traditional cable/satellite or maybe even incorporate some of it. Then I was going to write that up into an article about how I cut the cable…or maybe how I reduced the size of the cable ;)

      Hulu and Vudu are both totally blocked here. Best Buy Cinema Now is severely limited as are many others so it will be like a whole new world of content for me :) I've been gone for 6 years and nothing really existed back then.

      • Dave Curtis

        Cool – Can't wait to read that one!

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