Another week is rapidly slipping past. While I planned on doing this on Wednesday, I didn't manage it. So here's a quick look at some online video stories I have been tracking but didn't really think merited a full blown article: Google TV and CNN Partnership, Samsung to Offer 3DOD - 3D On Demand (video), Google Acquires Green Parrot, Netflix is 60% of Streamed Films, and more....
Google TV and CNN Partnership
Vision2Mobile reports: Google TV may be blocked by the major networks, but has inked a deal with at least one big name: CNN – and found a way to potentially partner with cable.
The two announced at the South by Southwest music and media festival that they are planning a new TV Everywhere service that will take the news network's existing online and mobile strategy (which includes a live TV iPad app), and add in live video feeds that automatically sync between their Google TV, computer and mobile devices. Cable subscribers can sign in with their pay-TV provider in order to port video around from device to device, picking up on one gadget where the viewing was left on another.
RAWK RAWK! Google Gets Green Parrot
CIO.com reports: Google has acquired an Irish company for technology that will allow YouTube to automatically improve the quality of videos stored on the site. Green Parrot Pictures, based in Dublin, makes digital video technology that Google hopes will make clips on YouTube sharper, steadier and lower in image noise. The technology may come in handy in particular for videos shot under pressure with low-quality devices, such as camera phones, in situations such as street protests, according to Google.
"Their technology helps make videos look better while at the same time using less bandwidth and improving playback speed," wrote Jeremy Doig, director of Google video technology, in a blog post on Tuesday.
Samsung to Offer 3DOD - 3D On Demand (video)
Engadget reports: Samsung's promised 3D video streaming service has gotten the official go-ahead in the company's home nation today, bringing to fruition a content partnership with DreamWorks Animation and breathing new life into many 3DTV sets.
Netflix is 60% of Streamed Films
So says The NPD Group in its new VideoWatch Digital service.
According to a recent review of the home video market in the U.S. by The NPD Group, a leading market research company, Netflix's share of digital movie units -- downloaded or streamed -- reached 61 percent between January 2011 and February 2011, followed by Comcast at 8 percent, and a three-way tie for third at 4 percent among DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, and Apple.
"Sales of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs still drive most home-video revenue, but VOD and other digital options are now beginning to make inroads with consumers," said Russ Crupnick, entertainment industry analyst for NPD. "Overwhelmingly digital movie buyers do not believe physical discs are out of fashion, but their digital transactions were motivated by the immediate access and ease of acquisition provided by streaming and downloading digital video files."
Data note: The information in this press release is from VideoWatch Digital, which is based on online surveys of U.S. consumers age 13 and older conducted between January and the third week of February 2011. The final reporting is based on 10,618 completed surveys.
Cable Operators Top Profitability, Interactive Media Tops Growth
Worldscreen reports: An Ernst & Young report reveals that cable operators showed the highest profitability among all media and entertainment sectors, while the fastest growth is coming from the interactive media segment.
Ranking overall profitability from 2006 to 2010, cable operators ranked highest at 38 percent, followed by interactive media a 35 percent, cable networks at 31 percent, satellite television at 27 percent, media conglomerates at 19 percent, television broadcast at 18 percent and film and television production at 11 percent. The rankings were nearly identical to the estimated rankings for 2010 alone.
1 Million Brits Go 100Mbps with Virgin
ComputerWeekly reports: A million homes can now get 100Mbps broadband via Virgin Media's cable network, the company said on Wednesday.
This leaves 26 million to go. Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media said: "We had more then 10,000 registrations on the first day we unveiled 100Mbps, so there is real desire for better broadband."
And now a word from the author:
I wish the US were more like the EU who have mandated that all citizens have access to 30Mbps and at least half can get 100Mbps by 2020. In the US it's more like "Well you can have it, but can't use it..." due to recent moves by the likes of AT&T who are beginning to cap bandwidth.
That Virgin 100Mbps service also provides 10Mb upload speeds for £35 a month when bundled with other communications products, or £45 per month when bought as a stand-alone product. That's about $72 which I would gladly pay for 100/10Mbps and then I would game like there was no tomorrow.