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Amazon Fires Major Salvo in OTT War with Fire TV

Amazon Fires Major Salvo in OTT War with Fire TV

Amazon wants to set your TV on FIRE! Oh, wait, they announced the Fire TV, that must be why they have been doing all that Kindle-ing. They have priced their OTT device at $99 but it comes chock full of tech and has the content to back it up. So the question is, will it generate a response with its intended audience, and will the competitors, pardon the pun, fire back?

Google Plus Hangouts to Upgrade to HD

Google Plus Hangouts to Upgrade to HD

Google Plus’ Hangouts on Air is getting an HD upgrade. Some of you will be able to take advantage of it now, and the rest of us will have to wait as it rolls out in the next few weeks. Anyway, bandwidth improvements, video codecs, and more had to be improved to make this happen.

Google’s New VP9 Codec: Better Video at Half the Bandwidth?

Googles New VP9 Codec: Better Video at Half the Bandwidth?

Google wants their new VP9 codec to be royalty-free, but patent disputes could prevent that from happening. Meanwhile, VP9 is supposed to have double the image quality using half the compression of H.264. In other news: H.264 could be H.265 soon, so there’s that.

Google Announces New Video Chat Feature And Video Codec

Google Announces New Video Chat Feature And Video Codec

Google’s annual developer conference, the I/O, introduced a number of new features including a new video codec aimed at reducing bandwidth, a new cross platform ‘all in one’ video chat service and a music streaming rival to Spotify. Oh, and they also confirmed the latest YouTube stats.

H.265 Video Codec Approved, Will it Revolutionize Video?

H.265 Video Codec Approved, Will it Revolutionize Video?

H.264 is pretty much the de facto codec for video compression online these days. WebM isn't even supported in Android, nor just about anywhere else. So Google seems to have moved on to other projects instead of pushing for that. Now, H.265 is ready to …

H.265 High Efficiency Video Coding to be Help or Headache for Online Video?

H.265 High Efficiency Video Coding to be Help or Headache for Online Video?

H.264 is still, pretty much, the de facto for online video. But there could be a shift very soon as MPEG and VCEG have announced they've got H.265 in the works (still in draft) and could see it implemented for phones next year. Why? Because …

List of HTML5 Capable Video Players & Destination Sites

List of HTML5 Capable Video Players & Destination Sites

While one might think that every Tom, Dick and Harry video player is now HTML5 capable, you'd be wrong. Well, not totally wrong as most are. So here's a list of some of the more popular HTML5 video players.

LG and Philips Work Toward Universal Smart TV App Platform with Smart TV Alliance

LG and Philips Work Toward Universal Smart TV App Platform with Smart TV Alliance

This is particularly of interest to me since I just finished the round up of connected TV advertising services and offerings. LG and Philips have created a Smart TV Alliance and are working toward a universal app platform. For advertisers and publishers alike, this is …

Survey Says: MP4 the Leading Format for Video Professionals [Infographic]

Survey Says: MP4 the Leading Format for Video Professionals [Infographic]

Sorenson makes some pretty great software and video services and have a large user base. So they decided to ping the user base and see what kind of trends are ongoing in terms of video file formats and usage within that user base.

Firefox to Stop Pushing WebM and Give in to H.264? What’s that Mean to You

Firefox to Stop Pushing WebM and Give in to H.264? Whats that Mean to You

It's a dark day indeed for online video, H.264 has seemingly won the war without any real battles being fought. Google has yet to remove H.264 from Chrome and now someone high up at Firefox has pretty much stated that they're throwing in the towel …

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