After a brief respite from triple digit temperatures up here in Milwaukee, they've returned. Blah! So what better reason to stay inside and watch online video or read about what's gone on in the industry this week, right? Well here's a quick look at some notable headlines in the industry this week.
LiveRail Releases 4.7.1
LiveRail announced the new 4.7.1 platform release this week and it includes:
Exchange Buying Platform (EBP) Redesign - LiveRail's EBP features an updated look and feel, improved performance, and workflow enhancements. These improvements make estimating and buying inventory from third-party exchanges, Private Exchanges and LiveRail Central an easy and more efficient process.
Production and Staging Environments - Introduced in 4.7.1 is the new default Staging status for Order Lines. Staging is for Order Lines that are not yet ready for delivery. This new default ensures that unintended delivery does not occur.
Third-Party Integrations -In line with LiveRail's Brand Safety Alliance, additional integrations are provided in the LiveRail Ad Server, including one click server side blocking with Proximic and audience targeting with BlueKai segments.
Larry King Returns, on Hulu
The show will feature Larry King’s trademark in-depth conversations with the world’s most fascinating voices in entertainment and politics. Today’s premiere episode features comedic powerhouse Seth MacFarlane (“Ted”, “Family Guy”). This week’s guests also include Meghan McCain and Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike,” “Killer Joe”).
New episodes of “Larry King Now” can be seen every Monday through Thursday in the early evenings at:www.hulu.com/larrykingnow.
Roku Updates to Roku 2, Roku LT and new Roku HD
Improvements for Roku users in Roku software version 4.8 include:
- Improved video playback for an overall better viewing experience, including significant playback improvements to the MLB.TV and GBTV channels
- General performance optimizations to make Roku 2 and Roku LT players more responsive in certain situations
- Expanded language support, adding Spanish and German to the user interface (To change your language, just go to Settings from the Roku home screen.)
- Under the hood preparations for some great upcoming channels and features – stay tuned for an upgrade to the Roku iPhone and Android apps!
Improvements for Roku Developers:
- Support for PlayReady 2.0
- High-performance JSON parsing in BrightScript
- Extended List screen and Roku 2D API features
- Increased theme attribute support on many screen templates
The 4.8 software update will be pushed automatically to all Roku 2 and Roku LT players over the next 48 hours and will begin rolling out to new Roku HD players early next week. If you just can’t wait, select Settings > Software update > Check now on your Roku player to update manually.
Viacom Deals with DirecTV - Users Get Digital Rights
As I said in my article on the matter, this could be good for online video viewers. It looks like the deal didn't cover all of the Viacom channels, just 17 of them.
DIRECTV has reached a new long-term agreement with Viacom to restore 17 channels (including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, Spike, CMT, TV Land and ten other channels) that Viacom had taken away from DIRECTV customers on July 10. Viacom has returned all affected networks.
In addition to the channels’ return, DIRECTV customers will also gain the ability to see Viacom programming on tablets, laptops, handhelds and other personal devices via the DIRECTV Everywhere platform. Carriage of the EPIX movie channel is not required as part of the new agreement.
Of course, for that added online access, you'll need to be a subscriber to DirecTV. The interesting thing was the backlash against DirecTV which included Time Warner Cable, Cox and the American Cable Association who all stood against the blackout.
Amazon On Prime Instant Video Nabs Warner Bros TV Content
From Press Release:
Both Fringe and The West Wing will be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video for the summer, giving Prime members and Kindle Fire customers exclusive access to favorite titles that have been previously unavailable. Prime Instant Video includes more than 18,000 movies and TV episodes available for Prime members to instantly stream and enjoy at no additional cost.
That's some big name TV content right there. Of course, Warner has been dealing out TV content just about everywhere.
Netflix, YouTube Top Smart TV Apps
Harris Interactive did a study, Home Media Magazine wrote it up (but didn't link to Harris, for shame!), so I'll link to Harris for them. Here's the interesting bit:
Streaming video apps are the most popular apps for both Smart TV owners and consumers who don't yet have a Smart TV. Three of the top five "must have" apps are Netflix (Owners 47%/Non-owners 34%), YouTube (Owners 44% / Non-owners 31%) and Amazon Instant Video (Owners 34%/Non-owners 23%). Social media giant Facebook (Owners 35%/Non-owners 29%) and online radio leader Pandora (Owners 28%/Non-owners 18%) round out the top five.
Younger adults (those 18-35) chose YouTube (Owners 57%) as their top "must have" app over the more traditional experience offered by Netflix (Owners 54%) and Amazon Instant Video (Owners 38%).
Wow, no Hulu in the top 5. My sister said something funny at my mother's birthday party "we got a new TV and then later found out it had Netflix and stuff on it." So, as a model for regular consumers, they didn't even know that their TV was "smart" heh. Oh the rest of the app list pertaining to video? ESPN (6th), Hulu (7th), Twitter (8th - ok not video really), SyFy (9th), HBO Go (10th), MLB.com (12th), Vudu (13th), Cinema Now (14th - misspelled in their report), Vimeo (15th - Well done!)
Source: Harris Interactive (add me to your distro list for this sort of news!)
Microsoft Posts a Loss, First Ever Since Going Public Ouch!
It comes from their purchasing, of all things, an online ad business, according to the New York Times. Windows sales certainly weren't helping:
But while that loss [accounting charge from purchase] can be played down as an anomaly for a company that has been a reliable moneymaker for decades, weak sales in Microsoft’s Windows business cannot. Microsoft said on Thursday that its revenue from Windows fell 13 percent in the fiscal fourth quarter, which ended June 30.
Windows sales looked worse than they really were in part because Microsoft had to change how it recognized that revenue because of an offer it has extended to people who buy PCs running Windows 7. Under that offer, users can pay $14.99 to upgrade to Windows 8 when it comes out in October.
As Microsoft goes so does the tech industry? Maybe that's why they're rushing out Windows 8 with a nice consumer-friendly price tag?
Source: New York Times
Daily Motion Relaunches DM Cloud Video Platform
Daily Motion soft launched DM Cloud early this year. Now they've done some fixing and some expanding and are ready to do a whole new re-launch with new features and new improved performance. I sat and chatted with them about it and I'll write an updated overview next week. For now, you'll have to deal with this blurb.
Daily Motion Cloud Features:
- Includes DRM: Support for Adobe Flash Access and Microsoft Playready for customers who need to strongly secure their video content.
- Syndication ability between Dailymotion Cloud and a Dailymotion.com user Channel.
- One, Multiple, or all videos can be streamed on the Dailymotion.com channel from a Dailymotion Cloud Account
- The syndication embeds the title, the description, and some metadata of the videos.
- Supports HTML5
- Can be live streamed for desktop and iOS
- There is no distinction between live stream and on demand videos – the user can leverage their customized player, get the viewership statistics, edit the renditions, apply metadata, and more.
- Enables monetization of videos – Dailymotion cloud supports in-stream ad videos directly from the Dailymotion Cloud back end.
- Monetization strategy can be applied to one, multiple, or all videos.
- Very aggressive pricing model that is the most affordable of any major cloud video solution provider
- No Commitment – no contracts, pay by usage volume
- All Inclusive package – Every feature of the Dailymotion Cloud platform is available through one unique pricing model
- No need to pay more for additional features.