Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/24/14 03:04:27 PM

A Comparison of the Programming on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu

On the heels of the news that Amazon Prime will soon begin streaming HBO shows, Pilot Viruet of Flavorwire examines who has the better programming between Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Viruet writes, "More and more people are 'cutting the cord' and getting rid of their too expensive cable packages, opting instead to watch more television via the Internet, whether it’s using their computer to stream free episodes on networks’ official websites or, more often, by pairing subscriptions to at least one of these sites with a device, like Apple TV or Roku, that allows them to watch the shows on their TV set. Each of the three sites has its pros and cons, but which one is coming out on top? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for." Read the full story here.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/24/14 03:04:11 PM

Google Street View Is Now a Time Machine

Google Maps has added a new feature to its Street View functionality that allows users to see its images going all the way back to 2007. Street View product manager Vinay Shet said, "“If you’ve ever dreamt of being a time traveller like Doc Brown, now’s your chance. We’ve gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world.” Suggested things to explore include the building of the Freedom Tower in New York City and the reconstruction efforts after the 2011 earthquake in Japan. Read the full story here on PSFK.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/24/14 12:04:37 PM

New Study Underscores Importance of TV-Related Apps

A new report from NPD has emphasized the popularity and importance of TV apps to viewers' experiences. Writes Rapid TV News, "Indeed the NPD Connected Intelligence Connected TV User Experience Report showed that as many as three-quarters of app users — with connected devices such as video game consoles, Blu-ray players and streaming media boxes — say such apps are 'extremely' or 'very important'. Netflix ranked top of the list of video and TV everywhere network apps cited as important to connected TV users, followed by YouTube, The Weather Channel, Hulu Plus, History and Amazon Instant/Prime Video." Read the full story here.

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Added by robtakata--Creative Planet Network, 04/23/14 03:04:10 PM

AT&T To Expand "GigaPower" To 100 Cities Nationwide

As part of its ongoing Project Velocity IP (VIP) initiative, AT&T, based in Dallas, Texas, has embarked on a major expansion of its fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. The fiber network will deliver AT&T U-verse with "GigaPower" service, which can deliver broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second (faster than current Internet services available in most communities today) as well as AT&T's multichannel TV services. With Gigabit speeds, users can download an HD online movie in less than 36 seconds, download 25 songs in one second, and download a TV show in less than 3 seconds.

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Added by robtakata--Creative Planet Network, 04/23/14 02:04:11 PM

Faster Mobile Video Via Very High Frequency Networks

Testing in bandwidths far above U.S. cellular industry standard, New York University Professor Ted Rappaport found that millimeter-wave technology worked better than expected.  Opening mobile networks to these very high frequencies could lead to better voice calls and faster video, especially in population dense urban centers. While there are issues to overcome, the shorter range of these higher frequency signals chief among them, there is plenty of room to experiment.  As Professor Rappaport tells Digital Arts, "It's really virgin spectrum, very lightly used." Read the full story here.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/23/14 02:04:25 PM

Spain-Based Fluendo Launches New Multimedia/Streaming Product

A company called Fluendo that supports multimedia and video on a wide variety of devices and operating systems, has launched its new ONEPLAY multimedia/streaming product suite in the U.S.  Now available for download for corporate users and resellers/OEMs, ONEPLAY provides seamless and secure multimedia playback across desktop and mobile device platforms.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/23/14 02:04:01 PM

StreamQuik Puts Live Streaming in the Palm of Your Hand

A company in Irvine, Calif. called StreamQuik wants to make a reporter and live broadcaster out of everyone who owns an Apple smartphone or tablet.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/23/14 02:04:20 PM

New Study Finds Young Viewers Should Be Key Target For OTT Services

In a new research report, Parks Associates analysts note that the cord-cutting threat hasn't materialized for pay-TV providers because consumers find the experience too fragmented to get the content they want. The finding is part of a larger report entitled "Trends in Content Licensing," which also looked at television and movie licensing trends and the impact of multiscreen, time shifting and the demand for exclusive content.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/23/14 02:04:16 PM

Cisco and Sony Collaborate on Industry-First Public Demonstration of 4K Live Streaming

In an industry first, at the NAB 2014 Show, Cisco and Sony publicly demonstrated the live delivery of full-frame rate 4K/60P fps content. The live demonstration, which streamed live 4K video from New York City to Las Vegas, was displayed within the Cisco and Sony exhibit booths in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/23/14 02:04:57 PM

Netflix Gaining Access to Pay-TV Homes via TiVo in U.S.

Multichannel video programming distributors continue to look for new ways to keep subscribers from cutting the chord, even if it means using IP-delivered services that they once feared would hurt their business. Netflix is sharing its hardware design and open source software  components of its server as part of its broader effort to get Netflix in as many homes as possible. Netflix announced in a quarterly filing and conference call that it would begin integrating its on-demand movie service into TiVo digital video recorder (DVR) set top boxes soon.

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