Getting Web video off your PC and onto your plasma screen used to be a niche activity. No more: Consumer-tracking service NPD says TV sets are now the most popular way to watch streaming video.
NPD says 45 percent of consumers report that TV is now their primary Web video screen, up from 33 percent last year. It basically swapped places with the PC, which used to account for 48 percent of viewing but now represents 31 percent.*
via More Web Video Watched on TVs Than on PCs – Peter Kafka – Media – AllThingsD.
Bob Bowman, CEO of MLBAM, and his team have built the best video streaming platform in sports. It is so good in fact that it is being used by ESPN, CBS Sports and even Glenn Beck. Bowman discussed the development and uses of the online technology during a recent interview on the YES Network’s Forbes SportsMoney. Bowman also explains why he believes there will be more in-market streaming of live baseball games, using the example of what Napster did to the music industry though he does not mention Napster by name to illustrate what can happen when industries don’t deliver for customers.
via Why Baseball’s Streaming Technology Is Used By ESPN, CBS Sports And Glenn Beck – Forbes.
Public interest advocates at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge are teaming up to defend Barry Diller’s Aereo, which has come under fire from broadcasters who are suing the nascent broadcasting time-shifter for copyright infringement.
Aereo lets subscribers watch broadcast television on their computers or mobile devices for a fee, using antennas connected to the Internet at data centers. Broadcasters claim the company is pirating their signals for profit, but Aereo claims there is no infringement because each subscriber has his own antenna.
via Advocates support Aereo TV – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley.
Alcatel-Lucent’s new 7950 XRS core router can stream 2.5 million HD videos every second.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — In a world where we’re constantly connected and video sucks up an ever-growing chunk of precious bandwidth, Internet service providers are getting desperate for ways to crank up their speed.
Networking challenger Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) is about to give them what they want.
The company announced Tuesday that it has developed the “7950 XRS,” a core Internet router that is capable of speeds up to five times faster than those of its nearest competitor. Just one 7950 XRS router can deliver 16 terabits of data per second. That’s about 2.5 million HD video streams every tick of the second hand.
via How Alcatel-Lucent just made the Internet 5 times faster – May. 22, 2012.
Google still believes it can wrap its massive Internet arms around TV — even after consumers spurned its freshman effort as clunky and not very useful.
Two years after the company launched an ambitious strategy to meld Web search, online video and apps with traditional television, Google TV has failed to take off. Indeed, one of Google’s initial marquee hardware partners, Logitech, abandoned its Google TV set-top last year because of dismal sales, telling Wall Street it burned $100 million on the effort.
But now Google and its hardware partners are ready to bring out HDTVs and set-tops running version 2.0 of the software. And this time, the Internet TV platform has made huge strides in usability and features, said vice president of product management Mario Queiroz, who’s heading up the Google TV project.
via Google TV’s Second Act – BIT RATE | Blog on Multichannel News.
Networks asked to review retrans agreements originally signed with local telco
The ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC broadcast affiliates in Portland, Ore., have told Internet TV venture Skitter to stop distributing their network feeds as they “review our retransmission agreements,” according to a notice the startup sent to subscribers.
via Portland Broadcast Affiliates Pull Signals From Skitter TV – 2012-05-10 20:57:40 | Broadcasting & Cable.
Major U.S. television broadcasters have asked a federal judge to block Aereo TV, a startup company that wants to deliver local broadcast channels to viewers on the web and mobile devices, from launching its paid online TV service.
The TV networks argue that distributing their content violates copyright law and threatens their respective operations, court filings indicate.
via Broadcasters ask judge to block Aereo subscription-service launch – FierceOnlineVideo.