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Miro has introduced the first tool designed to convert files to the just-released VP8 video format. The release of Miro Video Converter 2.0 will leverage Google’s new open video format, which was announced as part of its WebM Project earlier this week. Read more »

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With the introduction of Google TV, the search giant could majorly disrupt the online video industry by merging it with existing broadcast TV services. By doing so, Google might render obsolete standalone set-top boxes and DVRs that pipe online video content to the TV. Read more »

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In the latest volley in the war over making Flash on mobile devices, Adobe has teamed up with Google to make Flash-based video and applications on mobile devices. At Google I/O, Adobe announced that it will make Flash Player 10.1 available on phones running Android 2.2. Read more »


Don’t expect Netflix to start supporting HTML5 video playback anytime soon, according to cloud architect Adrian Cockcroft. Without a good way to protect the streaming video available through its Watch Instantly service, the company won’t be able to make content available using the nascent web standard. Read more »


VMIX has announced a shakeup in its senior management team, replacing its CEO with a turnaround specialist whose main area of expertise seems to be taking over companies in dire straits and putting them on the right path, raising questions about the health of the start-up. Read more »

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Google roll out of its open source WebM Project will offer a high-quality video codec to compete with industry incumbent H.264, but it will be relying on a long list of software, hardware and encoding partners including Adobe and ARM to help push the format forward. Read more »

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Blip-tv logo has raised a $10.1 million round of financing aimed at rapidly growing its business for the distribution and monetization of web video shows. The funding round, which is the company’s third, was led by Canaan Partners and included existing investors Bain Capital Ventures. Read more »

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With the proliferation of new connected TVs, Blu-ray players and other consumer electronics devices, the next generation of TV distributors could find themselves delivering live video broadcasts through broadband networks, which would open up a whole new market for virtual network operators to compete in. Read more »


Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted the iPad’s “freedom from porn” as one of the device’s key selling points, but that freedom didn’t last very long, as at least one major adult site — — has begun encoding its videos to work on the Apple tablet. Read more »

Today on the ‘Net: YouTube’s Hunter walk believes online video is dead, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman discusses alternative subscription models and Hulu is going to make users wait a little bit longer before rolling out its much-anticipated subscription service. Read more »

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Online video aggregator and search firm MeFeedia now has access to content from all four major broadcast networks, after striking a deal with CBS to add videos from, CBS News, CBS Sports, The CW, Showtime,, The Insider and Chow. Read more »

Today on the ‘Net: More evidence of a Google TV platform emerges, Adobe’s Kevin Towes describes the peer-to-peer capabilities of Adobe Flash 10.1 and Virgin Media talks about its TiVo rollout plans, among other things. Read more »

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KIT Digital is continuing its two-year buying spree, announcing this morning it has acquired video management provider and systems integrator Benchmark Broadcast Systems for approximately $9.5 million in a cash and stock deal that will give it a leg up in the Asia-Pacific market. Read more »


Roku is boosting the amount of sports content it carries through a multiyear deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that adds live pay-per-view events and archived matches to its broadband set-top box. It’s the third major sports deal for the set-top box maker. Read more »

Around the ‘Net today: Sony looks to TV sales and network services for growth, Kyte talks up iPad ads, and Diva takes its VOD service. Plus, lots of talking points from the Cable Show. Read more »

A federal appeals court said today that it’s going to take another look at the patent infringement suit between TiVo and satellite companies Dish and Echostar, throwing into jeopardy a $200 million award that TiVo was granted last September and causing TiVo’s stock to tumble. Read more »


Skype has rolled out a new version of its software that will finally allow more than two people to video conference with each other. With the latest update, groups of up to five friends can now chat with each other via video through the Skype application. Read more »


While users can forget about watching Hulu on the iPad — at least for now — on the PC they now have a bigger, sleeker video player that can adapt to changes in network conditions, as well as personalized video recommendations and more relevant ads. Read more »

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski today defended to cable industry executives the agency’s plan’s to reclassify broadband, pitching the commission’s “Third Way” for regulation and attempting to assure the audience that the agency would continue to operate in good faith. Read more »

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Hulu made a bunch of updates to its video player today, making it bigger, adding adaptive bitrate streaming, improving content recommendations and enabling users to receive more personalized ads. But there’s one thing that Hulu won’t be adding any time soon: support for HTML5. Read more »


Netflix is finally making some of its streaming titles available in HD on the PC, a full 18 months after the subscription rental service first announced support for HD on the Xbox 360, Blu-ray players and other connected devices. Read more »

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Verizon is upping the amount of premium broadband content that can be accessed by its FiOS pay TV subscribers, adding select content from Time Warner cable networks TBS and TNT on their PCs, with plans to make those videos available later on mobile devices. Read more »


With “unlisted videos,” YouTube has finally introduced a way that its users can pass their video links around without limiting availability to 25 viewers or having videos show up on the YouTube front page or in Google’s search index. Read more »

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A group of Hollywood studios, including Walt Disney, NBC Universal and Warner Bros., have thrown their support behind Viacom in its lawsuit against YouTube, filing an amicus brief arguing against the video sharing site’s defense in the long-running copyright infringement case. Read more »

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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said the cable company will soon streamline the authentication process for its TV Everywhere offering, making it easier to access from PCs while also making the content available on the iPad and other consumer electronic devices. Read more »


It used to let consumers get their online video for free, but now Boxee is one step closer to collecting revenue, as it will enable content partners a range of payment options that they can charge use to charge end users, including pay-per-view or subscription options. Read more »

U.S. Lets Hollywood Disable Home TV Outputs to Prevent Piracy; the film industry can block outputs on home television equipment so studios can offer first-run movies while preventing viewers from making illicit copies, FCC regulators ruled. (Bloomberg) Mediacom Taps Concurrent To Aggregate Viewing Metrics; under the […] Read more »

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