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Sony Streams On with Crackle

Posted in Digital Video,Services,Sony by Chris Weber on July 16th, 2007

Sony launches Crackle online video sharing site spotlighting new talentSony Pictures announced today that it is relaunching the Grouper online video sharing site that it bought last year, branding it as Crackle. The intention of the new video site will be to spotlight newer, up-and-coming talent and not to be another user-generated content (UGC) site like YouTube, which is already a very saturated market. Prior to its acquisition by Sony Grouper was one of the original popular online video sharing sites.

“We decided that the UGC space was not really a business,” said Josh Felser, co-president of Crackle. “The content is the same on every site and it’s really hard to monetize,” said Felser. “Advertisers don’t buy space alongside videos of people vomiting.”

Through being owned by Sony Pictures, Crackle will be able to take advantage of the connections that Sony has and pass that on to the new …

Black-Box DVR Only 2.6 Inches Wide

Posted in Digital Video,DVR,Spy Gear by Darrin Olson on July 15th, 2007

Black-Box DVRThis is claimed to be the world’s smallest DVR under $3k and we have to admit that we haven’t seen one smaller, especially for under that price. The descriptions on the site lean towards those a little on the sneaky side wanting to video and record with a hidden system and the Black-Box DVR looks like it would be perfect.

Measuring only a total of 2.28 square inches it records at 30 fps and a 640×480 resolution onto an SD card which it supports up to 4GB. It also has a power AV-in port which connects and powers an included CCD quality miniature camera. You aren’t going to be able to take any high quality video recordings with the Black-Box DVR but it’s definitely small enough to hide just about anywhere on your person. Mini Gadgets has this retailing for well under $3k running $499.95.

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Apple video rental service not cool with everyone

Posted in Apple,Digital Video,News by Chris Weber on June 12th, 2007

Apple online video rental service terms gets push back from studiosThe rumor of Apple looking into offering an online video rental service to download movies was confirmed by a number of sources according to Reuters, although Hollywood executives did not find the rumored terms of the service quite as cool as we did.

Some sources felt there was no rush to get into this type of download rental service, but of course selling music through Apple with iTunes seemed to work out pretty well. Others questioned the rental rate of $2.99 per movie for 30 days which is a darn good rate compared to anything else out there but it would totally undercut any currently competing service.

We’ll keep watching as some type of video rental service does seem to be in the works, but probably not as sweet of a deal as initially thought.

Apple to Launch Online Movie Rental Service

Posted in Apple,Digital Video,News by Darrin Olson on June 10th, 2007

Apple is in talks with studios about launching an online movie rental serviceThe Financial Times has just reported that Apple has been in talks with major movie studios about launching an online movie rental service. Currently Apple allows users to download movies through iTunes to own, but only has agreements with Disney and Paramount as most studios have been reluctant due to the hit the service could have on regular DVD sales.

Studios may be less hesitant with an online download rental service since it’s less likely that it would affect the sale of DVDs. The rental term of each film would be for 30 days at $2.99 and the file would come with a DRM that would prevent the films from being copied but would let it be transferred from the computer to at least one other device such as a video iPod or the upcoming …

Trekstor MovieStation maxi t.u

Posted in Digital Video,TrekStor by Chris Weber on May 17th, 2007

Trekstor MovieStation maxi t.uDownloading and storing movies, videos and television programs on your computer hard drive is a nice convenience. The question that quickly rises though is was how to get these to play on back on your television in the living room so you can watch them from the comfort of your Lazyboy with others and not by yourself at your desk.

There’s been a few nice solutions to bridge the computer-entertainment center gap such as the Apple TV, and now Trekstor has come out with an external hard drive called the MovieStation maxi t.u which allows users to store video media on the drive, from a PC or a Mac, and then play it back on a television.

The kicker with this device is that you can play back the movies without using your computer, in fact once the media is downloaded onto the drive you …

TAVI 030 PMP

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video by Chetz on April 24th, 2007

Tavi 030 PMPThis cute as a button little gizmo is the Tavi 030 Personal Media Player, a bundle of joy just waiting for a good home to go to. Now out in America, underneath its clamshell flip-top is a 3.6-inch display screen that can show 16 million colors via its TV tuner, its video recording options or through whatever you beam at it through your WiFi connection.

It’s also got external speakers, a microphone, FM tuner, S/PDIF audio connector, TV tuner connector, DivX/Xvid/WMV 9/IPTV support and a USB port. It can be an alarm clock, a dictionary, am MP3 player or a movie player thanks to its 30 GB or 60 GB internal disk drive (your choice of course.)

It looks like something from the next decade and if it’s as user friendly as it looks, could give Mr. Steve Jobs and his iCreation a run for …

Sanyo Xacti CG6

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,Sanyo by Chris Weber on March 20th, 2007

Sanyo Xacti CG6 CamcorderSanyo has announced that the Xacti CG6 digital camcorder is finally set for its US release toward the end of March. This tiny, pocket-sized 6 ounce still/video camera works well for decent on-the-go video recording without having to haul around a standard size camcorder.

The Xacti CG6 has a 6 megapixel CCD with a 5X optical zoom lens through which video and still pictures can be taken, viewed through a 2.5 inch fold-out LCD screen. The camera supports widescreen shots and even has real-time interpolation for 10-megapixel (3680×2760) high-resolution recording.

The camera also has a fairly quick and easy to use interface, providing voice prompts for menus and allowing on camera video editing when memory allows. Data can be transferred to and from your computer via USB 2.0 and the CG6 supports PictBridge as well.

SDHC-compatibility was added to the Xacti CG6 to handle up to an …

Finally, JVC Everio Brings HD Home Videos

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,HDTV,JVC by Chetz on March 8th, 2007

JVC HD Everio GZ-HD7JVC rolls out its new Everio GZ-HD7 camcorder next month, giving the public the opportunity to purchase the first full high definition video recorder on the market.

Capable of recording images up to 1920 x 1080i at 30Mbps, the cam also includes a 60 GB hard drive which will give you about five hours of HD recording time. Colors are captured using three 1/5-inch CCDs for reds, greens and blues, using 16:9 progressive scan and pixel shift technology. The camera also comes with a broadcast quality Fujinon lens.

Since the camera records in MPEG2 format the videos you take on the GZ-HD7 can be copied onto Blu-ray discs (if you have a Blu-ray recorder and the software.) Also bundled with the camera are optical image stabilization technology, a host of digital connections (USB, DV, HDMI), manual controls, editing and archiving software and if you …

ARCHOS 704 WiFi Introduced

Posted in Archos,Digital Audio,Digital Video by Reuben Drake on March 7th, 2007

Archos 704 WiFi portable audio and video player announcedWe had a sneak-preview of the ARCHOS 704 WiFi via the FCC last month, and now ARCHOS announced the new ARCHOS 704-WiFi. Boasted as the only portable media player with a 7inch screen and full WiFi capabilities, the 704-WiFi also has a very high quality screen with a resolution of 800×480 with 6 million colors. Just as the older 604-WiFi model, the 704 comes with video, music and photo playback, as well as full internet access whatever your needs may be. Along with these features, the 704 also has an 80GB hard drive, touch screen navigation for use with your fingers or a stylus, and video editing capabilities.

If you happen to have a wireless network in your home, the 704-WiFi will allow you to browse your vast media collection in the comfort of your living room. …

JumpTV Increases Exposure Through Joost

Posted in Digital Video,Joost,News,Services by Reuben Drake on March 5th, 2007

JumpTV teams up with Joost to deliver online video contentIt was recently announced that the global video carrier JumpTV Inc. well be bringing international television channels to Joost. Recently, Joost has been signing deals with many media publishers. One of the more noteworthy pact is the one with Viacom Inc. which will allow Joost to screen content from big channels such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount and Comedy Central.

What sets this deal apart from the rest is that JumpTV Inc. already has its very own online network for videos. However, they are more focused on local shows from around the world than anything else. The CEO of JumpTV, Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, said that they will continue to show videos on their network, but are using Joost to reach a ‘broaderwider audience’. Thanks to this, we can look forward to seeing more and more videos pop up on …

Sony Launches Video Walkman

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Sony by Darrin Olson on March 2nd, 2007

Sony NW-A800 Video Walkman released in UKOn Thursday Sony launched its latest gadget in their line of Walkman products, adding a video player to the mix this time. The NW-A800 Video MP3 player marks the first Walkman from Sony that incorporates a video player with an MP3 player, according to the press release.

“The new WALKMAN Video MP3 player combines the best visual experience with the ultimate in Sony sound technology. The new WALKMAN is compact, stylish and affordable without compromising on screen size which is incredibly important for consumers.” said a Sony spokesperson in the press release.

This new video Walkman looks to be a viable competitor for Apple with the iPod through supporting some very similar features. The player has a 2″ QVGA LCD display at 320×240 pixels, comes in memory capacities of 2GB, 4GB and 8GB and comes in 4 different color options of violet, …

Wolverine Data Releases 160GB Wolverine ESP

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Media Players by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2007

Wolverine Data releases a new 160GB media player called Wolverine ESPWolverine data has released a new media player to their ESP line with a whopping 160GB capacity. You can do the math on this one, but at a quick glance we’re talking tens of thousands of MP3 files or hundreds of hours of video all on the portable device.

The Wolverine ESP can download FM radio, TV programs, and DVDs and play them back on a television, computer and of course right on the media player itself through the 3.6″ LCD. Files from memory cards can also easily be transferred into the device through a built-in 7 in 1 card reader.

The ESP supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, AAC (MP4-audio), CDA, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, WMV9 and Xvid as well as viewing JPEG, Bitmap, TIFF and RAW image files. Actual dimensions of the portable player are 5.3″x2.8″x0.9″ in. (W x …

iRiver U20 Clix 2

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,iRiver by Darrin Olson on February 27th, 2007

iRiver Clix2 U20iRiver has a new version of the Clix player available in Korea which will be also coming to the US in the coming months.

The new iRiver U20, which looks like it will end up as the ‘clix2′ similarly to how the iRiver U10 became the ‘clix’ in the US, is slightly faster with more frames per second and is slightly thinner by about a 10th of an inch. The new media player appears very similar to the original version, although it has a much needed increase in capacity. The flash based player has increased its storage to a 4GB and 8GB version coming to the US in March and April, respectively, which is a nice increase from the former 2GB maximum.

The clix2 has the same 2.2″ viewing screen and about the same overall dimensions, sporting the D-Click interface and supporting Macromedia Flash …

The VB-C300, Canon’s latest eye in the sky

Posted in Canon,Digital Video,Security by Darrin Olson on February 23rd, 2007

VB-C300 PTZ Canon Security CameraIf you’ve ever wanted one of those cool eye-in-the-sky cameras like they have at casinos under the tinted domes in the ceiling, Canon has recently introduced a new professional grade version with some really nice and unexpected features.

This is the VB-C300 Wide-Angle Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) network camera from Canon that also has some high quality video recording software available to allow you watch and record the video stream across a LAN or the internet. It is optionally powered by the actual LAN cable making installation a lot easier. Simply mount the camera and attach your LAN line and you are powering, controlling and watching video from one connection.

“The addition of the VB-C300 PTZ Camera and introduction of VK-64 / VK-16 Version 1.3 Network Video Recording Software further expands the versatility of Canon’s Network Video Solutions products and provides installers with more options to …

Viacom to Provide Joost Content

Posted in Digital Video,Joost,News,Viacom by Paul Patterson on February 20th, 2007

Viacom to Provide Joost ContentViacom will become a major content provider to the Joost global broadband television service, according to an announcement on Tuesday. This marks the first big licensing deal for Joost.

As a partner, Viacom will offer television shows and movies from its MTV Networks, BET Networks and Paramount Pictures divisions. Using Joost, consumers can watch Viacom content on their computers for free.

Viacom made headlines a mere two weeks ago after the media company pulled clips from Google’s YouTube online video sharing service due to copyright concerns.

Joost provides advanced television viewing features such as links to related content or websites based on the program. The interface is customizable through a variety of plug-in applications that provide social networking features such as instant messaging, message boards, and news tickers.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Joost is currently available in …