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PS3 Movie Downloads

Posted in Digital Video,News,PS3,Sony by Darrin Olson on February 20th, 2007

Sony PS3 has movie downloads comingIn a recent interview with 1UP Phil Harrison, president of studios worldwide for Sony, said that the long term plan for the Playstation3 is to add digitally downloaded content to the existing built-in hard drive, including movies and TV shows.

Harrison stated that having the downloaded content was part of a 10-year plan, but also noted that the technology is already there to make this possible and its likely that it will come to fruition soon. This media download service would put the PS3 in direct runnings with the Microsoft Xbox which currently has a similar service, and could help its running against the Nintendo Wii which does have internet based interactive content through the Wii Channels, but does not download media to the game console.

“Well we made a very conscious decision in putting a hard drive in every machine and …

iRiver X20 Media Player

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,iRiver by Darrin Olson on February 18th, 2007

iRiver X20 Media PlayeriRiver has a new PMP that will be available in Japan in a few weeks called the iRiver X20, which is another nice product from iRiver, but with no features that really that stand out as exceptional from the rest.

The X20 has all the features you would expect in an audio and video playing portable device, including playback of music, MPEG4 and WMV video, and still pictures. The device also has an FM tuner which is almost becoming standard in these types of players, and it has direct recording.

The recording function is always a welcome function for me. It has the ability to record radio through the FM tuner and encode it straight to MP3 files, and it can also record voice with a built in microphone or from a line into the device. Data can be transferred via a USB port, and iRiver …

FCC Reveals Archos 704 WiFi

Posted in Archos,Digital Audio,Digital Video by Darrin Olson on February 8th, 2007

Archos 704 WiFiArchos is making a name for itself, and although for some it might not be the best name they are definitely not quitters. We actually kinda’ liked the Archos 604 video player for it’s sharp look and decent screen size. We liked it even more when the added WiFi to it and we noticed some of the cool accessories, like the helmet cam.

Today pictures of a new version of the player called the Archos 704 WiFi was revealed via the FCC and we couldn’t help but notice the words “MOBILE DVR” stamped on the front.

The actual functionality details are a little gray at this point, but it does seem to have the same sharp look, possibly a little bigger screen and maybe a bigger hard drive for storing and playing more movies. Common DVR functions are a strong possibility which would …

TiVo and Amazon Announce Video Download Service

Posted in Amazon,Digital Video,News,Services,Television,Tivo by Paul Patterson on February 7th, 2007

TiVo and Amazon.com Announce Video Download ServiceTiVo and Amazon.com have announced a new service that will allow TiVo Subscribers to watch Movies and TV Shows downloaded from Amazon Unbox on Their TVs.

With “Amazon Unbox on TiVo”, subscribers will have the ability to rent and purchase movies and television shows. Television shows will cost $1.99 per episode and most movies will range between $9.99 and $14.99 for purchase with movie rentals starting at $1.99. The current list of supported major studios includes CBS, Fox Entertainment Group, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Once live, subscribers will be able to activate the service on Amazon.com to establish a link between their TiVo Series2 or Series3 box. Once the service has been activated, eligible movies and television shows can be downloaded directly to the TiVo box. Downloaded content will automatically appear in the “Now Playing” list …

MUX Video Conversion Service

Posted in Digital Video,Services,Websites by Paul Patterson on February 5th, 2007

MUX Video Conversion ServiceMUX is a any-to-any video conversion service that allows you to convert video files to different formats. The service allows you to convert to and from Quicktime (mov), MPEG-4 (mp4), Flash Video (flv), Windows Media (wmv), MPEG-1/2 (mpg), Windows AVI (avi), and Mobile 3gp (3gp).

In order to MUX a video, you provide a link to the video file and select the format you would like the video converted to. MUX will then give you a converted video in the size, bitrate, and frames per second that you specified. The conversion takes a couple minutes and the service will notify you when it is finished at the email address you entered. The email you receive contains a URL to your converted video.

I was able to convert a video on YouTube to a Quicktime file pretty easily. I selected the Rolling Rock Thong Ad

Eyejot Video Messaging Platform

Posted in Digital Video,Websites by Paul Patterson on February 2nd, 2007

Eyejot Video Messaging PlatformThe problem I have with email and instant messaging is that people can easily misinterpret my message differently from the way I had intended. It can be hard to show your true emotions – anger, humor, and especially sarcasm without the benefit of facial expressions, gestures, or voice inflection.

Eyejot is a web-based, client-free video messaging platform that will help you get your point across much more effectively than email. Using your webcam, you can create a video message and send it via email. Through a video, your friends, family and business contacts are sure to pick up on your rapier-like wit when they see AND hear your message.

Eyejot Video Messaging Platform

There is no client to install and Eyejot requires only a web browser (IE, Safari, Firefox, Opera), Adobe Flash 9, a webcam, and a microphone (if your webcam doesn’t have …

NFL to offer Super Bowl Highlights on iTunes

Posted in Apple,Digital Video,iTunes,News by Paul Patterson on February 1st, 2007

Apple to offer Super Bowl Highlights on iTunesIn case you miss any of Sunday’s Super Bowl action you can rest assured knowing that the video highlights of the game will be available for download from Apple’s iTunes Store.

The announcement came on Tuesday from the NFL, saying that highlights from Sunday’s game can be purchased online starting Monday. The download will cost $1.99 and will be viewable on computers or iPods. A special 90-minute video of the NFL’s coverage of the Super Bowl will also be available for $1.99.

This marks the first time that football fans will be able to download video highlights of the Super Bowl. Video highlights from the regular-season and playoff games have been available from the iTunes Store since September. The iTunes library contained highlights of each NFL regular season game in addition to a “Follow Your Team” Season Pass. …

Tomato U20 Digital Media Player

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video by Darrin Olson on January 31st, 2007

Tomato U20 Digital Media PlayerThis little digital media player from a Korean company called Tomato has an interesting camera-like look to it with a brushed metal case, shiny buttons, a two inch view screen and a retro on/off switch.

The other side of the U20 from Tomato has no lens, but this media player does support the playback of MP3, MP4, WMV and ASF file formats. The video and JPEG photos can be viewed with the two inch 260,000 color TFT LCD screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The U20 also has a built in speaker and microphone as well as an FM tuner to pick up your favorite radio stations, which implies that the gadget can direct record voice along with the radio, most likely to MP3 format.

Capacities come in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB, which all are a little small for an significant number of video …

Watch Your TV Anywhere with Slingbox Pro

Posted in Digital Video,Sling Media,Television by Chris Weber on January 31st, 2007

Slingbox Media Slingbox Pro Streaming Video DeviceJust can’t bear to miss your favorite television show? Have some time to kill at work? Have to go to junior’s game but you don’t want to miss the big game on TV? The Slingbox Pro from Slingbox Media may be your answer. Slingbox is a media device which connects to up 3 standard definition devices and 1 high-def device to your internet connection and thus to the world. You can control your home theater from anywhere that has an internet connection. You can watch regular cable, pre-recorded shows, on-demand movies, basically anything you can watch in your living room, you can watch on the road.

This has to be one of the greatest advances of the new millennium. I can watch TV from anywhere. It was only a matter of time …

TVTonic is Internet Video for your PC and TV

Posted in Digital Video,TVTonic by Paul Patterson on January 29th, 2007

TVTonic Internet Video On Demand Service
Internet video is becoming increasingly competitive with new services and announcements seemingly popping up every week. Earlier in January I wrote about Joost, a new broadband television service from the founders of Skype, while YouTube has consistently made headlines since Google’s well-publicized acquisition of YouTube back in November.

Another competitor vying for your Internet video-viewing time is TVTonic, a 300-channel Internet Video-On-Demand service that aggregates short-format video from across the Internet. TVTonic was developed by Wavexpress, a provider of broadband media technology and services. Some of the key features of TVTonic include:

You can watch, subscribe and manage any video podcast that supports RSS enclosures.
Designed to be used with a remote control, keyboard or mouse.
Watch On-line or Off-line – By storing media on your computer’s hard drive, TVTonic enables immediate playback of full-screen video even when you’re not on-line.
Downloads …

Joost Internet TV from the Founders of Skype

Posted in Digital Video,Joost,News by Paul Patterson on January 16th, 2007

Joost TV from the Founders of SkypeJoost is a new global broadband television service co-founded by Niklas Zennstram and Janus Friis of former Skype fame. Joost combines TV and broadband Internet with the promise that you can watch TV unfettered of the schedules and restrictions that come with traditional television.

Formerly known under the code name “The Venice Project”, Joost fills a critical gap in the online video entertainment market. According to Joost, the video catalog will contain the biggest and best shows from the TV studios, including specialized programs created by professionals and enthusiasts.

Joost engineers have attempted to make the service behave similarly to TV by including the concept of programs, channels, and advertisements (of course). Keeping with the Television paradigm, Joost will consist of channels containing playlists of videos. You can flip between channels, or use the program guide to choose …

Netflix Subscribers to Watch Movies Online

Posted in Digital Video,Netflix,News by Paul Patterson on January 16th, 2007

Netflix Subscribers to Watch Movies on PCA new service from Netflix will allow subscribers to immediately watch movies and television series on their personal computers.

Subscribers will continue to receive DVDs by mail according to their current plan, but subscribers will soon have the added option of instantly watching about 1,000 movies and TV series on their PCs. The new feature will be made available in subscribers’ monthly membership plans at no additional cost.

The Netflix service features a real-time playback technology which drastically cuts down on the time to begin playing to as little as 10 to 15 seconds. The service requires the one-time installation of a browser applet. The applet allows movies to be paused or immediately jumped to any point in the movie.

Bandwidth requirements are kept to a minimum of one megabit per second. With more bandwidth you will be able to …

AOL and Haier Build Smartscreen Media Device

Posted in AOL,Digital Audio,Digital Video,Haier by Darrin Olson on January 11th, 2007

AOL and Haier Smartscreen Media DeviceAOL and Haier displayed a hard-drive based music and video player to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that seemed to have come out of nowhere.

The device, wittingly named the “Smartscreens Media Device”, plays music as well as WMV and MPEG4 videos and works with music stores supporting Windows Media, but the real kicker is that this player supports WiFi and Bluetooth connections. The WiFi enables it to directly download music from an open WiFi network through the Linux OS that it runs on, as well as streaming internet radio. Audio can be then listened to through wireless Bluetooth headphones.

The Linux OS framework that runs this audio and video gadget was designed with the intent of letting individual software developers as well as companies wishing to partner, to be able to write and add their own applications to run …

MobiBlu Boxon Audio/Video Player

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,MobiBlu,VoIP by Chetz on January 11th, 2007

MobiBlue Boxon Audio and Video PlayerThe new Boxon video and audio player from MobiBlu looks a little like a small, old-school pager in this photo, but its capabilities are far greater.

This little 1 ounce device is surprisingly loaded with features that a person might not expect from such a small device. Of course it can play music and MPEG4 video, as well as view still photos and stores them on flash memory in sizes of 1GB and 2GB.

The Boxon can also receive FM radio, and record it direct to the device into MP3 files, along with voice and any in-line recording. It also features a sleep mode to promote battery life and fade-in music to keep from scaring listeners when the audio starts.

The device from MobiBlu connects via USB, so it can also be used to store your files as a mass storage device, and …

Jobs Unveils Long Awaited Apple TV at MacWorld

Posted in Apple,Apple TV,Digital Video,News,Television by Darrin Olson on January 9th, 2007

Jobs Unveils Apple TV Today at MacWorld in San FranciscoToday at MacWorld in San Francisco Steve Jobs unveiled the highly anticipated Apple TV, dubbing it the iTV multiple times during his keynote speech. The Apple TV was overshadowed and did not come with as many surprises as the Apple iPhone, but nonetheless has many impressive features.

The Apple TV connects directly to a television to allow viewing streamed iTunes content such as movies, photos, TV shows, and music directly on the TV, from up to 5 different PC or Mac computers at a time. There is also a feature to auto-sync the content of the hard drive to one computer which would allow your content to be easily updated.

Apple TV contains a 40GB hard drive to store movies and other media content as rumored, and plays the video at 720p high-definition. The box is of …