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Hulu streams 856 million video views in October

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on November 27th, 2009

hulu-sbLots of TV fans catch up on their shows and watch them exclusively on their computers via Hulu. Hulu is one of the largest video sites online and has shows that are new and those that have been off the air for years for users to enjoy.

ComScore has released its numbers for video streaming sites for October of this year. ComScore reports that Hulu has delivered a record 856 million video views in the US for the month. Overall, 167 million internet users in America watched a video online during the month.

YouTube tops in video but Hulu grows fastest

Posted in Digital Video by Shane McGlaun on May 15th, 2009

hulu-sbI watch my share of online video and my video streaming site of choice isn’t YouTube. I don’t care much for videos produced by people with the cheapest cameras they can get their hands on. I prefer full length professionally made TV shows and movies like Hulu provides.

Nielsen Online has released its latest figures for video streaming sites and YouTube still sits in the top spot with a massive lead over the second place site. In April YouTube streamed 5.5 billion videos with Hulu coming in a distant second place.

Samsung, Yahoo Get Cozy with Internet Televisions

Posted in Television by Nino Marchetti on January 5th, 2009

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Samsung is turning to an online video partner in the same way LG and Netflix relate in order to begin bringing Internet to select flat panel HDTVs. Yahoo is the choice for Samsung in this venture and televisions from this relationship will be available sometime this year.

The new “Interent@TV – Content Service” from Samsung makes use of Yahoo’s Widget Engine to bring a variety of Internet-related content to the home media room screen. A host of Widgets wil be available, including Flickr, Yahoo News, Yahoo Weather and Yahoo! Finance, USA TODAY, YouTube, eBay and Showtime Networks, among others. Other services will be added over time.

LG, Netflix Team for Internet Video Streaming Televisions

Posted in Television by Nino Marchetti on January 5th, 2009

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LG and Netflix seem to feel confident enough in the desire for streaming movies to consumer devices in that they are now bringing the experience to other products for the home. The two announced today plans for Netflix-enabled “Broadband HDTVs.”

These new LCD and plasma HDTVs will begin being available this spring. LG is embedding the Netflix software into these televisions, thereby letting Netflix customers watch the growing library of movies, television shows and HD content available through Netflix’s streaming video offering.

Sony brings YouTube to its Internet video device

Posted in Web 2.0 by Nino Marchetti on June 6th, 2008

BRAVIA Internet Video LinkSony topped off its announcements yesterday with word it was bringing new content to its BRAVIA Internet Video Link service. Chief among these is a partnership with popular video Web site YouTube.

Sony said its BRAVIA Internet Video Link device will now let people have access to millions of YouTube videos through connected BRAVIA LCD flat-panels at no additional charge. Models supporting this device include select 2007 and 2008 flat panels.

Apple iTunes to sell movies on DVD release day

Posted in iTunes by Darrin Olson on May 1st, 2008

iTunes will sell movies on the same day as the DVD releaseApple today announced the immediate ability to purchase movies through iTunes the same day that they are released to DVD. This takes away another hurdle that Apple needed to get over to increase the number of online movie rentals through iTunes, and comes only months after the initial launch of the ability to purchase movies at all through the online service.

Apple says they will be providing new releases for sale from 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Lionsgate, among a couple others. The new release purchases are priced at $14.99 each and can be viewed on a Mac, PC or any iPod with video and require iTunes version 7.6.2 which is available now as a free download.

Tivo brings YouTube to its DVRs

Posted in DVR by Nino Marchetti on March 12th, 2008

tivo-youtube.jpgTivo is getting set to add another online offering to owners of its digital video recorders. This time around the company has announced a new relationship with YouTube to bring online videos to your set top DVR.

Under the terms of the announcement Tivo will begin to offer access to YouTube videos directly to owners of Tivo Series 3 DVRs – sorry Series 2 owners, you look to be out of luck. Access will be included for the Tivo HD as well.