Archives For Video

blackloud-pochannel

By way of the FCC (and Brad Linder), we learn of a new player in the streaming space, the Blackloud PoChannel. With YouTube branding and DLNA promises, the Gemtek-produced device looks similar in size and playlist function to the upcoming Qplay TV Adapter… minus the TiVo founder’s social linkages. But unlike Qplay, while PoChannel will ship with both Android and iPhone apps, a traditional remote control will also be included for more traditional control. Yet the questions remain, what sets these guys apart and is the market already saturated (with imperfect products)?

Amazon Studios Crowdsources 10 New Pilots

HBO CEO thinks shared HBO GO passwords are a great promotion

Hulu-Desktop-dies

Several months ago Hulu quietly pulled their Desktop software from download to barely a ripple in the blogosphere – which I found somewhat surprising giving the company’s various machinations as they decide what they want to be when they grow up and who controls the purse strings. Well, Hulu has now gone ahead and made it official:

Hulu Desktop had a good run, however we’re sorry to share that it will no longer be supported after January 31st, 2014. This means, it may still work for the time being, but we will no longer be actively updating it or fixing bugs. Instead, we’re going to put all our efforts towards refining and improving the other ways you can continue to watch Hulu on your PC, Mobile, and Living Room devices.

(Thanks Brad!)

The Videos of CES

Dave Zatz —  January 11, 2014

A roundup of the videos we shot while experiencing CES…

popcorn-hour-a410

Via CNXSoft we’ve learned a new Popcorn Hour A-410 networked media jukebox is now available for pre-order at $260. It’s been a several years since I’ve personally heard from from Syabas, when they attempted to take a run at the Rokus of the world with Popbox – a simple media streamer with fresh UI. Unfortunately, they failed to set the world afire and clearly gave up on Popbox company branding, as they now go by Cloud Media.

a410-active-display

Like the prior generation “media tank” line, the new Popcorn Hour is geared towards the power user possessing a large media library, with beefy specs and support for all sorts of codecs. Further, the A-410 features an updated interface, including Bitorrent & usenet clients, along with a companion iPad app. In terms of storage, bring your own 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA drive. Of course, external drives and NAS capabilities are also available.

A subset of specs from the fanless design:

Chipset:
Sigma Designs SMP8911 Dual-Core 800Mhz with 512KB L2 Cache with VXP Video Processor

Memory:
1024MB DDR2, 256MB SLC NAND Flash

Audio/Video:
HDMI, Component, CVBS, Stereo Audio, S/PDIF, Digital Optical

qplay-family

After breaking news that TiVo’s co-founders have reunited to develope another (mini) set-top, it appears that the company rebrand has accelerated… as Invisioneer transforms into Qplay right before our eyes (and clearly without a private staging website). Our initial assumptions, based on limited site text and LinkedIn profiles, appears spot on. From Qplay’s new description:

For most people, playing [Internet video] on your tablet can be a chore and getting it to your TV is next to impossible. Qplay will harness the power of the Internet to give consumers new ways to discover, play and share video content.

While GigaOm sources indicate the company is hoping to aggregate premium content, neither Qplay’s test Twitter account nor the new imagery support that. Indeed, what one is (at launch) versus what they hope to become is not always one in the same. And whatever Qplay is doing with YouTube video (and now Vine) can likely be done better via YouTube’s native rating, sharing, playlists in conjunction with Chromecast beaming. Not to mention this space is getting crowded, between the gaming consoles, streaming incumbents, and incoming Amazon box – will Qplay offer enough, at the right price and with the stellar marketing that will be needed to make dent? Guess we’ll find out in “early 2014.”