Netflix and YouTube’s DIAL–An alternative to AirPlay?

January 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s already clear that most of us prefer watching Netflix on TV rather than on our PCs or tablets, but it appears the subscription video pioneer isn’t content with just direct streaming. As we learned at CES 2013, Netflix is currently in cahoots with YouTube to build out a multiscreen initiative called DIAL (which stands for "discovery and launch") that could provide real competition for Apple’s AirPlay.

It works in essentially the same way — DIAL lets you play streaming video on compatible TVs without having to launch the app first — but there are a few key differences. Unlike AirPlay, DIAL lets you launch apps, even web apps, on the TV — if it’s a Smart TV, you’ll even be redirected to download an appropriate app from its app store.

However, it can’t send URLs to the TV and mirror displays like AirPlay can, supposedly to avoid protocol conflicts as it builds its network of partnerships.

And that’s where DIAL’s growing momentum comes in. According to GigaOm, DIAL is an open protocol, which gives it massive dev and OEM appeal. All Google TV boxes already have it, while Sony, Samsung and LG are reportedly very interested.

Scott Mirer, director of product management at Netflix, said the latter two have already incorporated it in some 2012 TVs, with more coming in the future. More important is the support from app devs and content providers — BBC, Hulu, Pandora and Flingo have already signed up to take part in the effort, with Chrome purportedly working on DIAL compatibility for browser-to-TV page-flinging.

On the whole, it’s a promising path for not just Netflix and YouTube, which have previously only released relatively limited remote control applications, but the second screen movement in general.

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No YouTube For iPad? Get The Jasmine YouTube Client

September 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s been a few days since Apple started to make iOS 6 available to the general public, and the absence of any kind of YouTube app has caught many iPad users by surprise. Sure, Google launched its very own YouTube app for iOS almost two weeks ago – but that app is optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch, and simply doesn’t look right on an iPad display. And yes, you can also access YouTube’s mobile site – but to be honest, the experience isn’t quite the same. So what should a iPad owner do?

The answer is quite simple: Install the free Jasmine app. That’s a YouTube app made by the same independent developer who also created the iOS Reddit app Alien Blue, Jason Morrissey, who created the app for and named it after his daughter. And the app doesn’t just feature a very nice, clean and minimal design, it also comes with almost everything you’d expect from a YouTube app, including:

  • Access to featured and trending videos as well as YouTube’s topical channels
  • Access to your favorites, playlists and subscriptions
  • The ability to share videos via Twitter, email and through your iPad’s clipboard
  • The display of comments, as well as the ability to add your own comments to a video
  • A night mode with a dark background
  • Parental controls for users who purchase the Pro version
  • Airplay

This app is already so much better than Apple’s old YouTube app that came with iOS pre-installed, and it’s actually raising the bar for Google’s upcoming YouTube iPad app. Sure, it’s missing a few features, including easy sharing with Facebook and Google+, but most of the people who are currently looking for a YouTube app alternative should be more than happy with Jasmine.

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YouTube Mobile Uploads Up 400% Since iPhone 3GS Launch

June 26, 2009 by · 7 Comments 

If there was any question about the significance of the iPhone 3GS’s impressive video functionality, here’s your answer: YouTube reports that in the six days since the iPhone 3GS was released last week, the number of mobile uploads has increased by a whopping 400%. For a single phone model to have such a major impact on the site is simply phenomenal.

Even without the iPhone, YouTube is seeing major growth across the entire mobile space — the site has seen uploads go up 1700% over the last six months. It’s not hard to guess why. Video-enabled smartphones are becoming increasingly popular, as are high speed data connections.

YouTube also attributes part of the growth to a streamlined upload flow (note how easy it is to upload a video from your iPhone to the site), as well as its improved sharing capabilities (you can now syndicate your videos to services like Facebook and Twitter).

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Game Geeks Celebrates 100th Episode

May 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Kurt Wiegel at Game Geeks, along with PugknowsPro has released the 100th episode of its Pen & Paper RPG review series. The episode is a recap of the last 49 episodes done up to this date. If you are into pen & paper RPGs, then this series is a must watch for its coverage of various RPGs from different companies.

Watching the Game Geeks videos introduced me to several RPGs that are now on my shelf, including Buffy The Vampire Slayer Revised Corebook, Angel Corebook Role Playing Game, Basic Roleplaying: The Chaosium d100 system, All Flesh Must Be Eaten: Revised Edition, The Savage World of Solomon Kane, Savage Worlds Explorers Edition, and more.

Kurt gives short, quick reviews that are designed to give you an overview of what the product entails. He doesn’t go into too much detail, and his reviews are usually between five and eight minutes which seems to be just the right amount of time to show you the game, what he likes about it, and why he recommends it.

Below is the 100th episode, and you can watch all of the episodes at pugknowspro’s YouTube page. Read more

Code Geass Anime On YouTube Courtesy Of Bandai Entertainment

April 20, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Bandai EntertainmentBandai Entertainment has posted the first season of Code Geass up on Youtube. The episodes are available with subtitles or English audio.

The Holy Empire of Britannia conquered the country previously known as Japan and now known just as “Area 11.” The empire has been using their military power to conquer various countries as areas. Their strength is based on robotic weapons called Knightmares. Lelouch, the black prince, has fiery ambition in his heart and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.

He obtains the power of the Geass and decides to use that power for the sake of his sister Nunnally and to build a world based on his ideals. Suzaku Kururugi, the white knight, is assigned to pilot the Knightmare Frame Lancelot and tries to achieve his ideals for justice while overcoming the hurdles of reality. The paths these two take will change the relationship of the Britannia Empire and Elevens.

Check out episode one of Code Geass HERE, and here is the link the visit Bandai’s YouTube page. Read more

Avid Giving Away ‘VideoSpin’ YouTube-Friendly Editing Software

April 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Avid giving away VideoSpin YouTube-friendly editing software

Avid, that video editing software maker that used to dominate Hollywood movies until Apple’s Final Cut Pro came along, now resorts to giving its software away. VideoSpin 2.0, a variant of Avid subsidiary Pinnacle’s Studio software, lets you quickly and easily upload widescreen videos to YouTube.

This QuickTime-compatible Windows software works when you’re offline, too, letting you put together sequences with erstwhile pro features such as a fit-to-fill timeline. But if you want to compress your videos for iPod and Sony PSP, you’ll have to buy a “SpinPack.”

Considering that Avid’s Pinnacle Studio is the most widely used consumer video editing software in the world, this can’t be too bad. Might be worth a free download.

Avid VideoSpin, via Press Release

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YouTube Coming Soon to a TV Near You

January 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Video streaming web site YouTube announced a new beta service today called YouTube for TV (if you want to try it in your regular browser, here’s how). To begin with, the service is available on Sony PS3s and Nintendo Wiis, offering a “10-foot television viewing experience through a streamlined interface that enables you to discover, watch, and share YouTube videos on any TV screen with just a few quick clicks of your remote control.”

Sounds good so far, but if you’ve got a Wii or PS3, let’s hear what you think in the comments.

You know, this would work well on an Xbox 360 (Especially since I have one of those and not a PS3 or a wii – :)

Source: LifeHacker

Monty Python Launches YouTube Channel

December 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The Cast Of Monty PythonCan’t get enough of the Knights Who Say Ni?  Or are you in the mood to hear the Lumberjack Song?  Or to see the Upper Class Twit of the Year Competition?

These and many, many more of your favorite Monty Python sketches and moments from their movies are now available on their own YouTube channel.  And now, they’re completely and totally legal to view.

“For 3 years you YouTubers have been ripping us off, taking tens of thousands of our videos and putting them on YouTube. Now the tables are turned. It’s time for us to take matters into our own hands,” the Python say in their You Tube statement.  “We know who you are, we know where you live and we could come after you in ways too horrible to tell. But being the extraordinarily nice chaps we are, we’ve figured a better way to get our own back: We’ve launched our own Monty Python channel on YouTube.”

Fans will no longer have to put up with lower grade fan clips.  The Pythons are offerings high quality clips for their fans to view and enjoy.

“But we want something in return,” they warn.  “None of your driveling, mindless comments. Instead, we want you to click on the links, buy our movies & TV shows and soften our pain and disgust at being ripped off all these years.”

Once again, Monty Python has proved to be on the cutting edge.  First it was comedy.  Now it’s in how to take advantage of the Internet to reach long-time fans and create new ones. Read more