Stickam gives users until February 28th to download any videos stored on the service before bowing out of the live streaming race.
The live streaming scene is still very much up for grabs, but the barriers to entry are high, and the risk of YouTube simply squashing everyone remains ever present. Stickam, TwitchTV, UStream, and JustinTV were among the few sites with enough community to challenge Google, but suddenly that race is down one very high profile player. Stickam announced very suddenly yesterday that the site would be closing down effective immediately, however, users would be given until February 28th to login and download any videos they want to save.
YouTube looks more “Google” than ever after redesign!
Google rolled out a new look for YouTube on Thursday, around a year after the world’s most popular online video site received its last facelift. The last overhaul focused on giving greater prominence to the user’s personalized content, and this one takes that even further with a cleaner, simpler look that “gets out of the way and lets content truly shine.”
Nowadays instances of major online content providers ditching Flash entirely or in part are becoming very common. The latest do so is the venerable British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the largest broadcaster on planet Earth. According to a report, videos on both the mobile and regular versions of the BBC News site are now available in HTML5.
Google acquired the world’s largest online video streaming site YouTube for $1.65 billion in October 2006. But for some odd reason it has taken five long years for the popular online video platform to allow visitors to sign-in using just their Google accounts. Hit the jump for more.
YouTube has rolled out a number of new features, including 2D-to-3D video conversion (beta) and the ability to upload videos longer than 15 minutes. The world’s most popular online video site announced these new features on its official blog Wednesday. Hit the jump for more.
It's no secret Hulu's owners want to sell the video streaming service, but what isn't isn't yet know is who will buy it and how much Hulu will fetch. Hulu set a deadline for Wednesday for suitors to submit their initial bids, and this could turn out to be a multi-billion dollar deal, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Denver-based patent pool outfit MPEG LA, which licenses the H.264 codec, has called upon holders of “patents essential to the VP8 video codec” to join the VP8 patent pool it’s trying to assemble. As some of you might recall, MPEG LA has time and again questioned VP8’s royalty freeness, all along threatening a VP8 patent pool. I guess you are familiar with the "hit the jump" routine.
One of the provisions in the new FCC mandated net neutrality deal would have Comcast-NBC sharing their content with multiple online video providers. The only problem, NBC has already worked out an exclusive deal with Hulu. This could mean the FCC is looking to take Hulu down a peg, by spreading content more widely.
The relevant section of the regulation reads, "Comcast would be required to offer NBC Universal programming to any online video provider that has reached a similar deal for content with some of NBC’s competitors." This would make Hulu less of a draw if the content could be had elsewhere. Hulu's premium service has already had trouble attracting subscribers.
Of course, it is also possible that the FCC has little intention of enforcing these regulations, in which case Hulu could continue on as usual. We like the idea of having content available everywhere, but without a controlled experience where content producers get a big cut of the take, they might sour on the idea of online distribution even more than they already have.
Hulu is quickly taking over the market for online streaming television, and the company may be ready to test its importance by going public. An initial public offering (IPO) is said to be in the works, and the company may end up valued at around $2 billion. The move could happen as early as this fall.
Hulu is partially owned by News Corp, Disney, and NBC. The comany has seen small, but steady profits as of late, $100 million last year. This makes the possibility of a $2 billion valuation confusing. Analysts are cautious citing the weak IPO market. Hulu's saving grace could be the high volume of ads thy serve, 566 million in June. Investors may also see hope in Hulu's new $9.99 Hulu Plus service.Will you be snapping up Hulu stock in the event of an IPO?
You may be familiar with the Redbox DVD rental kiosks, but company president Mitch Lowe hinting at the next step for Redbox. In a recent interview, Lowe discussed their intention to expand the selection beyond what can be crammed into their kiosks. This isn't likely to be a shipping model like Netflix mostly relies on, but a streaming service.
Rumored pricing is only $3.95 per month for unlimited streaming and four kiosk rental a month. By comparison, Netflix plans start at $8.99 per month for streaming and a single mailed DVD at a time. The make or break element of Redbox's service would be the selection. Netflix has famously sought to get newer movies on their streaming service, but the selection is still lacking top content. Could Redbox come from nowhere and surpass Netflix?
If this plan actually come to fruition, Blockbuster is likely to be the biggest loser. The video rental chain is already on the verge of bankruptcy, and a new push from Redbox could do them in.