If you asked Microsoft, they'd probably say their flashy keynote address at E3 signaled the day the Xbox 360 grew into its own as an entertainment center, rather than a dumb old video game console. Here at Maximum PC, we view it a little differently: we think Microsoft's keynote address at E3 signaled the day that PC gaming fell off of Microsoft's radar.
OK, quick show of hands: Who hasn’t hunted down a favorite music video on YouTube or some other streaming video service over the past few months? Right. Now, who of you out there hasn’t discovered new music by stumbling across a band’s video online for the first time? So, we can agree that music videos posted to the web are an inherent good then, right? Right. With that out of the way, let’s get down to business. No matter whether you’re looking to find an old favourite, or have a hankering to discover something new, music video streaming wunderkind HelloDay has something for you.
Ah, Youtube. Thanks to you, we can't imagine an Internet without Old Greg, "All Your Base are Belong to Us" or Leeroy Jenkins. Youtube celebrated its sixth birthday today, and while the event was low key compared to the site's five-year anniversary mega-blowout-fiesta-extravaganza, the company tossed up a blog post with some numbers that show just how big our baby has grown. Unfortunately, the post doesn't list how many otherwise productive work hours have been lost to Rickrolls, but we estimate the number to be in the millions.
Netflix has been making headlines recently over its meteoric rise in popularity, and along with it, the impact it is having on our poor, beleaguered, bandwidth starved Internet service providers. Reports suggesting the company could be consuming up to one third of all peek time Internet traffic is common, but ITWorld.com is claiming that’s B.S. And you know we can’t resist an article that promises to cut through the B.S.!
In an age of rabid copyright lawyers, takedown orders and account seizures, it’s getting harder and harder to hold on to the web videos we love. While popular content can usually be found through other websites and users, tracking a new source down can be a pain. Fortunately, the aptly named Download YouTube Videos + is here to help you preserve your internet media treasures.
We know that Netflix has been killing it in new subscriber counts quarter after quarter, but that might be having some unexpected consequences. According to TorrentFreak, the increasing prevalence of Netflix is having a negative effect on US-based BitTorrent piracy. Apparently, if you give people a good deal on content, a lot of them will stop pirating movies.
The online video streaming behemoth (and occasional disc rental service) known as Netflix has announced quarterly earnings, and they are spectacular. Earnings were up 88% year over year, with revenue of $719 million. The big news however, this that Netflix added 3.3 million subscribers, to end at 23.6 million. That means Netflix has more subscribers than Comcast.
Google is forging ahead with their quest to promote the WebM open video codec. To those ends, Google has announced that all new videos that are uploaded to YouTube will be encoded in WebM in addition to the other supported formats. Google is also working hard to get the entire 6-year backlog of YouTube videos converted to their preferred format.
Viacom isn't done ruining everyone's good time. Nope, not by a long shot. The content giant has notified Cablevision that their iPad app, which allows streaming live TV to the device, is not acceptable. The app only works in the customer's home, but Viacom still considers this sort of use to be outside the realm of existing content deals.
Online streaming behemoth Netflix has benefitted handsomely from its deal with Starz for exclusive content, but according to the Washington Post, that relationship might be on the skids. Starz has announced that beginning this summer, new first-run series (and later movies) will only be available on Netflix 90 days after it airs. This is a change from the current set up wherein many Starz programs were available for streaming immediately.