According to the LA Times, one of the mysterious parties that’s been in talks to buy Hulu is none other than Google. Also involved in the preliminary negotiations are Microsoft and Yahoo. Google is reportedly interested in Hulu due to its reach in video advertising, a field Google pioneered with YouTube.
Why do I like VLC Media Player? Because it plays media. That’s pretty apparent in the title, however, so hear me out: The bane of Windows Media Player is that it straps a whole ton of accessories and add-ons into the picture when all you want to do is play a movie file. You don’t want to fuss with the library. You don’t want to go through a bunch of crappy skins or rudimentary add-ons. You don’t want to wait for Windows Media Player to load. You want a video. End of story.
You don't come to Maximum PC for political debates so we're not going to go off on a tangent about what this country does and doesn't need. At the same time, if you live and breathe politics, or simply want to see where members of Congress stand, Google has made it easy with its new Town Hall channel on YouTube. Go there, select an issue, and watch a couple of short videos of politicians doing what they do best: talking.
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.
Google sent us an email over the weekend letting us know that video content hosted on Google Video will no longer be available for playback later this month. For most users, this won't be an issue, but if you happen to have videos uploaded only to Google Video, your window of opportunity to both view them and download them is rapidly closing. Assuming you don't procrastinate, Google has made it easy to grab your videos.
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.