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Microsoft Azure now uses speech recognition to help users search videos

NewTeeVee - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:50

Microsoft Azure now provides a speech-recognition service for audio-visual content that indexes the files based on what's actually said in them. This could automate the searchability, categorization and description of content that used to be a mystery if it wasn't properly labeled.

Microsoft Azure now uses speech recognition to help users search videos originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Sony signs up Viacom for internet TV service, but at what cost?

NewTeeVee - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:49

Sony's internet TV service will carry Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon, along with Palladia, BET Gospel and anything else Viacom has come up with over the last couple of years.

Sony signs up Viacom for internet TV service, but at what cost? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Apple Still Doesn't Have a Digital Living Room Strategy

VideoNuze.com Analysis - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:34

Yesterday Apple launched two new iPhones, a payment system and a smart watch. But one thing it didn't launch was an actual Apple smart TV, or an upgraded version of its existing hockey puck Apple TV device.  

Of course, given the pre-event rumorathon, nobody really expected anything on the TV front yesterday. Whereas just a couple of years ago an Apple smart TV in particular was seen as inevitable - and just around the corner - talk of it has now virtually evaporated. While online video adoption has continued to surge, spurring a range of companies to stake claims in the digital living room, Apple has been silent, not even hinting that a bigger play in the living room is on its strategic roadmap. In my opinion that's a big missed opportunity.

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The next big fight for the living room is coming, and this time, it’s all about your speakers

NewTeeVee - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 04:00

Thought the fight of the TV streaming boxes was fierce? Then wait until loudspeaker makers, chipset vendors, Wi-Fi startups and others battle it out over the future of home audio.

The next big fight for the living room is coming, and this time, it’s all about your speakers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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How Meridith Valiando Rojas Turns YouTube Celebrities into Concert Stars

VideoNuze.com News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:00

http://recode.net/2014/09/10/how-meridith-valiando-rojas-turns-youtube-celebrities-into-concert-stars-the-full-codemedia-interview/

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Vindico Offers Viewability Measurement Tech To Publishers For Free

VideoNuze.com News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:00

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/233951/vindico-offers-viewability-measurement-tech-to-pub.html?edition=76002

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Activision`s $500 Million `Destiny` Launch Shows Power of Online Video

VideoNuze.com News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:00

http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/activisions-500-million-destiny-launch-shows-power-online-video-160046

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HBO Go direct access inches closer but still out of reach

VideoNuze.com News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:00

http://www.cnet.com/news/hbo-go-direct-access-inches-closer-but-still-out-of-reach/

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Maker Studios `Mostly a Distribution Play` for Disney

VideoNuze.com News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:00

http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/maker-studios-mostly-a-distribution-play-for-disney-1201302678/

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Viacom Announces Distribution Deal With Sony`s Cloud-Based TV Service

VideoNuze.com News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:00

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/viacom-announces-distribution-deal-sonys-731849

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Inside Apple’s Live Event Stream Failure, And Why It Happened: It Wasn’t A Capacity Issue

The Business Of Online Video - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:26

Apple’s live stream of the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and Watch was a disaster today right from the start, with many users like myself having problems trying to watch the event. While at first I assumed it must be a capacity issue pertaining to Akamai, a deeper look at the code on Apple’s page and some other elements from the event shows that decisions made by Apple pertaining to their website, and problems with how they setup storage on Amazon’s S3 service, contributed the biggest problems to the event.

Unlike the last live stream Apple did, this time around Apple decided to add some Javascript JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) code to the apple.com page which added an interactive element on the bottom showing tweets about the event. As a result, this was causing the page to make refresh calls every few milliseconds. By Apple making the decision to add the JSON JavaScript code, it made the apple.com website un-cachable. By contrast, Apple usually has Akamai caching the page for their live events but this time around there would have been no way for Akamai to have done that, which causes a huge impact on the performance when it comes to loading the page and the stream. And since Apple embeds their video directly in the web page, any performance problems in the page also impacts the video. Akamai didn’t return my call asking for more details, but looking at the code shows there was no way Akamai could have cached it. This is also one of the reasons why when I tried to load the Apple live event page on my iPad, it would make Safari quit. That’s a problem with the code on the page, not with the video.

Because of all the refresh calls from the JSON-related JavaScript code, it looks like it artificially forced the player to degrade the quality of the video, dropping it down to a lower bitrate, because it thought there were more requests for the stream than there was. As for the foreign language translation that we heard for the first 27 minutes of the event, that’s all on Apple as they do the encoding themselves for their events, from the location the event is at. Clearly someone on Apple’s side didn’t have the encoder setup right and their primary and backup streams were also way out of sync. So whatever Apple sent to Akamai’s CDN is what got delivered and in this case, the video was overlaid with a foreign language track. I also saw at least one instance where I believe that Apple’s encoder(s) were rebooted after the event had already started which probably also contributed to the “could not load movie” and “you don’t have permission to access” error messages.

Looking at the metadata from the event page, you could see that Apple was hosting content from the interactive element on the apple.com event page on Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service. From what I can tell, it looks like Apple setup the content in a single bucket on S3 with little to no cache hit ratio, with poor bucket configuration. Amazon didn’t reply to my request for more info, but it’s clear that Apple didn’t setup their S3 storage correctly, which caused huge performance issues when all the requests hit Amazon’s network in a single location.

As for Akamai’s involvement in the event, they were the only CDN Apple used. Traceroutes from all over the planet (thanks to all who sent them in to me) showed that Apple relied solely on Akamai for the delivery. Without Akamai being able to cache Apple’s webpage, the performance to the videos took a huge hit. If Akamai can’t cache the website at the edge, then all requests have to go back to a central location, which defeats the whole purpose of using Akamai or any other CDNs to begin with. All CDNs architecture is based on being able to cache content, which in this case, Akamai clearly was not able to do. The below chart from third-party web performance provider Cedexis shows Akamai’s availability dropping to 98.5% in Eastern Europe during the event, which isn’t surprising if no caching is being used.

akamaiThe bottom line with this event is that the encoding, translation, JavaScript code, the video player, the call to S3 single storage location and the millisecond refreshes all didn’t work properly together and was the root cause of Apple’s failed attempt to make the live stream work without any problems. So while it would be easy to say it was a CDN capacity issue, which was my initial thought considering how many events are taking place today and this week, it does not appear that a lack of capacity played any part in the event not working properly. Apple simply didn’t provision and plan for the event properly.

Updated Thursday Sept. 9th: From talking to transit providers & looking at DeepField data, Apple’s live video stream did 6-8Tbps at peak. World Cup peak on Akamai was 6.8Tbps. So the idea that this was a capacity issue isn’t accurate and the event didn’t generate some of the numbers I see people saying, like “hundreds of millions” watching the stream.

Updated Thursday Sept. 9th: While some in the comments section want to argue with me that problems with the Apple.com webpage didn’t impact the video, here is another post from someone who explains, in much better detail than me, many of the problems Apple had with their website, that contributed to the live stream issues. See: Learning from Apple’s livestream perf fiasco

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Good news for football fans as FCC will vote to end TV blackouts September 30

NewTeeVee - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:04

Are you a fan of the Bills, Packers, Chargers or other small market NFL team? Relief from blackouts is on the way as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says the agency will stop supporting the rules.

Good news for football fans as FCC will vote to end TV blackouts September 30 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Netflix now automatically plays the next episode of a show on Chromecast

NewTeeVee - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:42

Binge-viewers rejoice: has rolled out its so-called post-play feature for Chromecast, automatically queuing up the next episode when you’ve finished watching an episode of a show. The feature works just like post-play does on devices like Roku, according to a post on Netflix’s blog, with one […]

Netflix now automatically plays the next episode of a show on Chromecast originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Interesting idea: Esquire puts up a paywall for a single article and will donate the proceeds

NewTeeVee - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:58

Esquire is experimenting with a single-story paywall around a piece that was written about the 9/11 attacks, and the proceeds will go towards a scholarship in the name of murdered journalist James Foley

Interesting idea: Esquire puts up a paywall for a single article and will donate the proceeds originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Kaltura Integrates Tvinci for OTT TV Solution

VideoNuze.com Analysis - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:25

Kaltura has announced Kaltura OTT TV, a solution integrating pay OTT TV technology from recently acquired Tvinci, with its own video platform. Kaltura OTT TV is targeted to pay-TV operators looking to offer multi-screen OTT services on a paid and/or ad-supported basis.

Kaltura OTT TV supports server-side and native ad insertion for live and VOD content, in-app purchases, DRM, social features including Facebook login and recommendations and an electronic program guide. Each family member can set up an individual profile for personalized service and behavioral tracking across multiple screens.

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