sansaconnect_internetradio1.jpgThe DivX news just keeps on coming… As they work on expanding their ecosystem, SanDisk has announced DivX support  – including web video site Stage6. I think it’s safe to say SanDisk will beef up their portable Sansa media players, and perhaps will be one of vendors to brand the upcoming DivX media extender, later this year.

(via Gizmodo)

robotchicken.jpgHere’s an interesting tibit I ran across: Cartoon Network is working on some sort of Adult Swim content/gaming mashup for web and consoles.

The Mega Series is a custom application accessible through a console browser and a PC browser. Once the application is built, the interface will be customized for the Flash capabilities of each distribution platform — including PC, PS3 or mobile phone — creating a VOD and gaming experience

Could be cool. Though it sounds like Xbox 360 (no web browser) and iPhone (reports of no Flash) owners will be left out. Guess we’ll find out in early 2008.


Looks like some of those upcoming AT&T U-verse features actually won’t be making an appearance any time soon:

  • Photos, VoIP, U-Bar, Yellow Pages (Q4, 2007)
  • 2 HD Streams, Pair Bonding, iNID (Q2, 2008)
  • Whole Home DVR (Q3, 2008)
  • Caller ID on TV (Q4, 2008)

Though, the most interesting new DVR interface/functionality I want to check out is FiOS TV 2.0. No telling how well it’s executed, but the pictures and description are drool worthy. Not to mention, Digeo has some stand-alone Moxi boxes in the pipeline… The competition is heating up.

(via EngadgetHD)

YouTube will soon test a new video identification technology with two of the world’s largest media companies, Time Warner Inc. and Walt Disney Co. This technology, rolled into Claim Your Content, will help copyright holders identify movies that have been uploaded without their permission.

Testing of the identification technology, developed by engineers at Google, will begin in about a month. Once videos are flagged as improperly uploaded, Disney or Time Warner will be able to decide whether to remove the offending clip or keep it online and generate money through advertising.

This new technology has the potential to not only automate the takedown process of videos on YouTube, but also to block the uploading of copyrighted material all together. If the technology is successful, YouTube plans on offering it to all copyright holders.

Another outcome of this technology might involve the sharing of advertising revenues by splitting advertising dollars with copyright holders of identified videos.

Chris Tew is an entrepreneur and internet journalist that has a passion following the Internet TV industry. You can catch more of his thoughts and musings over on Web TV Wire.

nbcu.jpgNetflix continues to extend their reach by purchasing and distributing content. They’ve primarily stockpiled indie and foreign flicks, but now they’re expanding into custom short-form video via a NBC Universal deal:

“‘I Love This Movie!’” will be available for instant watching at the Netflix member Web site,” said Robert Kyncl, vice president of content acquisition at Netflix. “As part of a three-series content partnership between Netflix and NBC Universal Digital Studios, ‘I Love This Movie!’ is the first short-form content to premiere on our service and provides Netflix subscribers with unique and entertaining recommendations for classic films.”

2-3 minute I Love This Movie episodes will be distributed later this year through the Windows-only Watch Now service and via an embedded web player on the Netflix site. Given the topic and length, these don’t amount to much more than advertising… Perhaps Netflix’s partnership with NBCU will lead to more creative content going forward.