Video Technology Magazine December 2004               

This is a very interesting thread on Slashdot, it's very similar to some of what I was doing with my ECIP Protocol

It is about allowing Peer2Peer networks to stream live content and allow fast foward and rewind, as well as jumping about in the content. (I am looking to start a company to do this)

Applications like Bittorrent have broadly validated swarming technology in the real-world. Now, the inventor of swarming has released a new technology called swarmstreaming that allows smooth progressive playback of content, skipping ahead, and random access without downloading the entire file. It's an HTTP proxy, so browsers, podcasting, and RSS apps should be able to use it transparently. SlashDot discussion

Swarmstreaming™:Progressive Playback From Onion Networks

TV over Phone Lines
Telephone Business Gears Up to Deliver TV

Coming soon: Google TV?
Cool thread on Slashdot HERE

ZDNet Article Here

Video Storage and Search engines are starting to heat up. Unfortunaly the AI and image recognition is just so far behind our ability to capture, compress and archive it not funny. So for now we are limited to Text MetaData for video search and retrieval. Even Oracle the DataBase giant supports video streaming, they got into the game back in Mid 1997.

At this point though we are heading back into a Napster situation where tools like Kazaa and Gnutilla provide better search and access to video recording than any commercial alternatives. I have always found that people will use what works best even if it's not totaly legal.

VOD, Video on Demand is incredably overdue for consumers. It almost sad the state of the current Digital Cable and Satellite TV systems. There search Interfaces are so slow and painfull to navagate, and still it's limited to live. There is so much room for improvement and the smart investor could make a killing. I had some high hopes for companies like Akimbo, the first Recient IPTV VOD box out (USVI in mid 90's and several other tried back then) , but Akimbo was too pricy and doesn't have good quality playback, and charges per video up front. I was really turned off at having to pay $7 just to see a demo of the box working. (I have photos and hope to get an article out on Akimbo this month).

Disneys MovieBeam also gave up before launching. I just don't understand why. Is the technology so hard to implement? I know for a fact it's not, unless you get the wrong team of programmers or a bad manager. I know studio politics and the IP (intellectual Property) lawyers aren't making it easy. Intertainer was stopped cold by not getting content they needed to air.
I really liked those guys. A quote from the site reads

"In September of 2002, Intertainer filed a $1.6 billion antitrust suit in the Ninth Circuit of Federal Court against Sony, Time Warner, Universal and Movielink. We came to this decision reluctantly from the searing experience of the last six years when along with a group of talented engineers, we built the first Video On Demand company. We had as shareholders three of the largest media companies in the world: AOL Time Warner, Sony, and Vivendi Universal. Sony had a board observer seat and all of the others had access to our most secret documents, architecture and business plans. For the first three years of our life they gladly supplied us with thousands of films for our service while we slowly built and market tested our software and security systems. But literally on the day we deployed the service nationally, everything changed. They cut off our film supply and almost immediately began to plan their own competing service Movielink, hiring away our most crucial software architects and doing everything possible to destroy our company."

UK regulator conjures up idea of public IP TV broadcaster

BitBand claims global top spot in video servers for IP TV

Seeds of change: Nicholas Reville on Downhill Battles Blog Torrent initiative Discussion on P2P IPTV

Comcast Corp. is testing offering HDTV video-on-demand, which it sees as yet another potential 'tremendous offensive' weapon against direct-broadcast satellite competition.
Comcast Launches HDTV ON DEMAND Throughout the Washington Metro/Virginia Region

Jeff Calman, executive VP of pay-per-view and VOD for Warner Bros. Home Video, said his company isn't opposed in theory to HDTV offerings being made available on-demand.
HDTV VOD Is 'Tremendous Weapon'

Event Calendar
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is comming in January 6th to the 9th at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Digital Video Expo West is December 5-10th at the Los Angeles Convention Center

The United States IPv6 Summit at the Hyatt Regency in Reston Virgina, Dec 7-10th. IPV6 is very relevant to the upcomming video technology's, more then you'd think.

Interesting Links
Technology 360 , Video On Demand - RSS News Feed

This Article from Robert X. Cringely is a must read
The Limits of SpongeBob SquarePants,
One Canadian's Wireless Neighborhood Network Could Someday Serve Us All

Linux HTPC Howto Home Theater PC How To

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Mattel responds to Hasbro's VideoNow
Mattel's Juice Box is now out for this Christmas to compete directly against Hasbro's Color VideoNow.
Mattel has several advantages, for about the same price, it uses standard MMC/SD Flash Based storage and allows users to record there own content, (with a $40 adapter) as well as selling pre-recorded roms.

Hasbro's VideoNow uses an altered CD format and although hackers have a way to record compatable disks, it's a closed propritary disk for the normal consumers.

Hasbro sold 1.4 million units of it's older Black and White VideoNow player in the first year.

Switched On: Mattels Juice Box Enters The Matrix at Engadget

Kazaa mounts Betamax defence
Kazaa lawyers argued in an Australian court Monday that its software is analogous to the old Betamax videocassette recorders.

Based on the 1984 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court which determined that the electronics company Sony wasn't liable when people used its Betamax machines to copy movies.

The Sony HVR-Z1U and HDR-FX1 HDV Camcoder
I can't seem to find any differnce between the HVR-Z1U and the HDR-FX1, Both just came out

The HVR-Z1U will come out in Febuary for $5K and the HDR-FX1 is avalable now for $3700 USD

3 Chip CCD HAD 1440x1080, (not quite 1920x1080 but still excellent) 1080i high definition video recording and playback
Professional-level MPEG2 video compression with the Real-time HD Codec Engine

Digital Video Editing has posted an in-depth look at the recently announced Sony HVR-Z1U Camcorder in all its HDV glory. HDV, the new video codec developed in collaboration between Canon, Sony, and JVC, has piqued the interest of the filmmaking community with its promise of HD in a DV format. From the review:

When Sony , Sharp, JVC and Canon got together to create the HDV format, they were actually planning a revolution. The earth-shattering idea: To create HD video with a workflow that's just like the old, comfortable and familiar DV Format. But it hasn't really come into fruition for serious videographers until now. Last week (Nov. 10) in NY, Eony unveiled the HVR-Z1U (available Feb. 2005 for $4900), an HDV camcorder that brings pro-level features to a system for low-cost HDTV production that has revolution written all over it.

HDV Format

HDV came out around October 2003 without much notice.
Camcorder manufacturers Canon, Sharp, Sony, and JVC have finalized the specifications for the recording and playback of high-definition video on a DV cassette tape have been established as the ''HDV'' format - similar to that which is used on the JVC GR-HD10 and GY-HD10U. Panasonic is still noticeably absent from the HDV group.
Companies such as Adobe Systems Incorporated, Canopus Co.,Ltd., KDDI R&D Laboratories, Sony Pictures Digital Networks and Ulead Systems,Inc. support HDV.

More on the HDV format can be found HDV-INFO and Yenra:Digital Video:HDV Format

Depth Edge Detection
Depth Edge Detection and Rendering using Multi-Flash Imaging
Slashdot discussion on this

This technique was used at this year's SIGGRAPH 2004 to create a live A-ha 'Take On Me' demo.

H.264 HDTV
The Conexant CX2418X based on the ARM9 core, is one of the first decoders decoder compliant with the MPEG-4 advanced video coding (AVC)/H.264 standard, also known as MPEG-4 Part 10 with support for all broadcast formats and resolutions up to 1080i, 1920x1080.
This chip family is a result of Conexant's acquisition of Amphion Semiconductor, Ltd. in June 2004.

Compeditors Broadcom, STMicroelectronics and Sigma Designs are working on similar chips.
EE Times

Mean while MPEGIF (The MPEG Industry Forum) is performing another round of MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Interoperability Test
Press Release

Just when many can't seen to find bandwidth to send HD, NEC is doing HD over the low bandwidth Cell Phone Networks
NEC introduces high-definition video transmission system based on 3G mobile network

Cradle MPEG4 Reference Design Accelerates Development of IP Video Streamer Products

The DVB Committe just release a new document for the Main Profile use for H.264/AVC SDTV receivers, with an option for the use of High Profile. The support of High Profile is mandated for H.264/AVC HDTV receivers. What this means in that Europe will have HDTV in MPEG4/AVC and not just MPEG2 Like here.
DVB Steering Board Endorses H.264 & High Efficiency AAC

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