Video on Demand Category

Video on Demand services via the web and/or internet enabled set top boxes

Posted in: Broadband Video Companies, Google, News, Video on Demand, YouTube by Dave Parrack on September 14, 2012

u.s.-flag-burningA short video uploaded to YouTube, as well as several other video sites on the Internet, has sparked a major crisis. But should a negative reaction to a video online ever justify its removal by Google and other denizens of the Web?

Innocence Of Muslims Video

The Innocence Of Muslims video has acted as a powder keg igniting violent protests across the Middle East. Four American diplomats, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, were killed in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi.

The 14-minute clip, which is taken from a longer film, is clearly offensive to Muslims with its mocking depiction of the Prophet Mohammad. Most right-thinking people wish the video had never seen the light of day, but now that’s it out there on the Internet there’s a moral question over how to proceed.

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Posted in: Broadband Video Companies, Internet Video Producers, News, Video on Demand by Dave Parrack on September 4, 2012

hbo-logoHome Box Office is heading overseas once more, but this time with a service called HBO Nordic launching in, unsurprisingly, the Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. And with no pay-TV subscription required.

HBO Nordic

HBO Nordic is set to launch in October, bringing original HBO programming to the Nordic countries. It’s a joint venture between HBO and Parsifal International, and the content will be made available in a number of different ways.

Local television providers will carry a premium 24-hour HBO Nordic channel, but the programming will also be available on the Web for less than €10 – HBO will reveal the final pricing for each country at a later date.

The programming on offer will range from original HBO shows such as True Blood and Game of Thrones, classic and up-to-date movies, and content from both Showtime and Starz, neither of which has an international presence of their own.

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Posted in: Broadband Video Companies, Google, News, Video on Demand, YouTube by Dave Parrack on August 26, 2012

youtube-moodwallYouTube is testing what it’s labeled ‘Moodwall’ on random users of the online video site. As its name suggests Moodwall makes recommendations on the feelings associated with videos. Users aren’t happy with the fledgling feature.

YouTube Surfing

Most of us invariably head to YouTube for a specific reason. We’ll have a subject matter in mind that we want to find and watch a video about. But once you’re on YouTube and have watched the video(s) you were seeking out you’ll then likely be drawn to click on more videos, view a channel, or browse a whole category.

This is of benefit to YouTube for obvious reasons – more videos watched means more ads seen – and it has sought to offer up recommendations to keep users clicking and watching. Up to now these efforts have been mainly based on search terms, but Moodwall looks to be operate differently.

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Netflix LogoNetflix is set to continue its slow but sure expansion into international territories with a push into the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland before the end of 2012. The finer details are sketchy, but the company’s intentions are as clear as day.

Netflix’ International Expansion

Netflix is a very American company, starting out in the U.S. and building a huge userbase of people eager to pay a few dollars each month to receive a smörgåsbord of television and movie offerings.

Despite some missteps along the way, Netflix is still doing well. And at the end of 2010 it expanded across the border into Canada with an offering that got a mixed reception.

In 2011 it expanded down into Latin America, and then at the beginning of 2012 it took a giant leap across the pond to launch in the U.K. and Ireland.

So, where to next?

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Posted in: Legal, DRM, Piracy & IP, News, Video on Demand by Dave Parrack on August 15, 2012

surfthechannel-logoThe owner of Surfthechannel, a website which linked to content on the likes of Megavideo and Tudou, has been sentenced to four years in jail for a “conspiracy to defraud.” FACT is celebrating, but most other people are questioning the sense in such a verdict.

Surfthechannel Background

Surfthechannel was once a site linking out to other sites on the Web hosting video content. Some of this content was legit, some was not, but Surfthechannel only ever linked to the places where it was being hosted. Which many felt would protect it from any legal troubles.

Not so. Several years ago the police raided the owner’s house accompanied by anti-piracy group FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft). While the police dropped the case, FACT did not, embarking on a private prosecution for “conspiracy to defraud.”

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Posted in: Broadband Video Companies, Legal, DRM, Piracy & IP, News, Video on Demand by Dave Parrack on August 4, 2012

court-gavelThere has long been a question mark over whether linking to or embedding copyright-infringing videos is as illegal as actually hosting the videos on your own servers. The appeals court judge in the case of Flava Works vs. myVidster has given his views on the subject.

MyVidster Embeds

Video bookmarking site myVidster was sued by gay porn production company Flava Works in 2010 over the latter’s videos being shared on the former’s platform. The videos in question were of course infringing on Flava Works’ copyrights, but they were merely embedded on myVidster while being hosted elsewhere.

Flava Works won a preliminary injunction against myVidster last year, but the case made it to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals where Judge Richard Posner overturned that earlier decision on the grounds that what myVidster was doing couldn’t be classes as copyright infringement.

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cc-creative-commons-logoYouTube is now the largest depository of Creative Commons videos that are free to be reused or remixed for free by anyone with the desire to do so. This places it alongside Flickr, which is currently number one for CC photographs.

YouTube CC Video Library

This time last year saw YouTube unveil the Creative Commons video library, accessible right from within the YouTube Video Editor. At the time YouTube announced 10,000 videos were on offer under the CC BY license which allows anyone to reuse or remix a video as long as they give credit.

The library was conceived as being “ever-expanding,” and ordinary users were invited to also label their videos with the CC By license. This was alongside organizations such as C-SPAN, Al Jazeera, and Voice of America. This move now looks to have paid off in a big way.

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