Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Eyepartner, Google TV, YouTube
--Eyepartner Expands HTML5 Support
--Google TV YouTube App Updated
--Google Files Application with FCC to Set Up Receiving Station
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format.
- Streaming video technology provider, Eyepartner, said Tuesday that its TikiLIVE Internet HD broadcasting service (provides various tools for producing and managing streaming video) and its Monster Encoder (a turnkey application for converting common video types) now support HTML5. "With this unified HD streaming player, both live and VOD content can be seen almost anywhere," the company states in its press materials. "If the device or browser does not support HTML5, then the program plays in Flash." Said Eyepartner president and CEO, Tim Green: "We want our broadcasters to be able to upload their videos-on-demand or be able to stream live and have it play everywhere in HD." According to Eyepartner, compatible browsers for the new capability include: 1) Chrome browsers v3 or later. 2) IE browsers v9 or later. 3) Safari v3 or later. 4) Firefox browsers v4 or later. 5) Opera browsers v10.6 or later. Compatible mobile devices include: 1) HLS devices (iPad/iPhone). 2) Android Mobile devices running 2.3 or later. 3) BlackBerry devices v6 or later.
- Google has announced an update to the YouTube app on its Google TV platform, which it says will make it faster and easier to find content, will add YouTube channel pages, and provide users with more control over their experience. "You'll be able to update your app through Android Market, and you'll see some big improvements," the company states on its Google TV blog. "First you'll notice the app works faster with smoother navigation for a better experience. Next, we've added a new feature called Discover, which lets you browse YouTube channels by categories. Whether you're looking for hilarious comedy, delectable cooking content, or the latest news, you can find great channels for any of your interests. We've also updated the YouTube app with new channel pages. You can navigate through playlists and videos in your favorite channels, and you can subscribe to channels from the YouTube app with just a click. We've made improvements to allow even more interaction with your favorite channels. You can now see related videos and more videos from the same user by pressing the up or down arrows on your remote. Once you've found a great video, continue to use the up and down arrows on your remote to find the Info screen where you can give the video a thumbs up, add it to one of your YouTube playlists, or leave a comment for the YouTube community."
- In other Google news: The company has filed an application with the FCC to set up a satellite receiving station in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the Kansas City Star reported Tuesday, leading the newspaper to ponder whether the company is planning to bundle TV service with the ultra-fast Internet service it intends to roll out in Kansas City, or might use the facility to "feed programming to devices such as tablets or smartphones using Google's Android software, or to televisions connected to the Internet through Google TV." (h/t Tim Hanlon).