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What’s the business case for Google’s Chromecast?

Google’s new content streaming product Chromecast is high on the tech news agenda at the moment. This cheap gadget should let you stream content from a computer running Chrome, iOS or Android device and is expected to give Google a stake in a market for streaming devices that’s currently dominated by consoles, Apple and Roku.

Under pressure

Competition between Apple and Google has reached such intensity it’s easy to characterize the new device as nothing more than an Apple TV spoiler, but that’s to limit these systems to some monochromatic duopoly. Read More…

Television heads over the top

Yet more evidence consumers are driving change in the way broadcasting works comes in the latest Infonetics research reports that claim Pay TV incumbents are losing subscribers to new IPTV services in Brazil, Russia and Europe, even while Apple now offers the world’s most popular streaming TV solution, Apple TV.

Channel surfing

“We continue to see strong growth among telco IPTV upstarts, like Rostelecom in Russia, GVT in Brazil, KPN in the Netherlands and providers in Eastern Europe where competition for new pay TV subscribers is particularly fierce,” said Infonetics analyst, Jeff Heynen. Read More…

The app future for broadcast channels

The disruption of broadcasting starts with an app, not a whimper, at least that’s how it seems as channels choose to offer up their programming on mobile devices using apps, a trend begun with the BBC’s widely used iPlayer app.

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Appy chappy

This seems to have become a trend, and could in future be extended to the provision of local content to international markets via subscription-based apps, meaning foreign nationals in any territory may in future be able to watch shows from their home country using their devices. Read More…

Apple’s 4K Mac Pro, Final Cut and its plans for video

WWDC 2013: Apple has made a big bid to regain its faithful in the pro markets, previewing the next model of its Mac Pro and promising a future version of Final Cut Pro X will include the capacity to work with 4K video content when it ships later this year.

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Apple goes UltraHD

We’ve looked at Apple’s potential move into incredibly high-res video authoring before, underpinned as we expect it to be by support for a high-res standard, HEVC. Apple seems to be in line with these expectations. The Mac Pro the company told us about this week is capable of handling 4K content. Read More…

Five great app ideas that could boost your business

The impact of BYOD on enterprise users is creating mass diversity in the devices and platforms used in business, but there’s a second opportunity switched-on entrepreneurs are grabbing for — apps for marketing. We’ve selected several apps we think show just some of the ways in which apps can help put your brand before your customers.

Sponsored synergy

Carling can’t possibly have known what it was going to achieve when it sponsored development of iPint, an entertaining iPhone app that simulates a virtual pint and which actually empties when you tip/drink it.  Read More…

Yes, there is a better, cheaper and private way to figure out your mileage claims!

Productivity, mobility and flexible working are the buzz words for the way we do business today, and this means time-poor employees need to find ways to make what they do more efficient as they strive to improve their work/life balance. Mileage claims, for example: how many file these late, or not at all, simply because it’s so time-consuming to fill out the form? We have a solution we’d like to tell you about, Peak GPS mileage capture.

So, what is Peak GPS Mileage Capture?

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Microsoft plots holographic video chats for Skype

The future is now, at least when it comes to some sci-fi dreams, including those of holographic video conferencing. We’ve seen these ideas represented artistically in Star Wars and Deus Ex and it has long held a place in novels, now it appears Microsoft hopes to put it together in the here and now.

“You’re my only hope”

The technology could in theory enable the Princess Leia’s of tomorrow’s world to leave holographic messages for others to see, reading between the lines of a recent Microsoft Research job posting. Read More…

4 video-blogging services give YouTube+

YouTube has become the de facto destination for online video, but the evolution of social media means there’s emerging services which may be worth experimenting with, particularly if you or your business happens to be chasing a younger demographic—and all of them prove there’s life after Instagram.

Services like Pheed, Keek, Vine and other contenders are all pursuing slightly different models that may supplement your YouTube activity.

Introducing Pheed

Described by Forbes as “Twitter with a business model”, Pheed is catching on among younger users seeking an easy to monetize alternative to YouTube. Illustrating its popularity, the Pheed app was top of the iTunes Store charts in February, above YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Read More…

That Post-PC video editor dream may not be a dream

Apple may call it the ‘Post PC’ age, but when it comes to video production we’re not convinced we’ve totally arrived at that moment yet, though we were interested to see Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens and Elf video editor, Dan Lebental’s iPad app, TouchEdit, which offers a glimpse at how mobile devices continue to evolve.

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Why Broadcastpod makes good sense for good business

We’ve written about our Broadcastpod before. This is our enterprise-focused all-in-one video creation solution that transforms the way a company uses video internally and externally, making it simple and saving you money.

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We’ve put together some figures (click the image to the left) that illustrate why the system makes sense for enterprises hoping to make more use of video to promote, manage, educate or connect with their business.

Broadcastpod is an integrated solution we describe as a “studio in a box”. It’s like a beautifully designed photo booth packed with everything you need to create video.

These elements include an easy-to-learn control system, high-quality video camera, and all the encoding and transcoding power you might need to quickly and easily create and publish video materials that support your business.

Growing demand 

An increasing number of our clients request our assistance when they create video presentations. These might include annual statements, CEO messages, in-house training videos, video blogging, live or on-demand webcasts with solutions like Adobe Connect, Google Hangouts and more.

We like to think we do excellent work when managing projects like this, but these projects aren’t cheap. Our figures show the average cost of outsourcing video production jobs is around £4,500 per video.

We’ve listened when many of our enterprise and business customers say they’d like to make more use of video, but the cost is too high. We see a real need for our enterprise customers to invest in equipment they can use to bring video production in-house. Read More…