Another huge week in video has come and gone, and in its wake, a whole lot of news came into view. But a big week in news requires a big rundown to get a good look at the major points that happened, which is why it's time for our Week in Review, a look back at all the biggest news to happen this week.
So settle in and let's get started!
First came news from Quebec, where Colba.Net Telecom got its application approved to bring IPTV to a large chunk of Quebec by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications commission. Bringing in Colba.Net Telecom for IPTV opens up several possibilities for those in Montreal, Quebec City, Drummondville, and other places.
Quebec residents will have access to both popular Canadian channels, as well as services like Netflix.
Next came a look at the issue of small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) looking to get Carrier Ethernet services brought into their operations. These higher-speed, higher-bandwidth applications often get lost in the shuffle of trying to provide Internet access to homes, but Verizon (News - Alert) and Comcast are stepping up their Carrier Ethernet offerings with an extra focus on video. Since many businesses often pick up a bit of cable to keep waiting patrons occupied, Verizon and Comcast (News - Alert) are looking to put some extra video on their packages.
But it's not just television, with extras like video sales pitches and video e-mail efforts making appearances.
Then came a bit of a surprise, as TiVo (News - Alert) brought a new face into its lineup of spokesmen. New York Jets football player, Tim Tebow, became TiVo's newest brand ambassador, and will be appearing in a series of six commercials starting November 27. Tebow, in a promotional video currently available on TiVo's website, said he respected TiVo because it was "a player that can do more than just one thing."
TiVo's ability to function not only as a DVR, but also as something of a video player that can cover several sources of video, gave Tebow sufficient respect for the device to endorse it.
Next we discovered a new plan on Google's part to put more investment in YouTube (News - Alert) content. Specifically, they'd revamped the YouTube app so that it would work a lot like the AirPlay (News - Alert) feature on Apple devices. With Google's new revamp of the YouTube app, users will be able to route the feed from their Android devices onto bigger screens like their Google TV system, getting access to the full array of YouTube content.
The update also opens more channels to pick on the Channel Store, making Google TV a much broader entertainment system.
Finally, we had a look at a recent survey that showed something wildly unexpected in terms of video on mobile devices. While the common logic said that, for small screens, small video viewed sparingly was the order of the day, it turned out that the majority of viewing on tablets was long-form content, specifically, television and movies. The Ooyala Q3 2012 Global Video Index spelled it out: nearly three quarters, a full 71 percent, of video viewed on tablets is at least 10 minutes long.
That was the week that was in streaming video, and there was plenty to be had. From trends in tablet viewing to the newest thing in Canadian IPTV, streaming video had quite a week indeed. Our global online community is constantly in the hunt for the latest news in the field, so join us back here next week for more news, and of course, every weekend for our Week in Review coverage!