With Thanksgiving close at hand, it would be easy to think the news might relent along with it. But that was not the case, as the world of streaming video continued to put out big news despite the holiday. Thus there was plenty to cover for our Week in Review coverage, so settle in and let's take a look at the high points of a shortened week still packed with news!
First, we took a look at the new vjay for iPhone (News - Alert) app released by the crew at Algoriddim. Algoriddim's vjay app allows users to more readily mix their own video mash-ups, as well as disseminate them, regardless of the user's skill level. Users can access content from iTunes to do their mash-ups, and a fair amount of pre-bundled video is also on hand for users to work with.
It's specifically geared to take advantage of the larger screens found on the newest model iPod Touch as well as the recent-released iPhone 5.
Next came a roster change for the Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC), as the executive vice president of video and unified communications for AVI-SPL (News - Alert) Mike Brandofino joined the group. Brandofino has been involved in video communications for nearly two decades, and while executive vice president at AVI-SPL, put the company on the map as an industry leader in video and unified communication services. Brandofino looks forward to working to "achieve the OVCC mission to expand, simplify and accelerate video communications."
Then we got a better view of Beachfront Media's MeFeedia, who announced a whole new user experience along with enhanced features. The video discovery engine, found on a mobile site as well as on both iPhone and Android (News - Alert) mobile video apps, gives users a way to find videos from 300,000 different video feeds. This provides access to a lot of different video options, and gives ample credence to the "cable-cutting" phenomenon in which users overthrow their cable provider in exchange for online video.
Next came a stroke of good news for those finding streaming sports content lacking. YouTube (News - Alert) plans to bring numerous NBA D-League games to their site, with 350 out of 400 regular-season games available through the D-League YouTube channel and a YouTube player on NBA.com. The videos will be in high definition, archived with on-demand capability after their completion. This represents the first time a sports broadcaster has ever used YouTube in such a fashion, and represents YouTube's biggest live professional sports deal ever.
Finally, Yahoo has plans to purchase TVGuide.com out from under Lionsgate, the current owner of the site. The purchase isn't a done deal yet, though, as the two are in "advanced negotiations," Lionsgate not even identifying Yahoo as the buyer, calling them "one strategic bidder." Yahoo is trying to figure out just how much value TVGuide.com would add to their stable of services, but given TVGuide.com's traffic figures – over 24 million unique monthly visitors and another seven million using the mobile apps – it would likely be a solid purchase for Yahoo.
There was a lot of news going on in streaming video, even with a shortened week on tap, and that left plenty for a week in review look. Our global online community is constantly in the hunt for more news, so be sure to join us back here next week for more news, every weekend for our Week in Review, and have a happy Thanksgiving!