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Almost 75% of US Internet users watched videos online in July, up from 71.4% in March, according to comScore Networks. The monthly time spent watching videos went up to an average of 181 minutes per viewer in July from 145 minutes per viewer in March. comScore maintains massive proprietary databases that provide a continuous, real-time measurement of the myriad ways in which the Internet is used and the wide variety of activities that are occurring online. Google Sites topped the July rankings with both the most unique video viewers and most videos viewed. July saw Americans view more than 9 billion videos online, with Google Sites once again ranking as the top U.S. video property with nearly 2.5 billion videos viewed (27.0 percent share of videos), 2.4 billion of which occurred at YouTube.com. Yahoo! Sites ranked second with 390 million (4.3 percent), followed by Fo... (more)

SanDisk's Kate Purmal to Present at iTVCon Internet Video Conference & Expo

New models for successfully packaging and delivering video and Internet TV content packaged to today's busy consumer. What are the different business models and advertising strategies that will work, and why? In association, this session will offer an explanation of the convergence of mobile entertainment on the four screens ­ PC, TV, mobile phone and PMP; how to engage the consumer with TV and video content and keep them coming back for more…when it's convenient for them (where and when they want it). The session will then round back to how everyone can win: content provi... (more)

SYS-CON Events Announces iTVcon Internet TV Conference & Expo 2007

Just as 2006 was the year of streaming video and the birth of "Internet TV," 2007 is going to see the move beyond infancy toward the long-awaited and complete convergence of television and the Internet. Now that broadband is available to more than 100 million households worldwide, every corporate Website and every media company will now provide video content, not to mention live and interactive video Webinars and on-demand Webcasts, in order to remain competitive. Internet TV is wide open, it is global, and in true “Web 2.0” spirit it is a direct-to-consumer opportunit... (more)

Internet TV + Gaming = Bill Gates' Newest Device: Microsoft Chairman Introduces IPTV on Xbox 360

During Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates' keynote address yesterday at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), he announced a new solution that will bring together two of Microsoft's leading entertainment products: the Xbox 360 gaming console and the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software platform. The combination creates a unique digital entertainment offering: IPTV on Xbox 360. It is expected to be available to consumers by holiday season 2007 and will be offered by providers that are deploying TV services over broadband networks based on the IPTV Edition software platf... (more)

Moviestar: Adobe Releases Flash Player 9 Update 3 Beta 2

HDTV quality Web video for the masses came a step closer today as Adobe announced the latest update for Adobe Flash Player 9 software, code-named Moviestar, which includes H.264 standard video support. That's the same standard deployed in Blu-Ray®and HD-DVD high definition video players. Other enhancements include High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) audio support, as well as hardware accelerated, multi-core enhanced full screen video playback.   "Already a broadly adopted industry standard, the inclusion of the H.264 codec in Adobe Flash Player, Adobe AIR, the Creative Suite product line,... (more)