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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 platform. The integration of a video gaming console with Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services is intended to deliver a first-of-its-kind entertainment experience. IPTV on Xbox 360 is expected to give consumers all the advantages of an advanced TV service along with the benefits of next- ge... (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)

Internet TV Update: Envivio Builds on Microsoft Technology

"By working closely with Envivio, we are further extending VC-1's reach by offering very high quality video encoding for IPTV, Internet TV and mobile TV operators," said Tim Harader, Sr. Business Development Manager for Core Media Processing Technologies at Microsoft, as Envivio today announced that it has licensed the new Microsoft VC-1 Encoder to support Windows Media Video (VC-1) within the Envivio Convergence Generation headend solution. The solution features the Envivio 4Caster C4 multichannel IP encoder for IPTV and Internet TV applications. “The image quality offered t... (more)

Brightcove Teams Up with BitTorrent to Distribute Full-Screen Internet Video

"The industry is ready for the next major leap in the evolution of internet TV," said Jeremy Allaire, Chairman and CEO of Brightcove, "and that is seamlessly extending from short video clips on sites into full-length programs and movies delivered via the internet to PCs.” Allaire was speaking as Brightcove announced that it is teaming up with BitTorrent to distribute full-screen video using the latest version of Adobe Flash. “In the last two years," Allaire continued, "Internet TV has transformed the web by bringing the storytelling power of video directly into sites,... (more)

AskJeeves Founder to Speak at iTVCon Internet Video Conference & Expo

Many new models of web broadcasting/programming as well as Internet TV companies by the dozens are cropping up – all promising to be the next YouTube phenomenon. Ted Briscoe, CEO, Vibe Solutions Group (creator of Pyro.TV), will discuss the unique online video ecosystem that exists today and how publishers (TV, cable and niche Internet video) will benefit from online video syndicators and video aggregators. He will also discuss what sponsorship and advertising models will work. Briscoe is the former president and COO of AskJeeves. Click here to Register for iTVCon Click her... (more)