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Opinion: Au One – how separate should the desktop and mobile Internet be?

kddi_logoe.jpgLater this month, KDDI will be launching its Au One integrated portal for both PCs and mobile devices in Japan, and this has got us thinking (again) about the differences between using mobile- and desktop-oriented Internet services. We frequently argue that the mobile environment is very different from the desktop one, and that Internet-based services therefore need to address each differently. But does this imply that the two should be entirely separate, and that applications designed for one should never darken the door of the other? Clearly not. While services like Mizpee are obviously designed to be used on the move, others such as the all-conquering YouTube can be just as suitable for mobile devices as they are for desktop computers , albeit with a little tweaking here and there. (more…)


September 4, 2007 at 7:07 pm

Picsel & Friction TV – video ranting goes mobile

frictiontv.jpgIn an interesting twist on the user-generated video theme, software engineering firm Picsel Technologies has partnered with start-up Friction TV to develop a mobile version of the engaging online soapbox. It looks like a perfect marriage between a leading content enabler and an innovative online debate forum that can gain an extra dimension through the use of mobility.

One of the problems with YouTube, MySpace and the like is the sheer number of different applications that these services enable – from dating to education, social networking to sales pitches, and so on, ad infinitum. While still broad in scope, Friction TV focuses on fostering intelligent debate on serious issues from the parochial to the global – and that gives it a differentiator in what is becoming an increasingly crowded market. (more…)

July 2, 2007 at 8:53 pm

YouTube to go – but not to share

youtube2.jpgAs we argued last week, mobile video start-ups like, have much to fear from established Internet video providers once they get serious about addressing the mobile environment. Unfortunately for them, the biggest of them all, YouTube, has now taken a significant step in that direction by launching its YouTube Mobile service in the US. However, although it’s a high quality implementation, the service is currently a pale imitation of the desktop version when it comes to content and functionality. Could this damage the reputation and competitiveness of one of Google‘s most significant subsidiaries? (more…)

June 18, 2007 at 6:53 pm 3 comments

YouTube mobile – bringing down to earth?

youtube_logo.jpgAs we reported here, kyte is a well-backed start-up addressing the mobile TV market from a user generated content perspective and yesterday recieved investment from Nokia. The service allows users to create live and interactive TV channels that can be broadcast to mobile phones, social networks, websites, and blogs in real time – mobilized public access television if you like. Unfortunately for kyte, yesterday on the other side of the world, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen was letting it be known that a dedicated YouTube mobile platform was in the pipeline. How much of a threat is that prospect to kyte? (more…)

June 13, 2007 at 10:02 am 1 comment

Could the next YouTube be your carrier?


While YouTube dominates the consumer video web area, one untapped area of growth potential is mobile video networks. It is not surprising, to see T-Mobile launch a proprietary video sharing portal in Hungary called VidUP.

Mobile video sharing portals differ from YouTube because of a number of reasons.

First, mobile carriers can localize their content because, in general, their customers share the same language, culture and country. This can create more relevance to the community site for that particular carrier. (more…)

May 30, 2007 at 5:03 pm 1 comment

Interview with mywaves CEO Rajeev Raman

coca-cola-mywaves-admob-3.jpgAs we reported, some of the biggest names in the business, Coca-Cola and AdMob, have partnered with mywaves to offer click-to-video advertising for the first time.

When we asked him why nobody ever did this before, mywaves CEO Rajeev Raman pointed out, “Video on the mobile phone is a very tough problem”. Even signing up for weather information often required users to provide their cell phone model and provider name – and hope that weather information was available for them. Instead, the strategy of mywaves was to “put all the smarts on the service side” matching the system to the customers instead of matching the customers to the system.

Using the mywaves service can be deceptively simple, but the power under the hood is the company’s handset database, which contains detailed information about each different type of phone: screen size, memory size, etc. As Raman describes it, when a mobile user clicks their Play button, “it queries the database and tells you, ‘here are the kinds of things that actually work for your handset'”. The result: video begins playing in a carrier-independent, handset-independent approach to mobile video that anybody can watch.

May 10, 2007 at 12:07 pm 3 comments

CBS News for smaller websites with Brightcove deal

brightcove.gifThe CBS Interactive Audience Network will soon expand to Brightcove, making an embedded CBS News video player available even for approved smaller websites. As we reported earlier, CBS News is already available on AOL News, Comcast and YouTube. CBS representative Sandy Genelius called to tell us that their content will become available on Brightcove this summer.

Brightcove offers video content from hundreds of major and not-so-major producers, including Sky, Elle, Discovery Channel, Dow Jones, MTV, The New York Times, Reuters, Time Life, Warner Music Group, Washington Post/Newsweek, and Sony BMG.

Brightcove is definitely several steps up from YouTube, though some Brightcove partners allow ordinary users to upload videos, as YouTube does. Some Brightcove content is ad-supported, as the CBS News content will be, while other videos can be “rented” for a fee.

CBS News plans to begin by offering video from the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Early Show, and other CBS News programs, as well as video produced by CBS News exclusively for the Web.

May 4, 2007 at 11:28 pm

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