Active-TV Technology for iPhone and iPod touch

Active-TV Technology for iPhone and iPod touch
Navigate YouTube

Navigate YouTube available at iTunes App Sore

An easy to use iPhone and iPod touch App that enables both new and advanced YouTube users to get the best from YouTube.

Browse video Standard Feeds, Categories, Channels and Playlists. Then organize new videos into your own favorites and playlists. Make playlists private or public. Subscribe to other user's playlists and video collections for future viewing. Subscribe to videos matching search-words.

Look at publicly viewable favorite videos, playlists and subscriptions based on your YouTube friends, family and contacts. Send and receive video links with YouTube contacts via YouTube video messages.

Search for new videos tagged for your language or geographical region, using local keyboard. Explore for new videos via easy switching of user ID to the owner of interesting videos - then explore their world.

All actions are kept in sync with PC, Mac or Apple-TV access to YouTube. Available at Apple App Store.

active-TV technology for PC

active-TV technology for PC
Windows PC based home network

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Veoh internet TV deal

Active-TV Ecosystem Developers,

At the AMD booth at CES 2007, a new TV-web Channel from Veoh was publicly demonstrated for the first time. An Extended-PC and hybrid-STB using active-TV technology was used for the demo. The article linked below describes Veoh as an “internet TV operator”; however, until the introduction of the TV-web channel, they supported a PC-web site (

The article describes Michael Eisner’s investment in Veoh and his plan to expand its entertainment services, and ties with the established Hollywood industry.

Feedback, corrections and comments welcome.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Apple iTV and active-TV mentioned in Business Week

Active-TV Ecosystem Developers,

After promoting “big monitors attached to powerful multimedia PCs”, BusinessWeek reports that technology companies have “finally unveiled the Internet-connected TV set-top boxes that are the key weapons in their bid to control the living room”

This type of STB is also known as Hybrid. The BusinessWeek article linked below is long and does not go into STB details; but they have got the idea of a STB supporting TV-web channels.

The article refers to Apple TV, AMD (active-TV technology), Microsoft and Sony, all heading in the TV-web direction. The reporter seems to have missed the important point that the Apple, AMD and Microsoft platforms at least require some support from a networked PC (or Mac). That is, the hybrid-STB delivers the new TV-web channels, only when it is combined with an Extended-PC. Native support for TV-web channels has not yet been achieved by a low-cost STB. Also, the PC stores a lot of additional content which is consumable at the TV location.

It is also interesting that the reporter does not see the clear similarities between the Apple TV and the old Microsoft MCE Extender. Also missed, is the fact that Intel also tried the approach with ViiV. It would appear that the Extender and ViiV marketing teams did not get across the message: “familiar STB (thin-client) with TV-web channel support”. However, Apple TV and active-TV has made better progress, or got off to a better start.

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