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What will Google charge for Youtube HD access on ARM Powered devices?

Posted by Charbax – May 11, 2010
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Youtube HD consumes lots of bandwidth, Google wants to kind of control which devices can access that. I spoke with some Realtek based set-top-box manufacturers that told me it actually costs $1 Million in licencing to get Youtube API support on a device. Check my video: http://armdevices.net/2010/03/17/zinwell-cinematube-at-cebit-2010/

I don't really believe it's that expensive. It wouldn't really make sense. But anyways, I think it's got to do with something about Google changing the way the API works for devices to pull the Youtube videos to devices.

But that may change anyways and not be required anymore when Flash support is added in the next few weeks. That may be the solution for full Flash video support no matter about the Youtube API licencing issues.

Otherwise, I hope Google soon clarifies what they require for licencing out the Youtube HD access for devices, I wouldn't mind if they require users to be logged in and pay a very small amount,

Something like $1 per 10GB
= 10 hours of Youtube playback at 720p 2mbit/s
= 5 hours of Youtube playback at 1080p 4mbit/s

of authenticated Youtube HD access or something like that, and that this should work on any device. This would then cover Google's bandwidth costs for HD video streaming, and even provide the groundwork for Youtube to provide video-on-demand, video rentals, perhaps even scale up a new Live Youtube Streaming Service, also provide a one-click donation system and paying very small amounts to watch videos in HD quality without ads.

At Google I/O next week, Google is going to launch the Google TV initiative, I expect them to clarify the terms of Youtube access on devices by then.

Clearly defined specs of ARM Powered devices that may access Youtube in HD quality, and provide the full pay-per-view support with that, may provide a solid platform for one of the biggest revolutions for the TV media. People watch 3-4 hours of TV per day in average, the easy access to web video from Youtube on a sub-$100 set-top-box may revolutionize the content people will watch on their TVs. It may affect major election results. Youtube already represents perhaps as much as half of the worldwide internet bandwidth.

If Google makes this happen in the right ways, Google TV may become Google's new largest source of revenues and profits. At the same time, I think, it may revolutionize media and democracy for the better.

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Zinwell CinemaTube at CeBIT 2010

Posted by Charbax – March 17, 2010

Here's one of the cheapest Realtek based 1080p media streamer boxes. It could even play Youtube in HD over its Ethernet connection if only Google would licence that out to set-top-box makers. The representative of Zinwell is saying that Google recently changed their policy for licencing of Youtube access to set-top-boxes by charging a huge $1 Million licencing fee just to be allowed to access the Youtube API to stream the videos. Zinwell says Flash 10 support might be added already by next month, which may be a workaround to support Youtube without having to pay the Youtube API licencing fee. I bought this device for 80€ and will post a video review of it here at http://armdevices.net soon.

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Asus O!Play HD2 High Definition Video Player

Posted by Charbax – March 16, 2010

Asus is releasing their third generation of HD video players in the O!Play HD2, it plays all video formats, comes with a USB 3.0 connector, eSata, HDMI output and even in theory could play back Youtube in HD from its Ethernet connection if Google would authorize set-top-box makers to connect with the Youtube video API.

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I am on the Meetmobility podcast episode 45

Posted by Charbax – March 13, 2010

You can hear me featured on the Meetmobility podcast episode 45 with JKKmobile, Sasha Pallenberg and Steve Paine available at http://meetmobility.com/2010/03/12/meetmobility-podcast-45-cream-of-the-expo-cebit-2010-roundup/

I talk about the Archos 7 Home Tablet, Gigabyte's Android-based e-ink e-reader, Android on set-top-boxes as well as my 10" Firstview VIA ARM powered Android laptop which I will post a video-review of here one of these next few days.

ARMflix: ARM interviews Texas Instruments at Mobile World Congress 2010

Posted by Charbax – March 13, 2010

ARM talks to Robert Tolbert, Director of Product Management at Texas Instruments at Mobile World Congress about their latest OMAP 4 platform showcasing multiple display capabilities.

You can also see my video interview and product showcase that I filmed at MWC at: http://armdevices.net/2010/02/16/texas-instruments-omap4-demonstrations/

This video was released at ARM's official Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/ARMflix

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Google is testing Android on set-top-boxes

Posted by Charbax – March 10, 2010
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According to WSJ, Google is currently testing Android features on set-top-boxes.

It would be really nice to hear from Google what their strategy is for Android on HDTVs as well as for licencing Youtube HD access to cheap sub-$100 set-top-boxes that are based on Sigma Designs or Realtec processors, that come with Ethernet ports and which are powerful enough to stream 720p 2mbit/s or 1080p 4mbit/s from Youtube, if only they would provide an API to eventually display overlay advertising on the high bitrate videos or to charge end-users for the bandwidth through micro-payments.

I just bought the CinemaTube BV-5005 which is one of those Realtec based media streamers that should be able to strewam all contents from Youtube in up to HD but for some obscure licencing issues are not yet able to get access to the Youtube API for streaming legally. I will be posting an extensive video-review and an interview filmed at their CeBIT booth one of these next few days.

The service—which runs on TV set-top boxes using elements of Google’s Android operating system—allows users to search content from Dish as well as other Web video, like YouTube, and to personalize a lineup of shows, according to these people.

Viewers can search by typing on a keyboard, instead of using a remote control. Google hopes to link the service up with its nascent TV ad-brokering business, allowing it to target ads to individual households based on viewing and TV search data.

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704869304575109912574043580.html

Via: http://searchengineland.com/google-testing-tv-search-service-with-dish-37572

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Argosy HV335T and HV339T

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2010

Argosy released a new affordable full HD video player the HV335T based on the Realtec processor and is releasing a new one with DVB-T and composite video recording the HV339T.

PlayOn!HD, PlayOn!HD Mini and PlayOn!HD DVR

Posted by Charbax – March 2, 2010

A.C.Ryan PlayOn! HD media players are on the market and new cheap ones are being introduced such as the PlayOn!HD Mini with MSRP 99€, you can connect any USB hard drive and the Ethernet to play most video formats up to 1080p high profile at full bitrates. The PlayOn!HD is already on the market and comes barebones for MSRP 149€ to insert any 3.5" hard drive inside for storage. The new PlayOn!HD DVR also records two DVB-T channels at the same time up to 1080i each, and can record PAL resolution from the composite inputs in Mpeg2 9.8mbit/s formats. Those recordings can then be played back on the device or streamed over the Internet.

Texas Instruments talks about Archos at Mobile World Congress 2010

Posted by Charbax – February 23, 2010

Ameet Suri, Strategic Marketing Manager at Texas Instruments, explains some of how Texas Instruments is working with French company Archos on powering the awesome Archos 5 Internet Tablet series running Android, what kind of work goes into it, he tells a bit about how TI supports Archos and how Archos innovates in the industry.

Full disclosure, I am a huge fan of Archos and have been for years and I also run the biggest Archos forum community at http://forum.archosfans.com

Opera 10 for Android Nexus One and the iPhone

Posted by Charbax – February 16, 2010

Opera seems to have a pretty snappy web browser for Android, for the iPhone, for Windows Mobile and for Symbian phones. They are right now negociating licensing deals with carriers, with manufacturers about providing the Opera browser version 10 on all these devices as soon as possible.