LOS ANGELES — Here at Digital Hollywood yesterday, HP announced that YouTube clips would be made available on the soon-to-be-released MediaSmart Connect digital media receiver.
The box acts as a connection between multiple PC’s and Macs around the house to television sets. HP is squarely taking on Apple TV with the new device which will be shipped in June. The retail prices is not available.
Yesterday at the show, I interviewed Carlos Montalvo, vice president of marketing and services, Connected Entertainment Business, HP.
Similar to clips on the the iPhone, this is not the full YouTube offering, but a specially curated channels by YouTube for the new service. The channels offered through the box will be high quality, encoded in H.264.
If you haven’t noticed, the quality of YouTube clips is getting better as the transition to encoding via H.264 is pervading more of the content. Our Beet.TV channel on YouTube is looking very good.
If you want your videos to look better on YouTube, work on your encoding and you can upload giant files as big as 1 GB. If anyone want to share their advice on the best encoding, file format and bit rates for YouTube, please comment below.
— Andy Plesser
Slide, with 170 million uniques per month, making it the world’s seventh biggest online destination, is not a Web site at all. but a an assembly of third party applications, known as widgets. These widgets sit on social networks and are shared among members.
Its application FunWall is the number one active application on Facebook, Slide’s Jared Fliesler told me in this interview at Digital Hollywood last week. FunWall sends some 4 million video streams across the product on a daily basis, he said.
Throwing Pregnacy Tests, A SuperPoke For Juno, the Movie
SuperPoke, another widget in the Slide network has been used by some creative marketing folks in Hollywood. Some 5-6 million “pokes” are “thrown” on a daily basis. For the promotion of the DVD for the film Juno, which depicts teenage pregnancy, a pregnancy test was created, as a joke of natch, and some 2 million of the test were “thrown,” Jared told Beet.TV
— Andy Plesser