NEC and the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) last week unveiled what they say is the largest digital video wall in the Southern Hemisphere. Continue reading
NEC Australia is running a special promotion to celebrate the Rugby World Cup, offering a $9000 discount on its LCD video wall solution. Continue reading
Yet another Brisbane-based startup is preparing to take on the world, this time a social video platform called Kondoot.
NBN Co has today provided more detailed plans for a new multicast feature that will allow National Broadband Network (NBN) service providers to offer HD video channels over the high-speed network. Continue reading
After concerns from a number of Australian owners, the company who brought the popular TiVo device into Australia say they have no intention of giving up the game anytime soon. Continue reading
However, Amazon has been rapidly expanding its consumer services and blocking the Antipodes from accessing them.
So what services are there?
Amazon MP3 store
Amazon Video streaming
Amazon Android App Store
Amazon Cloud music service (which is tied into their music store)
Amazon Prime (free delivery and access to streaming content)
Amazon Mac Software store (as reported by International Busniess Times Australia)
And you can bet there will be a PC download store coming soon.
You can have the ludicrous situation of being able to buy a physical book online, but prevented to buying the same book on the Kindle. The same goes for music CD v downloads, and DVD v streaming. You can buy the physical media (which in most cases are ridiculously easy to copy) and not the less flexible and restricted digital version.
It is not all bad. Amazon Kindle users can download books via whispernet, however the range available for Australians is a poor subset of the books available to US residents. Also if you buy items from Amazon UK, Australians and New Zealanders can get free shipping. Items have to be held by Amazon and you have to spend GBP$25 (About $A40).
However, if you want that Kindle shipped free, the UK price is roughly $A177, compared to US price of $A129 plus shipping.
Now part of the problem with Amazon is region rights. These rights where created during the age of sail in order to protect local markets from imports. Now that most media content is owned by multinational corporations, the high speed and low cost delivery of content via the net, and the highly regarded ability of Aussie internet users to pirate content, you would think it would be a no brainer to sell digital goods to Aussies and Kiwis.
Apparently not. Apparently Amazon need to protect the local branches of the multinational conglomerates from the evil Aussie and Kiwi consumers.
So why do we have a free trade agreement with the USA anyway?
The first round of iiNet’s competition to find Australia’s top geek is now almost complete, with videos released publicly on Wednesday before a final decision is made on who will progress to the next round on Friday.
Contestants — of which there are now 20 following the completion of the public voting stage — were asked to design a “real-world” or “imaginative” application or gadget, and present the information with either a one-page summary or a video.
It appears many of Australia’s top 20 geeks have opted to choose the latter option, with a number of contestant videos going live on YouTube at 8pm last night, following the lifting on a ban which prevented competitor videos being publicly available before the time.
Inventions include tattoos which glow, a quadcopter built of sticks, do-it-yourself game controllers, dubbed “Ucontrol” as well as our personal favourite – configurable televisions that are upgradeable.
The grand prize for the competition is a all expenses paid trip to the United States for a tech conference of the winner’s choice — such as the world’s biggest consumer electronics show, CES, or the upcoming SXSW event.
Australian web broadcasting company Viocorp has this morning revealed they’ve accepted a $5 million investment from a new investment fund.
Viocorp – an Australian-based private company which offers a robust video platform to corporations around the world – has powered a number of video live streams and portals for high profile companies including iiNet’s “Freezone Portal”, and the Australian Prime Minister’ own video portal.
It’s been a big year for the company, who recently launched the Livebox which allows anyone to stream footage wirelessly from anywhere using Telstra, Vodafone and Optus’ networks over the internet, and who also expanded into Asia.
In a statement sent out just moments ago, Viocorp confirmed the deal for $5 million in funding which was signed off last Friday, saying it would use the funds to boost the growth of the company which launched in 2002 by investing in new research and development to “consolidate” their market position.
“We are delighted to have an investor that understands and supports the opportunity we have to grow our business as multi-platform video content management and broadcasting takes off,” Viocorp CEO Ian Gardiner said in a statement this morning.
The investment is the first from the Bailador Fund, a new Australian investment fund which was recently launched by former Fairfax CEO David Kirk and Paul Wilson, an experienced private equity investor in Australia.
“We are investing into a high growth market and with a company that has demonstrated product leadership and the ability to deliver world-class video content management and broadcast solutions,” Kirk said in the statement.
“Viocorp has emerged as the industry leader in the Asia-Pacific region and we want to support the continued growth and consolidation of that position.”
“The idea for YouTube Trends started with our desire to find new ways of identifying the viral and newsworthy content people love to share and packaging it in an easy to digest format,” YouTube Trends Manager Kevin Allocca wrote on the Trends blog.
“As the project evolves, it will act as a laboratory for our engineers and staff to test out new ways of uncovering, displaying, and providing context for important or interesting video trends.”
The project will take the form of two sites; a blog, which will highlight some of the top videos and topics, and a dashboard which allows users to view the most shared and most viewed videos in a number of countries and cities around the world (including Australia).
The dashboard site is pretty comprehensive and allows users to sort top videos by country, age group, gender with the YouTube team even making it easy to compare the trending most shared and most viewed videos between up to 3 different countries with a handy comparison tool.
Currently the top most shared video in Australia is a promotion for an upcoming Family guy episode, with “Bangs Christmas Story“, “Double Dream Hands“, “Anthony Mundine gets knocked out by Garth Wood” and “No Christmas“. The most viewed videos include “The Most Difficult Game Ever Created Gameplay and Commentary“, a Lynx advertisement and “Crispy and Crunchy song“.
An unfortunate downside to service is that the lists aren’t updated in real-time like they are on Twitter, with Allocca confirming they are updated every day at 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. US Eastern time. On a brighter note, Allocca does suggest that the team are hard at work on even more visualisation tools for the service which will debut soon.
“Trends will also have billboard-style charts, cool data visualizations, and features highlighting what the YouTube ecosystem can tell us about major events as they unfold.”