Mobile Video

Top Russian Mobile Operator Adds Cloud Videoconferencing

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Mobile TeleSystems" (MTS), the largest mobile operator in Russia with more than 107 million mobile subscribers, launches VideoMost cloud videoconferencing service targeting its enterprise users.

VideoMost® videoconferencing service is available as part of the MTS Lite Office cloud platform (a marketplace of cloud SaaS applications for businesses) and supports up to 50 users in online meeting room.

The new service, based on SPIRIT DSP software engine, runs in all popular web browsers and mobile devices and has affordable pricing models starting from $10 per month.

VideoMost tech

By clicking on a web link VideoMost SaaS, MTS enterprise customers can use HD multipoint video conferencing and collaboration tools, including content/document sharing, chat, whiteboard, conference recording, and more. VideoMost also supports multiple layout configurations.

VideoMost is an award-winning multipoint videoconferencing software product, delivered by SPIRIT DSP as a self-branded HD SVC videoconferencing service from the cloud or with on-premise installation. The software supports up to 100 fully interactive video participants in a conference room plus video broadcast to 1500 more people. VideoMost software server supports an unprecedented 1000 concurrent video channels per $4000 PC hardware,cutting down service providers' costs for hardware server infrastructure.

VideoMost includes admin controls with single authorization and contact lists; desktop/file sharing, recording and messaging capabilities; LDAP support, integration with emails and calendars, SIP support for legacy videoconferencing endpoints; presence and more functions.

Go VideoMost, Multipoint Videoconferencing Software

Apple’s Lightning is Not So Fast with Video

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Phil Schiller and Apple’s Lightning

Controversy has exploded around Apple’s new Lightning connector that makes most accessories to one’s older Apple products obsolete. But the frustration of accessory renewal is the fact, not the controversy.

The newest debate claims the new Lightning connector isn’t putting out full 1080p.

If you want a proper 1080p signal from your iPhone or iPad, you’d think the best bet is to plug it in directly using Apple’s own Lightning digital AV adapter. But some industry experts suggest  it is introducing noticeable compression artifacts.

A well-known software developer (writing in an aptly named “Panic Blog”) discovered that using the old Dock Connector AV adapter will output a full 1920 x 1080 video mirroring signal, but the newer Lightning AV adapter tops out at 1600 x 900.

Incredible, right? So the software developer goes hardware nuts and dives into the adapter and finds it is employing the same compression used in AirPlay to stream out the video. That’s his conclusion. Apple’s is…well, they don’t really talk to their customers as much as preach to them…so "No Comment."


Intel Confirms Web TV Ambitions

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Intel confirms ambitions to enter the online TV market-- at the AllThingsD Dive Into Media conference Intel corporate VP of media Erik Huggers claims the company will provide a "superior experience" to what is currently available.

IntelThe development comes from Intel's newly formed media division formed by former Apple, Jawbone, BBC and Microsoft employees.

Apparently already in testing, the Intel service delivers live TV via the internet (with smaller channel bundles than what cable companies offer) and a "Catch Up TV" video-on-demand service on both TVs (via STB) and mobile devices.

In other words, the company is gunning for both cable and video-on-demand business through an Intel-powered "an all in one solution" providing "not a value play but a quality play.”


Nook Video Arrives in UK

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Barnes & Noble expands licensing partnerships and launches the Nook Video service for Nook HD and HD+ tablets in the UK-- the first video-on-demand (VOD) service in the UK offering UltraViolet titles in the region.

NookUltraViolet capability makes it easier for customers to integrated compatible physical media and digital purchases across devices. Users can also link UltraViolet andn Nook Cloud accounts, allowing for viewing of purchases through both Nook tablets and other devices through soon-to-launch Nook Video apps.

Content partners for the venture include the BBC, HBO, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, STARZ, and Warner Bros, with other studios to join in the future.

Go Nook Video Offering Debuts in the UK

First 5-Megapixel Video Conferencing on Mac’s Retina Display

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Vidyo delivers 5-megapixel multipoint video conferences with data collaboration on the new MacBook Pro from Apple.

With the ability to render a mix of 1080p and 720p video streams, and up to 5MP data share for an aggregate maximum of 5 megapixels, Vidyo says its software delivers 2.5X times the pixel count of hardware telepresence systems on Apple’s latest device.

“While legacy telepresence platforms require redesign and fork-lift upgrades to take advantage of evolving technology, Vidyo’s software-based platform affords the flexibility to capitalize on new, off the shelf hardware, like the MacBook Pro with Retina™ Display, proving our ability to benefit from Moore’s Law,” says Vidyo co-founder and CEO, Ofer Shapiro. “Customers have come to expect technology that keeps pace with the emergence of new form factors in an effective and affordable way; Vidyo is the only company that consistently delivers on end-user expectations.”

The demonstration on the new MacBook Pro highlights the extensibility of Vidyo’s architecture to incorporate collaboration based on the capability of each individual end point-- all on the same Vidyo Infrastructure.