Broadband Video Round-Up

--Boxee Box Features QWERTY Remote
--Howcast Launches Two New Ultra-Short-Form Video Formats
--Hulu Backer Teams with Search Company, Baidu, on New Chinese Broadband Video Service
--TV Guide Magazine Taps Kaltura to Power Video on its Web Site

A number of items of broadband video news came across [itvt]'s desk Tuesday. Here is a brief round-up:

  • D-Link on Tuesday officially launched its new Boxee Box (an extensive preview of which was provided at Boxee's Beta Launch event in Brooklyn last month--see the article published on, December 8th). A press release from the company provides some information on the various video formats that are supported by the new box. Meanwhile, a posting on Boxee's corporate blog provides some information on (and images of) the box's remote control, which incorporates a QWERTY keyboard. "When we started designing the Boxee Box remote we wanted something simple like the six-button Apple Remote," the blog posting states. "As we began adding features to the Beta it became obvious that for people to really get the most out of the box it was going to need to do more than just point and click. Rather than subject anyone to another on-screen keyboard, we decided the Boxee Box should benefit from a full QWERTY keyboard like you might have on a mobile phone."
  • Howcast, a broadband video service that offers short-form instructional/how-to videos, said Tuesday that its Howcast Content Labs is debuting two new ultra-short-form how-to video formats: "QuickTips" (billed as providing "fast, creative solutions for people on-the-go") and "How Do You How-To" (billed as providing "insider tips straight from the experts"). According to the company, the new formats "give consumers the opportunity to learn how the pros have perfected their crafts, and how to solve common household problems creatively--in 15 seconds or less." More information is available here.
  • Chinese search engine company, Baidu, is partnering with Hulu investor, Providence Equity Partners, to develop a broadband video service in China, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing "a source familiar with the situation." According to Reuters, the service will feature licensed content--which will be acquired through a fund created by Providence and Baiku--and will launch this quarter. Providence is believed to have invested around $60 million and Baidu about $10 million in the new venture.
  • Kaltura, a company that offers what it bills as the first open source broadband video platform, said Tuesday that it has been tapped by TV Guide Magazine to power video on the latter's Web site, According to the company, TV Guide Magazine will use the full Kaltura video management platform to upload, manage, display, schedule and publish its video content. "TV Guide Magazine is one of the most recognized and trusted publications in the nation, and we are thrilled to have been selected by them to power video on the Web site," Kaltura chairman and CEO, Ron Yekutiel, said in a prepared statement. "TV Guide Magazine is joining hundreds of other publishers who are adopting Kaltura's platform every week."


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