GNC-2010-09-21 #612 Go Ivi Go!

We knew this was coming, Ivi is in a battle for their survival. I am going to do my best to do a interview with their CEO this week to have available on the The Morning Tech Show. I am at a turning point with the Podcast Awards, info in todays show, plus how your host is operating with a scratched eyeball all that and more in the show.

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AirPlay from Apple a Dream come True

In my book Podcasting The Do it Your Self Guide I talk about a day when we will be listening or watching a program while making breakfast and as we leave for work the media would follow us into a device in our pocket or in our car. I probably should have applied for a patent on that idea back in 2005 as it may have came in handy today now that Apple has introduced Airplay.

What Apple is introducing with Airplay is pretty slick, your watching a video, listening to music etc on your iPhone or iPad and you want to start watching that on your Apple TV all you do is click the AirPlay logo, select the device and bam it transfers to the other device. I love the idea that my media moves with me. This is brilliant if I should say so myself.

When I was out at Ford talking with the team there I expressed my desire for such a feature to be built into Ford Sync. I am hoping now that this has been introduced that other companies jump on the bandwagon. It is definitively something that a lot of us are going to want. I want a 24/7 plugged in world to apply to all of my devices and if Apple makes it easier to use them all together then they are going to retain my business for a long time.

Even if you do not have a iPad, iPhone or have ordered a Apple TV you cannot help but be excited about what they are doing with this aspect of the new Apple TV.

Apple TV and the Missing Feature

I was sitting of all places in the Set Top Box conference in San Jose the past week when Apple made the announcement about the new Apple TV. In fact I was watching the event on my iPad. I have been pretty excited about the announcement, and my team at RawVoice has been spending a lot of time talking about the possibilities. Well as soon as the event was over and the theatrics of Steve Jobs left the stage I immediately knew that the Feature we had wished for had evaporated in front of our eyes.

While I was pleased to see that their was still a podcast link on the menu, the main thing that was missing that would have made this device sexy was applications. If Apple had been thinking they could have introduced a very simple application layer to the device, and at the same time kept the simplicity that Apple loves so that developers could have built applications for the device. But no Apple was not willing to think that far out of the box and instead went the easy way.

I guess Steve Jobs summed it up best when he indicated that the Apple TV was just a Hobby for Apple, while I know he said it in Jest it still pisses me off that they are going to really be left behind in the rich developmental space that is happening in Over the Top TV (OTT). At this point my money is back on Roku, Boxee, Vudu, Samsung, LG etc.. That are opening up their devices for companies like mine to develop channels and applications for.

You can be assured that Cox, Time Warner, Comcast, Dish, Direct TV are not going to go down without a fight, although they are definitively going to be late to the party, but they still have millions of clients that get a new set top box ever 5-7 years. With the average consumer buying a new TV every 24 months and have 3-4 televisions in each home they own the space in the battle to get into the HDMI 1 plug of your TV.

With Samsung and others launching applications layers within the TV itself that will not mater so much, but we have to keep the lean back experience simple for folks so that they can do what they do best with their remote control and that is surf for a channel or content and one thing I can promise you is that RawVoice and our vertical properties are going to be a channel selections in as many devices and TV’s we can build to.

My hope is that Apple will in a few months introduce applications for the Apple TV and when they do it will become my teams highest priority to build into that device as well. But for now you can still find us in the Podcast section of the device, which at this point I am unsure how the integration will work as the new Apple TV does not sync with iTunes. Time will tell, in the meantime I have ordered two. :)

GNC-2010-09-03 #607 What till you see the Bear!

Ok folks I am back from the Set Top Box Conference, only a few tidbits in todays show, I will have a full rundown on Mondays show. Lots of fun stuff plus a whole lot of tech. I introduce a very valuable finders fee for the show that could put a lot of money in your pocket listen for details. I am making a few small changes to the show.. Nothing major just playing around with the format a little.

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GNC-2010-07-09 #591 Hollywood’s Funny Accounting

Quick week for many of you, thanks to everyone that called in to the hotline to leave comments. Wait till you see how Hollywood does their accounting no wonder they can claim they are loosing money. Did you notice the mini format change? First big change in over 500 shows not a really big deal but lets see your reactions!

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Pursuit Of The Ultimate Media Extender

Hacked Apple TVFor some time now I’ve been experimenting with different ways of getting Internet-based video to my widescreen LCD HD televisions.

Often people think, why not simply hook up a regular desktop computer up to the TV. A desktop computer can be set up to play back virtually any video file type. The problem is, desktop and laptop computers are optimized for use on a desktop, not from a living room chair.

Is the ultimate media extender a set top box of some sort? The trouble with most set top boxes is that they are either walled gardens, or they miss the boat in very important ways.

A media extender should be able to play files stored on a home network, as well as be able to easily stream from services such as Netflix, Hulu, etc. Once set up, everything should be accessible through a simple remote control. Also, for my purposes, I’m willing to pay up to $250 for a box for each television in my house. It should also be able to play ripped DVD collection files that have been ripped to a central home server or network attached storage device.

I’ve hit on an interesting combination that seems to do everything I want it to that involves hacking a standard Apple TV and adding Playon TV server software to another computer on my home network. Playon TV software sells for $39.99.

Recently I purchased a commercial Apple TV hack called ATV Flash, which sells for $49.95. You download either the Windows or Mac version and install it on your computer. When you run the program it will ask you to insert an empty USB memory stick that it will write the installation files to. Then you plug the USB memory stick into your Apple TV and power it up. It will upgrade the Apple TV to be able to play a much wider variety of files, as well as adding Boxee and XMBC playback. It also retains all of the standard Apple TV functionality.

Next, I added the Playon TV software to my HP Windows Home Server. It could have easily been any other computer on my home network that meets the software’s minimum performance requirements. Once Playon TV was installed, I added my credentials for my Netflix account, as well as my Hulu account.

Finally, on my hacked Apple TV I simply start the XBMC application and navigate to UpNP devices on my home network, where Playon TV shows up. I now have access to Hulu and Netflix right on my Apple TV.

The Apple TV itself does not have enough processor horsepower to play back Netflix or Hulu Flash streaming without stuttering and freezing. However, playing it through the Playon TV software causes much of the processing to take place on my Windows Home Server machine, which has plenty of horsepower. Playon TV works by converting the Hulu and Netflix Flash streams into UpNP streams that the hacked Apple TV running XMBC can easily play without stuttering.

So, with this setup I’ve got access to all of my regular iTunes material, including HD and SD video podcasts, as well as a wide variety of streaming material from popular services such as Netflix and Hulu. It would be easy for me to buy additional Apple TV units, apply the ATV Flash hack to them, and attach them to other HDTV’s in my house.

GNC-2010-06-01 #580 Being Tested

I think the podcasting Gods are testing me clarification within the show.. Hope everyone had a enjoyable holiday weekend and made it safely back to work. The warm summer months are upon us and I will be running some promotions to keep you folks dialed in while out and about so make sure you stay subscribed and up to date on the show…

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Steve Jobs Keynote WWDC: Let the Rumors Begin!

It was announced over the weekend that Steve Jobs will be giving the keynote to this year’s WWDC. It was no big surprise there. However, this is usually the time where all the rumors start to flood the internet.

It hasn’t been too crazy – Possibly because of the prototype phones out in the wild. We are definitely expecting a new model of phone come June 7th. But what about the rest?

Apple already updated their Mac line last week. Apple TV is just riding on coat tails. The iPad is still in roll-out mode from January. iPod information usually doesn’t get announced until October.

Could this be a dull event?

Probably not. We’ve just seemed to relinquish our rumor mills a bit early. Unless some new tidbit is leaked last minute, we are ready for the big event.

But it won’t deter the rumor mill from churning ideas like butter. It’s gonna be hard, though. All the rumors are already out there…

GNC-2009-10-30 #523 Now on Blip and YouTube

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Boxee is Back Hulu-Style

The latest Boxee update brings back support for Hulu feeds, something that was lost a couple weeks ago. Todd has talked highly of the Boxee, and to be honest, I’ve been giving it a pretty close look myself. When the support for Hulu was lost, I stopped looking. My kids and I find a ton of things to watch on Hulu, and it has at times supplanted what we have saved on our DVR. We’ve been watching most things through my Apple 22″ cinema display when it comes to Hulu, which is big enough for us to gather around and enjoy, but is not like flopping on the couch to watch it on the television. Having that link between the two would be great.

In addition to the returned support for Hulu, a new “app store” has been added and there is also an auto-downloading function.

Boxee states clearly that the upgrade has not been deeply tested, and that it can’t guarantee the results, but so far, geeks using it seem thrilled with the changes and have reported few problems. The upgrade should be available at app.boxee.tv.