Web 2.0 has always been about giving the individual the power to publish without having to beg a media company for access. From blogs to podcasts to services like YouTube ordinary (and extraordinary) citizens have been able to publish their work for the world to see. Now [URL="http://www.flixwagon.com/"]Flixwagon[/URL] lets you broadcast live from your cell phone, assuming of course, it has a built-in video camera, giving the citizen broadcaster the greatest power of all – live video blogging – and the possibilities are quite intriguing. [B]Testing it Out[/B] I was lent a [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N95"]Nokia N95[/URL] cell phone recently for the purpose …

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[ATTACH=right]17013[/ATTACH]It's official - Apple says it will be [URL="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/09/01/financial/f100538D23.DTL"]offering individual TV episodes for download 'rental.'[/URL] While many are already heralding the announcement from yet another much-hyped media event in California as another nail in the coffin of old school television, Daniweb spoke to [URL="http://www.danrayburn.com/"]Dan Rayburn[/URL], a principal analyst at Frost and Sullivan who also runs [URL="http://streamingmedia.com"]streamingmedia.com[/URL]. He told us that despite all the hype, he doesn't see today's announcement as any sort of breakthrough. "You hear things like 'Cable is Dead' or 'People are cutting the cord for online video,' or 'The TV Model is broken...' but when you look …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]16558[/ATTACH]Netflix users becoming growingly accustomed to stagnant queues of movies can breathe a sigh of relief. It was announced earlier today (August 10) that Netflix would embark on an estimated $1 billion deal over the course of the next five years with Epix, the premium pay-TV and video on demand (VOD) subscription service, beginning on September 1. Under the agreement, new releases and library titles available to stream instantly will make their way over to Netflix 90 days after they premier on Epix, to honor previous contracts with current cable and satellite companies. Historically, the rights to these theatrical releases …

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The land of maple syrup, curling, Mounties, hockey, Mexican beer's sudsy love child, free healthcare, and self-titled bacon has just obtained another claim to fame: the first Netflix stream-only endeavor. [ATTACH]15908[/ATTACH]Netflix, the world's leading movie and TV subscription service with over 13 million subscribers, is extending its services to Canada later this fall by offering its inaugural stream-only service. They opted out of the DVD/Blu-ray delivery portion of memberships commonly seen in the United States because the costs of shipping them via French trading boats up the Mississippi River would have been astronomical. Canadian users will be able to instantly …

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When I opened my mail box today and picked up this month’s [URL="http://www.streamingmedia.com/article.asp?id=10395&page=1"]Streaming Media Magazine[/URL], [URL="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000325/"]David Caruso[/URL], aka Horatio Caine on [URL="http://www.cbs.com/primetime/csi_miami/"]CSI Miami[/URL], stared out at me from the cover in his trademark shades. Not exactly what you expect from a magazine aimed at video geeks, but apparently Caruso is more than an actor, he also has some ideas about how to transform media delivery and has teamed up with two streaming media industry heavy weights to form a new company called [URL="http://www.lexicondigital.tv/"]Lexicon[/URL] that has the lofty goal of changing streaming media as we know it. Caruso has joined forces …

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To the average consumer the ‘Digital home’ has little to do, really, with internet-connected intelligent refrigerators that do the grocery ordering for you, or robotic valets who ready the ‘pipe and slippers’ when you walk through the door. It simply means a way to manage the home entertainment and avoid the ‘remote control rhumba’ that plagues our lives. Finally, Windows Media Center Edition seems to be ‘growing up’ in a way that realistically suits it to the task. From the outset there were several ‘problems’ in the way of Windows Media Center Edition gaining widespread acceptance and uptake. Firstly, the …

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