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Running Most Of the 100-Meter Dash

by Allen Weiner  |  August 16, 2012  |  Comments Off

In this wondrous Olympic year, who can resist a track and field metaphor? Picture this: Usain Bolt is blurring his way to the finish line in the 100 meter finals and decides to stop short one meter (that’s 3.28 feet to us non-metricized folks) because the sun got in his unshielded eyes. Years of practice […]

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YouTube Launches Video Rentals at Sundance

by Allen Weiner  |  January 20, 2010  |  1 Comment

As YouTube evolves from its roots as the mega community for all video comers to a profitable business, the company is announcing a video rental program which launches in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival (January 21-31, 2010). Against the backdrop of Sundance, YouTube rentals will launch with five Sundance films—two from last year’s competition […]

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Take That YouTube: Disney Goes With Hulu

by Allen Weiner  |  April 30, 2009  |  Comments Off

The long-anticipated deal in which Hulu adds ABC’s prime time shows to its lineup, as well as its daytime soaps and programming from ABC Family, Disney Channel and SOAPnet is official. Besides licensing content, Disney is taking an equity stake in Hulu, with Disney getting three seats on the Hulu board that will be filled […]

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Coverage from SXSW

by Allen Weiner  |  March 11, 2009  |  2 Comments

Sunday, March 15 marks my introduction to the multimedia wonders that await me at SXSW in Austin. Until Tuesday, the focus is on “interactive” followed by music from Wednesday on with film running throughout. It will be a busman’s holiday (there’s a term you just don’t hear enough) in that I will be “reporting” from […]


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Hulu: Evil Plot or Misguided Marketing?

by Allen Weiner  |  February 2, 2009  |  11 Comments

I have watched Hulu’s coming- out party ad (see here) several times, both live during the heartbreaking SB 43 (yes, I live in Arizona) and then online where it will live forever to be cheered, jeered and even possibly revered. As someone who has followed Hulu since before this forward-thinking online venture between NBC and […]


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YouTube 2.0

by Allen Weiner  |  December 5, 2008  |  2 Comments

It comes as no surprise that YouTube has made some changes to its business, some that have been well publicized–such as its attempt to shed its “mature” content and give video creators the ability to easily add licensed music to their clips–and others a tad more subtle. In late November, YouTube’s player suddenly changed its […]


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Video on the iPhone: A Battle In Progress

by Allen Weiner  |  December 4, 2008  |  1 Comment

Faster than you can say, I am part of the Mapple Universe (thanks Lisa Simpson), a number of video services including Joost, mDialog and YouTube have brought rich on-demand versions of their web offers to the iPhone. Powered by innovative transcoder Ripcode, who has cracked the code in transcoding while a download is in progress, […]

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The Real Digital Transition

by Allen Weiner  |  November 24, 2008  |  1 Comment

As I walked through the Austin Farmers Market on November 22, a local organization was handing out flyers telling locals about the February 17, 2009 deadline for the analog to digital transition, the point at which time local broadcasters would cease analog transmissions. In short, death to rabbit ears. Now, here’s the irony: Nov. 22 […]

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Pure Digital Camcorder Bakeoff

by Allen Weiner  |  November 17, 2008  |  Comments Off

As previously stated, I am a video guy. Back in the day, I was an A/V nerd and even worked after school to repair broken educational films by resplicing them when they cracked as they were wont to do. So, when the online consumer video craze began to surface about five years ago, I became […]

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Videoing My Vote

by Allen Weiner  |  October 31, 2008  |  Comments Off

Since I always do what Google suggests (he said, tongue firmly planted in cheek) I noticed YouTube suggested that U.S. voters record their voting experiences on November 4 and upload them to YouTube for a special Video Your Vote channel. Here’s the hitch: not all states in this great union of ours allow you to […]

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