Active-TV Technology for iPhone and iPod touch

Active-TV Technology for iPhone and iPod touch
Navigate YouTube

Navigate YouTube available at iTunes App Sore

An easy to use iPhone and iPod touch App that enables both new and advanced YouTube users to get the best from YouTube.

Browse video Standard Feeds, Categories, Channels and Playlists. Then organize new videos into your own favorites and playlists. Make playlists private or public. Subscribe to other user's playlists and video collections for future viewing. Subscribe to videos matching search-words.

Look at publicly viewable favorite videos, playlists and subscriptions based on your YouTube friends, family and contacts. Send and receive video links with YouTube contacts via YouTube video messages.

Search for new videos tagged for your language or geographical region, using local keyboard. Explore for new videos via easy switching of user ID to the owner of interesting videos - then explore their world.

All actions are kept in sync with PC, Mac or Apple-TV access to YouTube. Available at Apple App Store.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Use your iPhone or iPod to watch big-screen TV

The latest "Navigate YouTube" iPhone/iPod touch app brings news reports, entertainment highlights or full-length movies directly to your TV -- no mouse clicks or monthly service fees required.

Full-screen video appears on the TV when it is connected to an iPhone or iPod touch via an Apple AV Composite Cable. Apple’s cable design does not replicate the entire mobile screen. The touch screen is used to start-stop-pause-step play or return to normal iPhone/iPod operation.

Thousands of individuals and companies such as Independent Television News (ITN), PBS, PBS NewsHour, Associated Press (AP), Discovery Networks, Film Movement, France 24, France 24 (English), Lionsgate Films, and OpenFlix, to name only a few, have YouTube channels. These channels contain a dizzying amount of uploaded videos, playlists and connections to other interesting video.

“Navigate YouTube” enables playlists or video channels to be watched in sequence with TV-like freedom -- no need to continually click a mouse or screen. It also makes it easy to find and subscribe to new channels. You can also exchange video recommendations with friends, or piggyback on their playlists and channel subscriptions.

The iPod touch in my home has effectively been turned into a Set-Top Box for watching TV.

So, lean back in front of the TV and sswatch the latest internet-delivered video, uninterrupted by mouse clicks. All without any monthly service fee.

Daniel Mann

Saturday, November 14, 2009

What could friends know about your YouTube viewing ?

The updated version 1.3 of the iPhone and iPod touch app, Navigae YouTube, makes it easy to review the activity history of your friends and enjoy what they enjoy.

When someone adds your User ID to their YouTube address book (easily done with the Navigate YouTube iPhone app), you will receive an email request to become a friend of the requestor. If you accept the request, then you are promoted from an ordinary contact in their address book to a friend.

Similarly, you can easily use Navigate YouTube to request that a contact be converted to YouTube friend status. You can then look at their activity and better share your interest in YouTube video.

Navigate YouTube makes it easy to use the iPhone/iPod Touch to review the YouTube activity of one’s friends. In the example screen shot below, Pam is a friend. It is easy to review some of her recent YouTube activity. This is a great way to find interesting new video.

This feature, along with other interesting YouTube access features, is now part of the new version 1.3 update. The app makes it easy to be a YouTube expert-user.

There is more info at the iTunes App Store or at the user instructions webpage.

Daniel Mann

Monday, October 19, 2009

Navigateur pour YouTube pour iPhone et le iPod touch

Regardez Une app facile à utiliser pour le iPhone et iPod qui permet au débutant ou au utilisateur confirmé de YouTube d’obtenir le meilleur de YouTube.

Revisez les vidéos standards, les catégories, les canaux et les listes de reproduction. Organisez alors les nouvelles vidéos en vos propres favoris et listes de reproduction. Rendez la Playlist privée ou publique. Souscrivez aux listes de réproduction et aux collections de vidéos d’autres abonnés pour votre accès futur. Souscrivez aux vidéos pertinentes avec des mots de recherche.

Regardez les vidéos préférées publiquement visionnées, les listes de reproduction et les abonnements basés sur vos amis, famille et contacts de YouTube. Envoyez et recevez des recommandations de vidéos de vos contacts de YouTube par l'intermédiaire des messages de vidéo de YouTube.

Recherchez les nouvelles vidéos marquées pour votre région géographique, utilisant le clavier local. Explorez-les pour de nouvelles vidéos par l'intermédiaire de la commutation facile de l'identification de l'utilisateur au propriétaire des vidéos intéressantes - explorez alors leur monde.

Toutes les actions sont maintenues synchronisées avec le PC, l'accès Mac ou Apple-TV à YouTube.


• Regardez toute les catégories de vidéos: musique, nouvelles, sport,…
• Revisez les classements de vidéos : Évalué supérieur, les plus populaires…
• Changez la région géographique : États Unis, France, Japon, Brésil,… regardez alors les catégories et les normes standards pour la région.
• Écrivez des mots de recherche et trouvez des nouvelles vidéos pertinentes.
• Ajoutez les nouvelles vidéos aux favoris ou aux listes de reproduction.
• Créez et éditez les listes de réproduction ou les favoris. Rendez les listes de reproduction privées ou publiques.
• Souscrivez aux vidéos compatible avec les mots de recherche - de nouvelles vidéos sont trouvées sans recopier votre requête.
• Recherchez les listes de réproduction d’autres abonnés et souscrivez pour votre accès futur.
• Recherchez les canaux édités par National Geographic, BBC ou tout autre uploader de YouTube.
• Souscrivez aux canaux pour un accès futur facile et pour tenir à jour avec leurs derniers téléchargements.
• Regardez votre abonnement aux canaux, listes de reproduction, vidéos compatibles avec des mots de recherche ou à tous les favoris des autres abonnés.
• Regardez un sommaire des dernières vidéos ajoutées à votre abonnement de vidéos.
• Ajoutez ou enlevez d'autres utilisateurs de YouTube sur votre liste de contacts.
• Accès facile aux messages de vidéo de YouTube reçus de vos contacts.
• Envoyez une vidéo intéressante à un contact, et ajoutez un message court.
• Commutez l'identification de l'utilisateur à un de vos contacts pour accéder leurs favoris et listes de reproduction publiquement visionnées.
• Commutez l'identification de l'utilisateur à l'identification employée par un uploader de vidéos intéressantes.
• Regardez vos propres vidéos téléchargées.
• Découvrez une nouvelle vidéo, puis trouvez les vidéos pertinentes.

Daniel Mann

Friday, October 16, 2009

iPhoneとiPod Touch向け、YouTube向けナビゲーター

初心者から上級のYouTubeのユーザー向けに、YouTubeに最適化したiPhoneとiPod Touch向けの使いやすいアプリケーションです。




全ての作業は、YouTubeに接続できるPC, Mac, またはAppleTV等他の端末で同期されます。

• ビデオ・カテゴリーを見る:Music, News, Sports, ...
• 標準のフィードを見る:Top Rated, Most Viewed
• 地域の設定を変更する:United States, France, Japan, Brazil, ...そして、その地域のカテゴリーや標準フィードを見る。
• 検索ワードを入れ、それに該当した新しいビデオを見つける。
• 新しいビデオをお気に入り、またはプレイリストに追加する。
• プレイリストやお気に入りを作成、編集する。また、プレイリストを公開、非公開を設定する。
• National Geographic, BBCやその他のYouTubeの動画提供者が公開したチャネルを検索する。
• あなたの定期購読するチャネル、プレイリスト、検索ワードに合致した動画、または他のユーザーのお気に入りを視聴する。
• あなたの定期購読に追加した最新の動画のまとめをみる。
• コンタクトリストの追加、または削除を行う。
• コンタクトリストからのYouTubeビデオメッセージを簡単にアクセスできる。
• 興味のあるビデオをコンタクトに送ったり、短いメッセージを追加したりできる。
• ユーザーIDをあなたのコンタクトに切り替え公開されているお気に入りやプレイリストにアクセスする。
• ユーザーIDを興味のある動画を提供するIDに切り替える。
• 自分が公開した動画を見る。
• 見つけた新しいビデオに関連したビデオを見る。

Daniel Mann

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Navigator for YouTube available for iPhone

An easy to use iPhone and iPod touch App that enables both new and advanced YouTube users to get the best from YouTube.

Browse video Standard Feeds, Categories, Channels and Playlists. Then organize new videos into your own favoritists and playlists. Make plalists private or public. Subscribe to other user's playlists and video collections for future viewing. Subscribe to videos matching search-words.

Look at publicly viewable favorite videos, playlists and subscriptions based on your YouTube friends, family and contacts. Send and receive video recommendations with YouTube contacts via YouTube video messages.

Search for new videos tagged for your language or geographical region, using local keyboard. Explore for new videos via easy switching of user ID to the owner of interesting videos - then explore their world.

All actions are kept in sync with PC, Mac or Apple-TV access to YouTube.

• View video Categories: Music, News, sport, ...
• View Standard Feeds: Top Rated, Most Viewed, ...
• Change geographical region: Unites States, France, Japan, Brazil, ... Then view Categories and Standard Feeds for the region.
• Enter search-words and find new videos with matching description.
• Add new videos to Favorites or Playlists.
• Create and edit Playlists or Favorites. Make Playlists private or public.
• Subscribe to videos matching search-words - new videos are found without reentering search-words.
• Search for other user's Playlists, and subscribe for easy future viewing.
• Search for Channels published by National Geographic, BBC or other YouTube uploader.
• Subscribe to Channels for easy future access and keeping up-to-date with their latest uploads.
• View your subscription to Channels, Playlists, video matching search-words or other users' Favorites.
• View a summary of latest video added to your video subscriptions.
• Add or remove other YouTube users to your list of contacts.
• Easy access to YouTube video messages received from contacts.
• Send an interesting video to a contact, and add a short message.
• Switch User ID to one of your contacts to access their publicly viewable Favorites and Playlists
• Switch User ID to the ID used by an interesting video uploader.
• View your own uploaded videos.
• Discover a new video, then find related videos.

Developed by Active-TV Technology. Currently available in English, French and Japanese at the iTunes App Store. User instructions are available in English. Feedback, corrections and comments are welcome.

Daniel Mann

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

An "iTunes moment” for the TV ?

The Issue: Speaking at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, the well informed Ashley Highfield’s remarks imply that the TV industry has as little as two years to create a viable digital businesses or face the TV equivalent of an "iTunes moment”. Which others have described as record labels ceding control over digital asset distribution to the Apple juggernaut.

Background: After years of effort by many companies to combine TV and Internet, no widely accepted video appliance or networked-TV has emerged. Does Highfield see that this is about to change? Is Apple now positioned for a dominant position in the TV platform and service business? Or is Highfield referring to something other than Apple technology?

Behind the scene: Apple is rumored to soon introduce a new ‘iPad’ (i.e. large Apple Touch). A new Apple-TV is also expected. Are these the platforms that will finally bring convergence between web and TV? Highfield opines, "Once this happens the shift of spending from TV to web will accelerate even more".

It has been two years since blogging began on possible next-steps for the Apple-TV. In this time Apple has made great strides in feeding expectations for extensive software application support on smart phones. This has caused the established hardware-oriented phone builders to scramble to develop their own software application infrastructure. Efforts, such as Android and Ovi are manifestly attempts to protect against further erosion of the high-end mobile phone market to the iPhone onslaught. This erosion has initially been most noticeable in the US market but soon to follow elsewhere.

The iPod has also developed into a software application platform in the form of the Apple Touch. Both Touch and iPhone support a “full browser” experience based on WebKit, and also application software programs built using the Apple SDK. Building a Pad-like device based on the same technology would enable Apple to build a lower-cost web access or web-browsing device without underselling its existing MacBook market and with access to the extensive catalogue of iPhone applications (some 60,000+ strong). What might be called an ‘iPad” could not support the full range of applications supported by a Mac or MacBook, but would nevertheless offer a compelling Internet and application enhanced appliance.

The original Apple-TV was based on PC technology. This has a much higher hardware cost than a Touch. The Apple-TV does not make use of this additional hardware capability; it’s a cost tax without major benefit. Now, however, Apple would appear to have the technology to build a next-generation Apple-TV based on Touch technology instead, which would likely require better graphics resolution for the larger TV screen. This development step is likely required for an iPad device as well.

A lower-cost Apple-TV could make headway in the US market where consumers are accustomed to subsidized Set-Top Boxes from service providers, and hence are very price sensitive. Following the recent U.S. transition to digital ATSC from analog NTSC broadcasts, Apple may decide the time is now right to introduce a Touch-based Apple-TV with ATSC support. This hybrid box, would meet demand for media convergence capabilities within a relatively low-cost appliance. Clearly, the European market would require a DVB-t hybrid, but Apple is likely to lead with US products first.

The lower cost hardware would also better support a co-branded networked Apple-TV with Touch technology “built into the glass” (as they say in “industry-speak”). With these steps, Apple will have moved the modern TV to a software application platform, much like it is moving the mobile phone to a software platform. Many of the existing TV and STB suppliers would struggle to respond. I suspect a large portion of the “window in which to respond” that Highfield refers to would be consumed while waiting for company accountants to confirm loss of market share. Thus making it safe in these difficult career times for product managers to engage in reactive-product development. Apple would have lit the green light, signaling the rush of competitive new products.

Highfield stated, "So, realistically, I think the industry has about two to three years to adapt or face its iTunes moment. And it will take at least that long for media brands to build credible, truly digital brands. But, importantly, I do believe TV does have a small, two to three year window in which to respond…"

Software application developers benefit from the efficiencies of a common platform such as the PC. The PC’s dominance is why we see new applications such as the iPlayer first appearing on the PC, even before the Mac. It is simply a matter of quickly reaching the greatest number of users. A common TV platform based on some form of Apple-TV would rapidly gain the attention of application developers. This assumes the new Apple-TV supports iTunes store-enabled applications. Albeit, with Apple having the final say on what applications are acceptable - this is likely to lead to some conflicts. Without some degree of support for independent application developers, the new Apple-TV would not be considered a common platform. Consequently, it would have a slower market acceptance and pose less threat to its competitors, and therefore extend the window in which to respond.

An Apple-TV which only supports iTunes would give Apple greater control over revenues generated by web-TV convergence. It would also simplify any competitor’s ability to rally the software community to support an alternative approach and platform. This might be based on a WebKit- or Adobe Flash-based range of boxes and TVs. However, the industry’s reluctance to embrace software technology has resulted in years of waiting for the ideal convergence TV platform. The failure to make do with technology now readily available is now likely a greater problem than mastering the business changes inherent with convergence. Again, this may well play to Apple’s advantages by keeping the software community fully occupied developing new applications for the iPhone, Touch, ‘iPad’, or any new Apple-TV.

Apple also has the opportunity to combine the operation of the iPhone or Touch with the PC or Mac and the Apple TV. Ecosystem-enabled smart application software holds the promise of finding relevance with web-savvy consumers and service providers. It will be interesting to see how Apple balances decisions regarding conflicting agendas for openness, exclusivity, and inclusion of non-revenue generating features, such as digital recording and ATSC tuners, or DVD playing. To achieve market dominance it has to ease new ideas into a wide audience which still finds value in existing, low-cost and well-understood TV-related appliances. Both Microsoft and Sony have not found this an easy nut to crack, despite major undertakings using their game platforms.

We should know soon whether the iPad is launched and the Apple-TV receives a refresh, and if Ashley Highfield’s predictions prove correct, the clock is ticking for competitors to make the next move.

Daniel Mann

Friday, April 17, 2009

TV access for YouTube Movie Categories

YouTube has improved it support for Movies and TV Shows. It is reported that this may be part of an expanding plan for micropayments and viewing of longer-format or full-episode video typically found on increasingly popular sites like Hulu and Veoh.

YouTube’s PC landing page now has tabs for “Shows” and “Movies”.

To support TV viewing of these categories, there is now an updated version (16x9 of the active-TV TV-webpage available from this blogsite. As can be seen from the TV image below, some of the full-episode shows and movies have been “marked” by their up-loaders, as only viewable from a PC.

Daniel Mann

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fix for change in YouTube streaming

Very recently YouTube made an engineering modification to their service which changed access to their video. This caused the active-TV TV-web page for YouTube to stop working. We have determined a fix and included it in the new file available from this blogsite.

This update is slightly slower initially accessing YouTube video; but we wanted to make a quick solution available for all those that have reported the problem. We will likely release a faster version later.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Receiving a Video Message at the TV

There have been a lot of web articles lately, such as “Social networkers want TV airtime”, discussing the demand for PC and mobile phone messaging to be supported at the living room TV. Some companies, such as Sky have indicated this is on their roadmap.

Video sharing and distribution sites already support sending messages between site users. For example, Youtube PC-website users who find a video they like can send a link to a Friend in their Contact List. This is done via the Send Video button which appears below the video display area – as shown below.

After clicking on Send Video, a Friend from the contact list is selected (daniel78746 for the example above), and the PC keyboard is used to type in a message to accompany the Video.

The YouTube developers’ API supports receiving Video Messages. But to access messages the user must first enter their account password. The YouTube TV-website supported by active-TV enabled TVs and STBs, such as the D-link DSM-520, has been extended to enable a YouTube password to be entered using the TV remote. The TV menu now includes the menu option “Messages in Inbox” which is used to access message at the living room TV screen.

The example above shows that a Video Message was received from YouTube user “alt34ab”. The message text typed in at the sender’s keyboard, now appears on the receivers TV. In the menu entry just below the message is the video link associated with the Video Message. This is shown below.

Using the YouTube supported scheme, it is possible to send a message from a cell phone or PC to a TV. With some more development it will be possible to send messages from the TV to another TV, PC or cell phone. A beta version of the TV-website will be made available for testing at this blog-site. Look for the youtube_beta zip file with version 17 or higher.

On the right side of the TV screen is the “related” icon which moves up and down the screen, positioned next to the currently selected menu entry. Pushing “enter” on the TV remote while highlighting the “related” icon, causes the menu to be filled with video entries which relate to the current entry. For example, the Video Message delivers a link to the “Rory Gallagher ..” video. Using the “related” button provides a list of videos which Youtube report to be related. See the example TV screen below.

Feedback, corrections and comments welcome. Please make contact if you would like more information about TV-website development.
Daniel Mann

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Adding Live Internet TV streams to my Living Room TV

The prior blog entry “Build your own TV channel from torrent-delivered video sources” did not adequately cover the details of adding more than torrent formatted video sources, such as Live TV streams.

As explained, a users’ torrentSites.xml file describes the video feeds to be presented at the TV. Each <item> in the torrentSites.xml typically contains the url address of an XML-formatted RSS video feed. But it can alternatively contain the address of an XML-formatted listing of Live TV channels. Assume the <item> below is included in the torrentSites.xml file.

<title>My Video Feeds</title>
<description>Video feeds defined in my PC file myVideoFeeds.xml</description>
<image> </image>


Following the torrentSites.xml entry above leads to the myVideoFeeds.xml file; which is also, given the example file address, located on your networked PC and not on a networked server. Below is an example of myVideoFeeds.xml.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>

<title>BFM TV, France </title>
<description>French 24-hour television news channel, defined in my PC file myVideoFeeds.xml</description>
<enclosure url="
mms://" type="application/video" />
<pubDate>Live TV</pubDate>

<title>Vesti 24, Russia</title>
<description>Russian TV feed, defined in my PC file myVideoFeeds.xml</description>
<enclosure url="
mms://" type="application/video" />
<pubDate>Live TV</pubDate>


The torrentSites.xml has a menu entry entitled “My Video Feeds”. This appears on the left-side TV menu, as shown below. The myVideoFeeds.xml file contains two <item> entries; these now appear in the right-side TV menu. By adding your own entries into your myVideoFeeds.xml you can build a menu enabling access to a video feed you have obtained the address for.

To further demonstrate the system I have build a menu item "Live TV Streams" which is currently streaming Live TV from the following internet channels: BFM TV, France; Reel Good TV, USA; Vesti 24, Russia; TV RB, Russia; RTR Planeta, Russia; Canal 7, Sweden; 4E TV, Greece; ERT 3, Greece; Folketing TV, Denmark; Omega TV, Netherlands; Omroep Zeeland, Netherlands; Teleradioerre, Italy ; Tiziana Sat, Italy; Yomiuri News, Japan; FMI, Japan; TV Argent, Canada. More channels can be easily added.

Given this ease and flexibility, it is easy to see how the sytstem is well suited for deliverying foreign language TV channels to the living room TV -- via the internet. A beta version of the above TV-website is available for download and testing from this blogsite (see under Free TV-web Channels).
Daniel Mann

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Build your own TV channel from torrent-delivered video

There are plenty of sources of torrent-delivered video available, but how can a person with little or no engineering skills get these videos delivered directly to their living room TV? Well, it is now possible to do so with a new configurable TV-website that is viewable on any Active-TV-enabled networked TVs, such as those TVs connected to a D-link DSM-520.

For those among you who have the right to download video torrent files (i.e. peer-to-peer sharing, P2P), and find it convenient to view and select available torrents from the TV rather than the PC, the new TV-website makes it possible to select and start a torrent, monitor its progress, and finally watch the downloaded video – all from the TV. Hence, there is no need for a PC keyboard to browse and select a particular torrent, let alone attach a PC to the TV.

As discussed in a previous blog article, when accessing P2P video, the system relies on a networked-PC using uTorrent to assist the TV with torrenting. In other words, the TV UI remotely drives the PC’s uTorrent engine.

Available videos are listed at the TV according to an XML configuration file, 'torrentSites.xml'. A user must build their own torrentSites.xml file which is stored on their PC. An example is provided to help with understanding the layout and syntax.

Possibly following a broadcaster trend, Norwegian Broadcaster (NRK) makes programmes available for free via torrent distribution. US channel Democracy Now! also distributes programmes via torrent. Canada’s public broadcaster CBC distributes the “Canada's Next Great Prime Minister” shown. Partnering with CBC, the bittorrent aggregation site Mininova supplies a DRM-free copy of the video torrent file. The required torrentSites.xml entry for the NRK and DN! video is below:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>

<title>Norwegian (NRK)</title>
<description>Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Nordkalotten 365, defined in my PC file torrentSites.xml</description> <link></link> <image></image>

<title>Democracy Now!</title>
<description>Democracy Now!, defined in my PC file torrentSites.xml</description>


The two entries or items in the above torrentSites.xml file, appear in the TV menu as shown in the screen-shots below. They are shown on the left-side menu.

Torrent sites make their torrents available via lists which are distributed via RSS. These lists generally conform to a similar format. This similarity enables torrenting tools such as uTorrent to generally access RSS data. Similarly, the TV-website has managed to “read” the RSS address provided by the XML <link> element and so lists the available torrents on the right-side menu.

Some torrent distribution sites support searching for a particular torrent. This requires search-words to be passed to the torrent site. To support searching, an XML entry such as the example below must be used.

<link search="MATCH" >http://www.site_address/MATCH/more_address</link>

The use of "search=" in the <link> entry indicates that a pop-up keyboard will be used when the menu entry is selected. This enables search-words, such as "election news" to be entered on the TV screen. The keywords replace the XML token “MATCH” in the formation of an RSS url which will list, in our case, only torrents containing the name “election news”.

Before the TV can “talk” to the uTorrent engine running on the PC, it is important that they both be configured correctly; set-up the PC first. As previously described, uTorrent “Preferences” must be set to support an “incoming connection”.

Conveniently for us, the uTorrent Web UI interface enables remote login to the torrent PC. The remote login ID must be set to “active-TV” with password “pass”. This is the initial password used by the TV-website, but it can be changed to your own preference; however, make sure the ID on the uTorrent TV-web is set to the same password. Use the TV menu entry “Change uTorrent Pass” to accomplish this – change the PC-side password first.

Before using the “My Active uTorrents” TV menu entry, make sure the PC and TV-side uTorrent passwords are set correctly. The “My Active uTorrents” enables reviewing the progress of currently active torrents. When download reaches 100%, the video can be viewed on the TV by simply using the TV’s IR remote to click on the torrents menu entry.

For convenience, the TV UI reports if a video has already been viewed after prior download completion. This helps keep a track of what you have been watching,

The uTorrent TV-website is very flexible given the ability for a user to define their own torrentSites.xml. Note that it is entirely the responsibility of the user to ensure that they have the legal right to access any video or content made available by the torrentSites.xml file they make use of. For more information about a users’ copyright responsibilities and DSM-520 operaton, please see the D-link support site. A beta version of the above TV-website is available for download and testing from this blogsite (see Free TV-web Channels). (Also see newer blog entry "Adding Live TV streams to my living room TV".)
Daniel Mann

Combining cell phone and TV UI support for internet video

As mobile phones grow increasingly sophisticated and are open to third-party applications and services, they can be used for both productivity and entertainment. If the screen is large enough, they are a convenient platform for viewing Internet-based video. They can also serve as a device to coordinate the storing and forwarding of video, both throughout and from the home. That is to say, a mobile device can be made to communicate directly with a home-based video devices, such as a networked TV. These innovations are all due to the flexibility of Web 2.0 technologies, which which interconnects the User Interfaces (UIs) appearing on the cell phone, PC and TV.

Below is a screen shot showing an Active-TV Technology UI for YouTube video.

In collaboration with CoreCodec, Active-TV Technology is developing mobie phone applications to coordinate the viewing of of video suitable for networked-enabled TVs. CoreCodec is known for its CorePlayer, which supports “multimedia content on your desktop, mobile phone, portable media player, PDA, GPS, or convergence device”. CorePlayer is widely used across the cell phone industry.

Here are more cell phone screen images of the Lua-based prototype for YouTube. A number of cell phones now support YouTube video and these early developments are just a proof-of-concept of this new technology.

The next step is to show how the phone, TV and PC UIs can interoperate to support social networking, sharing, navigating, organizing and discovering video and audio entertainment, from both Internet-broadcast and conventional-broadcast TV media.

Here is a link to a BBC-Microsoft TV example, shown in the YouTube window below, where social networking and instant messaging features are combined to enable video recommendations. Further prototypes will be available soon.

Daniel Mann