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Alex and I were having a video conversation today using ineen and it turned into an impromtu interview. Alex asked me about the impact of tools like this on video blogging and podcasting.

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Powell: IP Video Coming On Strong

Everyone agrees that IP Video is going to have a pretty huge impact on many forms of Video communications and entertainment. Imagine watching your favorite new movie on VOD and while watching you receive a Video call, picture in picture and whalla you are watching your movie AND having a video call.

With the advent of H.264 and open standards SIP we are going to see some very cool stuff coming down the pipe within a short timeframe.

By Ted Hearn — Multichannel News, 9/15/2004 4:57:00 PM

Washington — Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell — who’s paid to know better than most where markets are heading — has a warning for the cable industry: Internet video is coming.

The U.S. pay TV business is a highly concentrated market controlled by handful of cable operators and direct-broadcast satellite companies. But rapid consumer adoption of broadband technology is attracting new video-distribution ideas in the skunk works of Silicon Valley and in labs runs by major phone companies.

“IP [Internet protocol] TV and video are going to start coming on very, very strong,” Powell told reporters Wednesday at FCC headquarters here. “The No. 1 thing being worked on in small companies and in labs … is what I would call IP TV — the ability to put together integrated products that use a broadband connection as the infrastructure source for video content.”



Xten launches its new video over IP SIP softphone, which supports SIP and the H.263 video codec to deliver revenue-producing applications such as videoconferencing along with enhanced voice quality

Santa Clara, September 13, 2004 – /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Xten (OTCBB: XNWK), a provider of SIP-based video and voice over IP softphones and software, today announced the launch of eyeBeam, a video SIP softphone. eyeBeam supports open standards video utilizing SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) and the H.263 video codec, which supports video transmissions that are television-like in their quality. This enables service providers to easily deliver high-quality videoconferencing via IP to their customers, thus opening new IP revenue streams.

The eyeBeam feature set includes an array of robust SIP telephony features offered in the award-winning X-PRO SIP softphone, including call transfer/forward, caller ID, and 10-point conferencing. eyeBeam enhances this feature set with the addition of acoustic echo cancellation, voice activity detection, adaptive jitter buffer and message waiting indicator.


Here comes VVoIP "Voice & Video over IP"

With better codecs like H.264, Video on Demand and Video over IP conferencing will become common place. Set-top boxes are being designed and there are several triple play projects well under way.

eyeBeam is now live on the Xten website. There is an eyeBeam prototype for H.264 available today to vendors who wish to perform interop with Xten. Those interested should email

Soon it will all be under one hood, P2P IM, VVoIP using SIP and VOD. Things are really getting exciting now!

Battle brewing over hi-tech video standards

An obscure contest over futuristic video technologies is beginning to unfold in the broadcast industry, with dramatic consequences for the future of television, Hollywood and Microsoft.

The battle for now is visible only on the fringes, where experts are carefully weighing the pros and cons of two new candidates for delivering emerging applications such as Internet movies on demand, video over cell phones and high-definition TV (HDTV) programming.

One candidate, known alternately as MPEG-4 AVC or H.264, is the latest successor to the standard video format currently used by virtually all cable and broadcast TV stations. The other is Microsoft’s Windows Media VC-9 format.


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