DivX Targets Sneakernet With New Release

DivX Inc. (s DIVX) is releasing a new version of its media player today that tries to bring web video downloads to legacy devices without Internet connectivity. The new DivX player, which is part of a free software suite called DivX Plus, can convert downloaded videos and transfer them to USB drives or burn CDs or DVDs to play on DVD or Blu-ray players, DivX-compatible TV sets or Sony’s PlayStation 3.
The company also revamped all of its other products as part of the DivX Plus launch. Most notable are some additions to the DivX codec pack that make it possible to play 1080p H.264 videos on some netbook models through DXVA hardware acceleration, as well as a free MKV converter that should make the HD container format even more popular.
Read More about DivX Targets Sneakernet With New Release

On2 Shareholders Finally Agree to Google Deal — What’s Next?

On2 shareholders finally agreed yesterday to allow the encoding company to be purchased by Google (s GOOG), after the search giant raised its bid by $26.5 million earlier this year. But with the acquisition now set to close this week, questions are arising as to just what Google’s plans for the encoding company are.

Under terms of the deal, Google will provide 0.0010 of a share of Google Class A Common Stock for each share of On2 common stock, as well as 15 cents a share in cash, bringing the total value of the deal to about $133 million. It will close after some six months of haggling since Google made an initial offer of $106.5 million in August 2009.

When the deal closes, Google will own all of On2’s video compression technology, which includes the VP6 and VP8 video codecs. At the time it was first announced, many believed that the deal could allow Google to circumvent On2 licensing fees or collect them from third parties like Adobe (s ADBE) or Move Networks. The suggestion was also made that Google could use its control of the new VP8 to push it as the dominant codec for YouTube.

Read More about On2 Shareholders Finally Agree to Google Deal — What’s Next?

Vid-Biz: CBSSports, Hulu, Fairy Tale

CBSSports.com Launches Countdown to Kick-off; the show will feature news, interviews and analysis with new episodes running daily from today through Saturday. (release)

Hulu Held Up By Music Rights as Well; some episodes of shows go missing because the music used hasn’t been cleared for internet streaming. (Techdirt)

A Web Video Fairy Tale; “Once upon a time there was a sad little digital video file. She had no dress to attend the Web Browser Ball!…” (jd/adobe)

NBC Reveals ’08 Mobile Highlights; peacock says it served 1.8 million mobile streams between Sept. and Dec., 1.3 million of which were full episodes; Heroes was the most popular. (emailed release)

Apple Gets a Second CDN; in Q4 ’08 started using Limelight in addition to Akamai. (The Business of Online Video)

Mag Rack Entertainment Buys Concert.tv; purchase price of the VOD network that does music and documentaries not disclosed. (paidContent)

Generate to Create TV for 20th Century Fox TV; multiyear deal has the production/management company developing scripted show for broadcast and cable. (Variety)

Video encoding apps go head-to-head

Macs having the reputation they do for creative endeavors, there are as many (or more) video and audio encoding tools for OS X as their are file formats in which to encode your media. Some of the tools available are free and open-source, but many of it are shareware, donationware, or fully commercial products. How is a Mac user, especially one switching from another platform, to know which of them, if any, to use for encoding video from one format to another? Keep reading for a comparison of the key players.
Read More about Video encoding apps go head-to-head