Sprint Overdrive — Quick Look

Sprint has been madly rolling out WiMAX (4G) all over the U.S., and the recent news that Houston was lit up had me jonesing for a switch to the higher speed. The folks at Sprint decided they would send me a 4G Overdrive modem to test.

Sprint Overdrive Problems?

I am a big user of mobile 3G broadband, and was poised to upgrade to 4G with the Sprint Overdrive modem which is like my 3G solution, but faster. That’s not going to happen as a lot of folks are reporting problems with the Sprint modem.

Sprint 4G Now in Houston — Bye-Bye MiFi

Sprint has been rolling out its 4G network rapidly all over the U.S., and it’s now lit up in my home town of Houston. The Overdrive 3G/4G device is now calling my name, and loudly. It may be bye-bye MiFi for me, and soon.

IAWTV Gives Itself Herculean Task of Uniting Web TV Makers

The International Academy of Web Television’s mission is a lot like herding cats — a bit of a loaded metaphor considering the idea of online television as a legit medium is up against a web full of silly cat videos.

The IAWTV’s inaugural meeting today in Santa Monica, Calif. was in some ways productive and in others frustratingly embryonic. The IAWTV is trying to unite a group of independent-thinking online video entrepreneurs into an organization to run an awards show, and possibly much more than that.

DECA CEO and the appointed IAWTV chairman of the board Michael Wayne gamely parried a wide variety of questions, desires and dissents from a roomful of members and would-be members, many of whom had flown to LA for the event.

For now, the IAWTV’s principal responsibility is to run the second-annual Streamy Awards show next year, but along the way it’s also hoping to structure itself in the Hollywood mold. Wayne laid out a plan for 22 peer groups — which sounds rather unwieldy given the total current membership is around 100. But to be fair, the second part of his session was addressed to prospective members, and the room for that was packed. No actual academy business was carried out; this was more of an informational meeting.

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iPhone Application Sketch Book Rights Sold to Apress Publishing

Little more than a month after releasing the iPhone Application Sketch Book its creator, Dean Kaplan, has already sold the publishing rights to Apress Publishing House for an undisclosed amount. Kaplan says the move will allow the book to reach a broader market and free up some more time to work on “other projects that will compliment the sketchbook.”

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According to Kaplan, future publications of the sketchbook will remain largely the same except for a few minor changes suggested by current users, like perforated pages or different page sizes. “Customers love the look and feel of the book, that it lays flat, and it’s one place to hold all their designs,” he says. “Future modifications will no doubt be slight.” Read More about iPhone Application Sketch Book Rights Sold to Apress Publishing

Vid-Biz: Starz, OverDrive, Heroes

Libraries Can Download Starz Content for Free; arrangement brokered by Ohio-based OverDrive, which provides public libraries with digital content. (paidContent)
Orca Partners With Yuxing for Integrated IPTV Set-top Boxes; the pre-integrated IPTV box will offer HD, MPEG-4 and CPVR and is based on Orca’s SUI SDK. (emailed release)
Heroes Gets a Microseries; Sprint sponsoring a small spin-off that will span TV, online and mobile (learn more about Heroes transmedia storytelling from former show producer Jesse Alexander at NewTeeVee Live). (MediaWeek)
DISH to Use Invidi Ad Technology; company’s Advatar technology targeted, addressable national advertising. (Multichannel News)
Manage Netflix Queues on Your iPhone; i.TV launches app that integrates with the movie rental service and provides Wikipedia links for more info. (i.TV Blog) For more, you can also check out our sister publication The Apple Blog.
iTunes Creates Bargain Bin; buy movies like Terminator 2 and St. Elmo’s Fire for under $5. (VentureBeat)
TVNZ Picks up Sorority Forever; Television New Zealand putting the Jessica Rose web series up on-demand. (Variety)