Vid-Biz: Widevine-Verimatrix, Qik, Lionsgate

Widevine, Verimatrix Settle Patent Dispute; Under the settlement, Widevine granted Verimatrix a license to the two asserted Widevine patents and their foreign counterparts. (Multichannel News)

Qik Comes Built-In to the HTC EVO 4G Android Phone; not only will Qik work on the new HTC EVO 4G, Sprint’s WiMax phone, it will come pre-installed on each one. (TechCrunch)

Lionsgate Board Rejects Icahn’s Revised Takeover Bid; the studio’s board of directors voted unanimously to reject activist investor Carl Icahn’s hostile takeover bid for control of the company, and urged its shareholders to follow suit. (Digital Media Wire)

March Madness Video Player Runs MLB Footage; From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET yesterday, people who visited the on-demand site were greeted by a testing session that intermittently streamed content being put together by the MLB Network at spring training ballparks in Arizona. (ClickZ)

Big Cable Joins the Broadband Stimulus Fray; Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and the NCTA are putting their weight behind a coalition seeking more than $52 million to drive high-speed Internet adoption. (Light Reading)

Cablevision Licenses RealD Format for 3D Content in the Home; the delivery of RealD Format content is compatible with Cablevision’s current HD broadcast and on-demand systems and works with existing HD set-top boxes. (press release)

Break Media Sees Data as Display’s Savior; company signs deals with BlueKai and eXelate to learn more about its audience, optimize ad sales for sites like (Adweek)

Vid-Biz: Sky, Ooyala, Comcast

Sky Putting 3-D Before VOD; despite a promise to add a true pull-VOD service to its TV options in 2010, Sky gave no progress update for the service, but said it would start launch Europe’s first 3-D channel this spring. (paidContent:UK)

Ooyala Launches Localized Japanese Platform; with the new release, customers will be able to create and manage their video publishing account in Japanese. (press release)

Comcast CEO Not Convinced 3-D Is Future of TV; Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts says the company plans to produce great 3-D content, but isn’t sure the new technology will be the next HD in terms of adoption for 24/7 TV. (Multichannel News)

More Optimism for Big Media and Big Ad Budgets; Barclays analyst Anthony DiClemente lifts his 2010 U.S. ad market estimates from no growth to that of 3.5 percent. (MediaMemo)

Digital Movie Label FilmBuff Launches on Babelgum; Cinetic Rights Management’s digital move label has launched a channel on the Babelgum mobile platform, with a series of clips and trailers from previous Sundance Festival hits such as Slacker, Metropolitan and The Order Of Myths. (Screen Daily)

Canoe Ventures Names Redpath SVP and General Counsel; the interactive advertising firm announced Wednesday that it has appointed John Redpath as its SVP and general counsel. (InteractiveTV Today)

Time Warner Cable Inks Deal for Food Network, Great American Country; cable company has entered into a multiyear pact with Scripps Networks Interactive for continued distribution of Food Network and music-oriented service Great American Country. (Multichannel News)

Setanta Sports USA to Go Dark Feb. 28; as expected, Setanta Sports will pull the plug on its premium channel in the U.S. and the Caribbean on Feb. 28, transferring select programming rights to Fox Soccer Channel on March 1. (Multichannel News)

Qik Launches Private Beta for Qik-in-Touch; live streaming firm launches private beta for its desktop video-sharing application. (Qik)

Qik Adds Live iPhone Streaming — and Not Just for the 3GS

UPDATED Following on the heels of similar announcements from Ustream and Bambuser, Qik’s application for live video streaming on the Apple (s AAPL) iPhone has finally been approved, and the app should arrive in the App Store shortly. But with so many live streaming apps already available for the device, how does it separate itself from the pack?

The Qik app has all the same features that one might expect. The app works over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks, has social sharing features that allow users to alert their friends of streams they’re broadcasting, and is location-enabled to allow a broadcaster’s friends to know where a stream is coming from. All pretty standard stuff. But there’s one big difference between Qik and some other live streaming apps out there.

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Vid-Biz: Qik, 3-D, MSN

Qik Submits Its Own iPhone Application for Live Broadcasting; with live broadcasting available through a new app from Ustream (details here), Qik has submitted an app with similar functionality for review. (Qik blog)

Entertainment Execs Bullish on 3-D in the Home; the growth of 3-D in the home is expected to complement a similar push in theaters, as most megabudget films will soon be made in 3-D. (Variety)

MSN, NBC, Hearst Partner For Local News Video; the new deals will increase the presence of television news on local MSN subsites. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Blu-ray Sales Strong Over Thanksgiving Weekend; unit sales of Blu-ray players were up 53 percent over the previous year, with computers up 63 percent and flat-panel TV sales up 15 percent. (Video Business)

Fred Davis to Join Quincy Smith at Advisory Firm; the well-known entertainment lawyer is expected to join the CBS Interactive chief at his new banking and advisory firm when it opens in January. (AllThingsD)

NBCU Taps Adgregate Markets for mCommerce Campaign; Universal Studios Home Entertainment will use Adgregate’s mobile ShopAds technology to enable mobile ads and sales of Inglourious Basterds on Blu-ray and DVD. (emailed release)

HBO Launches Ad Campaign to Promote Its Blu-ray Catalog; the campaign will run through Christmas on male-centric shows and networks, including NFL games and on channels like ESPN, Spike, G4 and FX. (Video Business)

HD Cloud Launches Freemium Cloud Encoding Service; the company will offer discounts for high-volume customers and will also offer free transcoding for customers that use less than 2 GB per month. (emailed release)

Qik Does DVD-Quality Capture on Droid

Mobile live-streaming service Qik announced today that you can download its app for the Droid phone from the Android Marketplace, and sign up for early beta access to a high-res version of the Qik client for the Droid that can capture videos in DVD resolution (720×480). The company says it’s the first live mobile provider to enable DVD-quality video capture.

Qik has also improved its capabilities to help users create shortcuts to make sharing Qik-created videos with your contacts or social media sites faster.
In the battle between the iPhone and the Droid, the Droid wins on the live-streaming front because, well, it actually streams live video. The iPhone lets you record video for uploading later.

Qik Gets Legit On the iPhone, Loses Core Feature


It seems like just yesterday Kevin Rose was teasing us all with tantalizing tweets about an upcoming Qik iPhone application that would allow you to stream live video from your device to the web. Of course, that was before the iPhone 3GS, which brought actual video recording capabilities. Somehow, in those heady, optimistic days, it still seemed possible that the Qik app might make it into the App Store.

Time passed, we grew older, experienced the harsh disappointment of a fickle and dubiously motivated App Store approval process, and Qik came to jailbroken phones, as do all of the good apps that actually do things iPhone owners would like to be able to do with the devices we overpaid for. There seemed to be little hope of ever seeing Qik in the App Store. But look, that’s exactly where it is (iTunes link), as of today. Read More about Qik Gets Legit On the iPhone, Loses Core Feature

Vid-Biz: TiVo, Qik, FCC

Best Buy and TiVo Hook Up; retailer to heavily promote the DVR maker and bring TiVo tech to Best Buy’s Insignia line of devices; TiVo to develop version of its box that lets Best Buy advertise its products directly to the TV. (The New York Times)

Qik Gets $5.5 Million; round led by Quest Venture Partners and Camp Ventures. (VentureBeat)

FCC Steps into Verizon’s Spat with Cablevision; Verizon asks the feds for help since Cablevision won’t sell the Madison Square Garden network in HD to FiOS TV. (The Hollywood Reporter)

GoAnimate Launches Software as a Service Model; will allow any company to deploy GoAnimate’s animation tools, Cartoon Network using the platform for its Toon Creator. (emailed release)

Ad Buyers Flex Their Power Over TV Networks; the upfront negotiations haven’t even started yet as the recession, multi-platform deals and even Jay Leno complicate the ad buying process. (The Wrap)

ESPN Rolls Out Fancy New Home Run Tracking TV Technology; “Ball Track” uses Doppler radar to create a graphic that shows real-time distance the ball travels from the crack of the bat to where it stops. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Vid-Biz: FCC, Qik, Totlol

Julius Genachowski Confirmed as FCC Chairman; Senate also confirms Robert McDowell for second term; two spots remain open on the five-member commission. (GigaOM)

Qik Offers Live Video on iPhone 3GS; live-casting app not sold through the official App Store because Apple and AT&T won’t allow video streaming from the phone. (TechCrunch)

Totlol Tries to Keep the Kid Vids Going; economic pressures forced the site to initially close down, but audiences implored to keep it up; site now features obtrusive ads and registration before they can go any further. (CNET)

Five Launches Broadband Soap Channel; the UK terrestrial broadcaster’s new Holy Soap consolidates the individual sites for shows like Neighbours and Home & Away. (

Gigantic Group Launching Online Movie Service; will focus on indie fare, movies will cost $2.99 and can be watched over three days. (Variety)

BitGravity Partners with Veeple; BitGravity to offer Veeple’s video content management services, Veeple to standardize its offering on BitGravity’s network. (MediaPost)

CinemaNow to Power Movie Streaming for; Canada’s top DVD-by-mail company to offer online service by the end of the year. (Video Business)

Stickam Develops StreamAPI for Facebook; application allows customers to stream live events on the popular social network. (emailed announcement)

Qik to Be Pre-Loaded on Nokia N97

Qik’s live, mobile video-casting software will be pre-loaded onto all of Nokia’s Symbian S60 handsets, starting with the N97, the two companies announced today. According to the press release, the N97 will include:

  • “nHD quality” video, which has widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio video with 642×358 resolution (see examples here).
  • One-button sharing of live-streams to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social networks.
  • Touchscreen that supports 19 languages.

This tighter integration builds on the existing relationship between the two companies. Qik’s live-streaming software had already been featured on Nokia’s Ovi Store application depot and was integrated into Nokia’s Ovi Share online video-sharing platform.

Capturing and sharing video is becoming a bigger part of our mobile experience, and the space is starting to heat up with big players jumping in. The Android mobile platform recently added video capturing and sharing support through its Cupcake release. And yesterday, Apple unveiled its new video-enabled 3G S iPhone. Support for live video-casting wasn’t part of the iPhone announcement, but Qik has already surreptitiously put its software on the device before. Will it have to be sneaky to do it again? We’ve contacted Qik to find out what yesterday’s iPhone plans means for it, and we’ll update as we find out more.