Barclays New York Challenge a Coming-Out Party for Veetle

Palo Alto-based live streaming start-up Veetle will broadcast all four soccer matches of the Barclays New York Challenge for free in HD – and it promises content owners that they can do the same, without paying a dime. Veetle’s money saving secret is its P2P technlogy.

Weekly App Store Picks: October 10, 2009

It’s the weekend and I’m over in London investigating a host of new iPhone apps out later this year. In the meantime, I’ve hand-picked four of the latest releases from the App Store for you to check out.

canabalt

This week I’ve selected a smattering of fun games. My top pick for this week is Canabalt, plus I’ve also been looking at Nota, Tap Tap Revenge 3 and Real Football 2010.

Canabalt ($2.99)

app_canabaltEarlier this week Adobe (s adbe) announced that the latest version of Flash, version CS5, will support iPhone app development. What this means is that an app can be created using Flash and then effectively rendered out as an iPhone-compatible app file.

Ustwo, who I spoke to earlier this week, prototyped itsĀ minimalist designer game .™ in 48 hours using Flash. With CS5, developers will be able to handle prototyping and development without leaving Flash. What this means for us folk who download apps is that we’re on the cusp of another exciting period in iPhone development, especially in terms of gaming.

Which brings us to Canabalt, a game which debuted several weeks ago online in Flash form and has since been ported across the the iPhone. It’s a furious filmic rush as you dash across a futuristic rooftop, jumping buildings, dodging debris and trying to survive for as long as possible. This is one button gaming at its very best, a worthwhile download for all iPhone gamers.
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Setanta Offers Premiere League Football Live Streams

Are you crazy for European football? Resorting to low-grade pirated streams in the middle of the night to get your soccer fix? Now you can watch live games in a premium web streaming environment from pay TV channel Setanta Sports. The company today officially unveiled the U.S. version of its new Setanta-i at the NAB Show, and showed me a demo earlier this morning (video embedded below, sorry for the shaky camera work!).

Setanta had previously offered minimal paid online streaming, but “people tolerated the interface for the content,” said Setanta director of new media Stephen Michael. “It was not TV-like.”
Now, for $14.99 per month, users can access many (but not all, as Fox and Sky Sports split access rights in some regions) games from the English Premiere League, as well as the Champions League, cricket, rugby, and boxing. The quality is meant to be high enough so you can use your jumbo living room TV to watch, with bitrates up to 1.8 Mbps.
Setanta-i uses Microsoft Silverlight (s MSFT) and is powered by Swarmcast (meaning you will need to download both Silverlight and Autobahn), with content management by Irdeto and design by EMC Conchango.
In part because it’s using some of the same vendors, the service’s features are similar to MLB.tv. Some highlights include DVR capabilities, picture-in-picture and the ability to snap directly to goals in previously played games. Michael said he expects tens of thousands of concurrent live viewers to use the platform. Versions are available in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada.