YouTube introduced the Box Office some time back, which lets you stream free Bollywood movies. Although there aren’t many new ones that you can stream, but at least there are some. The service attracted a huge audience from India, since it’s tough to come by free bollywood movies online. Now, Yahoo wants to get in the game and challenge YouTube with their introduction of MoviePlex.
Yahoo MoviePlex is similar to YouTube Box Office and streams free Bollywood movies in India. This is started by Yahoo India, so it’s definitely going to be bigger than YouTube, since they don’t have many licences that’ll help them stream lots of content. At the moment, there aren’t many movies uploaded that you can watch, but soon enough there will be pages of them. The idea of watching a movie by streaming is pretty awesome, since there aren’t many legit sites that do so. Specially for the people in India, this is going to be something.
There is a question however. Is a normal broadband connection adequate to stream these movies? Well, as far as the quality of the movie is concerned, I found YouTube to be better. In terms of newer titles, Yahoo emerged as a winner.YouTube, even though it has lots of titles, most of them are pretty old movies.
Only time will tell which service is going to be used more and it all depends on what movies and how many movies are added to the list. It’s not clear how Yahoo will make a profit from this, because if they don’t the service may have to be shut down. It’s certainly going to take some time, since broadband speeds in India is only catching up with the world and a huge part of the population still hasn’t got broadband.
Are you a huge fan of the CNN news channel, well if you are then this is just for you. CNN has suddenly decided that it’ll be wonderful to stream Live news online, throughout the day and on your iOS devices as well. Wonderful, I say. But, to take advantage of never having to enjoy that big screen News hour, you’ll have to pay a fee to your cable operator. Yeah, that’s the only bad thing, however it’s not like you’ll be paying a lot.
All you need to do is get enrolled with AT&T, Comcast, Cox, DISH Network, Suddenlink or Verizon for a pay TV subscription and you’re good to go. Oh, and Indian users, we’ll have to dream a little harder. Jim Walton, President of CNN Worldwide says;
A principle goal for CNN is to make more of our content available to more people on more platforms, and CNN’s participation in the TV Everywhere initiative is another step forward in that effort. We have long believed that our growth depends on keeping CNN essential and relevant to consumers wherever they are.
For those of you who’re living the American dream, it just got better. You can also watch HLN online along with CNN, but before starting out, you’ll have to go to www.cnn.com/video and enter your Username and password provided by your cable operator. Once that’s set up, you’re ready to watch 24 hours of news streaming live. You also have the choice to watch CNN news on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch with the CNN app. According to the Press Release, about 10 million people have already downloaded the CNN app for iOS.
I just hope that we get to stream some channel, be it News or Entertainment before the apocalypse.
Vimeo is a popular video sharing and streaming website similar to YouTube in functionality. Recently, Vimeo has launched a universal non-flash based video player for Apple iDevices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) so that they can run Vimeo videos without Adobe Flash support. This new player is based on the HTML 5 standard, something which YouTube has been supporting for quite some time now.
This universal video player differs from the one previously launched player as the recent one is capable of detecting the device which the user is using to access the Vimeo service and then provides an optimized playback and video feed according to what it detects. The Flash free HTML 5 based player also means precious bandwidth can also be saved and H.264 encoded video can be sent directly to devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. However, service to iOS users is not free. In order for users to avail the Vimeo service on their iOS enabled iDevice, they must have a paid Vimeo Plus account which costs $60 per year in subscription fees.
In a report published by USA Today, Vimeo president talked about the capabilities of the new universal player by Vimeo, saying “The videos will be playable in any browser and work with future platforms as well.” So if you are interested in getting Vimeo content on your iPhone or any other Apple device, you can get it for as low as $60 a year.