Vimeo is officially launching a new default HTML 5 player that's 50 percent faster than the the flash module that came before. In fact, you may have already been using it for months as the service has been slowly rolling it out to users. Sneaky, sneaky! Pretty much the only way you'll use the oldness is on Facebook…
The Wall Street Journal expects the next generation of YouTube to begin next week with Channels, a handful of hubs focused around a particular theme that feature hours of original, studio-produced programming.
From the way people are already drooling over tonight's tweetable, social media-savvy Super Bowl ads, you would be forgiven for thinking that the famed Lombardi Trophy will be awarded to an ad agency, instead of the usual football-playing recipient.
As of today, Vimeo now allows their Plus users to upload HD videos as big as 5 gigs (approx 2.5 hours in length). This should appeal to the site's flourishing independent filmmaker community, and hopefully spawn some awesome content.
Hulu just put out a casting call in search of hosts for a new clip show they have in the works. While seemingly innocuous, could this be the birth of the internet's first major TV studio/broadcaster?
Sticking a couple big ones up Adobe's way, Vimeo's embeddable Universal Player allows for playback of Vimeo videos on iPads and other non-Flash-supporting devices, using HTML5—but also detects other supported video formats, playing in Flash or native too.
With the release of the iPad, among other things, HTML5's been pitted against Flash as the savior of web video. It might be! (Or not!) Either way, a crucial arguing point is that it's more efficient. So, uh, is it?
That's a resounding no from Comcast chief operating officer Steve Burke, who unfortunately isn't able to make this call, at all. But at least he means well!
Download links are live for the latest version of Microsoft's softly maligned not-Flash plugin, and they come bearing gifts. Ars breaks the new features down:
Disney's talks with Hulu are wrapping up and a deal could come any day now, according to All Things D. Three of the four major networks will be on Hulu. So what's Disney bringing to Hulu?
Flickr's somewhat stunted video feature always seemed kind of basic for a "pro" service. Now, finally, uploads have been opened to regular users, with added HD support for paid subscribers.
Vudu has just been bumped to version 1.5, and the headlining feature should make its way to every video rental setup: Extensions! If you only get halfway through No Country for Old Men (or any other flick) before the 24-hour window is up, you can extend the rental period for a discounted price, $2 off HD movies and a…
At Netflix Investor Day, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed their timeline for the end of the rental-by-mail biz, and why they're digging so hard into digital distribution: It "will probably peak in the next five years." Taken more broadly, it's more or less predicting that the real end of physical media is in T minus…