Best Product Video Ever from Intel

Doing some research for an upcoming presentation and stumbled upon this i5 advertisment from Intel. It’s one of the coolest videos that I’ve ever seen, weaving through real-life and cyberspace at a frantic pace. With over 2.7 million YouTube views, I’m certainly not the first to notice. Guaranteed to make you smile, and more importantly,…

Enough About HTML5 Video Already!

My latest column at Streaming Media Magazine. Here’s the teaser: HTML5 video appeals to “tree-hugging, sandal-wearing standards lovers,” says Jan Ozer, and he’s sick of hearing about it. Here’s the lead: I was speaking recently with a new consulting client from the U.K. It was a typical job: The¬†client was starting a video-centric instructional site…

New Review Calls Ozer Book a Home Run

Or, to be precise, the reviewer, Sundiata Cowels, say that I “hit the ball out of the park” (which won’t fit in a headline). Here’s the opening paragraph: The passing of Hurricane Irene (and the resultant power loss for five days) gave me ample time to catch up on my reading (by candle light no…

Free Webinar – Introduction to Live Event Streaming

Tuesday, October 4, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST I know it’s late, but if you’re free, check out this seminar that I’m producing with the MCA-I. Here’s the description: This seminar will introduce attendees to live event streaming. It will start by discussing the technologies underlying live event streaming, like codecs and formats, and how…

Potential Patent Claims Mount Against Google’s WebM

In a story for Streaming Media Magazine, I asked patent licensing authority MPEG-LA whether any claims had emerged against the VP8 video codec used Google’s WebM. As you recall, MPEG-LA announced a call for patents “essential” to VP8 in March 2011. Apparently, there have been 12 patents found to be essential to Google’s WebM technology…

Power to the Patent Trolls

In April 2011, the Department of Justice began investigating the MPEG Licensing Association (MPEG LA) to learn whether or not the group is unfairly trying to damage Google’s competitive prospects with the WebM video format. But maybe MPEG LA would be doing us all a favor by damaging WebM. That’s my take, anyway. Here’s the…