Since its inception, Google has become the mover and shaker of the
Internet world, bringing wonderful, utilitarian goodies in the form of
web applications and cloud services. After debuting Gmail in 2004,
Google then followed suit with projects like its interactive, totally
customizable Google Calendar, maps that accurately portray real life
from a satellite overhead, and a video streaming site that has indeed
become larger than anyone could have conceived.
The growing-rockier relationship between Google and Apple might just
have taken another good hard swat. With news that YouTube is seeking to
offer the kind of subscription-based TV programming that iTunes offers,
things could potentially heat up.
The battle for online cinema dominance has been heating up in recent months. YouTube, once a vast, wild West-style wasteland full of dancing babies and funny animal videos, is going in a more commercial direction with advertising and even full-length motion pictures and TV shows in an effort to compete with other free services such as Hulu.
Since Google purchased YouTube, the wildly popular video sharing site has endured a number of growing pains as it works to reinvent itself into a more commercial-minded portal. One of those pains came to light this week as YouTube announced it’s cutting off API access to at least one maker of set-top boxes tied to televisions.
YouTube announced that starting next week they will be adding support for full
1080p videos. "As resolution of consumer cameras increases, we want to make
sure YouTube is the best home on the web to showcase your content," the
Vimeo has been a popular high-quality alternative to YouTube, particularly with content publishers and bloggers. Unfortunately, uploading videos to Vimeo has left one particular (and rather large) group of potential viewers in the dark: iPhones.
The iLife suite makes it easy to create a home movie, convert it to QuickTime, add it to a webpage using iWeb, and publish it for all to see. However, while the H.264 format used during the conversion process produces high-quality films, they can be quite large, especially compared to Flash videos.