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June 6, 2012

Reflection and AirParrot apps bring Windows screen mirroring to Apple TV, iOS mirroring to PCs

We told you about Mac OS X apps AirParrot and Reflection in the past. Developed by app makers Squirrels, AirParrot allows you to mirror your Mac’s screen on an Apple TV-connected TV, while Reflection provides mirroring of iOS devices to any Mac display. The developers have since followed up with updates to both of the […]

June 26, 2012

Brightcove’s App Cloud eyes dual-screen apps for Apple TV [Video]

Brightcove announced today that it is moving at full steam to help developers create dual-screen television apps for Apple TV using its HTML app platform. Chief Executive Jeremy Allaire is quite outspoken about Apple’s elusive television set (which jibes with our take), but aside from sounding off about the rumored product not being an actual HDTV, […]

June 4, 2012

Brightcove CEO: Apple’s cable TV strategy will focus on AirPlay, not an HDTV

While the media is quick to jump on any hint that Apple might be working on an HDTV—and many analysts even pinpoint a late 2012 launch—CEO of video cloud company Brightcove Jeremy Allaire said Apple’s approach to cable TV will not focus on a traditional TV monitor product (via AllThingsD). Instead, he makes the case for beaming content from iOS devices through dedicated cable TV apps using AirPlay. This follows reports late last month that claimed Apple is set to introduce a new Apple TV OS at WWDC this month. Allaire explained:

I believe Apple will seek partnerships with the top cable companies for them to open up their APIs for their EPG, VOD libraries and Network DVR infrastructure so that Apple can offer a superior user experience on top of those services… In such a model, you’d purchase and use an Apple TV device (more on what the devices will actually be below) and use it in concert with an existing subscription from a TV operator, and access the TV functionality as an App. Yes, cable TV will just be an app among what will be tens and then hundreds of thousands of apps on your Apple TV.

As for new devices and software, Allaire claimed Apple’s main focus would be to enhance its current TV platform and integration with iOS devices, while possibly entering the TV monitor business. He further claimed Apple will release a completely redesigned Apple TV set-top box as a “thin black bar,” a “TV monitor” device that includes the same features as the set-top box, and updates to iOS APIs and AirPlay to include “new camera and microphone, motion detection and speech recognition” capabilities:

First, Apple will release a new Apple TV add-on product, though I expect that rather than using the current “puck” design it will instead be a thin black bar, perhaps 1 inch tall and 3 inches wide, that can easily mount to the top of almost any existing HD capable TV set. Like the existing Apple TV, it will have HDMI and power jacks on the back, but it will also include a high-def camera built into it’s face, as well as an embedded iOS environment that provides motion-sensing and speech processing.

Second, Apple will also release a TV monitor product as well with identical capabilities as the updated Apple TV add-on device, but in a design and form factor that presents the Apple brand effectively. Why would they do this when it is such an established market with such long replacement cycles? In short, because they can, and it will be gorgeous and include the latest innovations in display technology, and will sell at a premium price that ensures a reasonable gross margin for Apple.

Third, Apple will provide updates to iOS that include significantly enhanced and improved AirPlay functionality, and where AirPlay capabilities become a more front and center aspect of the iOS experience. Additionally, they will release new iOS APIs for dealing with second screen device capabilities such as the new camera and microphone, motion detection and speech recognition. Developers will be encouraged to build iOS apps that are Apple TV ready, using dual-screen features and motion user interaction, among other things.

March 29, 2010

New York Times' videos to play on iPad for launch?

Apple may be able to keep those New York Times homescreen videos on their iPad demo videos afterall.  Brightcove last night sent out a press release (below) saying that they’ve developed an HTML5 solution for their partner’s websites.  That includes the New York Times (a Brightcove investor) and Time, both of which should be available at launch, this week.

The New York Times and TIME Inc. are already using the product, which provides support for intelligent device detection, playlist rendering, and playback of H.264 encoded video content.

Interestingly, Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove’s founder and CEO, was also the founder of ColdFusion which was purchased by Macromedia in in 2001.  At Macromedia, Jeremy became CTO and helped create the Macromedia MX (Flash) platform before leaving and starting Brightcove in 2004.


Some of Brightcove’s customers (also IDG/Computerworld)

When you consider that the WSJ, NPR, CBS, and now Brightcove’s customers will have Flash replacements at the launch of the iPad, it looks like Steve Jobs’ crusade to get HTML5 video out the door has been pretty successful so far. 

As of this writing, the NYTimes.com and Time.com still don’t play video on the iPad simulator but we’ll be keeping an eye out for any changes.

Brightcove press release follows:

April 7, 2010

10 Expectations for iPhone OS 4 (Update: 5 more!)

Tomorrow’s sneak peak at the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad v4.0 (Can we just call these devices, as a group, iPX?  Novell won’t mind!) has a lot of expectations hanging on it.  No doubt Apple will surprise us with some technology we hadn’t even considered, but there are a few expectations out there.  Here’s a list of things I can think of:

1. Multi-tasking.  Of course the iPhone already multi-tasks with some of its own apps (music, email, phone, etc.) but developers are looking for Apple to allow some of their third party apps.  The most obvious are music apps like Pandora and Spotify as well as instant messaging/VoIP apps like AIM and Skype.

2. Printing.  Seems Apple has future plans, now would be as good a time as any.

December 17, 2012

Flash and Brightcove creator shares his vision of an Apple TV (complete with coax dongle)

Shortly after Apple CEO Tim Cook’s comments that the television industry is “an intense area of interest,” Brightcove CEO (and ColdFusion and Flash Creator) Jeremy Allaire has laid out plenty of speculation as to what the Apple television may consist of on AllThingsD this morning. There have been plenty of rumors and mockups before, but Allaire has compiled some new and pretty well done mockups, and he theorized one possible route Apple may take with the television. Instead of just releasing a 46- and 60-inch television set with up to a 4K resolution, according to Allaire, Apple would also include a companion device for $149:

A new companion device for TV that starts at $149, attaches to nearly any existing TV, and does not require customers to buy an expensive new monitor. This is crucial for quickly establishing and maintaining platform dominance quickly and even stand-alone could be a $5-10 billion opportunity….The device will offer HDMI and digital audio output, a gigabit Ethernet port and built-in WiFi, as well as a two lightning ports — one for power, another for the included “coax dongle,” which will connect directly to most existing cable TV hookups to replace your existing cable set-top box.

More speculation is at AllThingsD.

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