A Netflix app for streaming video on the iPhone may be in the cards if a survey they're sending to customers is any indication. The company has begun asking their users about their level of interest in an iPhone application that would allow them to stream TV episodes and movies right on their iPhone over a Wi-Fi network. Depending on how people respond, there may be a Netflix app in our future. Assuming, that is, that Apple would allow them to directly compete with the iTunes Store.
Last week, when news broke that Hulu was considering some way to bring their streaming video service for watching free TV on the internet to the iPad despite most of their website being built on Flash, a lot of people got excited. Now some are saying that the owners of Hulu definitely want to take Hulu to the iPad, but it will most likely be in the form of a paid subscription service, according to alleged "sources familiar with the company."
If a TiVo, Slingbox, Roku and remote DVR all had a baby, their freakish love-child would be the Monsoon Volcano. It's super-thin and super awesome in that it performs the functions of all of those devices/services: it does time shifting like a TiVo, place shifting like a Slingbox/HAVA, internet video like Roku, and can be controlled remotely like a DVR. Not to mention it's got the looks, too.
You can use it to record TV programs to it's hard drive using your iPhone, as well as stream it to the device for viewing over either Wi-Fi or 3G. It uses a new compression technology that gives you the ability to download 128 hours of video to your phone, and a full-length movie downloads in just minutes. You can watch recorded programs from anywhere, and even surf the web with it to watch YouTube or CinemaNow on your TV.
On Thursday, software developer Qik's live-streaming iPhone application, Qik Live [App Store, Free], was released in the App Store. The application allows users to stream video from their iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS to the Web over a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. Other features include the ability to edit video details like privacy, title, tags and chat settings. The app also includes one-touch sharing options which allow users to send the video to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Qik Live requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later to install and run.
In an unlikely twist, Microsoft has successfully demonstrated streaming video powered by their Silverlight technology playing on an iPhone. The technology uses server-side transcoding and an HTML5 video tag, and displays Silverlight content in a native H.264/MPEG-2 v8 format recognized by the iPhone's built in Quicktime player. Most surprising was the response of Microsoft User Experience Platform Manager Brian Goldfarb when asked how they succeeded with Silverlight where Adobe had failed with Flash: "We worked with Apple."
An easter egg has been discovered in Elgato's recent EyeTV iPhone application [App Store, $4.99] for streaming video that enables streaming over the cellular 3G network. Apparently the feature was hidden well enough not to be discovered by Apple's app reviewers.
Elgato recently released their newest iPhone app, EyeTV [App Store, $4.99]. The new app allows you to watch live TV streams and recorded video from a Mac running the companion app. It also allows you to schedule EyeTV to record recordings in the future, much like on TiVo, as well as information on when programs are airing.
AppleInsider says "people familiar with Apple's training program" tell them that new self-guided training materials are being distributed to AppleCare agents teaching them about the features in iPhone OS 3.0, and they "definitely covered" the direct downloading of movies and TV shows to the device itself.
Rumors are going around that popular TV and Movie streaming website Hulu is working on releasing a video streaming app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Business Insider claims to have word from what they describe as " a plugged-in industry executive". The app, they say, is coming within the next few months and is described by the source as "badass". Hulu has yet to comment on the rumor.
HP is in the process of unveiling a combination software update and iPhone touch application that will allow the owner to stream video and audio directly from their smart server to their iPhone or iPod touch. The update will include a video converter that will automatically transcode non-protected video to H.264 in both standard format and another optimized for viewing on the iPhone.