Tuesday, November 28, 2006 

TVersity 0.9.9 is out

TVersity 0.9.9 is out featuring on the fly video transcoding for the Xbox 360. We also have many improvements to the GUI and a preview of our new media library navigation interface (in the picture) which is designed for web enabled devices with Macromedia Flash.

You can download the new release at:

Or read about the new features at:

Sunday, November 19, 2006 

On the fly video transcoding for the Xbox 360 is here

Over the weekend TVersity released a patch that enables on the fly transcoding to WMV, designed exclusively to serve your video content to the Xbox 360. With this patch you can virtually play all your video collection (MPEG4, Divx4/5/6, Xvid, H.264, Flash Video, Divx3, and many more) on the Xbox 360.

You can also play Internet video and video podcasts on your 360, the only downside here is that Microsoft provided only a single flat menu for videos on the 360 and so it is not possible to organize podcasts nicely. You are just going to get a flat alphabetized list of everything. Oh well, we can't have it all, maybe the spring update for the 360 will fix it.

In the meantime, get the patch at:

And the forums thread that covers this patch is at:

Friday, November 10, 2006 

Mobile Media Players with WiFi are finally hitting the market

earlier this year I predicted that mobile media players and particularly the iPod were about to get WiFi support. While the iPod is not quite there, the Zune player from Microsoft (just launched) and the new Archos 604 WiFi, both offer WiFi support and the Archos also supports streaming video from PCs. This is the start of a new era where mobile multimedia devices, PDAs, and mobile communicators (like the Nokia 770, and the Sony mylo) all converge to form a new category, the mobile multimedia communicator. This category can be considers the re-birth of the PDA and while it is too early to tell how successful it will be, it is clear that once Internet connection on the go is made ubiquitous, this category will offer a real alternative to SmartPhones.

Interestingly, all these devices already have a web browser and a multimedia player for audio, video and images. The Nokia 770 also supports UPnP A/V and it remains to be seen if UPnP will become the standard for PC connectivity across this category or perhaps something else will emerge. What will probably set the tone is the iPod, which is expected to offer WiFi as well, and will probably stream from iTunes via Bonjour and not UPnP. In fact I anticipate Bonjour to become in 2007 a true rival to UPnP due to iPod support and due to Apple's planned release of its iTV product.