Microsoft Unveils New Video Player, Encoding Solutions

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft has used the NAB Show to announce it is expanding its video services suite, including a new video player that speaks fluent HTML5 as well as other standards. Azure Media Services is getting a new video player and transcoding that will take place in the cloud. “(Azure Media Player) does automatic device detection and […]

 
 

Microsoft’s Trivedi To Advertisers: ‘Come And Learn With Us’

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft is changing the way it works with advertisers, according to the woman recently hired to lead its US brand marketing relationships. “We are going through company-wide, top-down change,” Ritu Trivedi, who joined from being MediaVest’s USA digital marketplace VP in October, tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “The product teams are now […]

 
 

Microsoft, as Publisher, Embraces Programmatic Solution with AppNexus

Inventory sold in the Microsoft ad exchange includes display and mobile apps and will eventually involve video, says Adam Roodman, Director, U.S. Targeting and Programmatic at Microsoft Advertising, in this interview with Beet.TV He says that while much of Microsoft’s inventory is sold directly, on a reserved basis to advertisers, the rest goes into the […]

 
 

Microsoft’s Ferris: Half Of Gamers Use Xbox For Multimedia

CANNES, France — Once upon a time, it was just a games device. Now, Microsoft’s Xbox consoles are used to consume TV, video, music and other content. “Gaming is the core,” says Microsoft’s advertising GM, Scott Ferris. “Over half of people who buy Xbox for gaming end up using it as their all-up entertainment source.” […]

 
 

Microsoft Touts Computing Power of Xbox as Media Appliance

Microsoft unveiled a slate of new programs for its Xbox gaming console at its NewFront event yesterday and several of shows provide user interactivity.   At the event, we spoke with Scott Ferris, GM of Video Advertising at Microsoft about the new slate, its anticipated appeal for a gaming-oriented audience and the opportunities for advertisers. […]

 
 

Live Video Management Moves To The Cloud: iStreamPlanet’s Babic

LAS VEGAS — Take more than one video management software suite in to the shower? Now a new breed of company wants to wrap them all in to one package. One such outfit is Las Vegas-based iStreamPlanet, which just announced it will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud hosting to locate its product offering that runs software […]

 
 

Mobile Is Killing Consoles’ TV Dreams: Author Lovell

LONDON — With added TV and video features, the recent launches of the next-generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles has seen Microsoft and Sony move further increments closer toward their dreams of being living room entertainment super hubs. But that’s a “flawed strategy”, says one analyst. “The Xbox One strategy is … based on […]

 
 

Microsoft Touts Skype, Windows 8 as Emerging Advertising Platforms at Advertising Week

At last week’s Advertising Week,  we spoke with Microsoft’s Stephen Kim, VP for Global Agencies and Accounts,  about the opportunities for brands and their agencies in the Microsoft multi-screen offering including Skype and Windows 8.  

 
 

Microsoft Wants To Help Brands Reach All Users All Day

COLOGNE — Microsoft wants to make its entire product line-up a billboard opportunity. The company wants brands to ride its many platforms and products to reach users, whether that’s via Windows 8, smartphones, gaming or Skype. “It doesn’t matter if you’re in a homeworking scenario, a stay-at-home mom scenario, an auto researcher scenario,” says corporate […]

 
 

Mindshare Digital Chief: Microsoft’s Xbox One will be “Game Changer”

CANNES – With Connect technology part of the new Xbox One device, which has many millions of users, Microsoft has presented a “real game changer” to the media world with many possibilities says Norm Johnston, chief digital office for Mindshare Worldwide, the big global media unit of WPP’s GroupM. We spoke with him on Thursday […]

 
 

Microsoft Touts ‘100% Always-On’ Xbox One To Advertisers

CANNES – Microsoft believes its Xbox game console can take marketers’ messages to consumers beyond gaming’s traditional hardcore audience. “The fastest-growing demographic on Xbox today is females aged 18 to 39, who happen to be the chief decision-makers on purchases in most households around the world,” Microsoft’s advertising and online corporate VP Frank Holland said. […]

 
 

Furious Minds’ CEO on the New Xbox One

With Microsoft’s May 21 announcement about the upcoming release of Xbox One, the successor to Xbox 360, CEO and Founder of Furious-Minds Ashley J. Swartz says Microsoft is clearly deploying an entertainment platform rather than a gaming platform. During the presentation, gaming wasn’t mentioned until about 30 minutes in when EA came on stage, Swartz […]

 
 

Brightcove CEO Sees Expanding Opportunities with Xbox

BOSTON – While the Xbox grows as a pervasive digital video platform, the number of video apps is quite limited, controlled by Microsoft, but that will likely expand says Brightcove CEO David Mendels.  He says that Brightcove is readying several implementations for the game console. We spoke with him earlier this week at the Brightcove […]

 
 

Microsoft Touts Channels, Show Slate and Cross-Device Platform at New Fronts

At the first day of the Digital New Fronts in New York today, Microsoft presented its video portal of lifestyle channels called StageDoor,  unveiled a series of new programming including an an 8-part documentary series about the impact of climate change, and touted its cross-device platform for video programming which includes MSN, Xbox and Windows […]

 
 

Adobe, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Others Support MPEG-DASH

LAS VEGAS – MPEG-DASH, an adaptive bitrate streaming technology that enables high-quality streaming via the Internet, received support from industry leaders such as Adobe, Microsoft and Qualcomm  at the DASH Industry Forum at NAB 2013. There, Beet.TV spoke with seven industry leaders for their take on what MPEG-DASH is doing for the industry and why […]

 
 

Microsoft Inks Deal With NBC Sports for Digital Content Delivery

LAS VEGAS – Microsoft inked a deal with NBC Sports for its Windows Azure Media Services to handle live and on-demand streaming for NBC Sports’ digital platforms as part of the tech giant’s efforts to build out its content management platform. At the recent NAB show, Beet.TV caught up with Taras Bugir, Worldwide Managing Director, Media […]