12 February 2007
Co-operation with YouTube allows users to enjoy YouTube videos on the go via Nseries devices
Nokia today announced a new mobile internet video experience which enables enhanced internet video consumption by bringing YouTube videos into the hands of Nokia Nseries multimedia computer owners.
YouTube videos are accessible with Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map through the new YouTube mobile site to be launched shortly.
Also, YouTube video RSS feeds can now be consumed through the new Nokia Video Center application.
"We are thrilled to be giving users easy access to entertaining YouTube videos anytime and anywhere. By partnering with an industry leader like Nokia, we're able to bring YouTube videos to mobile phone users worldwide," said Steve Chen, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for YouTube.
Here comes my comments c",)
YouTube videos on the Nokia N95
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This is amazing, the feed shows exactly the same content as the YT homepage, I was so excited to try it out and see how it looks like in the practice. Imagine how excided I was when I realised that that Video Centre and YouTube supports progressive downloading which actually makes instant playback possible, in practice it means that you can enjoy video while the file downloading is still in progress.
But, when the euphoria and first sight impressions falls, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the fact that video centre is based on the RSS feeds, actually its some kind of RSS reader for videos, you have to subscribe (few channels are already available; YT, Reuters, Rocket boom, Start cooking, Unicef, Tagesschau and more to come) to feed and than you can choose the videos from the list. Unfortunately, there are no more options, all you can do is to play one of offered videos or try to refresh list to get something new, but it seems that dreams of the full mobile YouTube access will remain just a dream.
Last but not the least, as far as I know we can expect some kind of the mobile version of YT site shortly and than it will be possible to search over the YT server. That new YouTube mobile version that supposed to be called YTM or YouTube Mobile and it will be accessible via the inbuilt Safari based web browser. This service will be able to shows videos in the popular AVC video format, and I hope allows to search over the YT servers as well.
Speaking of the YT RSS feed what I would like to see is the ability to subscribe to my account on YouTube and other services as well, so I’ll able to watch my subscribed channels automatically instead of the YT global feed.
Rest of the press
"We are extremely excited to be able to announce YouTube as one of our first global partners in bringing internet videos easily to our Nokia Nseries owners," said Harri Männistö, Director, Multimedia, Nokia.
"The addition of the enhanced internet video experience is a logical continuation of the wide range of internet experiences available on Nokia Nseries multimedia computers covering already for example photo and video uploading and sharing, music discovery as well as search and navigation."
Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map
The Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map enables mobile discovery of videos in websites such as the YouTube Mobile site in a similar way as with PC web browsers. With YouTube Mobile now also compatible with the AVC video format which is the most common format supported in mobile devices, the single-click playback of videos is also possible in the same intuitive way as with PC web browsers.
The Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map and AVC video playback are standard features in all the latest Nokia Nseries multimedia computers.
Nokia Video Center
The new Nokia Video Center offers a comprehensive and user friendly mobile video RSS feed and video on demand consumption experience with an easy-to-use interface for discovering, viewing and storing one's favorite content on the Nokia Nseries multimedia computer.
It combines branded video RSS feed services, internet videos and sideloaded videos from the PC into one single place such as the Nokia N95 and the recently announced Nokia N93i.
"Our cooperation with YouTube paves the way for continued growth for internet based content distribution. Enabling people to have access to a wide range of videos on their connected multimedia computers offers great potential for this area," said Torsti Tenhunen, Director, Multimedia, Nokia. "Also, Nokia Video Center offers content producers and distributors a unique way to lead consumers directly to dynamic video services which can easily be produced and tailored for various interests."
Nokia Video Center will be available globally in the markets where Nokia Nseries devices are sold. It will first be preinstalled in the Nokia N95 device and thereafter in most of the new Nokia Nseries devices. Nokia Video Center will also be available as download version for selected compatible S60 devices.