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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Reader Reports - VuNow 3.0 confirmed

[edit: two main limitations on vumarks found so far: a) source must be accessible anonymously, b) source must be embedable. No other limitations have been found yet, updates will be posted as they come in]

First, a big Thank You to our readers who have posted new information in the comments lately - encouraging and publishing your contributions to the community are exactly the purpose of this blog.

Greatone76 has verified that the latest updated firmware indeed provides support for the NTFS filesystem. NTFS formatted drives should look and act like FAT32 drives by now. If you have no idea what this means then take this simple advice: if you ever connected a harddrive to your VuNow and it didn't work, try it again and your odds are good.
- We take this as confirmation that VuNow 3.0 is officially released -

An anonymous reader has reported that VuMarks.com integration has been enabled and is accessible from the Popular Websites section on the VuNow.

Rob reported via the contact form that Verismo's official response to a request for adding content was:
"We have [.. a] new feature VuMARKS which enables user to add video and channels of their choice. Please login to the site www.vumarks.com. Please create your account there and then you can add channels and videos of your own choice."

Furthermore, Rob received a response to his inquiry regarding CinemaNow and whether this content source will ever arrive, "We will be adding Cinema Now in [the] future". This 'future' time frame was not specified. Also interesting to note, Rob suggested a new video source to be added and their response was mildly positive, "I have forward your channel request to our content team".

And finally, an answer to Adithya's question poised as a glorified exclamation to us all: We should now be able to add our own channels through VuMarks.com and watch them on our TVs!

These features are related to the latest firmware from Verismo Networks - the firmware required ends in .17

I'm looking forward to quite a few interesting channels over at VuMarks.com along with further user reports here indicating which sites worked properly with Vumarks and which ones didn't.

And yes, for those curious about it, you CAN make your VuMarks private as seen in this screenshot:

30 comments:

Adithya said...

Can we mark these channels as private?I don't want my channels to be seen to public?
Based on this I can purchase vunow?
Thanks

bitflung said...

yes, you CAN make them private -- several ppl have asked this via email and so i've updated the post to reflect this answer.

Adithya said...

Can we play flash URL's in this box?
Thanks

Adithya said...

I mean to say Flash url streaming?

Adithya said...

How fast the shipping if I buy it from vunow.com .Please post your experiences.
Thanks

bitflung said...

@Adithya
1. flash streaming: VuNow supports playing flash content, you should create an account at VuMarks.com and try to add the videos you'd like to play there. If they are added properly there, you should expect them to play on your VuNow PoD when you get one.

2. Shipping was pretty fast for me, took a couple days to arrive on the East Coast of USA. That was back in late February or early March.

bitflung said...

FYI - i've added a flash URL from justin.tv to my vumarks.com playlist:
http://www.justin.tv/xaffanx

i'll see when i get home if this plays or not (it claims to be a 24/7 movie stream).

-bit

Adithya said...

Hi Jared,
I think they are charging $15 as the shipping charges.Do you have any promocodes for this?
Thanks

bitflung said...

That's too bad - i'll contact them about this and ask to possibly get some coupon codes for our readers.

for now you could purchase from amazon.com instead. i see on that site that shipping is free. they only offer the HD unit though, so if you were trying to save $25 by buying the SD unit you will have to wait until someone has a coupon code offered for free shipping...

amazon link is here:
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&search-alias=electronics&field-brandtextbin=VuNow

bitflung said...

(link got broken up into 2 lines, if you have any issues following that link just goto amazon.com and search for vunow)

Adithya said...

jared,
did you tested the flash URL?
THanks

Adithya said...

I have some channels,that won't come full screen by default.By default it opens in window.Until and unless you click full screen option it won't become full screen.we usually click full screen in a browser using mouse .How can we click in vupod?
THanks

bitflung said...

there is no such thing as "in window" on the vunow - whatever video source it finds will be played, and none of the surrounding website can be. there is no web-browser, just a video playback engine.

so, in your case, i would expect the windowed content to play back full screen and without any requirement to 'click' anywhere to make it so.

i will be home in an hour or so and will test with the justin.tv url i mentioned earlier (i work long hours - it is 7:30pm here and i'm still at the office).

perhaps the best i can do is record a video of how the justin.tv stream plays for me? i might try that if it works and would help you.

-bit

Adithya said...

Jared,
Can you tell me whether the below URL is playing in full screen?
http://mogulus-system.s3.amazonaws.com/web/grid/PlayerV2.swf?channel=manalivetv
If you find any issues let me know
THanks

nc-jay said...

Boy, am I late to this party!

Confirmed here; none of my previously-added channels play, all of my playlist videos are fine. Huge amount of fun and loads of potential! Will try others' channels when I get a second.

bitflung said...

@Adithya
sorry to report, the url you asked about does NOT play. I get a message stating, "Unable to recognize the media format".

I get the same message when trying to play streams from justin.tv.

youtube vumarks are playing perfectly fine, as a proof of concept.

Also, channels that I added are playing just fine as well (sky news and fox-11) - these are user definable live streams.

Sarath said...

Did you add the channels to vumarks.com and tried to play that?

Adithya said...

Did you add the channels to vumarks.com and tried to play that? Or you tried playing it differently ?

bitflung said...

@Sarath; @Adithya
I added the channels via VuMarks.com, they appeared in my VuMarks section under Popular Websites, I tried to play them there.

The response that the format was not recognized may be an issue in finding the stream from within the flash based player; I'm looking into it (and emailing support) and will let you know what I find.

-bit

Adithya said...

Jared,Can you play this url in vunow?can u please let me know
Thanks
http://www.livestream.com/inewslive

videoaudio said...

I think this thing is just amazing. I have played around with youtube, dailymotion and they all seem to play fine - I also think i figured out a method to play whatever site you want as long this device supports the media format. When you add a video manually if you can somehow provide the "actual" video link you are almost certain to be able to play it. I have installed video downloader plugin on firefox and it shows me the video link. You can alternately try something like keepvid.com and resolve the page URL to a video URL and post the video URL in your playlist. I cant say I have tested enough but my initial tests give me positive results. Will post more if i get some time to experiment.

videoaudio said...

Lots of sites working using keepvid.com url translation. Justin.tv failed (keepvid.com failed too)

Sarath said...

Jared,Can you play this url in vunow?can u please let me know
Thanks
http://www.livestream.com/inewslive

bitflung said...

@Sarath
sorry, i've been MIA for a little bit (trying to get a week ahead at my real job, as i'm getting married and about to take a week off for honeymoon).

the stream you asked about, livestream.com/inewslive, didn't work for me.

FYI i've had good luck with most mms:// sources i've found online. if you find one of those that you are particularly interested in, post here and i'll let you know what results. there are a bunch here:
http://www.channelchooser.com/mobile/

-bit

decent2566 said...

Can we able to add Cartoon channels for kids? like nickJr. or other channels?or is it possible to add more hindi channels on JadooTv or Vunowtv.com?Please write me to this email:decent2566@yahoo.com

I would really appreciate it.
thanks.

Hari said...

Hi Jared,

Thank you very much for the blog on Vunow. I just came to know about this produc yesterday and couldn't sleep reading your blog.

Right now I have subscription to yupptv.com and my PC is connected to my HDTV. But I like Vunow idea which elimantes PC in the picture.


I have one request for you before I pull the trigger. Would mind to add some TV streaming links on vumarks.com for me? Unless someone whi has already account helps me there is no point in buying Vunow as of now. From the customer support it may take 2-3 month before vumarks.com is open to everyone. Also heard from them that yupptv.com is their partner.

Thanks
Hari

bitflung said...

@Hari

glad you like the blog - i'd be happy to add some channels to vumarks, but you should know just a few things:

1. even if i add them, they are only accessible if you have a vumarks account. if the beta is full and you can't get an account, you wont be able to watch them even if i can.

2. to the best of my knowledge, there is no way to add videos to vumarks from sites that require authentication. in other words, if you need to "login" to yupptv.com then streams form that site won't work via vumarks.com.

so, if you're still interested in having me add some channels via vumarks and report on how they are handled, give me some URLs that interest you and i'll try them out.

cheers!
-bit

Hari said...

@Jared,
Thank you for the detailed reply.
I just ordered vunow today. Couldn't wait anymore.
I contacted yupptv.com support and they said they will be supporting vunow next month. Which is unbeleivable and I look forward to it.

So I will play with it until then and wait for vumarks to go public.

I know some Indian TV channel that are available free online.

Which URL do you need on vumarks? Is it web URL or Streaming URL?
Does flash streaming supported?

Thanks
Hari

Hari said...

Hi Jared,

Could you please try the following links by adding them in Vumarks for me please.

http://livetvchannels.110mb.com/etv.html (WMV)

http://livetvchannels.110mb.com/maatv.html (Flash)

Thanks
Hari

Vaqas said...

Jarred,

Can you please check if the following link can be added to VuMarks? mms://202.142.172.75:1234. And if i understand correctly, any MMS stream can be added to VuMarks and then be viewed on a VuNow device or be shared with other users?

Your response is greatly appreciated.

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