Posts Categorized: Replay Video Capture

How to Record Google TV

So Google just announced their Google TV. It’s not like this is a surprise, and it’s nothing really revolutionary. It’s essentially a Windows Media Center combined with the ability to play YouTube-like on-demand clips on your TV.

From our perspective, we saw this coming for a long time. We used to advertise heavily on Google Adwords, until one day the criterion for advertisers magically changed and we were blacklisted. Now, you can’t run any Google ad that links to Applian.com. Even our corporate credit cards have been banned. Why did this happen? It’s very likely that Google has been negotiating content relationships with the big studios, who HATE anything having to do with recording media.

If Google could show these big guys that they too hated recording, it would help smooth the way towards getting these deals signed. Curiously, some of our competitors still advertise on “record streaming media” and other similar searches.
Legally, Google has the right to refuse to run any ads they deem unfit. However, if they are blacklisting specific advertisers to protect another part of their business, then it’s my understanding that this practice is illegal. Any IP lawyers out there want to chime in?

Despite Google’s efforts, our business is thriving, as we have many different ways of recording streaming videos through our Replay Capture Suite – all of them legal. Our Replay Video Capture will always be able to record Google TV legally, no matter what kind of copy protection scheme they put on top of it.

Article on Downloading Amazon VOD Videos

Technology often moves faster than the news! Here’s an example:

We were featured in an article done by Reuters on September 26, mentioning how Replay Media Catcher was able to download movies from Amazon’s new VOD (Video on Demand) service.

Apparently, Amazon was asked for comment, and shortly before the article hit the wires, they had updated their system, making Replay Media Catcher (for now anyway) unable to record. Other aspects in the article are still valid though, but Amazon was a particularly big part of the story.

Nevertheless, there are other ways to record from Amazon — we recommend WM Capture. As this is a real-time high-quality recorder that works by capturing videos directly off of your PC’s screen, there’s no way it can be blocked.
The other interesting thing is how the story got going in the first place, which we’re still trying to figure out. Stay tuned!

Recording the Olympics, Part II

Alex has looked into more of the technical details behind how NBC is streaming the Olympics, and has made an interesting discovery. Apparently the stream formats are different for live streams vs. pre-recorded streams. This means that you can make digital recordings of live events, and record from the screen for “rewind” or cached events. Below is his technical summary.

The Silverlight NBC Olympics server uses Windows Media Player for live streams and VP7 for prerecorded videos. VP7 is the format used by web sites like abc.com or fox.com and can provide very high quality (lossless) video compression including HD. The problem with this format is that it cannot be reliably streamed for longer periods of time like the live broadcasts. The math used to compress the video and the audio does not allow recovery when packets are lost which results in out of sync audio. Currently Windows Media Player is the only format that can do this. The live stream Olympics can be recorded with WM Recorder or Replay Media Catcher but the prerecorded clips can only be recorded with WM Capture.

Recording The Olympics Online

This year NBC has teamed up with Microsoft (MSFT) to provide a wealth of Olympics footage at NBCOlympics.com. If you’re really into specific events that aren’t shown over your broadcast TV station, then you can likely watch them online. Very cool.

The Microsoft contribution is via the Silverlight video player, which you must install in order to watch video. Few video providers use Silverlight, which is why there are no programs (yet) that can record those feeds via stream capture.
If you’re looking to record some of these events and save them forever, the best program to use is WM Capture. This on-screen recorder makes great quality videos from the Olympic feeds.

To burn these recordings to DVD, try the new Replay Converter 3.0, which is currently in beta. You can also make iPod format videos, or AVI files to import them into your favorite video editor.

Oh yeah – Go Team USA!

UPDATE: I noticed that you need to enter a zip code and your Cable provider to watch some online feeds. Try 94118 and ComCast Digital if you’re disallowed access.