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Get a taste of the Blubrry and TPN Channel App on Google TV



Not much more app-etizing than Blubrry and Tech Podcasts Network (TPN) on Google TV! Yes-sir, now your favorite shows are accessible on yet another platform. With Google TV, Blubrry and TPN provide content creators the ability to access new markets that reach a worldwide audience of all demographics. Audiences can see network shows and manage their playlist through MyCast, wheth

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er they have a Blubrry or TPN user account or not.

The Google TV app is one more in our RawVoice cache that also includes:

  • Roku
  • Boxee
  • LookeeTV
  • Samsung Smart TV

So, it’s official, Blubrry and TPN content creators can be ogled on Google TV in addition to just about every medium available. And audiences can subscribe to a show as easy as pressing a button.

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It’s out! PowerPress 2.0 provides a big, fat feast of new offerings to our digital media community



We’ve launched it! And we think you’ll love it! For sho’ the Blubrry PowerPress powerhouse plugin is even more phenomenal than before! Mardis Gras is a couple days away but we figured we’d give you an excuse to start the party early with some outstanding new features to celebrate. The release includes the following features and changes (get comfortable, there‘s a bunch):
     

  • HTML5 video player
  • HTML5 audio player
  • Embed Episode feature
  • WebM video support
  • Ogg audio/video support improved
  • MP4+WebM (for mp4/m4v video, a new alternative WebM URL field has been added. This is ideal for supporting all browser based HTML5 video players)
  • Flow Player Classic can now play m4a audio and mp4/m4v video
  • New video player settings page added
  • Settings pages enhanced with new options such as location, frequency and TV options
  • Episode Entry box enhanced with new ‘isHD’ option when video entered into Media URL box
  • Episode Entry box now includes option to configure video player width/height on a per-episode basis
  • Upload image option added to supplement the video poster image field. Images are uploaded to the built-in image gallery in WordPress
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There’s a big fat feast-full of other improvements as well that’ll have you dancing in the streets. So toss the confetti, don the beads, rip off your shirts if you wanna and let the advanced digital media makin’, disseminatin’ and celebratin’ begin. Oh, and as always, let us know what you think!

Note: PowerPress 2.0 requires WordPress version 2.8 or newer. Also, a big shout out to all the content creators who helped with the beta testing! Thanks a ton!!!

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Boxee and Blubrry: It’s a Beautiful Thing!



Atteeeention! Without further ado, (drum roll goes here) “Introducing Blubrry on Boxee!” Oh, heck yeah, we’re a little “over the top” and excited and here’s why: Blubrry has an application that runs on the Boxee platform, which downloads movies, television shows and your digital media from the Internet onto your TV. That’s right! We’re providing our digital media creators, listeners and viewers yet another avenue to be seen and heard! And we all love a little — or even a lot more — attention.

Boxee will have hardware available in your favorite electronics stores in the coming months. But if you don’t want to wait, all you have to do is install the free software on your computer and connect it to your TV with an HDMI or DVI cord (depending on the computer you use). You can use an Apple remote or one of several PC remotes available to navigate to Boxee. So, what’re you waiting for? Give Boxee a try, seek out your favorite shows, and let us know what you think!

Yup. As always, RawVoice and Blubrry are out there on the leading edge of media technology looking out for your best interests. This is just one more step in the evolution of alternative distribution capabilities for RawVoice and our family of media sites. Stay tuned. There’s a lot more coming up!

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Roku Like a Hurricane!



Exciting news Blubrry Podcasters! Blubrry is proud to announce the launch of the Blubrry Channel on Roku. The channel is live with 200 shows and we’ll be adding more shows throughout the coming weeks as we qualify your podcasts.

The Roku Digital Video Player offers your shows unprecedented exposure — seen and/or heard directly on your audiences’ television sets. Sit back in your Lazy Boy and watch your favorite video podcast or clean the house and listen to your favorite audio podcast directly through the exclusive Blubrry Channel on Roku.

And, trust us, that’s only the start. This year marks an apex in the evolution of alternative distribution capabilities for RawVoice and our family of podcasting sites. Keep an eye out: We plan to launch other alternative distribution applications in the coming weeks and throughout the year.

Are you ready to Roku? We’re thinking yes! Let us know what you think!

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PowerPress 1.0.4 Released: Added ‘Find Replace’ Media Tool and Plugin Podcasting Support



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Take a look at this! Blubrry PowerPress1.0.4 is now available. This latest version is packed with new and useful features and is completely compatible with the latest release of WordPress 2.9.

Support for Plugin ‘Podcasting’

After the announcement that plugin “Podcasting” was coming to a close we reached out to Spiral Web Consulting to see how we could help. They helped us help users ease the transition to PowerPress from plugin Podcasting.  Through their consultation we now include support for episodes created in Podcasting. If you are a Podcasting plugin user considering switching to PowerPress, check out our note near the bottom of this post for additional details.

Find and Replace for Episode URLs

Blubrry PowerPress now includes a tool found under the PowerPress menu “Tools” page titled “Find and Replace Episode URLs.” This lets you quickly find and replace portions of your episode media URLs.

Because the feature verifies each URL and will stop the conversion if the new address URL is invalid, we recommend you back up your database before using this tool. The feature is perfect for users moving their media hosting to a new web site  or service such as Blubrry’s media hosting.

WordPress 2.6 Support

We only maintain support for the latest three major releases of WordPress, ensuring that our plugin remains innovative and up-to-date. Because of this, support for WordPress 2.6 will be dropped in the next release of PowerPress. If you are using PowerPress with WordPress 2.6, be sure to upgrade WordPress to support future releases of PowerPress.

Note to Plugin ‘Podcasting’ users

PowerPress and Podcasting have been for the most part interchangeable. Episodes created by both plugins are stored the same way. The only difference between the two plugins was how the iTunes duration (time in seconds) was stored. PowerPress 1.0.4 now includes this value from plugin Podcasting as well.

PowerPress 1.0.4 now includes an import plugin Podcasting settings option found under the Tools page. This option will import the key settings from plugin Podcasting to PowerPress.

For Podcasting users who are using the custom formats feature, PowerPress has a similar feature called “Podcast Channels” that will allow you to add multiple media files to one blog post.

The feeds for Podcast Channels in PowerPress are formatted differently than those found in plugin Podcasting. When you do make the conversion, you might need to notify your subscribers of the feed changes. If you need assistance re-mapping your old custom format feed to a PowerPress Channel Feed, feel free to contact us so we can assist you. Include the current feed URL and a link to your blog in your contact submission.

So there ya have it! Lots of new information and we know you’ll benefit from all our latest innovations!

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PowerPress 1.0 Now Available: All Key PodPress Features Included



powerpressVersion 1.0 of Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin for WordPress is now available. The latest version includes a number of new features/options as well as a settings pages redesign based on user feedback. With this update, PowerPress now includes all of the key features found in PodPress.

The latest version can be downloaded here.

New Features and Options

  • Added 4 new MP3 flash players: 1 Pixel Out Audio Player, MP3 Player Maxi, Simple Flash MP3 Player and AudioPlay player
  • Added “Verify” media option next to Media URL box to check entered URL and detect file size/duration information
  • Added PodPress Stats Archive view
  • Added Password Protect option for Custom Podcast Channels, which allows for Premium Content

Improvements

  • Relabeled “Custom Podcast Feeds” to “Custom Podcast Channels” to avoid confusion
  • Reorganized settings pages into tabbed sections
  • Added new “Video Scale” setting — users can choose between “scale,” “tofit,” or enter a custom scale value such as 1.5
  • Added new “E-Book PDF” label for download links of PDF files

All of the key features in PodPress included in PowerPress

The new Password Protection for the Custom Podcast Channels feature is a replacement for the PodPress Premium Content feature.  Unlike PodPress’ Premium Content feature, Blubrry PowerPress Password Protection for Custom Podcast Channels has no limit. You can create as many custom podcast channels with password protection as you want (each with its own RSS feed).

The new “Verify” button is an enhanced replacement of the “Detect” buttons found in PodPress. The Verify button goes beyond detecting only the file size and duration, it also confirms that the Media URL entered is formatted correctly and is valid. The new Verify button does all this with only one click.

PowerPress now includes the highly requested 1 Pixel Out Audio Player used by PodPress. PowerPress includes the latest version, which features volume control.

Suggestions and Feedback

We are committed to providing a well developed and mature podcasting plugin for WordPress. Please let us know what you think, leave any feature suggestions in a comment below and/or let us know directly with our contact us form.

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PowerPress 0.9 Released: Someone Ask for More Options?



powerpressThe Blubrry PowerPress plugin for WordPress version 0.9.2 is now available. The latest version includes a large number of new features/options as well as a small number of bug fixes. The latest version can be downloaded here.

New Features and Options

  • Embed player within blog posts with [powerpress] shortcode. (learn more about PowerPress shortcode)
  • Add embed code from sites such as YouTube, Viddler and blip.tv
  • Custom entry box settings for entering customized iTunes keywords, subtitles and summaries and no player option
  • iTunes URL setting for custom and category podcast feeds (These iTunes listings can be pinged as well)
  • Courtesy functions added for custom themes. See note below

Improvements and Fixes

  • iTunes ping logic improved to support scheduled posts
  • latest iTunes ping result displayed below the iTunes URL setting
  • Fixed bug with `require_once()` calls on some servers displaying a fatal error
  • Fixed scheduled posts deleting podcast episode bug in WordPress 2.8+
  • Completely revamped the “on page” and new window players
  • Removed the “play in page” option as it was a source of confusion
  • Relabeled Redirect Feed URL to FeedBurner Feed URL to clear up confusion
  • Added m4b and m4r to list of detected audio formats

Courtesy Functions for Themes

We added courtesy functions for theme developers to use in the event they are stripping the player from the page content or excerpt. To use the functions, add the following code to your theme template where you would like to display the PowerPress players and links.

<?php if( function_exists(‘the_powerpress_content’) ) the_powerpress_content(); ?>

Suggestions and Feedback

We are committed to providing a well developed and mature podcasting plugin for WordPress. Please let us know what you think and/or leave any feature suggestions in a comment below, or let us know directly with our contact us form.

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PowerPress Podcast Plugin for WordPress Receives Major Update!



RawVoice has introduced a revolutionary update to PowerPress, the Podcast Plugin for WordPress. The PowerPress Plugin now integrates with our Podcast Hosting Services.

The 1st new feature added is a podcast statistics summary to your WordPress dashboard that gives you a quick look at your podcast statistics.

The 2nd new feature allows our hosting customers to have their ID3 Tags written to their media file automatically during the publishing of their media.

The 3rd new feature allows podcasters to Category Cast – podcasters can now setup categories as independent podcast feeds.

The 4th and final update which is the most important is our new 3 Step Podcast Publishing Process.

The simple three-step publishing process could not be more easy.

Once you hit publish we can  then write the ID3 Tags to the media file that has been uploaded to our hosting cloud. Our focus here has always been about saving you time so that you can focus on creating media.

We hope that you enjoy this update and look forward to your feedback. We really feel that with all of our services we are really closing the loop and providing podcasters with some very comprehensive tools that they can use to build their own media empires.

Note: Users can use PowerPress without utilizing any of our services. The Plugin remains the most comprehensive podcast plugin in the space for WordPress users.

The PowerPress Podcast Plugin is free and available at www.blubrry.com/powerpress.

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PowerPress 0.7.3 Released – Small Update but Powerful New Feature



2009-powerpressWhile the latest version of PowerPress contains a large number of bug fixes we have a new feature that includes a conversion tool for podcasters using MovableType, Blogger, Drupal, TypePad and other CMS applications.

Moving a blog to WordPress is relatively easy, but moving a blog and all of your podcast as well is much harder. The import tool we have released with this release makes it very simple.

  1. Import your old Blog into a New Word Press Site.
  2. Install and configure the Blubrry Podcast Plugin PowerPress
  3. Choose the Import Function in the Tools Section of PowerPress

What happens is the import tool looks for hyperlinked media in your blog posts. It then presents you a list of all media and the post it has found, you can quickly pick which RSS feed you would like the media imported to.

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In the case of my personal site over at Geek News Central I have three RSS feeds. The podcast feed only contains audio files, a Video Feed that contains only videos, and a Special Media feed which has audio and video coverage from special events I attend.

I had over 700 media files that needed sorting out and with the filter functions included in the plugin it took me about 10 minutes to get everything converted. I estimate the plugin saved me well over 100 hours of work in that I did not have to edit each of the podcast post individually to get them in the proper format for wordpress.

While the update will be minor for some. For others this is our biggest update yet as many will be able to move their podcast off platforms that have had them locked in to this point.

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Introducing the Blubrry API



We are proud to announce the availability of the new Blubrry API. The Blubrry API extends our commitment to the community by allowing 3rd party applications and web sites to work with our services.

The new Blubrry API allows developers to build  applications to interface with our media hosting and statistics services. Applications can delete, upload and list media files as well as retrieve media statistics information.

The Blubrry API is a hybrid of the RESTful implementation found at Twitter and WebDAV. More technical details may be found on the Blubrry Help site under the section titled Blubrry API.

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