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Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 12 April 2003 - 10:51 PM

AOL Has just started testing on a Video Messaging service...

"America Online is moving quietly into video messaging by implementing a "push-to-talk"-like service -- a move that circumvents controversial government limitations on the company's multimedia IM capabilities."

It's still in beta testing, but pretty much, this feature allows AOL customers to open up a little window and within it you can record video clips of yourself with a webcam, and send them to whoever you're chatting with.

Only problem is the FCC says that totally out of the question.

"AOL cannot deploy advanced, high-speed services that hinge on IM -- like real-time video chatting -- while its free, proprietary public IM network is dominant in the marketplace."
AOL is currently trying to have those restrictions lifted.

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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 12 April 2003 - 11:08 PM

it's good to know that the FCC is working so hard to protect us from new technology. <_<
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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 13 April 2003 - 01:39 AM

but they aren't really. the restriction was made when AOL merged with Time-Warner. it was done so AOL/Time-Warner would avoid any anti-trust suits in the tele-comm sector. AOL IM was at the time the de-facto IM client and in many ways it still is. M$ and Yahoo have video features already. AOL was supposed to open up its service to the competition as part of the merger and they have not. now that M$ and Yahoo are starting to become players in the IM world AOL is feeling left out. anyone call a WHAAAAAAmbulance? if they'd opened it up 2 years ago we'd all be running on universal IM clients with video and who knows what else by now. as it is AOL still makes the best IM client. i've seen Yahoo's and disabled M$'s (yes, the M$ whore hates MSN messenger) and i refuse to use some 3rd party all-in-one IM client. AOL lies when they say that they cannot open up their IM service. as many recall MSN was piggy-backing AOL's service when it first started... that seemed to work just fine. i think all three companies could benefit much from combining heads.

on a side note: AOL is going to lose out on the enterprise IM market. M$ has it. Codename: Greenwich recently renamed: Windows Real-Time Communications (RTC) Server 2003. I'll be interested to see what AOL pulls out to trump this.
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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 13 April 2003 - 09:22 AM

Vetritus03, on Apr 13 2003, 02:39 AM, said:

i refuse to use some 3rd party all-in-one IM client.

why?

oh how much easier life became when trillian was introduced. :)
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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 13 April 2003 - 10:16 AM

klewlis, on Apr 13 2003, 09:22 AM, said:

Vetritus03, on Apr 13 2003, 02:39 AM, said:

i refuse to use some 3rd party all-in-one IM client.

why?

oh how much easier life became when trillian was introduced. :)

yeah, easier, slower, and buggier :D
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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 13 April 2003 - 09:59 PM

:lol:
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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 14 April 2003 - 06:31 AM

AOL takes forever as-is... imagine sending a video message to someone w/ a 56K when you're using a broad-band connection... that'd just take ferfuckin'ever!
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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 14 April 2003 - 06:33 AM

I personally wouldn't mind a combination of all three Instant Messengers. I'm forced to combine Yahoo! (for video and audio chat features) and AIM (for general chatting). If AIM were to come out with solid voice/video conversation capabilities, the world would probably sing out in joy and AOL would be sitting back, watching as the competition struggles...good for both company and consumer.
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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 14 April 2003 - 07:09 AM

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yeah, easier, slower, and buggier 


i brought the pro version. haven't had any problems with it, not slower nor buggier
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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 14 April 2003 - 08:13 AM

arniie, on Apr 14 2003, 08:09 AM, said:

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yeah, easier, slower, and buggier 


i brought the pro version. haven't had any problems with it, not slower nor buggier

i use the free version and have never had a problem...

and how can anything be slower than icq? pretty much impossible :)
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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 14 April 2003 - 11:22 AM

I dunno im suprised AOL doesnt alredey have this feature, If they included it with Aol Instant Messanger (SM) I would use it over netmeeting becuase it would be more handy, but the voice chat feature on AIM sucks as it is , never connects right , so i dont know how their gonna pull this off, I think they should fix all the broken stuff on AIM before they add more , like looking up buddys , voice chat, direct connect issues , the issues that happen when you log on at times ... this voice chat is just more junk, before you know it AIM is gonna turn into Yahoo! messanger , just eye candy that doesnt work. Where as ICQ may be a tad slow it is a nice solid product.
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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 15 April 2003 - 10:38 AM

klewlis, on Apr 14 2003, 08:13 AM, said:

arniie, on Apr 14 2003, 08:09 AM, said:

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yeah, easier, slower, and buggier 


i brought the pro version. haven't had any problems with it, not slower nor buggier

i use the free version and have never had a problem...

and how can anything be slower than icq? pretty much impossible :)

i hate ICQ w/ a passion
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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 15 April 2003 - 10:40 AM

GIS search for "tank"

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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 15 April 2003 - 03:52 PM

Phil Osopher, on Apr 15 2003, 12:40 PM, said:

GIS search for "tank"

haha, i got that too...that and a potato...hrmm...

for all of you who are wondering, we had to make a "cannon-shooting" game in VB class and so the first thing a lot of us did was google a "tank" and use that instead of tediously drawing one out.

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Re: Aol Video Messaging.

Posted 15 April 2003 - 08:01 PM

Sorry if I'm a little slow on this, but AOL can't do it just because it uses the IM system?
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