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Video Watch Videos in Synch with Fellow iOS Users (Video) 71

This video is about Dr. Saeed Darvish-Kazem and Dr. Michael Pazaratz, two MDs from Canada, who came up with a free iOS app called WeMesh that lets you share video content with iOS-owning friends in real time. You see the video and so does your friend. more or less simultaneously. Cat videos and 90s music are two categories the doctors say are especially popular on WeMesh, which only works with YouTube at the moment, a shortcoming they hope to change in the near future. NOTE: If you're on the Slashdot main page and click the 'Read' link below this paragraph, the video will autoplay.
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  • I can't think of all that many times when this would be useful socially. Such a thing could be useful in a classroom setting if for some reason the instructor doesn't have a projector and wants the students to be done with a video lesson at the same time, but for that to work best some form of central control (to force the video to load and to force the video to the foreground) would be necessary, and would still need students to use their headphones and to pay attention.

    So, what is this for?
    • It would be useful if you are driving with two kids in the back seat watching the same movie.

    • YouTube has this. Samsung had this on their phones too.

      Nothing new here.

  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna ( 970587 ) on Wednesday February 18, 2015 @06:50PM (#49082927) Journal
    Please do not link to any site that autoplays a video. Chrome handles html5 natively. It is not easy to block it in chrome. That alone is going drive users away from Chrome to Firefox+NoScript. It is just a matter of time before advertisers and sleazy websites add autoplaying videos. It is back to X10 popup and blinking text of geocities.

    Thanks for the warning, you will see the drastic reduction in hits for such links from Chrome. You will create a policy of not linking to any site that has auto play video. Also why do you include it directly in read? Can't you just put up a link and say click to play?

    • That alone is going drive users away from Chrome to Firefox+NoScript.

      FYI, this is a good thing [imgur.com]...

    • by Anonymous Coward

      ORANGE MOUND MOTHAFUCKA

    • by Eythian ( 552130 )

      Flashblock in firefox has the option to block HTML5 video, too. And you've just reminded me to turn it on.

    • by chihowa ( 366380 )

      You mean Chrome, the web browser written by the world's biggest online advertising firm, makes it difficult to avoid annoying advertisements? That doesn't sound right at all.

    • I just manually added "ooyala.com" to the adblock plus filters in chrome. That was the first time i saw the auto play video a couple weeks ago. Have not scene any auto play videos sense.

    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      Please do not link to any site that autoplays a video. Chrome handles html5 natively. It is not easy to block it in chrome. That alone is going drive users away from Chrome to Firefox+NoScript. It is just a matter of time before advertisers and sleazy websites add autoplaying videos. It is back to X10 popup and blinking text of geocities.
      Thanks for the warning, you will see the drastic reduction in hits for such links from Chrome. You will create a policy of not linking to any site that has auto play video.

    • by antdude ( 79039 )

      We need HTML5 video blockers like for Flash, Silverlight, etc. :P

  • If you're on the Slashdot main page and click the 'Read' link below this paragraph, the video will autoplay.

    This is exactly why I use Flashblock.

  • AUTOPLAY? REALLY!?

    Come on now, that is a huge pain in the ass! I thought we all agreed to that! You couldn't have been bothered to remove it? For that matter, the article itself has a severe spelling and grammar flaw. That reeks of laziness! REEKS , I tell you. How completely and utterly disappointing.

  • I won't be quick to dismiss this. One of the downsides of watching internet videos is that you lose out on some of the shared viewing experience. Meanwhile the shared communication experience (voice, Twitter, whatever) is nearing full strength. It would make sense to take advantage of that. There's value in seeing things at once, as a group.

    Another example is with online-only shows like House of Cards. It's an excellent show and binge watching is great. But I think Netflix may be missing out on a lot of wor

    • I won't be quick to dismiss this. One of the downsides of watching internet videos is that you lose out on some of the shared viewing experience. .

      This is the biggest benefit of the internet. The hive mind can all browse and search various content on their own and in their own time, only passing on worthy material to others in the group, thus increasing the quality of overall consumed content exponentially. This product is like trying to herd cats. It'll take you a week to find a free slot in everyone's calender only to find the video is shit and you have to start all over again. And don't even think about if one person gets interrupted, can you group

      • by J-1000 ( 869558 )

        Lots of great internet stuff requires "being there". Live chats. Live events. Game streaming. It's nothing new and in the right circumstance it works.

        The weakest part of YouTube has got to be the comments. They are silent, and they are usually stupid or old or both. Now imagine joining a voice chat (or even text) channel with others sharing a common interest, watching something simulcasted and talking about it in real time, with a person or a mechanism designated to queue up videos. That has possibilities.

        • Youtube works because I can choose when I want to watch it, and if I choose to read comments from 1 year ago they are still there to be read. Having to co-ordinate my viewing time with others is just adding an additional, much more difficult step.
          Facebook has already solved this problem. You watch something interesting, share with your friends, make comments, they watch when it suits them, they comment, win win. (Note: I fucking hate facebook but the sharing videos among your friends is already done. Havi
  • I'm guessing maybe not even a short distance relationship.

    I dated a woman in another city and can remember spending hours on the phone with her and occasionally even watching a TV program with her all while on the phone (and this was 25+ years ago when long distance actually cost money).

    For what it's worth, it might be kind of fun to have this kind of real-time social component with Netflix streamed movies, either with people you knew or with other people who liked the same shows or movies.

  • the lips to the audio. Unless I'm watching a DVD my lipsync is off maybe 50% of the time. Sometimes by a lot. I don't know if it's the source, the cable, my router (I have Uverse, my TV comes through my router), my DVR, my TV, or some combination.
  • ... if someone pauses the video to answer their phone or take a shit in the middle? Do we all have to wait?

  • I'm willing to bet a significant percentage of the videos shared with this new app will include penises.

  • I watch movies and stuff with friends all the time. We usually get on skype in a group call and someone counts off and everyone does their best to hit play at the same time. This is way better. Wish it worked on PC or at least Android.
  • Iâ(TM)m so amazed at a pair of MDs ability to multicast video. Wow.
  • I've been using Syncplay for quite a while, lets you use your own media player, works on the big three. Handles pausing, seeking etc. It's a joy to watch things with people in other countries, especially when used along side voice communication - especially if it's your sweetheart (sigh) So the same functionality on mobile platforms? pretty awesome! I expect such functionality will be part of social media sites in the near future.

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