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BBC adds Facebook, Twitter to iPlayer, makes MSFT connection

The BBC has added Facebook, Live Messenger and Twitter integration to its iPlayer service, a beta version of which opened to the public today.

Twitter, Facebook and Windows Live Messenger will be linked to a user’s “BBC ID” which they get when they register on BBC.co.uk. Continue reading

Germany calling: Sky TV plans an iPad push

News Corp. doesn’t just own a load of newspapers, it also owns Sky – and it looks like it intends introducing iPad-compatible Sky TV subscriptions, beginning with a roll-out in Germany later this month.

Sky Deutschland, News Corp.‘s German pay-TV provider will introduce its Sky Anywhere TV viewing service for the iPad in mid-May. The iPad application was created locally within five weeks.

“It will start with sports content, but there’s no reason why it can’t extend to everything Sky has to offer, both on a linear basis and in on demand. Most importantly for our customers with have the rights to do that, which means we can provide the services to them on either a low incremental cost, or in some cases no cost,” said Sky Deutschland CEO, Brian Sullivan. Continue reading

Apple versus Google: Now Samsung Plans An Android-Powered TV

Just how far is the battle going to go, as Apple defines itself as the world’s leading consumer electronics company while Google attempts to retool itself as a product and software firm, rather than a search engine. Now comes the news Samsung may be preparing to assemble Android-powered televisions… Continue reading

BBC iPlayer to get Facebook, Twitter, Bebo integration

The BBC is embracing the social Web, confirming that Facebook, Twitter and Bebo integration will be part of the future of iPlayer.

BBC future media chief, Erik Huggers, confirmed these plans when speaking with The Telegraph. As he explains it, the plan begins with integration of these services into iPlayer, with such integration then spread across the BBC site. Continue reading

Netflix survey shows iPhone service under review

We’ve been hoping this would happen – it looks like online film-on-demand service, Netflix, is looking seriously at the potential of introducing its own iPhone/iPad app to enable customers to hire its movies using the Apple devices.

The company last night began surveying a select group of Netflix customers to assess their interest in such a move. As proposed, the movie and TV streaming service would only work over WiFi.

The text of the survey (as reported by Hacking Netflix) follows:

“Imagine that Netflix offers its subscribers the ability to instantly watch movies & TV episodes on their iPhone. The selection availability to instantly watch includes some new releases, lots of classics and TV episodes. There are no advertisements or trailers, and movies start in as little as 30 seconds. You can fast-forward, rewind, and pause or watch again. The movies & TV episodes you instantly watch are included in your Netflix membership for no additional fee.

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Anime leads YouTube’s video-on-demand niche attack on Hulu, iTunes

YouTube has quietly widened the range of videos it is making available for rent through the popular Google-owned service, betting a little face that a focus on niche markets will help it take on existing behemoths in the online video on-demand space, such as iPlayer, Hulu and iTunes. Continue reading

Boxee Beta Goes Public, Download Now

Boxee-BetaThe Boxee Beta is officially out.

The Beta is available for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu (including 64bit). The version is still not available for Apple TV, yet, but Boxee is working with the atv-creator community, and “look forward to having news on this front”.

The Beta has already been tested by tens of thousands of early access users on all different platforms. Hundreds of bugs have been addressed or noted and the developers are working to resolve these.

“We feel the version deserves the upgrade from Alpha grade to Beta grade, and we’re going to spend the next year improving it, so we can release 1.0 at CES next year,” they said.

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Boxee unveils new beta, D-Link product partner

Front SMALLThe Boxee team have held good to their promise, delivering their first hardware partner (D-Link) and an all-new Beta of the Mac, PC and Apple TV-friendly multimedia service for digital lives.

Perhaps the big news delivered at the Music Hall of Williamsburg last night is that of the Boxee Box by D-Link, the first of what the team hopes becomes a family of products using the Boxee software. We’ll take a quick look at the new beta later in this report.

D-Link has been named first choice as the hardware partner to release a Boxee branded device for the living room (an Apple TV-killer?) the Boxee Box by D-Link.

This promises access to tens of thousands of movies & TV Shows, organisation and playback features for home movies and photos, and music playback from their home network or from Internet sources like Pandora.

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iPlayer comes to Nintendo Wii next week

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The BBC and Nintendo UK today introduced a new version of the popular BBC iPlayer on Nintendo’s Wii.

First made available through the console’s Internet Channel in April 2008, BBC iPlayer will now be available as a dedicated Wii Channel to provide Wii users with a new, richer experience of the BBC’s TV and radio on-demand catch-up service. The new Wii Channel is expected to be available from 12.01am on Wednesday 18 November.

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