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O2 offers free Sky TV to UK iPhones

iphone1The battle for iPhone sales in the UK has begun, with incumbent carrier, O2, offering free Sky Mobile TV to UK iPhone users.

The Sky Mobile TV app allows you to watch Sky Sports 1,2 and 3 as well as Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Extra, Sky News, At The Races and ESPN.

“In less than a year we’ve already seen millions of downloads of Sky’s various iPhone apps,” said David Gibbs, the general manager for mobile at Sky. “Now, by launching our new Sky Mobile TV app, we are able to combine the demand for great live TV on the move with the quality of experience offered through the iPhone and iTouch.”

The Sky Mobile TV app currently works over WiFi. All iPhone tariffs include unlimited Wi-Fi access at over 7,500 BT Openzone and The Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK (including most Starbucks).

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All NME looks at is Radio iPhone…

NMEradioIn a new first, NME Radio has introduced an iPhone application linked to iTunes which allows radio listeners to instantly buy music they like that’s being played on the station.

The magazine says the application implements up-to-the-minute audio compression technology that’s designed to make for smooth listening of the radio streams.

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No Zune phone as MSFT goes aggro v iPhone

Microsoft has moved to cease speculation it intends releasing its own Zune
phone to compete with the Apple iPhone, and presumably the iPod touch.

The company pooh-poohed the notion during its financial results announcement this week, saying its strategy will be to improve Windows Mobile and continue working with its existing hardware partners.

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Microsoft reignites OS X war with video beta

gallagherMicrosoft will launch its MSN Video Player video-on-demand service in the UK next week, offering 300 hours of free shows to viewers – and leaving viewers using current versions of Mac OS X in the cold.

Initial shows available through the beta service next week will include League of Gentlemen, Peep Show, Shameless and The Young Ones.

The project’s led by Ashley Highfield, now VP consumer and online at Microsoft UK and former BBC director of future media and technology.

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Apple’s Euro chief to take over at ITV?

cagniApple’s most senior European executive, Pascal Cagni is one of two front runners in the race to become the next chief executive of major UK independent television broadcaster, ITV.

French-born Cagni is up against HMV chief executive, Simon Fox, for the role. Six candidates are understood to have met with the ITV board last week as part of the final interviewing process to seek out a replacement for current executive, Michael Grade.

ITV is understood to be hoping that an announcement could be made as early as 6 August, when it presents its interim results, but the process could run into September, reports claim.

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Hulu coming home to Boxee?

boxeenew1Statement from boxee on the release of the Hulu app for Mac and PC today:

“For those of you working on stories about today’s launch of the Hulu desktop application, I wanted to let you know about the blog post we’ve just put up in response.

“Hulu just launched their own boxee-like application for watching Hulu content. the new downloadable application is built to be used from the couch with a remote.

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i.TV 1.4 adds Comcast, U-Verse and more for iPhone

comcastmoviesThe latest iteration of free, popular and useful TV, movie, and DVD guide for the iPhone and iPod touch, i.TV made its debut today on Apple’s App Store.

i.TV 1.4 includes a dedicated tab for Comcast subscribers, the world’s first “shakable” advertisement, AT&T U-verse listings and major performance improvements.

“Along with efforts to make i.TV faster and more stable, i.TV 1.4 includes a special menu tab for Comcast subscribers with information about video on-demand offerings,” said i.TV CEO, Brad Pelo. “Yes, i.TV is a movie, DVD and TV guide, but it is also a hub where media companies can more directly interact with their customers.”

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