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Netflix gears up to take on Apple TV and others

Following on from our predictions for the Apple TV earlier this week and yesterday’s insightful presentation by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Netflix today announced of Linux and open source boffin Greg Peters as vice president of partner development.

In making the move, Netflix also confirmed its interest in helping push for services and hardware to let consumers access streaming content on their TVs, showing Apple to have some competition in the den.

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i.TV brings Netflix DVD rental to iPhone

i.TV today announced the integration of Netflix, into its TV and movie guide for the iPhone and iPod touch.

“We are very pleased to offer i.TV users a new way to discover and rent their favorite DVDs from Netflix using an iPhone or iPod touch,” said Brad Pelo, i.TV founder and chief executive officer. “Many i.TV users are already Netflix customers and those who are not yet with Netflix will want to sign up after they see how easy it is use Netflix on our iPhone application. This integration is the first of several major third party integrations that will be announced through the end of this year and into 2009.”

Netflix on i.TV allows people to discover media from a catalogue of over 100,000 DVDs, complete with detailed information and recommendations concerning the titles. Users can sign up for a Netflix account or link an existing Netflix account using an iPhone or iPod touch.

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iTunes ticks HBO’s boxers…

HBO Sports is offering a series of short boxing films called ‘Ring Life’, which will be made available for free through iTunes and across HBO’s digital media platforms including HBO.com, HBO Mobile, HBO’s YouTube Channel from November 10.

The series is inspired by the lives of eight hopeful boxers with dreams of becoming champions, explaining how they juggle real life with the pursuit of their boxing dreams.

“With so much at stake and tremendous pressure building within each of the 24 segments, watching these boxers go through hardships is enough to hook any viewer,” said Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports.

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DVD movie sales decline suggests online chance

The crunch is beginning to impact the DVD movie market, as consumers turn to online services, spurn luxury items as recession bites and thoughts turn to Christmas, with some optimistic the fall in demand for pre-recorded DVD titles (films) suggests a move to Blu-ray (it won’t).

Taiwan’s pre-recorded DVD manufacturers have revealed orders for DVD films have fallen, “short of their expectations by 30-40%”, a report explains.

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Adobe Flash video DRM compromised?

Adobe is likely in hot water this weekend, with news that a security hole in Flash means users can get free access to record and copy video and movies made available using the software.

Amazon.com’s online movie service is apparently affected, meaning users can easily grab a copy of films – even those theoretically protected against such use.

Apparently, the flaw lies in the Flash video servers. “The software doesn’t encrypt online content, but only orders sent to a video player such as start and stop play. To boost download speeds, Adobe dropped a stringent security feature that protects the connection between the Adobe software and its players,” Reuters explains.

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Internet Movie database offers movies for free

Amazon.com has announced that its Internet Movie Database subsidiary has introduced free streaming of full-length movies and TV shows.

The new feature launches with over 6,000 titles provided by CBS, Hulu, Sony Pictures Television and over 500 independents, including films like “Fever Pitch,” “Hoop Dreams” and “Raising Arizona,” and TV shows such as “24,” “CSI,” “The Simpsons” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

The site will also offer season premiere episodes of “Knight Rider,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Chuck,” “Life” and “30 Rock” before their broadcast debuts.
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iTunes Digital Copy comes to UK

20th Century Fox has begun selling DVD’s equipped with a technology called Digital Copy for iTunes in the UK.

Introduced in January 2008 at an Apple trade event and until now only available on some titles sold in the USA, the first such title being, ‘Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest’.

What the move means is UK and US customers who purchase a DVD also get an additional Digital Copy of the movie which can be popped inside iTunes, and then played back on the computer or Apple’s range of digital devices.

The first film including the feature to reach the US is the ‘What Happens in Vegas’, movie starring Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher. However, each DVD will only transfer its iTunes Digital Copy to one iTunes library.

“One of the most requested features DVD buyers have been asking for is the ability to get the movies they bought into their iTunes library,” said Jim Gianopulos, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment.
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Shorts Int’l offers top-class films through iTunes

An inspiring collection of short films – The Animation Collection – is now available via Shorts International through the iTunes Store in the US, UK and Canada.

The collection includes a host of excellent short pictures, including the 2008 Oscar winning short title, ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and 2008 Oscar Nominee, ‘Even Pigeons Go To Heaven’. We have a short clip from the former film available after the jump.
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