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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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Flash coming to iPhone nano? No…

etre-touchy-iphone-medHmm, so it looks like Adobe is working hard to answer its most high-profile Flash critic, Steve Jobs, last week revealing a deal with Nvidia designed to make for a better user experience on mobile devices.

The two firms are collaborating as part of the Open Screen Project to optimize and enable Adobe Flash Player to leverage GPU video and graphics acceleration on a wide range of mobile Internet devices, including netbooks, tablets, mobile phones and other on-the-go media devices.

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Ting Tings, Smiths, The Script for iTunes freebies

More information concerning Apple’s planned ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ iTunes media give-away has emerged, and it looks like we can look forward to some Class A music and other releases for free this season.

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Sundance Festival promises free movies at iTunes

The Sundance Film Festival will make ten short films of the 96 entered into its latest event available for free download through iTunes.

This year the Festival’s Short Film Program comprises a record 96 short films from 5,632 submissions, from U.S. and international filmmakers. Submissions grew by 10% over last year.
The 25th Sundance Film Festival takes place between January 15-25, 2009.

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BBC may share iPlayer with ITV, Channel 4

Following a negative judgment in the Project Kangaroo initiative, the BBC is now considering offering its popular iPlayer technology to Channel 4 and ITV.

The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV had been working together to establish Project Kangaroo as a one-stop shop for TV show streaming and downloads from the broadcasters. However, in a decision revealed this month UK competition regulators nixed these plans on fears they would stifle competition in the UK market.

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Project Kangaroo rejected by regulator

Plans by UK broadcasters the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 to launch joint TV-on demand catch-up service for UK viewers Project Kangaroo where this morning rejected by the UK Competition Commission.

The Competition Commission provisionally concluded that the proposed joint venture will restrict competition in the supply of video-on-demand services in the UK. It does not, however, expect the joint venture to lead to a substantial lessening of competition in online advertising or content acquisition. The full report will be published shortly.

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MySpace launches mobile video test – no iPhone

MySpace Mobile has launched an international beta test of its new video delivery service for mobile phones, though iPhone support is not part of the package.

MySpace is working with the video boffins at RipCode on the solution, which makes video content from the social networking site available to video enabled mobile devices.

The MySpace Mobile site (m.myspace.com) receives approximately three billion worldwide page views per month from more than 10 million monthly unique users, the company said.

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World Aids Day: (RED)WIRE launches today

Today, World AIDS Day, many of the greatest artists on the globe will world-premiere exclusive songs to mark the launch of (RED)WIRE, the innovative new music service from (RED).

The launch is being marked with a series of live performances from artists including, U2, Jay-Z, Coldplay, John Legend, Dixie Chicks, The Killers & Elton John, The Police & Elvis Costello, Death Cab for Cutie and Sheryl Crow. These are available through red.msn.com.

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