Yet more activity in the all-you-can-eat music subscription space, with Universal teaming up with Virgin Media to promise a music download subscription service for broadband users.
Touted as the “world’s first unlimited music download subscription service”. Virgin Media’s broadband customers will be able to stream and download as many songs and albums as they like from Universal’s artists. These songs will play back on any iPod, MP3 player, mobile phone or computer. The music can then be kept forever.
Apple’s “hobby” the Apple TV has a chance at becoming a ubiquitous household item, though the company may need to add support for non-Apple media services and implement many new features if it seriously intends making an iPod-level impact on this important growing market.
The reason Apple has the chance is visible in the growing momentum behind development of solutions to bring online video to the front room – a sector becoming quickly more intense.
Online video on-demand services such as iTunes or Hulu are hot properties, meaning many more devices – including TVs offering features similar to the Apple TV – should begin to reach market en masse starting next year. And even if Apple does not develop such solutions there will still be winners and losers in the race to offer the ‘iPod’ equivalent of the multimedia for the front room box.
OK, so news in from the really rather obvious department, consultancy firm Detica has put out a passionate appeal for the entertainment industry to collaborate against piracy with help from the ISPs.
Detica insists that stronger collaboration between Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the entertainment industry is the only way to make it easier for consumers to download music and films legally whilst providing ‘fair trade’ for artists.
Details of MusicTank’s new autumn programme of industry events have been revealed – and the series this year focuses on legal alternatives to file-sharing, and the new relationships between music and with ISPs- how to work with, run and manage them.
“This is going to be a pretty big series for MusicTank, which we hope will continue through the New Year with further events and research. This will be going out to all and sundry later today, but wanted to make sure you were one of the first to get it,” a MusicTank representative told Distorted Loop. Continue reading →
Anti-piracy initiatives continue to unfurl on a global basis, as industry lobbyists encourage government and local trade bodies to take action.
The three strikes rule seems a basic tenet of the new online world order, and while it’s a flexible arrangement, it seems music industry heavies are seeing some success in pushing for that. Continue reading →
Stop speculating, the alternative has arrived: Internet users in the UK can soon expect free, legal MP3s as part of their ISP subscription, now ISPs here have a quick and easy solution that will allow them to offer legal music downloads to customers, from 7Digital.
The UK service today announced a new range of services for ISPs, services designed to enable them to offer integrated, legitimate music download services to customers. And 7Digital is already meeting with ISPs with a view to offering music to subscribers.
The UK Green Party has slammed the anti-file-sharing deal reached lastweek between the recording industry and ISPs, warning that it will have a “serious impact on internet access for vulnerable people.”
The deal, negotiated and approved by the UK government, would allow the six ISPs (BT, Virgin, Orange, Tiscali, BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse) to slow down or cut off the internet connections of people simply suspected of file-sharing. Information on potential suspects will be provided by the BPI. Continue reading →
The BBC’s iPlayer service is setting the bar for an online television destination, with US broadcasters now looking to take a leaf from the BBC’s book. In Europe, Italy’s RAI and Germany’s RTL are looking to replicate the BBC’s service in their own home markets, Business Week reports.
iPlayer lets UK users access full-length streaming footage of BBC shows from the last seven days on demand. Windows users can also download shows for offline viewing, though these are protected by technology which means the downloads stop working after a set period. The BBC offer is so tempting – and, given recent updates to the service, so increasingly slick, the broadcaster now attracts in the region of 2.2 million pairs of eyeballs to its iPlayer service every month. The BBC says more than 60% of its viewers are 35 or older—and they stay online for almost 30 minutes per session.
Bobby Tulsiani, a JupiterResearch analyst said: “From day one, the BBC’s iPlayer started with the right experience,” he says. There’s increasing tension between the BBC and the ISP’s, who complain the service is impacting their networks because it uses up so much bandwidth. ISPs want content providers to contribute to ramping-up infrastructure, content providers, naturally, argue that content is what convinces people to sign-up an ISP in the first place. While analysts predict that partnerships will be forged between content providers and ISPs, we at Distorted Loop believe that ownership of the network will emerge as the next great battle ground for the content industries. We anticipate some movements in which some content providers will buy ISPs, Virgin Media in the UK could be considered an early example of the content/infrastructure combo. We’ll see.
Internet Service Provider’s in the UK are reportedly in talks with music labels in order to police file-sharing activity on the part of their users.
ISP’s have so far resisted labels in their attempt to force them to police the way their networks are used, but a recent UK government threat to force a “three strikes and out” approach as seen in France has caused ISP’s to reluctantly enter talks, as civil liberties arguments now clearly lack the weight of the rights of copyright owners in Britain today. “The British government just put a gun to our head,” one top-level executive said.
“All of the ISPs are at the table meeting with the rights holders,” a source said. Participating ISPs include Tiscali, Carphone Warehouse, Virgin, and BT.