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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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UK retail giant hopes to dent iTunes

Giant UK high street retailer, Tesco, has its sights on the online media market, with its Tesco Digital arm in talks with the BBC, ITV and Fremantle Media to offer TV shows and films through its store.

The company hopes to rival iTunes with its service, which it hopes to launch before Christmas.

Content providers are understood to be interested in the plan, partially because Tesco is such a major UK retailer with a proven ability to sell that it could have a huge impact on the emerging online video market.
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20th Century Fox ships more iTunes-ready DVDs

Twentieth Century Fox has released a batch of new DVDs equipped with the facility – Digital Copy – to copy the movies they contain directly into iTunes, for use with an Apple TV, iPhone or iPod.

The movie studio has introduced 20 titles equipped with the format, including Die Hard, Napoleon Dynamite and a other favourites, releasing the new batch in the US.
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Apple, Disney sit-out collective movie studio plan

Major Hollywood film studios are teaming-up, working together in an attempt to create a standard approach to the DRM types used in various online movie stores – though some notable names are refusing to play ball.

The studios have begun what they are calling their Open Market digital initiative, an attempt to simplify the way consumers interact with online film services by harmonsing DRM use.
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HMV announces social music/media network

HMV has confirmed it will launch its own music and film ‘social discovery’ website – getcloser.com in the UK this autumn, preceeded by an open public beta testing period which begins in July..
GetCloser will invite music and film customers to share their interests with other members of the service offering users ways to find, rate, recommend and share different artists and films.
HMV plans to use its existing relationships to help add spice to its new social site, promising a “wealth of rich content”, this includes exclusive live footage of artist performances hosted by HMV stores. “Over time, the site will be enriched by content created and uploaded by users themselves,” the company says.
Additional features include a ‘connections-cloud’ function, which enables fans to create and surf connections based around their music and film collections and knowledge; and a special ‘ Collection Gaps’ function, which analyses a users’ collection to recommend titles and musical works they may also like (this sounds pretty similar to the technology Peter Gabriel and the Filter service are working on).
Users can import information about their iTunes libraries to a personalised home page. The service also offers ways to chat, send messages, join groups and create fan clubs.
Gideon Lask, HMV’s E-Commerce Director, said: “We want this to be the best, most popular music and film site for all fans and collectors everywhere. getcloser.com is not a social networking site, but it is all about discovery. We wanted to do something ground-breaking and different for music and film fans that is less about random socialising and networking, and more about them sharing their passion for their favourite artists, songs and movies.”