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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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Sky hooks Omnifone for its music service?

musical_notesAiming to offer subscribers an “all-you-can-eat” music service, satellite broadcaster Sky is in talks with Omnifone to provide the infrastructure for the service, a report today claims.

Pocket-Lint has learned of talks between the two firms, and while no final decision appears to have been made yet, it’s doubtful Sky wants to delay introduction of the service for too long, as it was announced in summer last year. The satellite giant is clearly the latest contender to attempt to bite a chunk from Apple’s iTunes’ UK music sales dominance.

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Sky opening up to more viewers online

Sky plans to offer its online video content to a much wider range of viewers, making shows available online through its Sky Player service to viewers who aren’t subscribed to its TV shows for the first time, the company said this week.

Sky will launch its subscription TV service via its online Sky Player platform meaning UK and Irish customers will be able subscribe to watch a package of channels from Sky on their PC or Mac without the need to install a TV-based service as well. 

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‘Rescue Me’ series 4 episode 1 is free on iTunes

Just as we promised you last month, the fourth series of US firefighter drama ‘Rescue Me’ made its debut exclusively on iTunes in the UK this week.

It’s a landmark of sorts, as this is the first time a major television series has debuted exclusively through iTunes, and Sony Pictures Television and UK newspaper The Telegraph teamed-up to offer the first episode of the new series for free download through iTunes this week, which could be something for the weekend.

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Now Virgin Radio plans iTunes-killer?

Virgin Radio is attempting to secure major label support for its new subscription radio service.

Virgin Radio boss, Clive Dickens, is discussing a subscription music service that has more in common with the recently-announced Sky/Universal service than any a la carte or fixed price notion.

Dickens explains: “Our model is about looking at the technology available and working out the balance between DRM and DRM-free. What we’re suggesting is the monthly subscription can vary. If you’re going to pay £5 a month you would get a certain amount of subscription and, say, five tracks to keep a month and if you pay £10 you’d get a certain amount of subscription and 10 tracks to keep each month,” he told Music Week.

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Universal, Sky team on ‘iTunes-killer’

News is breaking that Universal Music in the UK and Ireland this afternoon announced a joint venture with Sky to launch a DRM-free hybrid subscription and MP3 download service.
For a single monthly subscription, music fans will get unlimited listening to a huge choice of songs as well as the opportunity to download tracks to own forever.  Customers will be able to choose to stream songs on-demand for immediate listening or download tracks for playback at any time, all through one subscription. A range of subscription options will be available, offering different download packages.
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