Apple’s research and development teams are hard at work on powerful new technologies which may debut in 2009, including a fully touchscreen iMac and wearable video displays (that latter perhaps under some kind of arrangement with Sony).
We’ve been writing a lot recently about Boxee, who develop a powerful media centre application for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and the Apple TV.
For Apple TV users, of course, the big news is that after an extensive push by the hard-working developers behind the project, the new version of the software that’s compatible with the recently-software-updated Apple TV 2.3 is available now.
MySpace is premiering the three remaining fan-made videos that were short-listed in Radiohead’s recent animated video contest,“Weird Fishes,” “15 Step,” and “Videotape.” The first to debut is here, Tobias Stretch’s “Weird Fishes.”
The BBC Trust has refused permission for the BBC to introduce its own local video service to cover local events in 60 parts of the UK, arguing that it wouldn’t be beneficial enough for the public and that it would have a “negative impact on commercial media”.
Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman of the BBC Trust, said: “It is clear from the evidence that, although licence fee payers want better regional and local services from the BBC, this proposal is unlikely to achieve what they want.
“For 3 years you YouTubers have been ripping us off, taking tens of thousands of our videos and putting them on YouTube. Now the tables are turned. It’s time for us to take matters into our own hands,” the Python crew said, as they launch an all-new dedicated and legal Monty Python channel on YouTube. Catch a hand-picked selection of the team’s best clips, with a polite request to buy some stuff now and then.
Sony Pictures Television International and Warner Bros. have signed up as launch partners for UK supermarket Tesco’s plan to offer digital downloads of film and TV content through its own online service.
Hollywood Reporter claims titles on offer will include ‘Superman 3’, and ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ through the service.
YouTube will soon sell spaces on its search results pages to advertisers, yet another in its series of attempts to monetize its hugely popular service. This will enable anyone with a video available on the service to promote it on search results pages. More after the clip…
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.
Koch Entertainment Distribution’s Koch Digital imprint plans to make its catalogue of home videos available for purchase through iTunes.
Michael Rosenberg, president of Koch Entertainment Distribution, said, “Making key titles from our home video library available on iTunes helps position Koch as the premier independent aggregator in the digital distribution space with the broadest distribution network of any independent. Koch Digital is now the leading independent digital distributor for both audio and video content.”