A trio of overnight reports that seem worth a mention but already appear well-worn online – with Apple planning to store movies and TV shows in the cloud, iTunes team members trying to tempt labels away from free download deals with Amazon and Virgin America dumping Flash in a love tryst with the iPad.
CNet tells us that Apple reps have been speaking with major film studios about enabling iTunes users to store movies/TV shows they legally own in the cloud on Apple servers. This extends previous notions Apple intends letting iTunes users host their collection in the cloud for access from anywhere using any connected device.
Independent Television Service (ITVS) and PBS have made over 20 independent films available through iTunes. The collection – which has been curated specifically for iTunes – includes award-winning episodes from Independent Lens and Global Voices. Continue reading →
Netflix is developing a streaming application that will enable iPhone users to stream movies offered by the service over a WiFi connection, reports claim.
This ‘Watch Instantly’ feature is already available to Mac and PC users on an unlimited plan, as it is to Xbox 360 owners. Some reports also claim the online video sales giant intends offering the service to the Nintendo Wiii in future.
The original report states: “The company will soon offer the Watch Instantly video-streaming feature on Apple iPhones and iPod Touch devices and the Nintendo Wii gaming console, according to an industry executive familiar with Netflix’s plans.”
Facing intensified competition in the UK market, Apple’s iTunes Store is offering a range of special free downloads for customers this Christmas.
The iTunes Store will offer a free download every day for twelve days as part of the 12 Days of Christmas promotion. The first download will be available on Boxing Day and then every day afterwards until January 6, 2009.
Apple promises these downloads will include rare singles, exclusive live tracks, free music videos from some of the biggest artists in the world plus classic TV episodes you won’t want to miss. “A great way to start filling the iPod you received for Christmas,” a company representative said.
No sooner has conversation turned to the use of iPhone apps to boost band-to-fan connections, than we see news the meme’s catching on in the dream machine, Hollywood.
Little-seen among this weekends chatter and speculation surrounding the voice-activated Google app and its non-appearance on the store, and more idle expectation of the all-new “iPod Stick”, one report on a little-known iPhone-focused Web site noted movie studios are shuffling to take a bat at the iPhone app market…
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.
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.
Apple’s iTunes Store has introduced a range of limited-time discount price offers in the US and UK, with different offers in each territory.
US iTunes users are being offered a bargain basement of film releases sold at under $5. The selection of films on offer change on a weekly basis and currently includes ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’, ‘Total Recall’ and ‘Karate Kid’, among others.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has signed-up to offer an iTunes Digital Copy of the film on the DVD or Blu-ray versions of the movie sold in the US from January 6.
UK and US customers who purchase a DVD also get an additional Digital Copy of the movie which can be popped inside iTunes, and then played back on the computer or Apple’s range of digital devices.
This means iTunes, iPod, iPhone and Apple TV owners will be able to extract a legitimate copy of the film for playback on their computers and digital devices when they buy the disc. Sony will also offer versions for playback on Windows PCs and the PlayStation Portable.
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.”