Apple today announced that all four major US broadcasting networks are offering shows in high definition for sale through iTunes.
Shows, including the likes of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Lost” from ABC, “CSI” and “CSI: Miami” from CBS, “Bones” and “Prison Break” airing on FOX, and “Heroes” and “The Office” from NBC Universal are available now.
The iTunes Store has so far sold over 200 million TV episodes sold, including more than one million HD episodes purchased since the launch of HD programming on iTunes last month. Continue reading →
Fans of Japanese Anime flicks have a new treat – the addition of a dedicated channel of such content to NBC Universal/News Corp’s Hulu video service.
Animation channel GONG launched on Hulu today. It’s the first online TV channel for Anime in Europe and North America and is now available any time for nothing on Hulu.
The channel offers some of the best Anime of the genre, aimed at Manga and Japanese culture fans. Available in three languages and with already 20 services running some of GONG’s key titles include; Ikki Tousen, Karas, The Slayers, Saiyuki, Cosmo Warrior Zero, Karekano, Utena, Ergo Proxy.. Continue reading →
iTunes has sold one million shows from NBC Universal since the broadcaster returned to Apple’s digital media service earlier this month.
NBC Universal also saw web traffic at its CNBC.com and NBC.com website portals reach record levels – partially as a happy side-product of public interest in information about the collapsing financial markets.
Research firm Hitwise found that on Monday, US users spent more time on average on CNBC.com — 18 minutes — than they did on competitors including Yahoo Finance, CBS Marketwatch, WSJ.com and Bloomberg, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Continue reading →
In an exclusive partnership with Microsoft, NBC Universal will offer what it claims to be the single most ambitious digital event coverage ever including 2,200 hours of live competition encompassing 25 sports on NBCOlympics.com, with thousands more available on demand.
NBC Olympics Mobile will present the comprehensive coverage of the event, including mobile TV broadcasts, news text and video alerts.
Microsoft has reached a deal with Netflix under which the latter service will offer Xbox LIVE users who are also members of Netflix Gold free access to over 10,000 films and a multitude of TV shows.
It’s a significant move into digital media for Microsoft’s games console, and while sure to dent US sales of the far more limited Apple TV (after all, Xbox plays games, accesses the internet, plays DVDs and more), it’s really an attack on the PS 3. And Sony will be planning its own response, making use of its own media properties.
In related news, NBC Universal has started supplying video (Heroes etc) via Xbox Live – no great surprise given the continuing track record of partnerships between the world’s biggest software company and one of the the world’s most dominant entertainment brands…
Bigging-up the deal, John Schappert, corporate vice president of Interactive Entertainment LIVE, Software and Services Business at Microsoft trumpted: “We are creating a completely new social entertainment experience, and Xbox 360 will be the only video game system where you can access your library of instantly streamable movies from Netflix and turn any room into a virtual movie theater.”
How it works: From the Netflix website, members simply add movies and TV episodes to their individual instant Queues. Those choices will be automatically displayed on the TV screen via Xbox 360 and available to watch instantly.