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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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Internet Movie Database invades Germany

World-class film resource library IMDb.com has launched a German language version of its website, www.imdb.de, promising to open up in more languages in future.

Like its parent site IMDb.com, IMDb.de offers information about 1.3 million titles, including 35,000 German titles and 2.7 million celebrities.

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Warners makes VOD movie move in China

Warner Bros has moved to combat rampant piracy in China with its blessing of a new video-on-demand service in the country in form of making new release films available legitimately online.

The joint announcement was made by Marc Gareton, Executive Vice President, International, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Shao Yiding, CEO of Union Voole Technology in China.

Warner Bros.’ new release movies, including some that have never been released theatrically in China, will be available to Chinese consumers to rent on VOD to their PCs via Voole.com at a price of between 4 and 7 Rmb per title.

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Peanuts animated video comics – free from iTunes

Linus and Charlie Brown videos have been made available for free through iTunes USA, courtesy of Warner Digital.

The first two episodes of Warner Premiere’s Peanuts Motion Comics – the first fully animated motion comic from Warner Premiere are being made available. Peanuts is the first fully animated series in the Warner Premiere Motion Comics digital content category.

In these free episodes, Linus runs for class president with Charlie Brown as his running mate.

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MTV frees its video for US use on MySpace

MTV has agreed a deal that will let its videos be uploaded and made available through the MySpace social network in the US.

The partners will enable advertising opportunities within audience-uploaded videos across MySpace, with tech firm Auditude providing technology for advertising to be inserted across a suite of MTV Networks’ most popular video content uploaded to MySpace, including clips from MTV and Comedy Central, among others.

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E4 makes iTunes connection, leads with ‘Dead Set’

UK TV broadcaster E4 has signed-up to offer its shows through the iTunes Store in the UK, spearheading the introduction with the offering of hit TV show, ‘Dead Set’, through the service.

‘Dead Set’ is a gripping five-part zombie horror series set in a fictional Big Brother house house and written by acclaimed penman, Charlie Brooker. If you’ve missed it, it has been shown every night this week and is set to come to an end tomorrow night.

Also available from E4 through the iTunes service, ‘Fonejacker’, ‘Skins’ and new six-part comedy, the ‘In-Betweeners’.

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Free fantasy for iTunes users in US

Beginning today, Disney-ABC Domestic Television is offering US viewers an extended preview of its highly-anticipated epic fantasy series “Legend of the Seeker” before its November 1st premiere weekend.

The network is offering a sneak preview of the nationally-syndicated series as a free download, making this exclusively available through iTunes.

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iTunes, NBC, TV Guide offer ’30 Rock’ for free

In an interesting new twist, US television guide, TV Guide and NBC have linked up to offer the premiere of hit US drama ’30 Rock’ as a free download through iTunes.

People purchasing TV Guide will receive an iTunes code which will entitle them to download the first episode of the new series for free one full week before it airs in the US.

The giveaway ties in to the cover of the Oct. 27 issue arriving on newsstands Oct. 23 with Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin on the cover.

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All four major US networks go HD on iTunes

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

Apple’s Steve Jobs dooms Blu-ray…

Apple executives seem pretty dismissive on Blu-ray, with company boss Steve Jobs last night slamming the standard as a “bag of hurt”.

Speaking this week, he said Apple has no immediate plans to introduce Blu-ray drives inside its computers in the current environment, warning, “You know, Blu-ray is a bag of hurt. I don’t mean from a consumer point of view – it’s great to watch movies – but the licensing is so complex.

“We’re waiting until things settle down and Blu-ray takes off in the marketplace before we burden our customers with the cost of the licensing and the cost of the drives.”

Apple is a member of the Blu-ray Disc Association. However, Blu-ray use would require an additional $30 per Mac sold integrating the technology. There’s also a host of deadly dull issues around DRM.

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