YouTube has quietly widened the range of videos it is making available for rent through the popular Google-owned service, betting a little face that a focus on niche markets will help it take on existing behemoths in the online video on-demand space, such as iPlayer, Hulu and iTunes. Continue reading
Microsoft will launch its MSN Video Player video-on-demand service in the UK next week, offering 300 hours of free shows to viewers – and leaving viewers using current versions of Mac OS X in the cold.
Initial shows available through the beta service next week will include League of Gentlemen, Peep Show, Shameless and The Young Ones.
The project’s led by Ashley Highfield, now VP consumer and online at Microsoft UK and former BBC director of future media and technology.
The Competition Commission provisionally concluded that the proposed joint venture will restrict competition in the supply of video-on-demand services in the UK. It does not, however, expect the joint venture to lead to a substantial lessening of competition in online advertising or content acquisition. The full report will be published shortly.
Hooray for Bollywood – and a step forward for the genre on news Cablevision has launched Bollywood Hits On Demand, the company’s first international subscription video on demand (SVOD) service for iO TV digital cable customers.
The service gives US cable customers unlimited access to a variety of South Asian films and music videos, offering over 25 movies each month and more than 50 Bollywood music videos.
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.
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.