Feeds

Pioneer creates iTunes, YouTube rival

Web-based telly

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

A Pioneer-created TV service will soon enter public testing and allow consumers to download unlimited numbers of TV shows for a monthly fee.

synctv_screenshot
SyncTV: how the service could look

Dubbed SyncTV, the project began inside Pioneer’s research labs, and will eventually enable users to subscribe to individual channels for between $2 (£1/€1.50) and $4 (£2/€3) per month, with the option to download episodes individually for an additional fee.

It’s not known exactly which TV channels will be available through the service yet, or how may there’ll be to choose from, but it’s expected that users will get access to every programme broadcast by each channel featured on SyncTV.

The service is currently being put through an internal testing process. But in Janaury, it’ll be launched to a select group of public beta-testers.

SyncTV's President, John Gildred, told Reuters that the service will provide “home theater quality” content and a picture resolution as good as DVD, and perhaps even high definition.

Gildred added that downloads will be based on "open standards" and that the company is currently “courting” consumer electronics manufacturers to develop devices capable of playing the standard. He expects such devices to be available in 2008.

Wanna-be guinea pigs can apply to get involved in the test programme through SyncTV’s website.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.