Feeds

HD glitch for Apple TV punters

A lawyer has just rung Cupertino

Top three mobile application threats

HBO isn't giving up its box seat for anybody – not even Apple.

The premium cable channel, which won a global reputation by investing in quality shows for intelligent grown-ups, including The Wire and The Sopranos, is also a distribution channel for other people's stuff – that's how it made its revenue before diversifying into original content. But these pre-existing deals with other studios mean Apple TV owners won't be able to re-download HD movies such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes to the devices, even if they've already purchased them. The existing agreements don't extend to the 1080 HD format, for which HBO retains the exclusive 'window'.

It's a temporary blip, HBO tells AllThingsD, with the fine print getting sorted to encompass formats.

So it's a small story but one that illustrates a bigger one. There's no shortage of 'digital media innovation' (stop retching, please) taking place at the moment, but most of it is beginning to pass the internet by. It's all taking place on established platforms.

For years, we assumed IP networks would challenge old dinosaurs. But these old dinosaurs are proving much better at giving punters on-demand stuff they want at a decent price.

And I can't think of a webtastic innovation that would seriously inconvenience an HBO or Sky subscriber. Can you? ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330
If the person in front reclines their seat, this could get interesting
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.