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HMV plays catch up with video on-demand service

HMV has modernised its content delivery efforts, launching a video-on-demand rental service for PC and Mac. HMV On-Demand is nothing special, offering standard rental prices of £3.99 for new films, with a 24p discount for older titles. There's a lot to choose from, though, with content from all major film studios and 30 …
Caleb Cox, 24 Nov 2011
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On-demand streamed music services compared

As Microsoft Xbox Music upon the masses this week, streaming over 30 million songs to groovetastic gamers and Windows PC users, we decided to see how it stacks up against the competition. The market is awash with Spotify-style streaming services, which vary in catalogue numbers, mobile support, pricing and their respective …
Caleb Cox, 18 Oct 2012
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Office 2013 to offer one-off apps on demand

As part of its ongoing bid to convince Office customers to switch to a subscription-based pricing model, Microsoft has announced that Office 2013 subscribers will be able to access temporary copies of the desktop Office applications on any computer, delivered via internet streaming technology. Office 365 subscribers already have …
Neil McAllister, 27 Aug 2012
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Ofcom shoves video-on-demand regulation onto ATVOD's plate

Ofcom has decided ATVOD can keep monitoring video-on-demand services, and with less oversight from the parent regulator, following five months of consultation. ATVOD is a commercial operation which has been looking after video services for the last two years, following up complaints and ensuring suitable levels of decency, but …
Bill Ray, 17 Aug 2012
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Sky's TV-on-demand registers with regulator just hours before opening

Sky today launched its Now TV vid-on-demand service, but only managed to notify the right regulator hours before the off as it's getting harder to remember who controls what. Video-on-demand services in the UK are regulated by ATVOD (the Authority for Television On Demand), and on-demand services are required to notify the …
Bill Ray, 17 Jul 2012
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Samsung to plug Five On Demand into IPTVs

Samsung is to add telly channel Five's catch-up service to its new HDTV-hosted IPTV platform, Smart TV. Smart TV, introduced earlier this year and building on last year's Samsung IPTV interface, Internet@TV, already presents catch-up and on-demand services BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, Blinkbox and PictureBox. It also connects to all …
Hard Reg, 11 May 2011
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Three brings on-demand ITV content to smartphones

Three has appeased telly addicts with a deal that'll see ITV catch-up content appear on users' handsets. On Demand Group is set to distribute the content on behalf of ITV, so that Three customers can watch ITV shows, such as Coronation Street, I'm a Celebrity, Downton Abbey and - yep - The X Factor, streamed directly on their …
Caleb Cox, 24 Oct 2011
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BT to fibre up another 98 exchanges, puffs 'FTTP on demand' offer

Earlier this week, BT announced the company's latest phased rollout of its fibre optic-cabling technology in the UK. Blighty's national telco has said that BT's Openreach engineers will be upgrading another 98 exchanges. However, the national telco declined to tell The Register the exact split between fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jun 2012
Virgin Media

House and Heroes tip up on Virgin on Demand

Virgin Media has bought in a bunch of past seasons of popular US shows - including House, Heroes, The Office (US) and 30 Rock - to its TV On demand service. The programmes are also available in HD and also online and on mobile. from December 1. And they arrive courtesy of a deal signed by Virgin with NBC. Virgin says it …
Caleb Cox, 26 Oct 2010

Hydrogen on demand from silicon nanospheres - just add water

“Instant energy, just add water” – you might expect the expression under an ACME label in an old Warner Bros cartoon, but not from a University. However, researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York have demonstrated that nano-particles of silicon react with water to produce the non-toxic silicic acid and release …
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'On demand' fibre: Could it happen in Oz?

A question posed by El Reg to Australian opposition communications spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull has opened up something of a can of worms. It’s probably unfair to say that Turnbull “floated” or “supports” the idea of Australia imitating the Openreach “Fibre on Demand” model. He merely didn’t dismiss the notion out-of-hand. But …

Enabling the on-demand data centre with SDN

The hybrid cloud is becoming a notable thing. Companies such as Microsoft are pushing visions like CloudOS while work patterns change to allow more flexibility in worker location. Traditional networks focused on situations where workers perform all duties on premises owned by the company. How will that change? I sat down with …
Trevor Pott, 07 Nov 2013
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Panasonic slaps Freetime EPG on 2014 smart tellies

Freetime's neat, easy-to-navigate electronic programme guide (EPG) has never been a feature of standalone TVs, but at a joint event in London this week, its new partner Panasonic announced it will feature on 90 per cent of the panel maker’s 2014 TV range. If you're based in the UK and the name Freetime rings a bell, it's …
Bob Dormon, 14 Mar 2014
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Sky launches movie, sports on demand service

Sky will begin offering pay-to-view films over the internet to non-subscribers tomorrow. The satellite broadcaster is calling the service Now TV, and it will offer 1000-odd films to rent, including back catalogue content and new releases. 'New' in this context means 'now out on DVD', rather than 'out at the pictures' or even ' …
Tony Smith, 16 Jul 2012
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Virgin churns out 200 mil on demand views

On demand TV is in huge demand in the UK and Virgin Media is a player. The cableco served up 200 million on demand views in Q1 this year - it claims 2.1 million regular customers for what it likes to call catch-up TV, up a quarter of a mil on same time last year. The most popular channels were inevitably the BBC, with 50 mil …
Drew Cullen, 04 May 2010
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'Mapsgate' fails to dislocate iPhone 5 demand

Were you steered away from the iPhone 5 by Apple’s ‘Mapsgate’ controversy? Were you tied by the introduction of a new, incompatible Lightning cables? If so, you're not like most potential buyers of Apple's latest phone, it seems. New research suggests these issues have had little or no impact on demand for the iPhone 5. In …
Tony Smith, 12 Oct 2012
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Just as Google, Microsoft catch up with Amazon cloud prices, Bezos whips out the axe on S3 again

Amazon has slashed the price of its mainstay cloud-based storage service, S3, undercutting rival offerings from Google and Microsoft. The cut was announced today alongside a further price cut to its Elastic Block Store usage, and the launch of two further "M3" rentable server instances. With the cuts Amazon has dropped the …
Jack Clark, 21 Jan 2014

Amazon slices prices on dedicated EC2 private cloud puffs

Maybe there's something in the water – or in the coffee – in Seattle that makes big companies create and maintain monopolies through aggressive pricing. First Microsoft with its Windows desktop and then server monopoly, and now Amazon Web Services with its unending price cuts on its infrastructure cloud. The latest chopfest …
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Samsung tellies get Lovefilm on-demand movies

Lovefilm's on-demand movie streaming service is now available on Samsung net-connected tellies and not just Sony ones. The DVD rental company streams a sub-set of its disc catalogue to the TVs free to folk who have subscriptions for an unlimited number of titles each month. Lovefilm The range will appear as an app in Samsung' …
Hard Reg, 17 May 2010
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New regulator takes over video-on-demand content supervision

Regulation of television and video content delivered over the internet has now passed to the Association for Television On-Demand, or ATVOD, a former trade body turned regulator. New structures put in place to ensure that the UK complies with EU rules came into force on 20 September. ATVOD is now the regulator for content access …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Sep 2010
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Backing up your VMware environment? A tale of agents and three letter acronyms

Is your VMware backup under control? No, we thought not. Virtualisation has achieved many wonderful things - but it has complicated data protection and backup, where organisations see increasing recovery times, a lack of granularity, and inconsistency between back up and disaster recovery regimes. Does this this sound like you? …
David Gordon, 15 Nov 2013
Evil Android

Android antivirus apps CAN'T kill nasties on sight like normal AV - and that's Google's fault

Android users expecting Windows levels of performance from Android-specific antivirus packages are likely to be disappointed because only Google can automatically delete dodgy apps on Android devices, say malware experts. Anti-malware bods agree that antivirus programs on Android can’t remove viruses automatically, meaning that …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2013
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BBC announces plans to spend your cash on digital goodies

BBC Director General Tony Hall has announced a bunch of new features for its digital products that show the corporation at its most imaginative – and its most cynical. The most interesting is new and still fairly modest: integration between the BBC's music output and third-party commercial music services – and it launches today …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Oct 2013

Damn you, world! WHY can't I have an object store on my desktop?

Another year, another conference season sees me stuck on this side of the pond watching the press releases from afar, promising myself that I’ll watch the keynotes online - or "on demand" as people have it these days. I never find the time and have to catch up with the 140 character synopses that regularly appear on Twitter. I …
StorageBod, 09 Apr 2013
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Intel writes cheque for on-demand videogame tech

On-demand access to the latest videogames through your HD TV has just taken a step closer, following an Intel cash injection into a US firm. Intel has invested an unspecified amount of money into TransGaming, which is developing a digital distribution service and associated hardware for on-demand delivery of videogames through …
James Sherwood, 25 Sep 2009
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YouTube to launch paid video-on-demand service

YouTube is reportedly poised to launch a paid streaming movie-on-demand service with the okay of a number of Hollywood studios. Speculation suggests that the service may launch next week however neither Google nor YouTube have responded to the claims. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Universal and a raft of …

Bring it on, stream biz Aereo tells TV barons – see you in Supreme Court

Cloud-based TV streaming and DVR startup Aereo has said it won’t oppose a move by the four biggest US television broadcasters to take it to America's Supreme Court – and said it is looking forward to fighting their allegations of copyright infringement. “We have decided to not oppose the broadcasters’ petition for certiorari …
Iain Thomson, 13 Dec 2013
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Online music world on iRadio: Apple, imagine our concern

Leading figures in the online music industry have cast doubt on Apple's claims that its new streaming iRadio service will revolutionise the way fanbois listen to songs. The fruity firm announced iRadio at the WWDC yesterday, telling the gathered hordes that it would allow them to listen to personalised radio stations and then …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2013
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APP OF DEATH plots local fatalities on demand

A new smartphone application helpfully plots murders, and traffic fatalities, on an interactive map of the local area, showing you at a glance how many people died nearby in the last 18 months, and what killed them. The application is actually a demonstration of instant-app-factory MobileNationHQ, which reckons it took only …
Bill Ray, 29 Jul 2011

Did you know Twitter has a 'consumer product division'? Ex-Google Maps boss now runs it

Profit-impaired Twitter has poached Google's Maps director Daniel Graf to head up the micro-blogging site's consumer product division. Graf – who is rarely seen Google+ing, facebooking or indeed tweeting – confirmed via his Twitter account on Tuesday that he was moving on. "Followed Maps to find that the flock was just around …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2014
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SeeSaw video-on-demand service to close

Arqiva is closing down its online video-on-demand service, SeeSaw. SeeSaw, which was effectively put up for sale in January, will shut up shop at the end of June. In an email sent to Arqiva staff today - and seen by Reg Hardware - company CEO John Cresswell said: "Despite varying levels of interest being shown [in SeeSaw], we …
Tony Smith, 27 May 2011
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Top Gear isn't TV, not when it's on YouTube

Ofcom has overruled its appointed VOD regulator in deciding that chunks of Top Gear and BBC Food channel programmes found on YouTube don't constitute TV-like services and thus fall outside regulation. ATVOD, Ofcom-appointed regulator of UK video-on-demand, decided that clips circulated by BBC Worldwide constitute TV content and …
Bill Ray, 18 Jan 2013
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Virgin Media gives TiVo users access to Netflix

Virgin Media is planning to let Netflix subscribers watch the video-on-demand service through their set-top TiVo boxes. The cable company announced that the Netflix app would be coming to 1.7 million TiVo homes this year, starting with a pilot rollout this week. Around 40,000 customers have been chosen for the pilot scheme, …

HANA on a minute – is that a 10PB RAM cloud server from SAP? IT IS

SAP is cutting off its legs to save its arms by rejigging its software licensing approach for the cloud. The company threw open the doors to a new online marketplace on Wednesday that lets punters to buy and consume its technology in an as-a-service format, as the world's largest maker of business software tried to goose its …
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014
BT

BT preps games-on-demand online service

BT will bring online games-on-demand sales and play to its broadband customers later this year. The telco telco today said it has agreed to bring US-based OnLive Game Service to the UK. OnLive feeds "the latest games from many of the world’s leading publishers" to PCs, Mac and even internet-connected TVs - with a suitable …
Tony Smith, 13 May 2010
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Sony to pop 'top Viacom channels' in PlayStations, smart tellies, mobes

Sony is linking arms with US media goliath Viacom to show top channels on PlayStation games consoles and smart TVs, it is claimed. An insider whispered to the Wall Street Journal that Sony had reached a preliminary agreement with Viacom to stream its cable channels alongside on-demand content on the Japanese giant's new internet …
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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

Online age verification is the Tory-led coalition government's latest obsession, after it lobbied hard for flaccid network-level filtering to be introduced by the UK's biggest ISPs over the course of the last few years. To support Whitehall's latest crusade against smut, Britain's video on demand services regulator is calling …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Mar 2014

I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

Last month BMW rolled out the first cars to come with a fully integrated on-demand music-streaming service built in. Just before Xmas I took it through its paces to see how it performed and after an hour I was forced to conclude that things look ominous for digital radio, which is likely to be squeezed harder as on-demand …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jan 2014
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Punters 'pooh-pooh video on demand'

Viewers can't cope with the enormous responsibility of choice that personal video provides, according to US researchers at Hill Holliday. Five Bostonian families had their access to broadcast video cut entirely over Christmas and replaced with the latest video-on-demand technology. Deciding what to demand proved more than most …
Bill Ray, 04 Feb 2011
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TechNet Virtual Conference goes on-demand

Microsoft’s TechNet Virtual conference is now available on-demand. You can catch the proceedings at your own leisure here. Held on June 19, TechNet Virtual brought together Microsoft experts and the IT community. The Register was the official media sponsor. The conference ran in two separate “auditoriums” and was designed to …
Jamie Bodkin, 25 Jun 2009
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Google loads Red Hat Enterprise Linux into its cloud

Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers can now shift their licenses from on-premise gear up into Google's cloud as well as Amazon's. The new licensing option was announced by Google and Red Hat on Monday alongside the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Google's Amazon-killing "Cloud Platform". RHEL had been …
Jack Clark, 07 Apr 2014
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Upstart Postmates surfs $16m valley funding on backs of 'slave' couriers

San Francisco delivery company Postmates bagged $16m in funding from eager investors today – though an inspection of worker feedback shows that the startup is not as well-loved by some of its couriers. The series-B funding round will help the small biz improve its app, which people can use to bring "everything from a burrito to …
Jack Clark, 18 Feb 2014
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Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten will slurp messaging app Viber for $900m in cash as it continues its plans for world domination. The firm behind Play.com offers services from shopping to online video and is now adding messaging and VoIP to its repertoire courtesy of Viber, which is run from Cyprus by Israeli entrepreneur Talmon …

Microsoft sharpens blade, slashes high-mem cloud prices in Amazon duel

Microsoft has opened up yet another front in its ongoing cloud price war with Amazon by cutting prices of its high-memory servers by as much as 22 percent. The price drop was announced on Friday and sees Microsoft lower the cost of its 2-core, 14GB RAM A5 server instance to $0.32 per hour for Linux, along with similar price cuts …
Jack Clark, 18 Oct 2013

Yahoo! keen! to! slurp! news! video! distie! site!

Yahoo! is reportedly chatting up the folks at online video service News Distribution Network for a potential acquisition worth $300m. Sources whispered to the Wall Street Journal that the Purple Palace is in talks to slurp NDN for around $300m, although the negotiations are only in the early stages so they could still fall apart …
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El Reg drills in Office 365: See the evidence

This week, Trevor Pott kicked off his exploration of Office 365 with this overview. Trevor and his team-mate Josh Folland have also produced four hands-on videos for Office 365. We will broadcast these over the next week or so – all free, all on demand. Here is the first, an Office 365 tutorial. Watch Video ®
David Gordon, 17 May 2013
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The challenges of on-demand IT

On June 10 at 11am here in Blighty we'll be packing our studio with a raft of experts to talk about how virtualization and the promise of cloud services are challenging the conventional economics, management and delivery of IT. Hosting the event will be The Register's own Tim Phillips, joined by Martin Atherton from Freeform …
Team Register, 08 Jun 2010

Comcast to acquire Warner Cable – reports

The US broadband market looks set for a shake-up, with multiple reports tipping Comcast to acquire rival Warner Cable. CNBC claims it broke the story and The Wall Street Journal has since published a (paywalled) story reporting the same details: it's a $US45bn all-stock deal. Comcast and Warner are respectively the USA's number …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2014

Cloud upstart ProfitBricks tries to undercut Amazon on price

Instead of being drenched by Amazon's cloud, cloud infrastructure biz ProfitBricks is trying to get out in front of the hardbacks'n'hosting monolith and lower its prices before Bezos & Co initiate another price drop. In an attempt to tempt customers away from major cloud operators, ProfitBricks' new on-demand server prices are …
Jack Clark, 31 Jul 2013
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Amazon SLASHES hosted database prices

Just a week after the service became generally available, Amazon has slashed the cost of running databases in its cloud by as much as 27 per cent, putting pressure on rivals to do the same. The major price reductions to its Relational Database Service (AWS RDS) were announced by Amazon on Tuesday following graduation of the …
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2013