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Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek to go boldly back onto telly, then beam down in streams

Star Trek will return in a new series in 2017, but the venerable program will quickly disappear from screens other than those subscribed to US broadcaster CBS' "All Access" video-on-demand platform. The as-yet-un-named re-re-re-re-reboot* "will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, …

Chips of the world, Unite: Intel bakes Iris Pro gfx into new Xeon

Computex 2015 Intel has, for the first time, baked its Iris graphics chipper into its server-centric Xeon CPUs. Announced today at Computex 2015, the Xeon E3-1200v4 includes Iris pro graphics P6300. The result is a CPU tuned for video transcription. If a CPU designed for that workload sounds a bit obscure, consider the many video-on-demand …

Dolby sets Digital Plus to shine in UltraViolet

Cloud-based movie library UltraViolet is to gain Dolby Digital Plus sound technology, the audio specialist said today. The move will see DDP added to UV's Common File Format (CFF) specification, and Dolby has a development kit available to allow content providers to add DDP audio into their UV assets. How soon - or, indeed, …
Tony Smith, 10 Sep 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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Tesco's Blinkbox gets Disney films

Tesco's Blinkbox movies-on-demand service has signed Disney. It will offer the Mickey Mouse company's films for rent or purchase. The deal covers old Disney movies but will also bring new releases to Blinkbox on the day they're released on physical media. Disney's roster of content includes Pixar movies and Dreamworks films …
Hard Reg, 5 Apr 2012

Private equity saves SeeSaw

The upending of SeeSaw has been cancelled. Owner Arqiva today announced it had flogged off 75 per cent of the online video-on-demand service. Arqiva will retain 25 per cent of the company, the rest going to a group of venture capitalists, private equity punters and merchant bankers. SeeSaw will be overseen by Michael Jackson …
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2011

Netflix Europe debut set for January 2012

Netflix's long-awaited European debut may have been scheduled for January 2012, if claims from Spain are to be believed. According to a variety of local papers, that's when Netflix will launch in Spain, offering Spaniards around 3500 movies and TV shows to stream. The claim apparently comes from Pedro Perez, president of the …
Tony Smith, 12 Jul 2011
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Sky combines, revamps internet telly services

Are you a Sky subscriber? If so, you'll be able to watch Sky programming on your computer, tablet or phone for free. Dubbed Sky Go, the service launches on 6 July and combines Sky Player and Sky Mobile TV. The catch: each home can only register two devices. Presumably, if you want to register more, you can cough up the £15-40 …
Hard Reg, 13 Jun 2011
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What is UltraViolet™ and why should you care?

UltraViolet is the most important media service you've probably never heard of – a grand plan for Hollywood to get everything right that the music business has got wrong. All the major studios are members of the DECE consortium behind UV, apart from Disney (You can probably guess why). Cable companies and telcos are already …
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BT to embrace IPTV as it upgrades broadband network to multicast

British Telecom will change the bulk of its broadband network to use multicast routers as from next year – this will mean that full IPTV services, using quality of service protocols, could then be launched for the first time on the BT network. BT has always said that it didn't see the point of building out its network with …
Faultline, 30 May 2011
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Samsung goes stereoscopic rental mental

Samsung is worried about the lack of 3D content available to showcase its 3D TVs and Blu-ray players, and is to launch a 3D video-on-demand service to keep its customers stocked up with stereoscopic stuff. Samsung 3D VoD The service - the first of its kind, anywhere, claimed Samsung - will go live in Korea before the end of …
Tony Smith, 16 Mar 2011
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Samsung loads Lovefilm onto BD boxes

DVD rental and movie streaming service Lovefilm is to be rolled out to Samsung Blu-ray Disc players. About time too. Samsung added the Amazon-owned firm's video-on-demand service to its internet-connectable tellies in May 2010. There's already a Lovefilm 'app' that Samsung BD player owners can download if they've connected …
Tony Smith, 31 Jan 2011
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Sony qicks off Qriocity streaming service

God save us from the branding 'specialists' who came up with "Qriocity", the name Sony has selected for its movie streaming service, which is now live in the UK. Qriocity is, of course, intended to be pronounced 'curiosity', which is a daft enough name for a video-on-demand service even when it's spelled correctly. It's a word …

Samsung net tellies get new movie marketplace

Samsung has joined the Acetrax party, adding the on-demand video supplier to its Internet@TV platform. The Acetrax Movies app will be available on Samsung connected televisions throughout Europe from today. Acetrax Acetrax not only offers movie rentals, but purchasing too. There’s no subscription either, just set up an …
Bob Dormon, 22 Nov 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 …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Sep 2010
Panasonic TV with Acetrax

Panasonic plugs movie rental service into net tellies

Panasonic has brought the Acetrax movie rental and downloads service to its internet-connected Viera HD TVs. The Lovefilm-like Acetrax is delivered through VieraCast, Panasonic's internet TV front-end. Viera owners will need to sign up for the service at the Acetrax website and set up an account to which rental and download …
Hard Reg, 20 Jul 2010
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Fetch TV boxes get Sky Player update

Fetch TV, the online telly-on-demand service, will today send out a firmware update to its SmartBox set-tops to allow viewers to activate Sky's Sky Player software. Fetch TV offers internet-connected Freeview DVRs which can access Fetch's own movie and TV streaming channels, along with catch-up services like BBC iPlayer, 4oD …
Tony Smith, 21 May 2010
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OFT to examine BBC's Canvas

The Office Fair of Trading is to examine Project Canvas, the BBC's strategic Sky-f*cker next generation set-top box. The BBC Trust looked at Canvas and decided that its strategic goals of screwing over Murdoch and Branson furthering BBC content were not incompatible with the Trust's charter. The Beeb argues that complete …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2010

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