YouTube may be the world’s most popular video sharing site and it even
may be the world’s second largest site in terms of search traffic, but
there is no doubt that YouTube completely missed the boat on hosting
full-length movies. Now, the service seems to be catching up with
ad-supported movies and TV episodes. Just don’t expect current
It appears that Microsoft had a blockbuster title in stores just in
time for Christmas once again. Gears of War 2 could not quite match
Halo 3, but 2.1 million boxes sold on day 1 means that Microsoft’s game
studios and Epic received an early Christmas present and the Xbox 360
should see a nice bump in unit sales.
About a year ago, Google implemented video filtering on YouTube in an
effort to prevent the uploading of unauthorized content and to aid in
the monetization of videos. ZDNet reflects on this anniversary with a
15 page PDF (available only to registered users), in which Rick Cotton,
NBC Universal Chief Counsel, discusses the filters on YouTube. Cotton
states that monthly the filters are improving and are now capable of
capturing 75-80% of all of the uploads that are not legal.
In its seemingly never ending quest to make YouTube profitable, it
appears that Google has landed a deal to start offering feature films
on the site. According to an executive at a major entertainment
company, we could see movies appearing within the next months.
Microsoft seems to have a real good handle on introducing critical
features and content for the Xbox 360 when it counts. Gears of War 2
will be released to 20,000 retailers this week and should also have a
positive impact on Xbox 360 and should help jumpstart Christmas sales.
Entertainment is going to make its first careful steps in cloud
computing as Half-Life creator Valve is rolling out a free cloud-based
extension to its Steam network that will enable players to store their
game settings and controller configurations online.
Chicago (IL) - Netflix has begun the first phase of what appears to be a carefully orchestrated roll-out of a major movies streaming service called “Watch Instantly”. Paired with Microsoft's Silverlight technology, Netflix aims to deliver a next-gen platform for HD video rentals over the Internet. If it succeeds, it may give Apple's iTunes a serious run for its money.
Netflix appears to be unstoppable these days: Following recent
additions of Netflix streaming to Blu-ray players, Mac Computers and
the Xbox 360, the company is expected to announce a long awaited
partnership with Tivo today.
Apple Corps is not quite ready to release the song catalog of The
Beatles as digital downloads as we had hoped for yesterday, but
announced a significant step into this direction nevertheless: MTV and
Rock Band developer Harmonix are working on a new music video game
title that intends to leverage “the entire span” of Beatles songs
ranging from the first album Please, Please me, released in 1963, to
Abbey Road, released in 1969.
Viacom’s MTV Networks as well as Apple Corps, a company formed by The
Beatles in 1968, will unveil a global music “project” on Thursday, the
two companies announced today.
Starting November 19, Microsoft will be coming a lot closer to its goal
to turn the Xbox 360 into the universal home entertainment most of us
will ever need. Microsoft’s deal will open up the Xbox 360 to an
all-you-can-eat video streaming fest that covers more than 10,000
movies and TV shows. What is unique about the Xbox-Netflix relationship
is the fact that the console will get HD content, which not only
pitches it against Apple’s hobby project Apple TV, but also against
Blizzard said that the subscriber base of its massively multiplayer
online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft has surpassed the
11 million mark, which is about the same as the population of New York
City and Chicago combined, the population of Ohio – or more than the
entire population of Greece.
Wal-Mart relaunched its MP3 store with more than 3 million DRM-free
songs in a much cleaner layout and new store navigation features. As
Wal-Mart’s overall music sales are falling behind Apple’s iTunes, the
company knows it will not be able to compete in terms of content
selection. Conceivably, pricing will be the next battlefield – an area
where Apple is vulnerable and possibly the only opportunity for one
Wal-Mart to score wins in the near future.
When Netflix rolled out the “Watch Instantly” functionality to its
subscribers, Apple users were left out in the cold. Now, utilizing
Microsoft’s Silverlight, Netflix plans to roll out online TV streaming
to all of its users by the end of the year.
They have been two of the biggest video game franchises launched in
recent years - and both Rock Band and Guitar Hero are in the news
again: The former with a new set list and the latter with a new sequel.
When Microsoft announced at E3 2008 that it would be introducing Xbox
Live Primetime for the Xbox 360, the company suggested that it would
launch in the fall along with the revamped Xbox Live service. But
according to a report by Forbes, Microsoft will delay the launch in
order to ensure a smooth launch for the new user interface.