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NEWSFLASH
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posted October 27, 2005 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Coming: A Movie to Your Home in Half a Second

A system that would deliver movies and other content to home viewers on demand instantaneously was unveiled today (Thursday) by Japan's Kansai Electric Power Co., the country's second-largest electric utility firm. The French news agency Agence France Presse reported that the company had developed a technology that can transmit a two-hour movie over fiber-optic cables mounted on power-transmission towers in half a second. The wire service quoted a company spokesman as saying that the transmission speed of one terabyte per second is more than 100 times faster than current high-speed Internet transmissions.

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Network Presidents Wrestle with iPods

The entertainment presidents of the six broadcasting networks indicated Wednesday that they have not yet figured out what impact podcasting will make on their business. Speaking of Apple's new video iPod, David Janollari, president of The WB, told a meeting of the Hollywood Radio & TV Society in Beverly Hills, "These things are selling ridiculously. ... We're all talking about it." CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler seemed to indicate that the network is trying to figure out how to embrace the new technology. "The train has left the station," she said. "We're just trying to figure out which station to get on." However, ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson said that such devices are not going to supplant conventional TV but complement it. "It's something you use to catch up on shows on the train," he said. "You're not going to sit around a three-inch screen with your family watching shows." Fox's Peter Liguori agreed. "Past history has proven that these aren't replacements," he said, pointing out that so far as the networks are concerned, content remains king. "Create great programming, and let the distribution services fight it out," he said

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Apple sells a million videos in new service


Apple Computer on Monday said its iTunes online service has sold a million videos in under 20 days, sending shares up almost 5 percent.

iTunes, the most popular online music store, began selling about 2,000 music videos and episodes of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" for $1.99 (1.12 pounds) on October 12.

The debut coincided with the launch of a new generation of Apple's iPod digital music player that can play video on its 2.5-inch color screen.

Technology, media and Wall Street analysts are eyeing Apple's performance for validation that a market for legal downloading of videos exists.

Topping the list of big sellers were music videos by Michael Jackson, Fatboy Slim and Kanye West, as well as episodes of ABC shows.

"Selling one million videos in less than 20 days strongly suggests there is a market for legal downloads," Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, said in a statement. "Our next challenge is to broaden our content offerings."

At the service's launch, Walt Disney's ABC was the only nonmusic programming provider aside from Jobs' Pixar Animation Studios, which is also providing short films for the service.

Sources have said Apple is in discussions to lure more U.S. television networks to provide programming.

Apple shares gained $2.63, or 4.8 percent, to $57.10; Shares of RealNetworks, which operates a rival online music service, gained 37 cents, or 4.9 percent to $7.87 on the Nasdaq in afternoon trade.

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CBS, NBC Join On-Demand Parade

In what appeared to be a veritable rush to make their programs available to viewers on demand, CBS and NBC on Monday announced separate deals that will allow viewers to watch their programs whenever they choose for 99 cents per episode. CBS said that it had reached an agreement with Comcast to put four programs on the cable provider's on-demand platform. NBC's announcement indicated that it had reached a similar agreement with satellite operator DirecTV. Presumably commercials will be removed from the shows before they are made available for on-demand viewing. Both announcements follow ABC's deal with Apple that allows viewers to download copies of three of its shows to their PCs or iPods after they air on TV. "It's no coincidence that three of these deals happened in a month," CBS chairman Leslie Moonves told today's (Tuesday) Daily Variety. "People are looking at their business models in different ways. The old [advertising-supported] model does work, but the old model plus the new model is even better." Similarly, NBC Universal Television Group President Jeff Zucker told the Hollywood Reporter that the network's deal with DirecTV represents "a significant acknowledgment that the way people are watching television is changing and the model is quickly changing."

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Study: People Won't Watch TV on Cell Phones


Television viewers are not likely to use cell phones to watch TV shows and movies on demand, according to a study by Mobinet conducted in 21 countries. The study found that just 15 percent of cell phone users would be willing to pay to watch programs on their phones. Of those, 49 percent said that they would watch news clips, while 17 percent said that they would check out sports clips. But aside from time-sensitive content, consumers expressed little desire to watch conventional entertainment programming.

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Peer-to-Peer: Universal Concedes It Does Have Legitimate Use

Universal will use the much-maligned peer-to-peer technology to provide movies on demand via the Internet next year. The studio said that it had struck a deal with Wurld Media of Saratoga Springs, NY to distribute films, securing from the P2P firm a promise not to carry unlicensed content on its Peer Impact network. Users will be able to view a downloaded film at any time during a 24-hour period, but they must keep it on their computers for at least 30 days, since, under P2P technology, the more computers storing a film, the faster it can be downloaded by others. Although Thursday's announcement was made by "NBC Universal," the company indicated that NBC programs will not be included in the package of about 100 films that are expected to become available on Peer Impact.

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New Storage System May Make All DVDs Obsolete


Threatening to make both competing high-definition DVD systems, Blu-Ray and HD DVD, quickly obsolete, a holographic storage system that can store up to 300GB on a single disc is expected to hit the market by this time next year, Britain's New Scientist magazine is reporting in its current issue. The magazine noted that the technology behind it could eventually be developed to store up to 1.6 terabytes on a disk, the equivalent of 300 DVDs. Moreover, it noted, the system employs a laser light unit that allows information to be transferred in a single flash, thereby lowering production costs. The system is being developed jointly by InPhase Technologies and Hitachi.

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NBC Shows Coming To Your iPod (And PC)

NBC Universal announced today (Tuesday) that it will make programs from its NBC broadcast network, the USA cable network, Sci If Channel and other cable outlets available for downloading from Apple's iTunes Music Store. Among the shows that will become available -- for $1.99 per download -- are Law & Order, The Office, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Surface, Monk, and Battlestar Galactica. A number of "classic" NBC shows will also be purchaseable, including episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Dragnet, Adam-12 and Knight Rider.The programs are also expected to include highlights from the upcoming Winter Olympics. Apple said that, with the earlier announced programs from Disney's ABC and the Disney channel, it can now offer 300 episodes from 16 TV shows that can be viewed on personal computers or its iPod devices. Meanwhile, ESPN chief George Bodenheimer, who is also president of ABC Sports, said that the cable sports network is also considering distributing some of its programs via the Apple service. Speaking to the annual UBS Securities Conference in New York, Bodenheimer said, "Consistent with ESPN's position as a platform-agnostic distributor, we serve any platform we can."

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CBS and UPN -- On Your Cell Phone


Amp'd Mobile, which says it aims to provide unique entertainment programming to users of video cell phones, targeting especially the youth market, said Monday that it had signed an exclusive deal with CBS and UPN that will enable it to offer clips and behind-the-scenes content from CBS's CSI:NY, Numb3rs, The King of Queens, and Late Night with Dave Letterman as wells as UPN's America's Next Top Model, Everybody Hates Chris and Girlfriends. Amp'd plans to launch its service later this month.

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Another ABC Hit Series Coming To Your Computer


ABC's Commander in Chief has been added to the list of TV shows that can be downloaded from Apple's iTunes Music Store. Each episode of the hit series will become available online the day after it airs for $1.99. Past episodes can also be downloaded. The TV shows can be viewed on virtually any personal computer or on Apple's video iPod device. ABC had earlier announced that episodes of three other shows were also available for downloading, Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Night Stalker. (Night Stalker was canceled last month after its first six episodes failed to attract a significant audience.)

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CBS Streams Four Sitcoms On Web -- This Week Only

CBS, trying like the rest of the networks to figure out how to use the Internet advantageously, announced Monday that it will offer two episodes of Two and a Half Men and two episodes of How I Met Your Mother for free via the Yahoo! website. The webcasts are being "streamed" -- that is, they cannot be downloaded onto a PC or watched on portable video players. Moreover, they will only be available for viewing for one week. CBS execs said that the experiment was an effort to attract younger viewers who spend more time at PCs than older ones. One CBS exec told Daily Variety that this week was selected because many young people may have received personal computers for Christmas presents and are out of school for the holidays. Meanwhile NBC has made available for downloading from Apple's iTunes Music Store a free Saturday Night Live parody music video featuring Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg.

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Disney Pouring Content Online


In an apparent response to NBC's recent deal with Apple Computer to make available an array of its hit shows for downloading from the iTunes Store, the Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it was expanding its own deal with Apple. The company said that its ESPN/ABC Sports unit will provide "condensed versions" of the Fiesta, Sugar, Orange and Rose Bowls the day after they air. In addition, Disney will provide episodes of Wildfire from ABC Family Channel, episodes of Kim Possible and Proud Family from the Disney Channel, episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos and School House Rock from ABC, and the classic Disney cartoons The Three Little Pigs and The Tortoise and the Hare. Each download will cost $1.99. In addition, ABC News will provide without charge (but with ads) segments from Good Morning America and World News Tonight.

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Portable media, connected devices key show themes By Sinead Carew and Kenneth Li
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As the biggest U.S. technology trade show officially gets underway on Thursday, the twin themes of portable digital media and myriad devices connected to the Internet underscore how entertainment has broken free of the living room.

The big Asian electronics makers, automakers, computer and phone companies will be out in force at the Consumer Electronics Show, also known as CES, in Las Vegas, aiming to define their role as new technologies blur the lines between industries and allow for media on the go.

In years past, many insisted that the PC might overtake television as the prime way consumers enjoy digital entertainment, but with the proliferation of flat-panel TVs and portable viewing devices, the contest is now more multifaceted. No one device will likely dominate.

Stitching it all together will require elegant software that makes devices -- from media centers to handheld gizmos to PCs to cell phones -- easy to use and intuitive, executives said.

"The software is where the magic is. If you're going to have all this power be simple enough, appealing enough and cool enough, it's going to be because the software is right," Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates said in an interview with Reuters before his Wednesday evening keynote speech at CES.

On Wednesday a host of companies announced a slew of new gizmos.

Wireless broadcast tower operator Crown Castle International Corp. said it plans to launch broadcast television in several top U.S. markets this year and hopes to deliver video and audio services to products such as cellphones and portable media players.

Japan's Toshiba Corp. and Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news). both plan to start selling their HD DVD players in the United States this year. Toshiba and Sony, leading rival camps, have waged a three-year battle to have their different standards adopted for the new DVDs, which promise much greater capacity for high-definition movies.

Palm Inc. said it has started selling its Treo mobile phone powered by Microsoft software, a device that could help Palm compete against Research In Motion's Blackberry device for corporate customers.

On Thursday, Paul Otellini, the chief executive of Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, will discuss the company's plans to overhaul its brand and hasten its diversification from depending mostly on microprocessors for its sales growth and profits amid a maturing PC market.

Howard Stringer, the CEO of Sony, also gives a keynote address, on Thursday, as does Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Inc., the world's biggest PC maker.

(Additional reporting by Franklin Paul and Daisuke Wakabayashi)

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ABC To Distribute BBC News Reports For Broadband, Wireless

The British Broadcasting Corp. will make about 40 video news clips available daily in the United States and Canada for Internet and cellphone subscribers through a deal with ABC News. BBC News producers will choose segments on top world and U.K. news, along with topical items such as entertainment, business and technology news. ABC did not say when it will begin offering the clips. Nor did the network disclose pricing details, including whether clips will be sold separately or as a package, and whether they will be free to subscribers of its existing $40-a-year premium video package. "We are still in the process of considering our options," ABC spokeswoman Megan Mollmann said. BBC and ABC would not disclose financial terms of the deal. Under the arrangement, ABC is the exclusive distributor of BBC News on-demand footage for broadband and wireless subscribers in the United States and Canada. The BBC said it is the first deal of its kind. "ABC News and the BBC share a desire to reach consumers anytime, on any device and anywhere across the globe," said Bernard Gershon, general manager for the ABC News Digital Media Group. Early this year, The Associated Press is launching an ad-supported online video news network using technology and advertising support from Microsoft. The service will feature about 50 stories per day and be available free of charge to AP's 3,500 newspaper and broadcast members, who are to share in the revenues generated by the network based on how much traffic they generate.

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'Saturday Night' Can Now Be Any Night

Fans of Saturday Night Live will be able to watch classic skits from the show any night of the week by paying $1.99 to download them through Apple's iTunes Music Store, NBC said Monday. They can be viewed on personal computers or on Apple's video iPod. NBC had originally provided SNL's spoof rapper video "Lazy Sunday" for free downloading on the iTunes store after copies of it were uploaded illegally onto numerous websites following its broadcast on Dec. 17.

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