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FREE Olympic downloads from NBC

NBC to Offer Free, Automatic Downloads through “Olympics On the Go” [Olympics]


I’m not a huge Olympics fan, but NBC is partnering with digital content provider Wavexpress to provide some pretty remarkable coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Dubbed “Olympics On the Go,” Vista Media Center users will be able to schedule their favorite summer events to download automagically to their PCs or laptops (through TVTonic). Clips will come in “up-to-HD quality,” meaning that at least some of the downloads will be good enough to be worth watching. And it’s all free. The only catch seems to be that there’s no mention of Zune syncing, but what good is synchronized swimming on such a small screen anyway?

Wavexpress to Provide Internet Video Download Service for NBC’s Coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games

Free Service to Allow Media Center Users the Ability to Download Content During NBC’s Coverage of the Beijing Olympics, August 8-24, 2008

NEW YORK – June 23, 2008 – Wavexpress, a provider of broadband media technology and services, majority-owned by Wave Systems Corp. (NASDAQ: WAVX), has been selected by NBC Universal, Inc., to develop, host, and support a service for viewing NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Microsoft’s Windows Vista Media Center. The announcement was made today by Perkins Miller, Senior Vice President, Digital Media, NBC Sports and Olympics, and Michael Sprague, President of Wavexpress.

The “NBC Olympics on the Go” service will take advantage of Wavexpress’ TVTonic Internet video service to allow Media Center users to watch channels of NBC’s coverage of Olympic events in up-to-HD quality on the go on their laptop. The free service will enable viewers to watch NBC’s extensive coverage of the Beijing Games on a sport-by-sport basis, with channels designated to match the hundreds of events included in the Games. Users can simply sign up for the channels they are interested in, and the service will automatically synchronize NBC’s video clips as they become available, so viewers will have a fresh slate of Olympic content to watch on their morning commute.

“This service will provide a fantastic viewing experience for Olympic fans with Windows Vista Media Center,” said Sprague. “They can choose their favorite sports, from diving to water polo to gymnastics, and extended coverage is automatically synchronized to their PC in the middle of the night. With a laptop, they will get a high-quality video experience to view on the train, the plane, or in the college quad.”

“As we prepare to broadcast the Beijing Olympic Games, we are committed to reaching as many viewers as possible,” said Miller. “Our partnership with Wavexpress will enable us to reach viewers seeking high-quality in-depth coverage of the wide range of sports that make up the Olympics. The service will especially appeal to fast-paced fans who want to catch up on their favorite sports offline.”

(Via Gizmodo)

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NBC was just being greedy…

NBC was just being greedy…
Apple said to be ‘much more flexible than people presume'”

For months if not years, it has been believed that Apple wouldn’t budge off its one-size-fits-all pricing pricing policy. Today, we learn that that’s not entirely true.

Hollywood Reporter reports, as is its wont, that Apple and the major networks / production houses are discussing variable pricing for TV content.

“The conversations I’ve had with them over the last quarter are markedly different than they were a year or two ago,” said one insider. “Apple is much more flexible than people presume.

Apparently, that presumption was probably unfair to begin with, says the Hollywood Reporter, given that sources suggest that it wasn’t Apple but NBC that was being stubborn in their previous negotiation stalemate. Not only was NBC pushing to “test” a $4.99 price point, but it also wanted to institute dynamic pricing, an experimental new technology that recalibrates price based on consumer demand.

In addition to variable and dynamic pricing, content companies likely wish to quibble over Apple’s revenue split, which is assumed to be 70 / 30.

On the bright side, iTunes has taken some heat on its message boards for HBO’s multiple price points, but not everyone has a problem with it. As one poster wrote, The Sopranos on VHS: $10. The Sopranos on DVD: $40. The Sopranos on my iPod: priceless.”

Herding cats

Although Apple’s silence on just about every issue has in this case worked to the advantage of the content owners, their number and lack of inhibition regarding talk made it just a matter of time before they told on themselves.

If one adds in the number of studios, all squirming for the biggest slice they can get, to the list of “issues” Apple has to deal with in order to bring TV and movie content to iTunes, it becomes fairly clear that crafting a deal that everyone can accept will be extremely difficult if not impossible. As has previously been the case, Apple is the studios’ first, last and best hope for a deal…

(Via Insanely Great Mac.)

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Hulu thrives!

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Hulu, the video website owned by News Corp and NBC Universal, said on Tuesday its service will be distributed on seven new sites, making its archive of popular television shows more widely available.

The deals come as usage on Hulu and its partner sites exceeded all U.S. television network websites — including those owned by its founders — in its first month since launching publicly, Hulu said, citing Nielsen’s VideoCensus data.

Hulu videos will now be distributed on entertainment and social network sites TV.com, TVGuide.com, BuddyTV.com, Flixster.com, MyYearbook.com, Break.com and Zap2it.com, said Hulu Chief Executive Jason Kilar at the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit.

Hulu, which hosts free episodes of current shows such as “The Simpsons” and “The Office” as well as past hits like “WKRP In Cincinnati,” is showing early signs of success in a market dominated by Google Inc’s YouTube.

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(Via Reuters: Technology News.)

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Could Apple and NBC make up?

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Apple and NBC were embroiled in a feud last year over iTunes pricing. But signs point to a thaw in the frosty relations between the two companies, as NBC shows have appeared on the U.K. version of the iTunes Store.

(Via Macworld.)

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Free Episodes of 30 Rock and the Office on iPhone!

NBC Streaming Full Episodes of 30 Rock and the Office to iPhones (for Free, No Ads!) [IPhone]


Even though there’s no love lost between NBC and iTunes, that doesn’t mean NBC doesn’t love you! At least if you’ve got an iPhone or iPod touch. They’re streaming full episodes of 30 Rock and The Office to iPhones (and touches) in Quicktime, for free, with NO ads. They work, nicely, but the major catch is that if you exit Safari, you’ve gotta re-DL all over again, and the files are huge, so is this Wi-Fi only, really. This looks weird for NBC, but it’s really not.

They’re putting their shows out online in a million different ways (you can even download 30 Rock, The Office, Conan and Leno direct to your desktop now) and more than happy to pipe ’em to you, as long as it’s in a controlled sandbox of some sort. NBC Direct requires a walled-garden player install with loads of DRM, and they wanted copyright controls from Apple and Microsoft to give just two examples, not to mention Hulu. It’s sorta surprising that the Quicktime feed for iPhone is unprotected, but theoretically it’s restricted to two devices. You know, if they’d just relax a bit, overall, they’d be in a good place online.

(Via Gizmodo.)

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After abandoning iTunes, NBC shows up on Zune…..hmmmm

After abandoning iTunes, NBC shows up on Zune
After a pricing spat with Apple led NBC to pull its video content from iTunes, the broadcaster has struck a deal with Microsoft’s Zune online store.

(Via Macworld.)

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Nnn – Bee – Cee! Wants back on iTunes.

6681BA30-C7C3-40FA-AA8E-D7FCA5450BE4.jpgSAN FRANCISCO–NBC Universal would like to have its TV shows distributed once again through Apple’s iTunes service, a top executive said Wednesday, but he called for antipiracy measures to help protect his business’ revenue.

George Kliavkoff, chief digital officer at NBC Universal, didn’t specifically mention Apple by name in his request, but it was clear he had the iPod maker in mind when it came to combating people’s consumption of pirated content.

George Kliavkoff, chief digital officer at NBC Universal
(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET Networks)
“If you look at studies about MP3 players, especially leading MP3 players and what portion of that content is pirated, and think about how that content gets onto that device, it has to go through a gatekeeping piece of software, which would be a convenient place to put some antipiracy measures,” Kliavkoff said in an onstage interview at the Ad:Tech conference here. “One of the big issues for NBC is piracy. We are financially harmed every day by piracy. It results in us not being able to invest as much money in the next generation of film and TV products.”

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aGEEKspot #5

Breaking News – Today Apple updated the iPhones memory to 16GB and the iPod Touch memory to 32GB. Both are selling for $499.


News – Amazon.com trumps iTunes and starts to sell NBC TV shows. So was it all a big lie when Apple reported that NBC wanted to raise their ($1.99 per episode) TV show prices?

Curious that soon after, all NBC material was pulled from iTunes, but then showed up a few months later on Amazon for, get this, ten cents cheaper! ($1.89 per episode -TV Pass Price). What gives????

So it’s good news for all you fans of The Office, Heroes, House and the nerd’s favorite, Chuck. But ONLY if you are downloading to a PC. That’s right – all you MAC fans are out of luck…..or maybe not. Reviews of the service report a number of negatives including long downloads and no Mac, iPod, Apple TV or Zune compatibility. I say why bother….


So, even if you can’t get that movie from Amazon on your iPod, at least you can still rent a movie from iTunes and watch it on your trusty old video iPod…….Whatttttt, you can’t???

Wired News reports that some relatively late-model iPod owners are discovering that their devices don’t work with Apple’s newly-launched iTunes video rentals — even though those iPod models have a video playback feature. Looks like if you want to rent a movie, you have to upgrade!


What starts with a ‘Yah’ and ends with a ‘oo’ and is worth $44.6 Billion dollars? Yahoo, of course! That’s billion with a B – no wonder their commercial screams YYYYYAAAAHHHHOOOOO! According to: NEW YORK (Reuters) – Technology giant Microsoft Corp said on Friday that it had offered to acquire Internet media company Yahoo Inc for $44.6 billion in cash and stock. Look out Google, big bad Microsoft is coming to get ya – (hoo)!


Rumor – Not so fast, Mr. Gates! The rumor is: Apple, InterActiveCorp, and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp are believed to be considering rival bids for Yahoo as well.


The Gadget of the Week – Sharing is caring. Straight from their website:miShare is a smart little gadget for sharing files and playlists between iPods. No computer or cable is needed, and it’s super easy to use. Just attach the source and target iPods and press miShare’s big button to start the transfer. It’s nice to share. 🙂


Tip – Do you have a Mac and your PC buddies keep sending you WMV files that you can’t watch? Suffer no more, my friends. Check out flip4mac.com for a free download and now you too can watch that skateboarding dog through your Quicktime player! It also lets you play Windows media using the Safari web browser. There are a few upgrades that can be purchased if needed.


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