Top digital lifestyle news
We kicked off the week with news of SoundExchange’s decision not to immediately enforce new royalty rates for Internet radio, which were due to go into effect last Sunday. While it means that our favorite music services, such as Pandora, can carry on operating for the time being, it doesn’t mean that Internet radio is safe just yet. Negotiations continue.
It’s here again, the Halo Effect — only this time it isn’t an iPod helping to increase sales of Apple computers. It’s the iPhone possibly affecting the sales of Apple products and introducing mobile video to a larger audience. Research carried out by Interpret showed that 63 percent of iPhone users have already used the device to watch video, compared with just 28 percent of regular cell phone owners using video-enabled equipment.
CinemaNow, which offers paid movie and TV show downloads (rental and to-own), has updated its Media Manager software so that content from its store can be streamed from a PC to the XBox 360. This represents the latest move by CinemaNow to get its service to work across multiple devices and platforms, from portable media players, media extenders, set-top-boxes, and Internet-connected televisions such as HP’s upcoming line of MediaSmart LCD TVs.
According to a survey carried out by iSuppli, nearly two-thirds of U.S. consumers want their televisions to link to the Internet. This, it’s suggested, could path the way for an explosion in sales of network-enabled consumer electronics devices in the next few years.
More digital lifestyle news:
- “MusicPal”, Freecom’s new portable Internet radio
- Television networks seek connections to viewers through Twitter
- VeohTV could feel the wrath of content owners
Our first feature of the week was part two of our series exploring Microsoft’s Internet TV strategy. We looked in-depth at the company’s three main television products: Windows Media Center, Xbox 360, and Mediaroom (formerly Microsoft TV IPTV Edition), as well as what Microsoft may have planned for the future.
Next up we reviewed Miro (formerly known as Democracy Player), which is an open-source Internet TV application that combines a media player and library, content guide, video search engine, as well as podcast and BitTorrent clients. Developed by the Participatory Culture Foundation, Miro aims to make online video “as easy as watching TV”, while at the same time ensuring that the new medium remains accessible to everyone, through its support for open standards.
And finally, in a post titled ‘Google wants to do for TV what it did for the Web‘, we analyzed comments made by Vincent Dureau, Google’s head of TV technology, in his opening keynote at iTV Con – a trade show conference dedicated to Internet TV. It seems that Google might be aiming to create versions of search and Adsense for InternetTV, to match what they did in the 90’s and early part of this century for the Web.
Video of the week
The week’s video podcast review was Revision3’s “InDigital”, a show all about gadgets. Billed as “Your Life in Gear”, “InDigital” explores the devices of our digital lifestyles: cameras, camcorders, cell phones, GPS, media centers, HD Radio, music players, computers, accessories.
That a wrap for the week. Have a nice weekend!