Weekly wrapup, 26 – 30 November 2007

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Verizon, the number two U.S. carrier, received a pat on the back from many in the tech blogosphere by announcing that they are opening up their network to any phone and any software application, meaning that consumers will have more choice over the devices and software they use on Verizon’s mobile network. However, last100’s Dan Langendorf was less than impressed, saying the move “is nothing more than Verizon counter-punching in a high-stakes heavyweight bout between the carriers, Google, the government, and consumers.”

As if to add weight to Dan’s cynicism towards Verizon, Google officially confirmed it will be bidding in the upcoming mobile spectrum auction . But how intent is the company on winning?

In Internet TV-related news this week…

The three major British terrestrial TV networks – the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 – have announced an initiative, known as “Kangaroo”, to develop a combined service for accessing their on-demand and catch-up services.

Following a successful experiment with “The Daily Show”, MTV Networks says that it plans to make every episode of “South Park” available free online sometime next year, as part of the company’s wider distribution strategy “to reach consumers everywhere”.

Netflix has signed a deal with NBC Universal to offer online episodes of “Heroes” and past episodes of other series such as “30 Rock”, “Friday Night Lights”, and “The Office.” Netflix subscribers will have the option of watching these shows immediately on their computers at Netflix.com or on DVD.

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Dan Langendorf took Deutsche Grammophon’s new online classical music store for a spin and declared it a “wonderful” experience, noting the availability of competitively priced and high quality DRM-free downloads.

In a post titled ‘Why the AppleTV is outdated already‘, last100 editor Steve O’Hear notes that the online video landscape has changed dramatically since the AppleTV was launched last January. With so many disparate Internet TV services now on offer — both paid-for and ad-supported — “for Apple to make a real success of the AppleTV the company will need to forgo revenue from the iTunes Store or at least break iTunes’ monopoly in relation to the company’s set-top-box”, argues Steve.

That’s a wrap for the week. Enjoy the rest of the weekend readers!

last100 is edited by Steve O'Hear. Aside from founding last100, Steve is co-founder and CEO of Beepl and a freelance journalist who has written for numerous publications, including TechCrunch, The Guardian, ZDNet, ReadWriteWeb and Macworld, and also wrote and directed the Silicon Valley documentary, In Search of the Valley. See his full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.

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