Weekly wrapup, 10 – 14 December 2007

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Radiohead have ended their pay-what-you-want experiment. Fans can no longer purchase “In Rainbows” as a digital download from the band’s website as they gear up for a general CD release of their new album.

The pay-what-you-want model lives on, however, as comedian Steve Hofstetter is asking fans to name their own price for his latest album “The Dark Side of the Room”.

In Internet TV-related news, providing more evidence of their anybody-but-iTunes strategy, shows from NBC will be available on Fanfare, SanDisk’s newly launched Windows-only video download service. The initial content lineup will include “The Office”, “Heroes” and “30 Rock.” Meanwhile, Vudu’s set-top box (see our review) has landed some television content of its own. TV episodes from Fox are now available for purchase priced at $1.99 each (the same price as TV shows on Apple’s iTunes Store). The lineup covers twelve shows including “24″, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Family Guy”, and “My Name is Earl”.

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We had three great feature-posts this week, starting off with a guest post by Muhammad Saleem who interviewed the blogger behind OPENhulu — a unofficial site which offers a way to access Hulu’s videos without requiring a Beta account.

In a post titled ‘Where to watch NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL online‘, Dan Langendorf looked at the Internet offerings of the four major U.S. sports leagues.

And in our second guest post of the week, Guinevere Orvis wrote a fascinating piece on the way television networks are experimenting with “unofficial” but sanctioned BitTorrent leaks of new TV shows, and using the response as a way of measuring demand.

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

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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