Following the news last week that Canadian broadcaster CBC would be releasing a TV show through BitTorrent as a free and legal (DRM-free) download, we published the inside story courtesy of last100’s Guinevere Orvis. In a post titled ‘Inside story: the making of a legal TV torrent‘, Guinevere, who worked on the CBS project, wrote: “Why in the year 2008, seven years after BitTorrent’s birth and a lifetime in Internet years is this a groundbreaking thing? Let’s break down what it takes to get a legal torrent going and maybe we’ll get some answers.”
In our recent Year in review (2007) for digital music, we predicted that the idea of a music flat-rate or so-called music “tax” would be one model that will be pushed hard by the major record labels in 2008. Universal Music Group, publicly at least, has been most committed to the idea. First, by touting its own Total Music plan, and then through announcing a partnership with Nokia as part of the handset maker’s “Comes With Music” offering. Now it seems that Warner Music has been handed the flat-rate baton.
More digital lifestyle news
- Whether people want it or not, AT&T will deliver live mobile TV in May
- Nokia hopeful of signing up all four major labels for all-you-can-eat music offering
- Motorola’s decline in mobile industry has been coming for a long time
- 3G iPhone said to be imminent – will it help UK sales?
- Sony BMG has a (half-baked) plan for a subscription music service
- Report: Two record labels ready to sign on for new MySpace Music
- Forget about getting any work done, every episode of “South Park” now available online
That’s a wrap for the week!