Internet TV news
Google has made its own contribution to solving the PC to TV problem with the release of Google Media Server. The Windows-only software works in conjunction with Google’s desktop search application – Google Desktop – to locate various media (photos, music and video) stored on your PC and make it available for streaming over a home network to any UPnP compatible or DLNA ‘certified’ device, such as a PlayStation 3.
Sony will be rolling out its much-rumored movie and TV video download service this summer in the U.S., followed by Japan and Europe later in the year.
It’s been long rumored that Netflix may be coming to gaming consoles like the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Unfortunately, you still have to wait for that to officially happen. Fortunately, at least for a few Xbox 360 owners, there is a work-around.
For a flat fee of $24.99 (approx. £12.65) tennis fans can stream live matches to their PCs (Mac and Linux are not supported) or download up to 250 matches in the .wmv format after the match is complete. It’s a great way to catch matches that may, or may not, be broadcast on the TSN and NBC networks.
NBC, the sole U.S. broadcaster for the 2008 Summer Olympics Games in Beijing, will allow consumers to download any event to watch on their personal computers for free. That’s as long as you use Microsoft Vista Home Premium or Ultimate edition. This means millions of XP users, not to mention Mac and Linux folks, will be left on the sideline, so to speak.
While attending the CONNECTIONS 2008 expo, the good people over at eHomeUpgrade recorded a video demo of ZeeVee’s recently announced PC to TV solution, the ZvBox. In our previous coverage we described the device as “an interesting way of getting Internet TV, or other content originating from a computer, to be displayed on any number of HDTV’s around the home.”
The big mobile news this week: Nokia’s decision to acquire the remaining 52 per cent of Symbian it doesn’t already own and make the mobile platform open source. The ambition, says Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, is to create “the most attractive platform for mobile innovation and drive the development of new and compelling web-enabled applications.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, mobile phones powered by the Google-led Android platform – the so-called GPhone – are unlikely to see the light of day until the fourth quarter of this year at the earliest or, more likely, early next year. Perhaps not all that surprising considering that Google elected not to build its own hardware, and instead is working with over 30 partners to bring Android-based handsets to market.
Nokia’s spending spree this week wasn’t limited to buying out Symbian. The world’s largest handset manufacturer is purchasing Plazes, the location-based social networking service that’s based in Berlin with all of 13 employees. Plazes, founded in 2005, lets people alert their friends about what they are doing and where they are — sort of Twitter and Loopt rolled into one. Users can subscribe to their friends, a group of friends, or to specific locations known as “Plazes.”
This one is obvious but cool nonetheless. With the launch of the App Store next month, Apple will release free software that lets you control iTunes on your Mac (or PC, we presume) via an iPhone or iPod touch.
Podcast: RWW Live
Last month ReadWriteTalk (a regular podcast in which the show’s host Sean Ammirati talks to “The People Behind The Web”) launched a new bi-weekly feature called RWW Live. The idea is to get together a number of writers from the ReadWriteWeb blog network (that includes last100!) for a live discussion on recent events in the technology world. In episode 2, we discuss the imminent launch of iPhone 3G.
That’s a wrap for the week. Thanks for reading!