So what happens when a provider, let’s say Google, kills their digital media pay service?
After August 15, 2007, you will no longer be able to view your purchased or rented videos.
Sucks, don’t it? Continue Reading…
As anyone running freeware HTPC DVR software already knows Zap2It will cease to provide free guide data as of 9/1. While I’m sure there’ll be (already are?) solutions that scrape or import programming info (from somewhere), Schedules Direct is attempting to fill the void with a pay service of $5/mo. Wonder how many PC users will migrate to Windows MCE, BeyondTV, or SageTV (all of which include guide data)? Hard core MythTV (Linux) users march to the beat of a different drummer – I don’t foresee them migrating anywhere. In fact, the majority of Schedules Direct’s board is comprised of MythTV representatives. Though it’s yet to be seen how many of these free software aficionados will actually pay up…
Didn’t I say Apple would be getting social? Still nothing for Safari though… Hm. Anyhow, this is a small step in the right direction by providing personalized iTunes-related RSS feeds and graphical badges of various categories, color schemes, and sizes. Of course Apple isn’t being entirely altruistic here — they hope to mobilize customers in advertising iTunes content.
iTunes is giving you an effortless way to keep your friends up-to-date with your favorite music, TV shows, movies, and more. My iTunes widgets are simple, self-updating add-ons for your web page, social-networking profile, or blog.
Use My iTunes to share your top reviews, favorite artists, and new music, movies, and TV shows from the iTunes Store with anyone who visits your site. You can also use the My iTunes feed with any standard RSS or ATOM feed reader.
And never mind those random musical selections to the right. I have no idea who they belong to. Jerry Was A Race Car Driver? Yick!
Speaking publicly on the recent Patent Office decisions… Both TiVo and EchoStar appear to hope for the best while appeasing (or is that calming?) their stock holders via the press.
“The patent office affirmed the majority of the claims of the patent including two that the jury found that EchoStar infringed,” he said. “The finding of infringement of one claim is all TiVo needs to prevail against EchoStar. “We do not believe that the ongoing process of re-examining the other claims will have any impact on the appeal of the jury’s determination that Echostar infringed on TiVo’s patent,” he said.
“Based on our current analysis of the case, including the appellate record and other factors, we believe it is more likely than not that we will prevail on appeal,” EchoStar said.