Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Wednesday Media Digest

* open access: deal Wellcome Trust with Blackwell, Springer, Oxford Univ Press (funded published research must be posted online immediately)

* Gartner: sharing and recommendations drive purchases
* Microsoft integrates MTV’s ‘DNA’ in new Media Player to form ‘Urge’ (2m tracks), 2006

* Illegal P2P US: fell in October to 5.7m households from 6.4m in June (NPD Group)

* Digital transition US: House passes bill (Feb 17, 2009; $1.5 bn in subsidies for converters)
* PVR: ReplayTV (= D&M Holdings) transforms into software provider, deal with Hauppauge for WinTV-PVR card (tune in and record tv)
* HDTV: Charter, JVC, Mitsubishi Digital, NBC Universal, Samsung and Sun establish HANA (High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance) with ARM, Freescale, Pulse-Link (view, pause, record 5+ channels simultaneously; 1 STB and 1 remote for the home; share content through the home, add devices with 1 cable; HDTVs, DVD players, PVRs, STBs, home theaters)
* Place-shifting: Brightcove orders Flash Video 8 encoding from On2 Technologies

* DVD: HP supports HD-DVD (as well as Blu-ray)

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