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Copyright Extension: A Way To Protect Hollywood From Having To Compete With The Past

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There has been plenty of talk over the years about why we keep extending copyright. Of course, we've discussed the infamous Mickey Mouse Curve, showing how copyright extension always seems to happen whenever Mickey Mouse is going to hit the public domain. However, Julian Sanchez notes that this doesn't explain...
Copyright Extension: A Way To Protect Hollywood From Having To Compete With The Past

Ban Removal Could Take PlayStation, Xbox And Wii To China

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Chinese authorities may be considering lifting a longstanding ban on games consoles. An official Chinese newspaper has stirred up much excitement today with the news that China may be about to lift a ban on games consoles it imposed in 2000. The original ban was said to be in...
Ban Removal Could Take PlayStation, Xbox And Wii To China

Amazon's "AutoRip" Service Goes Live, Giving Customers Free MP3s For CDs Purchased On Amazon As Far Back As 1998 (Hands On)

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Amazon is today introducing a new service called Amazon AutoRip, which automatically gives customers free MP3 versions of any CDs they’ve purchased from Amazon since the launch of its Music Store back in 1998. Customers will also have access to a growing number of new releases. The digital music is being placed...
Amazon's "AutoRip" Service Goes Live, Giving Customers Free MP3s For CDs Purchased On Amazon As Far Back As 1998 (Hands On)

For those about to rock, Apple salutes you with the release of AC/DC's catalogue on iTunes

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Get your strange adult school uniform on and prepare to rock out if you’re an AC/DC fan. The entire back catalog including all 16 studio albums is now available digitally on iTunes. Fans of the Aussie rock band can now find their songs remastered for iTunes. The catalog includes, The...
For those about to rock, Apple salutes you with the release of AC/DC's catalogue on iTunes

Blockbuster Brings New Releases to Android, Windows Mobile Phones

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Blockbuster is bringing its OnDemand service to both Windows Mobile and Google Android phones, starting March 24th with the launch of the T-Mobile HTC HD2 smartphone. On that device, Blockbuster customers will be able to download and watch new releases directly on their mobile phones while also gaining access to...
Blockbuster Brings New Releases to Android, Windows Mobile Phones
Review: Expanding Horizons with Forza Horizon

When It Comes To Media Devices, Being First Never Means Being Best

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Our good buddy Farhad Manjoo writes over at Slate that he believes Microsoft has already beaten Apple at the living room game. Why buy an Apple TV – either in its current form or in some sort of Siri-powered large-screen LCD form (which we’ll call ATV) – when your Xbox...
When It Comes To Media Devices, Being First Never Means Being Best

Disney Chooses Netflix As Its Exclusive Distributor Beginning In 2016

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Shock generally isn't an emotion I feel when I come across a story to write for Techdirt. Anger? Sure. Sadness? Of course. Dismay? You know it. But not shock. I can't say that's true in this instance. Recall two recent stories we've had about Netflix. The first is a piece...
Disney Chooses Netflix As Its Exclusive Distributor Beginning In 2016

Miramax arrives on Lovefilm to let you relive the golden age of Weinsteins

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Miramax has reached a deal with Lovefilm to get its back-catalog of award-winning films available on-demand in the UK and Germany. It's an unsurprising move given the company has similar deals in place with Netflix and Hulu to let you watch classics like Pulp Fiction, Clerks and Trainspotting whenever...
Miramax arrives on Lovefilm to let you relive the golden age of Weinsteins

Scholarly sharing site Academia.edu spruces up its profiles to highlight user achievements

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Academia.edu, the platform for boffins to share research papers, has done its homework and spruced up its pages to make more of scholarly achievement. Academics use the site to share their work, monitor analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of others. Over a million academics...
Scholarly sharing site Academia.edu spruces up its profiles to highlight user achievements
All-you-can-read tablet mags…unless you have iPad or Kindle Fire

Amazon AutoRip arrives in the UK, offers free MP3 versions for over 350,000 CDs

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American Amazon shoppers have been offered free MP3 versions of their back catalog of music purchases since January and now Brits are getting the same deal, with vinyl tracks thrown in for good measure. Any CDs or vinyl (and even cassettes!) bought since 1999 will now be added to...
Amazon AutoRip arrives in the UK, offers free MP3 versions for over 350,000 CDs
HBO Go and MAX Go now available on Cablevision

Outlook Running All Hotmail Accounts Now, Says Microsoft

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Alas poor Hotmail, we knew it well. Earlier this year Microsoft announced that it was pensioning off the backend of Hotmail and replacing it with its Outlook mail system. Well, it's now done, says Redmond. All 300 million-plus Hotmail accounts have now been switcheroo-ed with the newer, fancier system,...
Outlook Running All Hotmail Accounts Now, Says Microsoft
Comcast gives subscribers one more reason to quit Netflix

From The Archives: The Poker Analogy

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I've written 5,680 posts according to Typepad. There are a lot of gems in the back catalog here at AVC. So I'm occasionally going to feature old and possibly forgotten posts under the tagline From The Archives. I've been playing a lot of poker while on our ski vacation. The...
From The Archives: The Poker Analogy

Hackers Steal Michael Jackson Catalogue from Sony

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Two men face charges in last year's theft of the singer's entire back catalog, which includes unreleased collaborations....
Hackers Steal Michael Jackson Catalogue from Sony

Sky and NBC Universal extend content deal with exclusive movie rental window

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Sky's war against its VOD rivals could be won before a single shot is fired in anger, thanks to the company's practice of signing exclusive contracts with major Hollywood players. Today, it's extended its contract with NBC Universal, giving Sky exclusive distribution rights to the studio's movies and access...
Sky and NBC Universal extend content deal with exclusive movie rental window

Would You Pay $10 a Month for Hulu?

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Hulu is one step closer to rolling out a premium subscription plan, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. The web video startup is reportedly going to charge users $9.95 a month for access to a larger library of video content than is currently available through its free,...
Would You Pay $10 a Month for Hulu?

Marvel Unlimited for iOS appears, brings comics subscriptions to iPhones and iPads for $60 a year

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Fans who follow the goings on in the Marvel universe just got a better way to do so... assuming they own an iOS device. With the debut of the Marvel Unlimited app, iPhone and iPad owners can now access Marvel's full 13,000 issue back catalog for a mere $60...
Marvel Unlimited for iOS appears, brings comics subscriptions to iPhones and iPads for $60 a year
Libsyn Offers MyLibsyn, A Cross-Platform Premium Content Repository For Podcasters
Netflix wraps up streaming rights for new Disney, Marvel, and Pixar films starting in 2016

Amazon Instant Video Scores Deal With Scripps Networks, For HGTV, DIY, Food Network, Travel Channel & More

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Amazon is again announcing an expansion to its Amazon Instant Video lineup, with today’s addition of back catalog content from Scripps Networks, home to HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel. The deal involves “hundreds” of episodes of past seasons, and is notable for being the first...
Amazon Instant Video Scores Deal With Scripps Networks, For HGTV, DIY, Food Network, Travel Channel & More

Nintendo's Hardware Problem

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Nintendo's Hardware Problem: Some good follow-up thoughts by Marco Arment on my thoughts about Nintendo. Arment is of course right that Nintendo wants to remain in the hardware business because when things are going well, it's a much better business to be in. But things aren't going well. And I'm...
Nintendo's Hardware Problem
Nintendo proves it doesn't "get" the Web with the Wii Mini

Government-backed movie streaming service coming to China in Q4, bringing Paramount titles along

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Government-helmed China Movie Channel's site M1905 announced this week that it's joining forces with Jiaflix -- a consortium comprised of Hollywood-types like former Columbia exec Sid Ganis -- to launch a movie streaming service in China. The still unnamed offering is set to stream both Chinese and international films,...
Government-backed movie streaming service coming to China in Q4, bringing Paramount titles along

Sky inks deal with Sony Pictures to boost its exclusive movie content on Sky Movies and Now TV

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Tightening its vice-like grip on movie content in the UK, Sky has announced a new deal with Sony Pictures Television that will allow its Sky Movies and Now TV customers to enjoy exclusive access to the studio’s blockbuster movies six months after they hit theaters, offering films like Django Unchained, This...
Sky inks deal with Sony Pictures to boost its exclusive movie content on Sky Movies and Now TV
BBC confirms 'Project Barcelona' video download service is in the works

Redbox Instant targets launch by year-end, blends subscription streaming and DVD rentals with VOD

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The last concrete details we'd heard about Redbox Instant was that it was entering internal alpha testing, but now Verizon exec Eric Bruno has revealed more background information. Previous info indicated the service would focus more heavily on movies than the back catalog of TV shows that is a...
Redbox Instant targets launch by year-end, blends subscription streaming and DVD rentals with VOD
Consoles that won't die: The SNES in 2013
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