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One Million iTunes Videos soldYesterday, Apple announced that they have sold more than one million videos via the iTunes music store in the brief time since they began selling them.  For the moment, Apple has proven the doubters wrong once again.  This is interesting news, but it begs further discussion.  Will Apple begin selling higher quality content for a broader audience?

We believe that they will.  Apple helped legitimize legal music downloading and they seem poised to do the same for television and movies.  With more and more people going to broadband and tapping into things like BitTorrent, content providers have to start think about solutions that will continue to generate revenue.  Apple has mindshare right now and they also have a successful infrastructure in place.  They have already shown that even with a small video library that they have a viable business model. 

One thing is clear though.  To continue being a trailblazer in this area, Apple has to greatly increase the size of its offerings; both in quantity and in quality.  What remains unclear is whether or not the industry will follow Apple’s lead.  With the the way the music executives are chomping at the bit, it is far from certain if their counterparts will be so eager to get into bed with Apple.  What do you think?


Read More | Apple


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TiVo BlogTiVo, trying to maintain their self-professed hip image, has jumped on the blog bandwagon with the launch of “TiVo Blog.” The blogger’s name is Nova, and she went from TiVo user to official TiVo blogger at their corporate headquarters. They did put in RSS, RSS 2.0, and Atom feeds despite the fact that nowadays having all three is not necessary, and they also stick in a huge disclaimer which will be on seemingly every post regarding commenting:

Guidelines for Posting on TiVo Blog:
By submitting my comments and by participating in the TiVo Blog, I agree to allow TiVo Inc. to use my name and comments in whole or in part for publicity purposes on the TiVo Website or other promotional materials without further permission or compensation. I understand that my submitted comments becomes property of TiVo Inc. and will not be returned, and that I release all rights and claims to the content submitted for the TiVo Blog. I also state that the content submitted is of my own original creation and style and acknowledge that my comments will be subject to review by TiVo and edited in whole or in part by TiVo prior to publication.

Sheez - that doesn’t look too welcoming.


Read More | TiVo Blog


Apple Front Row HackedIt appears that some enterprising folks have managed to hack Apple’s Front Row onto Macs other than the new iMac G5.  I do not advocate piracy, but I can say that it was fun to play with on my Power Mac and 20” display! Hopefully, Apple will get the message and update Mac OS X to include Front Row on all Tiger capable machines.  Can we say Universal Dock + Apple Remote + Front Row = Hours and hours of good old fashioned family fun? For those who doubt, TUAW is hosting a great video of Front Row running on a Mac mini.


Read More | TUAW


Dell HDTVDell has announced yet another addition to their budget television line in the W3706C 37-inch LCD just keeps the good times rolling with their television line. The latest member is the W3706MC 37-inch LCD television, priced at $2,299. This bad boy has a 1366 x 768 resolution, and arrives at your door ready to receive OTA HD content. They also have a 50-inch plasma that they are adding to their line in the W5001C - this is the one they were showing off last month, and it’s going for $3,799. The Dell W3706 and W5001C allow users to multitask by viewing images from different sources simultaneously, with dual tuners and Picture-In-Picture (PIP), Picture-On-Picture (POP), and Picture-By-Picture (PbP) modes.


Read More | TV Envy


AirClick Dock ConnectorGriffin has announced the next version of their AirClick remote for the iPod, scheduled to ship in mid-November. The new AirClick with dock connector is compatible with the new 5th generation iPod, along with the 4th generation version, the iPod nano, and the iPod mini. The device allows you to control your iPod with the AirClick remote control, which means you can hook the iPod up to, say, your Xbox 360, and control the sound from across the room. Expect to pay around 40 bones when it hits retail.


Read More | AirClick Product Page


Free TiVoWe snapped this image at DigitalLife a couple of days ago. These are the thousands of TiVo units that TiVo gave away to anyone contributing to their VCR funeral at the event. We already have TiVo units, and the line was long. No free TiVo for us.


Read More | TiVo VCR Funeral


DigitalLifeWe will be covering some very exciting events happening here at DigitalLife 2005 today.  Everyone from Microsoft to Nokia is here respresenting their newest and upcoming products, and as such, we wouldn’t want you to miss a beat.  Heck, if you’re in town this weekend, stop on by and say hello.


Read More | DigitalLife


DirecTV have finally started making it known to the masses that they are dumping TiVo in favor of their own homegrown DVR unit by way of a $30 million advertising campaign.

DIRECTV, the satellite television operator, is introducing a $30 million advertising campaign on Monday to promote its highly anticipated digital video recorder.
The campaign, created by the New York office of BBDO Worldwide, is DirecTV’s first widespread public effort to distance itself from TiVo. Of DirecTV’s 14.7 million customers, 2.3 million now subscribe to TiVo. DirecTV, which pays TiVo a monthly fee of $1.13 per TiVo subscriber, hopes those users will switch to its own service.

Even better, the unit is free after rebate through a special promotion right now, and even results in a free DVD player as well. The HD DirecTV DVR still seems to be a DirecTiVo unit.

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TiVo VCR FuneralIt looks like the official death of the VCR will be happening later this month at DigitalLife in New York. You see, TiVo has taken it upon themselves to make funeral arrangements, and be in charge of the funeral itself. Even better, if an attendee brings a video tape and hands it over to TiVo, they will walk away with a free TiVo unit (after agreeing to sign up for a service contract.) Interestingly enough, I find it odd that TiVo has the gall to call another technology dead. I mean, isn’t this like the whole pot-kettle-black thing?


Read More | PR Newswire


My Name Is Earl HD

This is what I love about high definition television. When Conan O’Brien went HD, he showed off how there were things that only those watching in HD would be able to see. Last night’s episode of My Name Is Earl did something similar, but you had to be paying attention to catch it. Earl’s brother, Randy, was standing off to the side and held up a sign that read “High Def Rocks!” If you were watching on a standard definition television, Randy was too far off to the left to be seen. I implore you - if you want to see the entire picture, go HD.


Read More | HD Beat


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