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‘Gossip Girl’ Fans To Get a Full Season

Gossip GirlStrong word-of-mouth has earned CW newbie, Gossip Girl, a full-season order.  The Josh Schwartz () series is a perfect replacement for those who loved his last production,   The show stars (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) as Serena van der Woodsen, a girl who returns to her vicious private school after mysteriously leaving town.  plays Blair Waldorf, Serena’s former best friend and current frenemy.

The catty series has so far proven to be a much darker version of our typical teenage dramas (imagine The O.C. plus Heathers).  And with voyeuristic narration supplied by the anonymous ‘gossip girl’, things get to be so much cattier.

For those who have not yet watched the series, it’s not too late.  The first two episodes are currently hot iTunes downloads.  Once you get yourself caught up, you can find on Wednesdays @ 9pm on The CW.  I promise you—the backstabbing here is much more exciting than that / battle.  Plus - you’ll come to learn valuable fashion lessons.  Had I not watched last week, how would I have known that blue eyeshadow was back?

Read More | TV Guide

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Apple May Lower Price for TV Show Downloads

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: NBC, Internet,

AppleDespite a severed relationship with NBC Universal, Apple is supposedly considering lowered prices for iTunes users.  (Lack of pricing flexibility had been a point of contention in the failed negotiations).  Currently, downloads of television shows cost $1.99/each.  If changes are made, consumers may soon pay only $0.99 for song and episode purchases.

It’s expected that many entertainment companies will balk at the proposal fearing slashed prices would hurt their bottom line.  Why would fans still purchase boxed-set DVDs if packaging a season online proves more cost-effective?  But Apple conversely believes that reducing prices would actually boost revenue for all parties involved. 

There’s no indication at this time when or if this strategy may ever take effect.

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NBC Leaves Apple, Turns to Amazon

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: NBC, Announcements, Internet, News,

Bionic WomanAfter severing ties with Apple, Universal has forged a relationship with Amazon.com.  So fans in need of a missed show can now turn to Amazon’s ‘Unbox’ service for their fix.  NBC claims this new partnership allows for more pricing flexibility and packaged content.

To whet your appetite, the network will be allowing fans to download for free pilots of their new fall shows (including those for , and ).  Interestingly enough, later episodes will then be available for $1.99 (the same price made familiar by iTunes). 

Be looking for those new pilots come next Monday (September 10th).

Read More | Hollywood Reporter

NBC Programs No Longer Available Via iTunes

NBCForget to Tivo the latest episode of ?  Lose this week’s due to a power outage?  If you find yourself in one of these predicaments this fall, don’t be looking to iTunes to save your butt.

A dispute over money has severed ties between the Peacock Network and Apple.  It’s reported that Universal wanted a dramatic price increase for their shows in their latest contract (over twice the wholesale cost).  According to Apple, this would have raised the consumer price-per-show from $1.99 to $4.99.  Although the current agreement expires at the end of 2007, Apple has elected to stop offering any new NBC programs before the 2007-08 season even begins.

It’ll be interesting to see which side, if any, caves in first.  Though NBC’s programming accounts for approximately 40% of iTunes’ video downloads, many of its shows have greatly benefited by this popular viewing method.  And let’s not forget—NBC is still considered the fourth place network.

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Bleeding Edge TV 175: Activating the Apple iPhone

This episode was sponsored by Geek Squad’s Idea Festival. Submit your ideas for using technology to save the planet at ideafest.geeksquad.com.

One unique aspect of the is that you, as the buyer, get to activate it yourself using , rather than having the phone activated in-store. We figured we would activate the phone on camera to show how seamless (or non-seamless, depending on how you look at it) the iPhone activation experience is. Watch the video, and let us know what you think.


E3 2007: Sony’s Press Conference Recap And Impressions

PlayStation Portable redesign box

I’m going to come right out and say it: I’m coming away from Sony’s presentation more impressed than I was either Nintendo’s or Microsoft’s. They were very straightforward and showed exactly what we all wanted to see: the games.

In fact, this was one of the more impressive E3 press conferences in recent memory – check inside to find out why.

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iPhone To Be Activated From Home Via iTunes

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just made public another first in the cell phone industry. This time, it is the fact that purchasers will actually self-activate their phones from home. Typically, when buying a cell phone from any carrier, you have to wait while they perform the unboxing for you and set everything up. This normally takes at least 20 minutes or so, and was the main worry of those looking to purchase an iPhone at launch. Now we know that all you need to do is have your cash, check, or credit card ready so that you can complete the purchase and go on your way. Once home, when you hook it up to your Mac or PC, iTunes pops up, and you give it all the required information necessary for activation - that being SSN, credit card number, personal details, etc. You must be running Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later (sorry Panther users!); Windows XP Home or Pro with Service Pack 2 or later; or Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate Edition.

For all the details, head on over to the link below, where Apple shows off iPhone activation in a sleek video.

 

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