Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Despite demand from Canadians, those in charge of Hulu.com still will not make their service available North of 49th. Many of the shows produced by NBC and Fox that are carried on Hulu are also carried on Canadian networks, those Canadian networks also bought up the Canadian online distribution rights to these shows. Global TV makes some shows available to be watched online only the most recent episodes are available. Global doesn't have an archive of eposodes that Hulu does have.
CTV one the other hand has made absolutely no effort to provide online access to the shows they carry. BitTorrent is the only option for Canadians who need online access to shows they carry. CTV may carry a lot of programming from ABC and CBS who have been sluggish on putting TV shows online.
Internet Service Providers claim that putting Network TV online stresses their networks, but it should be known that Bell Canada one of Canada's largest ISP's is a minority stakeholder in CTV Globemedia.
Hulu is an excellent example of how copyright holders putting legitimate access to content gives a better alternative to piracy. I say that Global and CTV should let the American parent networks take care of the online content distribution so that Hulu can be made available to Canadians. Maybe CTV and Global can work together just like NBC and Fox work together. Could that work, given the mindset of Canadian broadcasting executives, maybe not. Hulu.ca has already been registred by a domain squatter.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Major corporations had also express concern that entire corporations would have Internet service cut off because of the actions of one employee. Concerns were even expressed from the public sector especially from the education sector concerned that if students try downloading songs or movies then the entire school would be disconnected from the Internet. This attempt at "reforming" copyright ignited public outrage due to the fact that the motion picture and recording companies didn't need proof, those who were suspected of violating copyright could have got their Internet service cut off.
This has to be one of the biggest knee jerk attempts to protect the interests of the entertainment industry. There are others around the world that are going to be debated and some will become law. There may be a need to modernize copyright laws that were passed in the days when the publishing industry tried to get photocopiers banned from public libraries. Heavy handed approaches won't work.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
According to a CNET News.com report Apple has filed for a patent for a motion sensitive remote control for a future Apple TV that would work much like the Nintendo's Wii Remote. In the patent filing the Apple TV would have access to the Apple iTunes App store. Apple may not be anything that could directly take on the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 yet, but the potential is there to have Games that would work on portable platform (iPhone/iPod Touch) a console platform (Apple TV) and a computer platform (OS/X based Macs). While currently PC gamers insist that PC's are superior to Consoles and console gamers debate the other side, Apple unifies the gaming world.
If this is from the mind of Steve Jobs, then it would come from little surprise to many Apple fans, but if this is from the post Jobs brain trust currently temporarly running Apple then maybe the post Jobs era will be as good as it's ever been
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This of course means that the only replacement earphones that will work with the new shuffle that Apple makes for the new shuffle. This sends a bad signal to all those companies that make accessories for iPods.
Then there is the decision to dump the 2GB shuffle instead of the 1GB model. Although I can personally testify that most iPod Shuffle purchases are the 1 GB model, I'm sure that Apple wouldn't want to tick off anybody who purchased a 1GB iPod shuffle by discontinuing it and making the 2GB the new entry level. 1 GB music players are pretty long in the tooth even the cheapest MP3 players are starting at 2 GB. If this is what Apple product launches are going to be like in the post Steve Jobs era, don't expect anything insanely great to come in the near future.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This approach may work well East of Lake of the Woods but for those areas in Western Canada where there is no Bell Mobility cell phone service, what if any cell phone service will available at the Source? It would be a very cold day in you-know-where when a Bell owned 'The Source' stores sells Telus Mobility service. It would most likely that service for cell phones sold at 'The Source' would be provided by half owned by Bell, Virgin Mobile.
There isn't too many acquisitions in the corporate world that happen without some kind of hidden motive, and this just happens to be one of them simply because Bell's motive is anything but hidden.
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