Archive for November, 2003

British Film Institute Open Archives Online

The British Film Institute have opened their comprehensive archives to the world through their screenonline Website. Video and audio clips will be streamable to UK schools, colleges and libraries.

3 Launch Cartoon Service

Building on their video content, UK 3G operator Three have launched a cartoon messaging service.

Thomson Announce Portable Multimedia Player

Thomson are the first major Consumer Electronics company to release a portable video/music/photo device. Not only can it playback up to 80 hours of video, but it can also record it as well.

Apple QuickTime DRM Cracked

Jon Johansen, of DeCSS fame has released a program that provides a long-winded method of removing the DRM from music purchased from the Apple iTunes Music Store. It is highly complex process that is not for the faint hearted.

VoIP Provider, Vonage, Raises $35m

Vonage have been providing VoIP services for a while and have grown substantially. Their latest round of funding of $35m bring further legitimacy to services that could seriously impact telco phone call income.

TiVo Losses Narrow

TiVo now has over one million subscribers, with a large proportion of them coming from their relationship with DirecTV. As TiVo’s losses narrow, it is unclear if this relationship will continue after the Murdoch takeover of DirecTV, given his relationship with NDS.

First European “Over the Air” Music Download Service Launched

mm02 are to market and sell a Siemens developed device, the Digital Music Player DMP, which allow previewing of music and paid for download.

ATI Announce Home Video Server Software

ATI are enabling an easy upgrade to enable households to run a video server and remote viewing PC’s, as long as they all run ATI video cards.

BT Claim a Broadband UK Possible by 2005

Following their giving evidence at the UK Trade and Industry Select Committee last week, BT have asked that UK industry and government “pull together” to help them realised 100% broadband coverage in the UK by 2005.

Xbox Games Respond to Spoken Commands

The way that people are instructing their computers is expanding beyond keyboard, mouse and games controller. Two Xbox games have speech recognition built in and the Sony EyeToy responds to players waving their arms around.