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Monday, August 8, 2011

Orange UK Customers Get Free iTunes Movie Rental

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:30 PM

http://9to5mac.com/2011/08/08/orang...e+Intelligence)

"Orange UK and Apple have teamed up to deliver a free iTunes movie rental every Thursday to certain Orange UK subscribers."

If you have the home broadband service, or use the pay monthly, pay as you go, mobile broadband or a business account, you will be able to get a redemption code for a free movie every Thursday. According to the press release, you can get the code in a variety of ways:

"Orange Home Broadband customers, as well as Orange mobile customers on pay as you go, pay monthly, mobile broadband or business will benefit from the offer every Thursday by simply texting ‘FILMTOGO' to 85060* or via the dedicated ‘Orange Film To Go' mobile app or by logging onto thefacebook.com/orangefilmclub page. From there they will be directed to enter the response code via theorange.co.uk/filmtogo website to start the iTunes download**, which can then be viewed on a laptop, PC or on an Apple mobile device so that customers have the flexibility to enjoy the film wherever they like."

More details available at the official website.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Does Anyone Need a $1500 Tablet? No?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 11:30 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/news-flas...t-need-a-tablet

"Watch the video at the bottom of this post very carefully. There’s a woman who is about to bankrupt herself for a product she does not need."

Interesting to look at total cost of ownership (TCO) of a long-term rental at $15.99 per week from Rent-A-Center. They claim that a renter can simply bring it back and stop paying. Beware of the small print! The author's calculations show that the real rental cost for the contract life is over $1500, and, in his opinion, no current tablet is worth that much. I agree that this method of getting a tablet is horrible, but I do disagree with him on the overall usefulness of tablets. I find that they occupy a specific niche in my world between laptop and smartphone. For example, I need some quick info while watching a movie? Up comes IMDB on my iPad 2. Easy peasy. Use the right tool for the job!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Google and YouTube, Competing With iTunes and Netflix?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

http://www.9to5mac.com/63816/youtub...llywood-movies/

"YouTube finally goes Hollywood as Google inks deals with big movie studios to let users rent the latest releases the same day as they appear on iTunes."

At least that is according to this report from The Wrap. Google supposedly has deals with Sony, Warner Brothers and Universal. The rentals on YouTube will go for $2.00 USD to $4.00 USD, which is competitive with iTunes, but they obviously don't have the library size that iTunes has right now. The other factor is, in my opinion, the infrastructure that Apple has in place, namely Apple TV and AirTunes. Apple really makes it easy, as long as you have all of the pieces. What are your thoughts, does Google have a chance?


Monday, January 31, 2011

iTunes Distribution for Oscar-Nominated Films

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 12:00 AM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...r_nominees.html

"Movie studios are seeking to distribute their award nominated films to Academy and Screen Actors Guild voters using Apple's iTunes rather than conventional DVDs, in hopes of limiting piracy of the pre-release films."

How can movie studios distribute Oscar nominated films to the nearly 100,000 members of the screen actors guild, without (as in the past) unauthorized copies appearing everywhere? Rather than burning DVDs, adding watermarks, chasing down illegal copies, etc; the latest plan is to distribute them via iTunes, using restricted rental codes, with the rental having a limited lifespan. Time is up, this copy self-destructs. While still not fool-proof, it is a step forward, as seen through the eyes of the studios and SAG. Will there ever be a real solution for this problem?


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