Apple And Google Prepare To Take Digital Music War To The Cloud

By | Tuesday November 15, 2011 @ 8:04am PST

Apple made a major improvement to its digital music service today as it introduced iTunes Match. For $24.99 a year, iTunes will scan a user’s mobile gadget or hard drive, identify its recordings — including those copied from a … Read More »

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Apple’s iTunes Ends Its TV Show Rentals

By | Friday August 26, 2011 @ 5:48pm PDT

Neither the TV networks nor consumers are likely to complain after Apple today dropped the option of renting network TV show episodes. Apple had to fight hard to get the networks on board with the concept last year, but consumers proved cool to … Read More »

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Will VUDU’s iPad Gateway Help Walmart To Outflank iTunes?

By | Tuesday August 9, 2011 @ 9:05pm PDT

Walmart is about to fire a warning shot at Apple’s iTunes: The retail colossus will introduce on Wednesday a way for iPad users to access VUDU’s Web site to buy or rent videos and view them on the tablet. ”We’re … Read More »

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Sundance Institute Expands Film Output Via Online Platforms

By | Wednesday July 27, 2011 @ 1:12pm PDT

Filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival who don’t land a distribution deal don’t have to leave empty-handed: The Sundance Institute unveiled today an Artist Services program that will enable directors to show their movies on iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, SundanceNOW and YouTube. They can charge viewers if they want, and don’t have to sacrifice their ownership rights. The Institute will help with marketing and promotion, and has a new deal with Topspin Media to provide direct marketing tools and retail fulfillment services. The program kicks off with two films from the 2011 festival: the documentary Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology directed by Tiffany Shlain, and a narrative film On the Ice directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean. Sundance says that filmmakers of Jess + Moss, Lord Byron, New Low, Obselidia, The Oregonian, Space Tourists, and The Woods plan to take advantage of the initiative. Read More »

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More Films Put On iTunes For SAG Voters

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UPDATE: Paramount press release for The Fighter on iTunes below. Right below is Focus’ release, issued after Deadline broke the story.

EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Focus Features has made a deal with iTunes that will allow SAG members to view its awards season candidate, The Kids Are All RightRead More »

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Fox Puts Searchlight Contenders On iTunes For SAG Voters

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 7, 2011) __ Fox Filmed Entertainment (FFE) and iTunes are offering nearly 100,000 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) members Fox Searchlight Pictures’ 127 HOURS, BLACK SWAN and CONVICTION in HD from iTunes for viewing on their iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac or PC, or with Apple

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Jeff Bewkes: ‘Network TV Has Whip-Hand Over YouTube And iTunes’

Time Warner’s chairman and CEO says he asks what TV aggregators can do for his channels rather than the other way round. “New entrants such as Google , Amazon and Apple must support or improve programming going into … Read More »

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Online Movie Stores Go Out of Business

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 6:47am PDT

Online MoviesForty two online movie stores went out of business last year, according to research firm Screen Digest. Online movie stores that have disappeared over the past few years include Movielink, Lycos, Guba, AOL and BitTorrent. So much for that … Read More »

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UK Confab: Lucky Studios, Unlucky Others

By | Sunday April 4, 2010 @ 2:57pm PDT

From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: That was the message at today’s confab in London organized by industry think-tank the British Screen Advisory Council. Claire Enders, managing director of Enders Analysis, said that Enders pointed out that whatever technological panic there’s been over the past 20 years, the same five … Read More »

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Steve Jobs On Medical Leave Of Absence

By | Wednesday January 14, 2009 @ 3:32pm PST

Will his absence until the end of June because of his health issues affect Disney’s and Apple’s close relationship not to mention the future of iTunes? Hollywood is pondering that right now. I have to say yes. He is the embodiment of creativity when it comes to delivery so the content companies … Read More »

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Zucker Cries Uncle! Zucker Claims Victory! No Matter NBC Shows Are Back On iTunes

By | Tuesday September 9, 2008 @ 11:15am PDT

It takes a short guy to admit a big mistake. Or a big ego to declare a small victory. But the fact is that Jeff Zucker went off on Steve Jobs and severed NBC Universal’s relationship with iTunes a year ago. NBC Universal … Read More »

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Will MTV Boss Go To Work For Oprah TV?

By | Tuesday June 10, 2008 @ 4:43pm PDT

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I’m told that Oprah is talking to MTV Networks chairman/CEO Judy McGrath about running Winfrey’s new cable network for “empowerment programming” — the latest pop culture-speak for self-help guidance. Called OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), it launches in 2010. Judy has been at MTV 27 years. Maybe it is time for a change. Then … Read More »

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iTunes Gives Out Writers Strike Credits

By | Wednesday March 19, 2008 @ 8:02am PDT

apple-itunes-offer.jpgApple this week has apologized to its iTunes Store Season Pass purchasers whose series subscriptions were affected by the recent WGA strike and offered them download credits. Now, if only the studio and network CEOs would apologize to TV fans for unnecessarily prolonging the labor … Read More »

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Ugh, Now It’s Wal-Mart Movie Downloads

By | Tuesday February 6, 2007 @ 3:37pm PST

walmartdoc.jpgBob Wright seemed to say today that Wal-Mart’s just launched movie download service is bigger than Zucker’s upping. Wright’s right. Wal-Mart will sell digital versions of about 3,000 films and TV episodes from all the major studios and some … Read More »

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iPhone The Ultimate Hollywood Hand Job

By | Tuesday January 9, 2007 @ 4:21pm PST

macworldiphone.jpgJeez, I’ve never seen Hollywood so orgasmic as today’s simultaneous climaxing in Beverly Hills, Burbank and Century City offices over the sexy new iPhone. (Quick, buy stock in Kleenex.) Now, all Steve Jobs needs … Read More »

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Reviews Are In for New Movie iTunes Only Selling Disney Pics: Thumbs Down!

By | Tuesday September 12, 2006 @ 10:35am PDT

Disney’s Bob Iger took the stage at Apple’s “It’s Showtime” special media event in San Francisco today as Steve Jobs unveiled a new version of the iTunes store selling downloads of movies and videogames. The dog-and-pony show also debuted a revamped Ipod lineup including a specially adapted-for-movies 5th generation iPod with 80G storage, … Read More »

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