Sony, NBC Universal and Fox employees caught illegally using BitTorrent

By on December 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM.

Sony, NBC Universal and Fox employees caught illegally using BitTorrent

Considering all of the concerns major music and movie studios have over piracy and file sharing, one would think the studios could at least manage to keep their own employees from stealing content. That is apparently not the case, however. TorrentFreak has a new tool that reveals what a specific IP address has downloaded from BitTorrent, and used it to snoop around a few popular studios. The site found that employees at Fox, Sony and NBC Universal were downloading illegal content from BitTorrent. A Sony employee, for example, downloaded Conan the Barbarian, an album from The Black Keys, and a Beavis and Butthead video. An NBC Universal Employee downloaded HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, Cowboys and Aliens and a trance album. Fox typically contacts the FBI when a movie has been leaked, but TorrentFreak found an employee downloading a 1080p HD version of the movie Super 8. “By highlighting the above our intention is not to get anyone into trouble, and for that reason we masked out the end of the IP addresses to avoid a witch hunt,” TorrentFreak said. “An IP address is not a person, IP addresses can be shared among many people, and anyone can be behind a keyboard at any given time.” A Google employee was also caught downloading Windows 7, and the Church of God was busted for downloading two popular TV shows. More →

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Amazon signs agreement with FOX; Netflix inks DreamWorks deal

By on September 26, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Amazon signs agreement with FOX; Netflix inks DreamWorks deal

Amazon and Netflix both recently announced large content licensing deals. Over the weekend, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos said his company will provide Amazon Unbox customers with access to FOX content, bumping the Unbox library to more than 11,000 available movie and TV show titles. The new content includes 24, Arrested Development, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files and The Wonder Years. Amazon is expected to announce a tablet during a press event on Wednesday and it is largely expected to offer access to all of Amazon’s services, including Unbox. Hit the break for more. More →

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Hulu Plus for Xbox 360 launching Friday, free until May 6th

By on April 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM.

Hulu Plus for Xbox 360 launching Friday, free until May 6th

Looks like the weekend’s going to start a bit early. Hulu’s subscription-based Hulu Plus service will launch for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 on Friday, and here’s the best part: it’s free for  Xbox Live (Gold and Silver) users until May 6th. After that you’ll have to drop $7.99 per month to kick back and watch your favorite shows from ABC, Comedy Central, FOX, NBC, MTV, and others. Hulu’s even adding Kinect support, which means you’ll be able to play, pause, fast forward, or rewind whatever you’re watching with your voice or with a gesture. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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Time Warner pulls channels from iPad app after network complaints

By on April 1, 2011 at 12:02 PM.

Time Warner pulls channels from iPad app after network complaints

We’ve just been tipped that Time Warner Cable has begun emailing users of its iPad application, informing them of a looming channel-lineup change. The app in question — TWCable TV App for iPad — was released on March 15th, and allows TWC subscribers to stream live television right to their tablet device. A very neat feature… for customers. It seems as though several major networks are not all that fond of this customer-centric feature. “While most TV network owners agree with us that this is a great convenience for our customers and their viewers, a few networks disagree,” reads the email. “Unfortunately, that means that channels from network groups Discovery Communications, Fox Cable, and Viacom will be removed from your iPad lineup, effective immediately.” Time Warner notes that Animal Planet, Discovery, TLC, FX, National Geographic, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike, and VH1 will no longer be available. In response, TWC has added 17 national and 3 local “replacement channels.”  More →

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Angry Birds Rio for Android to launch as Amazon exclusive

By on March 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM.

Angry Birds Rio for Android to launch as Amazon exclusive

Rovio, the developer behind the wildly successful Angry Birds franchise, announced on Monday that its forthcoming Android title Angry Birds Rio for Android will launch exclusively in the Amazon Appstore. Amazon announced in January that its app store, which will rival Google’s own Android Market on the Android platform, was open for developer submissions. The exclusive deal with Rovio marks Amazon’s first major coup in the space, as the title is expected to be a wildly popular game for Android. “The Android platform has seen phenomenal growth, and it’s great that new avenues for app distribution are opening up,” said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed in a statement. “The openness of the Android platform works for the benefit of consumers and developers alike. It has been delightful to team up with Amazon to bring the Angry Birds franchise to this great new application marketplace.” Rovio also announced that ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons will be available for the first time on the Android platform exclusively through the Amazon Appstore. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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PlayOn brings Netflix streaming and more to Android phones

By on February 17, 2011 at 8:29 PM.

PlayOn brings Netflix streaming and more to Android phones

Here’s another reason for Samsung Captivate owners to be aggravated after yesterday’s debacle — Android phone owners with Android 2.2 (Froyo) or later now have access to streaming content from Netflix, Hulu, ESPN 3, Fox, Comedy Central, Spike, CNN, PBS and more thanks to the arrival of PlayOn for Android. PlayOn, MediaMall Technologies’ premier product, allows Windows PC users to stream popular video content from their home computers to a TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android device. Setup is incredibly simple and content can be streamed to Android devices over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G. MediaMall offers a free two-week trial of PlayOn to new users and then charges $39.99 for the first year of service and $19.99 for each following year. Alternatively, a $79.99 lifetime subscription is available as well. The PlayOn app for Android is available immediately in the Android Market. Hit the jump for MediaMall Technologies’ full press release along with a video explaining how it all works. More →

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Fox blocking Google TV?

By on November 10, 2010 at 9:38 PM.

Fox blocking Google TV?

What’s the deal network television? No love for Google TV? Major broadcast networks ABC, CBS, and NBC have already put a software block in place preventing Google TV appliances from accessing their content, and now it seems like Fox is joining the party with its own anti-GTV stance. Blog gtvhub is reporting that basic cable network Fox is blocking access to its online streaming-video content from Google TV devices. Seems pretty lame to us. What do you think, does this affect the utility of Google’s TV software? More →

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Bloomberg: Apple readying 99-cent TV show rentals

By on August 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM.

Bloomberg: Apple readying 99-cent TV show rentals

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is in “advanced talks” with News Corp., CBS Corp., and Walt Disney Co. to allow iTunes users to rent their programming for 99-cents an episode. The report reads: “The content deals would give Apple users access to some of the most-watched shows on TV and increase the appeal of its devices [...] Added programming also would build on iTunes’ role as the biggest retailer of music and mobile applications, and help Apple ward off companies like Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., which offer their own online video services.” The move is being billed as “smart” by RBC Capital analyst David Bank, who states that rental service opens new opportunities without upsetting the “existing ecosystem.” The idea of a la carte TV does sound appealing… although we would miss live sports. What do you think? Could you replace your cable service with a per show type system, or would you miss surfing all 800 channels? More →

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Jonathan Geller sounds off about the iPhone 4 on Fox Business Network

By on June 24, 2010 at 6:27 PM.

Jonathan Geller sounds off about the iPhone 4 on Fox Business Network

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While we were camped out in front of the Apple Store at 5th Avenue — buying iPhone 4’s to give away to our beloved readers — we ran into our friends from the Fox Business Network. They asked our very own BG to smile for the camera, and explain why there were thousands of fanatics waiting in a line that stretched around a city block on a 90 degree day. Unfortunately, Jonathan forgot his black mock-turtle neck and John Lennon spectacles at home… but you can use your imagination. Hit the jump to see Mr. Jonathan Geller sound off. More →

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Motorola Sidekick Slide lives!

By on September 18, 2008 at 6:20 PM.

Motorola Sidekick Slide lives!

Are there any super-smart readers out there that can tell us why that out of all the devices the production team at FOX had to choose from, they chose a Motorola Sidekick Slide to use in this season’s Prison Break? Like seriously, they couldn’t have picked anything better? For those of you not insanely addicted to PB, the Slide was used as a home brew device with a hard drive made to copy and store electronic data from all sorts of stuff– ATMs, phone calls, banking information, and even Scylla. It certainly wasn’t done as product placement from T-Mobile (read: discontinued). Maybe Scofield isn’t as smart as we thought…

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