Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

TiVo Users Can Get Amazon Movies From TV

July 10, 2007

“Users of TiVo Inc.’s digital video recorders will be able to order movies from Inc. directly from their TVs starting Tuesday.

The two companies partnered in March to deliver Amazon’s Unbox download service to TiVo machines, but the feature required customers to place their orders on a computer through Amazon’s Web site.

Now, PC intervention won’t be needed. The new ”Buy on TV” feature allows TiVo users to search Amazon’s video catalog and rent or purchase titles using their TiVo’s remote control.

The feature works for owners of TiVo Series2 and Series3 broadband-connected DVRs.

The new feature is the latest example of how companies — including Microsoft Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Apple Inc. — are trying to find ways to deliver online videos to customers’ living rooms.”


Gotcha! New MPAA Site Tries to Trick Users Into Illegally Downloading Movies

July 4, 2007

“MediaDefender Inc, the “leading provider of anti-piracy solutions in the emerging Internet-Piracy-Prevention (IPP) industry” has launched a website called “MiiVi” dedicated to busting those who both like to download copyrighted content as well as those who already have.

The site is apparently the latest ploy in the ongoing battle against illegal file-sharing and literally takes the game to new heights. It offers WHOLE DOWNLOADS of movies as well as the ability to download and install a “miraculous” new program that offers “fast and easy downloading all in one great site.” There’s just one problem: the site’s registered to MediaDefender Inc. and it’s army of prying eyes are just nipping at the bud to take down those who are unaware.”


New Content Protection System Ready For Blu-ray Disc

June 22, 2007

“Blu-ray Disc is getting another layer of content protection with the availability of BD Plus (BD+). The system, from BD+ Technologies LLC, is now complete and available to all Hollywood movie studios and content developers for implementation in Blu-ray Disc media.

Issued by BD+ Technologies are system specifications, key management rules, test specifications and various agreements. Also launched are a key issuing center, testing centers for players, and testing facilities for disc playability.”


AT&T To Start Scanning Their Network For Pirated Material

June 13, 2007

“In a move that could send ISPs tumbling down a slippery slope toward serving big media companies before consumers, AT&T has decided to start targeting pirated content being moved across its network. How exactly they’ll do that isn’t clear, but there doesn’t seem to be any real way of them detecting what materials being sent are copyrighted without them prying into every file people send online. But hey, what’s wrong with that? We should trust AT&T! It’s not like they spy on us for the government already or anything.”


Details of DivX’s Media Streamer Leaked

June 13, 2007

A post on the DivX Labs website announced the beta tester signup for a secret project for streaming media.   Though the post does not directly indicate the GejBox is part of the beta test, a posting on Engadget claims GejBox is indeed the secret project.

Engadget describes the GejBox as a hardware DivX media center, capable of wired or wireless video streaming across the network to a television. Images of the GejBox reveal HDMI, Ethernet, optical audio and composite interfaces.  A coaxial WiFi interface is also clearly visible.”


Apple Launching Video Rental Store?

June 11, 2007

“Financial Times is reporting that Apple is in “advanced talks with Hollywood’s largest movie studios” to launch an online video rental service. Flicks will cost $3 to rent for 30 days and can be moved to at least one other device, such as an iPod or iPhone.”


DivX Pro, Free For A Limited Time

June 7, 2007


Best Buy, Blockbuster To Offer Movie Downloads

June 3, 2007

“Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told a group of industry analysts this week that the movie studio has inked digital distribution agreements with Best Buy and Blockbuster.Feltheimer is generally believed to be a reliable source, based on his accurately leaking news last August that the studio would offer its wares through Apple’s iTunes online store. Feltheimer was proved correct when the official announcement confirmed his comments in February.

In addition to Apple, Blockbuster and Best Buy, Lionsgate also has digital distribution deals in place with Amazon, Microsoft and Wal-Mart.”


Is Tivo Tightening The Noose On Your Data?

May 11, 2007

According to CrunchGear;  “TiVo has developed technology to create a link between a host and a local hard drive using an encryption key to lock down any access by you, the user, unless the code can be correctly identified. This concept builds upon the commonly used technique of a Universally Unique Identifiers (UUIDs) that are created with so many possible combinations “that 1 trillion UUIDs have to be created every nanosecond for 10 billion years to exhaust the number of UUIDs.”

While UUIDs are a general technique, TiVo describes using the SHA-1 algorithm described in the Secure Hash Standard, Federal Information Processing Standard 180-1, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Apr. 17, 1995), that is, if you’re interested in light reading. In short, guessing the key is no easy task.”

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DRM Group Pledges To Fight Digg Rebels

May 6, 2007

Relating directly to this, bloggers posting the HD-DVD key appear to be in a bind.

“Bloggers who posted links to a software key that would unlock the copy protection on some high-definition DVDs have been threatened with legal action.

The entertainment industry-backed consortium which developed the protection said that it was looking at “technical and legal tools” to confront bloggers who made the key available, saying they had “crossed the line.””