When video streaming service Netflix launched in the UK earlier this month, it decided to promote Facebook over all other sign-up options. Users already logged into their Facebook page were presented only with a ‘Sign up using Facebook’ option. Only those who do not use the social network, or who were not logged in, are offered the option to create an account using an email … [Read more...] about Netflix’s Facebook sharing ‘would be illegal in the US’
You’re bound to have read that Netflix UK launched today. A press release sent to us earlier, and pointlessly accompanied by some images of the firm’s Reed Hastings posing with some reality TV types, advises that streaming TV and films can now be yours for £5.99 per month. Sounds good, especially as, the service apparently works with Apple’s TV. I say 'apparently' because … [Read more...] about Netflix lost me at the first hurdle
Rumours of a new TV set from Apple continue to grow, and US blogs and commentators are giddy with talk of a ‘game changing’ intervention that will ‘destroy’ the cable business. I’m sure it could, in America. But what, if anything, could Apple bring to the UK TV market? As I’ve remarked before, the existing Apple TV set top box is the most disappointing Apple purchase I’ve … [Read more...] about What would an Apple TV set bring to the UK?
Just before we took our Christmas break, the BBC announced the preview launch of a new Doctor Who multiplayer online game entitled Doctor Who: Worlds in Time. The game draws on the show’s “rich mythology, locations and excitement” to create a world for fans to enjoy and explore. Players can join together in missions identified by the Time Lord to defend civilization from … [Read more...] about Doctor Who gains multiplayer online game
Just over a week ago I asked whether Apple had failed its UK Apple TV customers by failing to provide any meaningful functionality beyond movie rentals. So you can consider me chuffed to bits that they’ve since added the ability to watch iTunes purchased TV shows and access music via iTunes Match. But my core points still hold - Apple have been far too US-centric with this … [Read more...] about iTunes Match and TV shows rescue the Apple TV, just!