Google may soon add the option to buy copies of films through its Google Play Store, with the search giant apparently talking to Hollywood studios about the likelihood of being able to offer digital downloads of titles for its users to keep.
Netflix has updated its iOS streaming app, adding in new HD graphics for those rich people who are currently using on of the new iPads to do their film streaming. Also, the company says it has "HD video to follow later" which is quite exciting, depending on how much later "later" is in Netflix's world.
Confirming what pretty much everyone already knew, streaming is officially more popular than renting discs, at least according to LoveFilm. Having gone big with its LoveFilm Instant in the battle with Netflix, streams are now the most popular way people consume stuff from the Amazon-owned company eclipsing DVDs, Blu-rays and games combined.
Sky’s really been pushing its brands online with Sky Go and even companion apps like the Sky Sports iPad app that sports “Race Control” for F1. Now it’s going the whole hog and has unveiled a brand new IPTV service called Now TV that’ll launch later this year for non-Sky subscribers. It’ll apparently give you instant access to some of Sky’s most popular content on a hopefully cheaper, pay-as-you-go tariff.
You can now buy a £100 box that streams a large catalogue of available-to-anyone video that's nearly as high-fidelity as Blu-ray. The Apple TV is not the first blow to video on discs, but it definitely hit a vein.
The Radioplayer platform, which is the system used by the BBC and many other commercial radio stations to handle their online broadcast streams, is set to launch a a series of own-brand apps this summer.
The arrival of Netflix in the UK and the growth of rival LoveFilm on the film delivery scene could help BSkyB out of its current fix with the Competition Commission, which has asked for more time to consider competitiveness in the UK's broadcasting world thanks to the new streaming upstarts.
Whether you like it or not, Sky's fancy new F1 channel launches tonight at 8pm in preparation for the 2012 season. Right on cue it's popped up on Sky Go too, so even if you're not in front of your TV you can still watch Sky Sports F1 from wherever you are, as long as you've got a laptop, phone or tablet (including Android).