New MediaCityUK hub takes shape in Salford Quays
The BBC will be relocating five major departments from London to MediaCityUK at Salford Quays in the north west of England. It is being described as a new technology hub of international significance for media and digital businesses.
Al Jazeera makes video coverage freely available
Al Jazeera is making some of its news video material available for use by television stations, web sites and other users under a Creative Commons licence. The Arabic news network has exclusive coverage of the current crisis in Gaza. It is the first time that video from a news broadcaster has been released under the licence, which allows for attributed commercial and non-commercial use.
Supreme Court seeks advice on digital video recording
The case of whether a proposed remote digital video recorder service from Cablevision infringes copyright is being escalated to the highest level. The United States Supreme Court has asked the Justice Department for the views of the Solicitor General on an appeal by movie studios and television networks against an earlier ruling. Elsewhere there are renewed claims about the invalidity of the TiVo ‘Time Warp’ patent.
Sling Media founders part company with EchoStar
The co-founders of Sling Media and three more of the executive team are leaving the company that created the placeshifting Slingbox, just over a year after EchoStar acquired it in a deal valued at $380 million. The surprise development comes after a number of new product announcements, including integration in the latest EchoStar digital video recorder.
New memory card to store a hundred movies
Up to a hundred high-definition movies could soon be stored on a chip the size of a stamp. That is the claim of the SD Association that promotes memory card standards. It has announced a new series of SDXC extended capacity cards. The first are likely to provide 64 gigabytes of storage, but they are aiming to offer multi-terabyte capacities in five years.