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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Lots-o-Links: Amazon and TiVo bring Net movies to small screen ... Steve Jobs on DRM ... Thought Equity Motion ... Guild Negotiations ... and More

- Some TiVo owners will be able to have movies and TV shows bought through's Unbox digital download service sent straight to their TiVo's, according to this Reuters piece. (Here's the Wall Street Journal coverage.) TiVo owners will need to have a Series 2 or 3 device, connected to their home network. No word on exactly how long it will take a movie ordered from Amazon on a PC to show up on the TiVo. Here's TiVo's press release.

This is another small step in bringing the world of Internet video content into the living room.

- Apple CEO Steve Jobs started to make a public case with his record label partners yesterday to eliminate digital rights management restrictions from their music. That'd make it easier to play any song purchased from any music store (including Apple's iTunes) on any device. I suspect this campaign will slow Apple's negotiations with movie studios over adding more titles to iTunes. They'll likely want to wait to see the outcome...

- Thought Equity Motion is a stock video library that has started to solicit footage from video producers via a Web site upload process, and cut them in on any sales. You can send them in footage from your archives, or focus specifically on types of content they're looking for. They compensate producers based on the content's "use and popularity," according to a recent press release, which also says:

    The launch of Thought Equity Motion’s self-upload submission capabilities makes it easier than ever for individual producers of motion content to secure representation for and make money from their own footage, creative storyline and commercial content. In addition to uploading their existing content, Thought Equity Motion is also providing filmmakers with access to its extensive library of watermarked footage - free of charge - to encourage the creative process and development of new content and new media productions.

- Interesting take from Craig Mazin, a Writer's Guild member, on the current negotiations. Mazin writes:

    Everyone is freaked out over “new media,” or “internet video on demand.”

    In short, the football this year is how we’re going to be paid residuals when people pay to download our television shows and movies through the net, be it on to their iPod or their computer or their Apple TV or their DVR or some soon-to-be-purchasable tv-computer-internet thingy.

(Via Cinema Minima)

- OpenFlix is a directory of movies in the public domain. You can't download the movies from the site... but a useful resource nonetheless.