Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  July 2, 2009

A periodic roundup of relevant news… from our other blogs:


Details on On Demand Online, aka TV Everywhere
Comcast and Time Warner held a joint press conference to announce details around the On Demand Online initiative. Specifically, Comcast will begin a trial next month to test out its authentication system and gather feedback on the new web video service.

How Your Set-Top Gets Updated
If you’ve always wondered how your set-top accesses firmware updates, or if you’re a cable operator looking for a more efficient way to do code downloads, this is the post for you.

MovieWall – A Beautiful Movie Interface for SageTV

Sage MovieWall has been in development for several months and is still in beta, but in my opinion has made some significant strides and looks absolutely fantastic. The result is an beautiful, free add-on User Interface for your movie collection.

How to Get U.S.-only iPhone Apps with Hotspot Shield
With a few easy steps that take only minutes to complete using the HotSpot Shield VPN service, iPhone users the world round can get access to some (but not all) of the iPhone Apps that are only supposedly only available in the U.S.

How Much Did RIM Pay For Dash Navigation?
By buying Dash for $8.3 million, who raised $71 million in three rounds of financings, RIM will get a $26 million haircut on their taxes. While I can understand why Dash and RIM wouldn’t necessarily celebrate this transaction, lets hope that they are being honest with us about implementing Dash’s technology into their products.

Comcast Launches WiMAX Service, Takes Cable Wireless
The long-fabled quad play may have finally arrived and it doesn’t look anything like originally envisioned. Comcast launched wireless broadband service in Portland Oregon combining the Sprint 3G network and the Clearwire 4G network.