Daily DigVid Review: More D6
Other than the D6 conference, it’s a snoozy news day as we head into the weekend. Let’s check in there, shall we:
— Now that Rupert Murdoch owns the Wall Street Journal, he agreed to show up. He talks mostly about the Journal, saying that there are enough people who want to read it online that it’s worth maintaining a pay-subscription model. I’m bummed because I’ve been eagerly awaiting that fee to go away. Here’s more on Murdoch’s Q&A on GigaOm, which writes that Murdoch is a lover not a fighter when it comes to YouTube.
– — TiVo’s Tom Rogers prefers to think of the TiVo as a device that “gives consumers control of their TV experience,” not the wonderful ad-skipping utility we’ve all come to know and love.
— – And plenty of other fun, really non-TV-related stuff, such as Google’s Android open mobile phone beta.
In other news:
Vivendi Entertainment and DIC Entertainment are partnering to put DIC’s library of kids’ shows online, VOD and on mobile platforms. These include such popular online stores as Netflix, iTunes and Amazon Unbox, according to TV Week. DIC’s shows include such programs as Inspector Gadget, Madeline, Horseland, Dino Squad, Liberty’s Kids, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros. and The Littles. DIC currently programs CBS’ Saturday morning block, “KEWLopolis.”
DVD kiosk operator DVDPlay is adding Blu-Ray discs to its inventory at the same low price it charges for a standard DVD: $1.49, while Amazon currently is offering Blu-Ray titles for 50% off. Perhaps wider availability will spur wider adoption.