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iCloud service to include films, TV shows?

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
News Categories: Apple, iTunes

Apple may have plans to include the online storage and streaming of both films and TV shows in its iCloud offering, according to a new report. Citing two sources close to the negotiations, Cnet reports that Apple has increased its efforts to convince major Hollywood film studios to issue licenses that would enable such a service; the report notes that Apple began discussing such a service with the studios over a year ago. The report also claims that part of the challenge in signing all six major studios is the so-called HBO blackout, part of the contract between the cable network and three of the six studios—Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and NBC Universal—that prohibits other electronic distribution outlets from selling the title while it’s airing on HBO. Whether or not a deal concerning the HBO contract is ready in time, the report states that Apple could still launch such a service with the support of the other three major studios—Disney, Paramount, and Sony—when it officially unveils its iCloud service June 6.

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1

I just hope Apple makes this web-friendly, like Amazon’s Cloud service is, without having extra software installed. My workplace, in their infinite wisdom, has banned all electronic devices. iPods, radios, CD players, tape decks, 8-track players…all in the name of “protecting credit card information.” But for some odd reason, we can stream music over the internet, and Amazon’s Cloud Player gets major usage from me.

...Apple’s would get even more.

Posted by D.S. on May 31, 2011 at 9:43 PM (PDT)

2

the only software apple would use is itunes and quicktime .... think about it :D

Posted by dennis on June 1, 2011 at 5:32 AM (PDT)

3

Actually, banning iPods and other hardware devices is nothing new and is a best practice when security of customer data is paramount. So actually they ARE using infinite wisdom in protecting their clients. What often seems stupid to the ignorant, really does have a solid purpose.

I don’t think it’s a given that Apple would use iTunes, although it could since iTunes has the ability to stream. More likely they would use some form of app on the devices (IOS) with a web app.

Posted by teechur on June 1, 2011 at 10:55 AM (PDT)

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As far as “best practices” go? Yeah…I could do more damage with a pen and paper than I could ever do with an iPod with no wireless network and no user accessible USB ports on our work computers. But I digress…

Posted by D.S. on June 1, 2011 at 5:52 PM (PDT)

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