If you own an iPhone it’s just become a little easier to watch video from TV.com thanks to their new addition to the iTunes App Store.
Their new app for the iPhone and iPod Touch (with v2 firmware) allows you to stream video over a WiFi network, and apparently also using AT&T’s 3G mobile internet connection.
TV.com is a CNet-owned website that allows you to stream episodes of CBS and Viacom owned shows for free. Content from Hulu was also featured until last week when they were pulled suddenly.
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Last month we reported that the RIAA was set to stop lawsuits, and would instead pressure ISPs to send warnings to alleged pirates eventually shutting down service to those that received three warnings.
According to sources talking to CNet, AT&T and Comcast appear to be the first ISPs to willingly join the RIAA’s monitoring program and begin sending warnings to alleged pirates as the RIAA demands. After a few warnings, the ISPs will wither throttle the user’s bandwidth or permanently disconnect them.
The agreements have not been signed yet, and the ISPs do still have time to withdraw, notes the sources. It appears the last speed bump before the contracts get signed is over compensation for the ISPs for customers who get their Internet taken away.
Four unnamed providers specifically noted that they were worried about being known collaborators with the RIAA, which would cause obvious customer defections and “negative press.”
Comcast, AT&T and the RIAA declined comment.
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Yesterday we reported unconfirmed reports that the RIAA had fired their “investigative arm”, MediaSentry.
Today the WSJ has confirmed that notion and says the trade group will replace MediaSentry with DtecNet Software ApS, a group it used before hiring MS.
MediaSentry was in charge of collecting evidence to be used against alleged pirates during a lawsuit brought on by the RIAA. Since 2002, over 35,000 lawsuits were brought against P2P users.
MediaSentry has been at the center of controversy for months now and has even been accused of investigating without a license, performing illegal searches and taps, and even destroying evidence.