A German court has given both Universal and Warner Bros a preliminary injunction against the streaming video portal Zattoo.
The site had been running commercial spots using films from Universal and Warner. Zattoo shows free German TV channels on its site as free web streams while adding advertising to the content.
The studios however are now suing the site saying “its agreement with German channels does not allow it to insert commercials into its films.”
Zattoo is now blocked from streaming any Warner and Universal films until a settlement is reached, and the site pays additional licensing fees.
The IPTV provider, which launched 4 years ago, has over 4 million registered users and is available in Germany, Denmark, France, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K.
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Sling Media, the creators of the popular Slingbox media hub has announced the beta of their new video portal Sling.com.
The official email for beta testers goes like this:
Dear Sling Beta Team,
Sling Media is getting ready to roll out a private beta program for our new website, Sling.com. And you’re invited!
We really need your help banging on the site and providing feedback so we can improve some rough spots before we push a release to a broader audience.
- First, go to https://betasecure.sling.com/account/login and click “REQUEST AN INVITE” on the right.
- Over the course of the next couple of days and weeks we’ll be sending out batches of invites to our beta team.
- When you get your invite, follow the link provided and you’ll be prompted to either create an account or update your existing Sling Account. Then you’ll be off and running.
- Please keep in mind, this is a US only test. Other users will be geo blocked unfortunately.
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After announcing the TV late last year, Sharp has finally begun selling the largest single panel HDTV on the planet, the LB-1085’s which stands at 108 inches diagonally. The company says the display is designed for public, outdoor use, and has a rich picture that at 1080p results in 76 million colors. In comparison, most commercial LCDs reach almost 17 million.
As is standard with all Sharp displays, the LB-1085 will have three HDMI connections, dual component inputs, one S-video, dual RCA connections, and computer input through both a DVI video port and a minijack input. For sound the TV is equipped with dual 15W speakers under the monitor.
The TV will go on sale in Japan in early July and already has one buyer, the Shinjuku Piccadilly movie theater. Other countries including the US will have soon have the chance to purchase the TV, for approximately $101,000 USD but it was unclear whether the build-to-order TV would be sold to individual customers or just companies.