Canal Plus CEO Bertrand Meheut has let it slip that Amazon is preparing to launch a subscription video-on-demand service next year, most likely in March.
Meheut told the French Council of State: “Amazon will launch its SVOD service in France in March 2013. We know it because our branch Studio Canal has been selling exclusive rights to Amazon for a launch of their service in March on the Kindle Fire.”
Canal Plus has been banned from keeping VOD and SVOD rights exclusive for its own network, following its merger of main competitor TPS. Canal Plus has been arguing that needs such rights to able to compete against companies like Amazon, which have quickly gained market share outside of their native nation.
Amazon, for example, has two million subscribers in Europe through its LoveFilm SVOD business and would likely not have to abide by French regulations barring exclusive rights.
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iPhone 5 owners have complained of a purple ring at the edge of their photos, and it appears Apple sees it to be a real issue since they have issued a statement about the bug.
Apple says if you have any kind of light source right outside the viewing area of the phone’s lens, you might get some purple light leakage in your photos.
The company says the issue is well known, and it affects many more devices than just the iPhone:
“Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor. Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.” – Apple
Officially, Apple calls the symptoms “a purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture.”
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YouTube has released some data relating to the recently completed London Olympics.
The video sharing site played a large role in streaming around the globe, live streaming the games in 64 countries.
Additionally, it provided the infrastructure for NBC to stream the Games in the U.S.
Around the world
Giving more people access to watch live and recorded events was key. Across the US and 64 countries in Africa and Asia you watched 231 million total streams. Of those, 72 million total streams came from IOC YouTube Channel.
At peak, YouTube delivered video for more than half a million livestreams at the same time. That’s 5X the capacity of Wembley Stadium.
Live video looked better than ever before, with a 7X improvement in quality based on low buffering and high frame rates.
In the U.S.
We powered online coverage for NBCOlympics.com, delivering more than 159 million total streams.
Through NBC’s native apps, 37 percent of views came from mobile devices, and more than half were in HD.
The U.S. Olympic Committee YouTube Channel shared behind the scenes video with more than 6.75 million views, and 50 YouTube Creators ‘Invaded’ London to show the full experience through their eyes.