This coming Friday will mark the transition from analog to digital television. While this may seem like a big deal, most major markets have been delivering a purely digital signal for quite some time. Despite the fact that Congress and President Obama effectively delayed the transition because millions of households were not prepared, for most American's the transition will be a non-event, much like Y2k.
Apple officially unveiled the new iPhone 3GS yesterday at the WWDC. The new iPhone will come in both 16GB and 32GB for $199 and $299 respectively and will feature video capturing, cut-and-paste, as well as the new iPhone 3.0 OS. The phone will be available on June 19th, while the 3G iPhone will now be available for $99. In addition to the new iPhone, Apple also refreshed its line of laptops. The company will now sell a 13" Macbook Pro for $1199, while larger models will decrease in price as well. New models are already available for purchase.
Sweden's Pirate Party now has a seat in European Union Parliament. The political party, which started in protest of copyright laws and is supportive of torrent sites like The Pirate Bay, has more than 40,000 members and is vowing to change the depth of copyright laws in the EU. With copyright and file sharing issues hitting European courts on the regular, the Pirate Party may be able to change the copyright system.
WNYW, WNBC, WCBS and WPIX will pool resources to start a new video based local news service. The networks are gathering sources in order to cut costs, while increasing coverage of content. A similar service was started in Philadelphia early this year between Fox and NBC and so far it has been successful.
The New York Yankees are set to become the first MLB team to stream games online. However, only Yankees fans in New York will be able to view the games on the web. The move sets precedent for other teams looking to stream games to local audiences.
Shelly Palmer is a consultant and the host of MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer a daily show featuring news you can use about technology, media & entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group LLC and the author of Television Disrupted: The Transition from Network to Networked TV (2008, York House Press) and the upcoming, Get Digital: Reinventing Yourself and Your Career for the 21st Century Economy (2009, Lake House Press). Shelly is also President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NY (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy Awards). You can join the MediaBytes mailing list here. Shelly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org For information about Get Digital Classes, visit www.shellypalmer.com/seminars