Music Technology

Walmart’s Online Movie Rental Service

Walmart has decided to offer online movie rentals in the states, via the Vudu service they had purchased in March 2010.

There is no news in regards to a Canadian service yet.

Shaw Discusses Video Service

It appears that Shaw customer will not be able to rent films online from this company’s Movie Club service without it counting against their monthly allotment of data unless they rent this content via their set top box.

The video on demand service, which is currently available in Standard Definition, costs $12 per month and a high definition service will be made available shortly, for $5 more per month according to this press release.

Netflix users have been complaining that the cable companies are imposing limitations on this popular service, giving their own movie rental services a competitive advantage by removing or reducing their own service’s impact to their customer’s allocated monthly transfers.

Spotify Now Available In America – Canada Next ?

Spotify has launches in the United States.

This advertisement funded service offers over 15 million tracks free to Windows and Mac users, as well as paid services for people who want to download individual selections or want to enjor the service without advertisements.

This service has signed contracts with numerous indie labels and major labels EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner. But there is no news in regards to a Canadian service yet, though Rdioicon currently offers advertisement free services to Canadians for $4.99 per month, $9.99 for services to mobile phones.

The above mentioned subscription rates are comparible to those listed at Spotify.

New Tablet Computer From ?

Now that Amazon has rolled out their new Kindle 3G with free WI-FI access, they are now making plans to release their own tablet computer.

According to the Wall Street Journal, they are planning to release a new tablet powered by Google‘s Android operating system by October of this year, with another design on it’s way next year.

The Wall Street Journal‘s unnamed source claimed that it will have a nine inch screen and will be manufactured in Asia. But unlike the iPad it may not have a camera, though I personally suspect next year’s model may have one.

HMV Canada Sold To Hilko UK

HMV Canada has been sold to British restructuring company Hilko UK.

HMV Canada is expected to expand their online presence with streaming content according to today’s press release, whilst retaining their CD and DVD stores.

“The management team of HMV Canada has built a plan that will extend the period over which the residual hard-copy music and film market can be maintained. The new product categories it is introducing to the business will help sustain sales levels during the transition of entertainment sales into the digital realm.” – Paul McGowan, Hilco UK Chief Executive

HMV Canada is expected to recieve $25 million from Hilco UK to continue their transition plan and additional details will be made available shortly.

CPCC Seeks No Levy for Cloud Services

The Canadian Private Copying Collective will not be seeking levies for cloud services according to a press release issued on July 21st, 2011.

“The CPCC views these services, and specifically the iMatch offering, as a matter of licensing between the right holders and the cloud service providers, not one of private copying”

The current government has yet to introduce their copyright reform bill and Parliament is scheduled to adjurn for summer today, until the fall session begins on September 19th, 2011.