Microsoft and BSkyB launch Sky Player for Xbox


Microsoft and BSkyB have formally unveiled Sky Player for Xbox 360, Sky’s TV service for the Microsoft console.

The service launches later this year and will offer a range of linear TV channels, as well as a library of on-demand content. A number of subscription packages will be available, as will the opportunity to access programming on a pay-per-view basis.

Xbox owners who already have a Sky TV subscription will be able to access Sky Player’s on-demand services through their console, in addition to their PC or Mac.

The service will also allow users to IM each other and check news and access fixtures and any other on-demand information.

BSkyB wouldn’t say whether the deal with Microsoft was exclusive, although sources said that this is unlikely.

Similar deals could eventually be struck with Sony’s PlayStation 3, Nintendo’s Wii and Project Canvas the appallingly named catch-up TV service in development by the BBC, ITV and BT.

(Via TechCrunch)

Sony to release 21 inch OLED TV by end of year with Samsung 40 inch to follow


Large OLED TVs will be a reality by the end of the year with a raft more to follow 2010. But one does feel compelled to ask, whats the bleeding point, if a 21inch model costs upward of £5000? I don’t if you’re Garry Gadget, surely for that money, any sane person would buy a 65 inch HD with enough change left over to buy a 22 inch HD LCD.

Seiko Epson Corporation today announced it has developed inkjet technology that allows for the uniform deposition of organic material in the production of large-screen OLED televisions. This marks a big step to resolving the uneven layering that had previously hindered the mass-scale production of large screen TVs.

But it looks like it might be Sony who is the first to release a large-screen OLED TV after demoing a 21 inch model at the Flat Panel Expo in Japan, with Samsung releasing a 31 inch or 40 inch model soon thereafter.

OLED looks to be the future of TV, with wide viewing angles, amazing richness depth and blacks that would make the night look positively luminsecent, but at prices that would make even the most spendthrifty wince it might be a while yet before an OLED panel makes its way into everyones homes.

(Via Akihabara News)