YouTube users now watching 2 billion videos a day

Plenty of reasons to celebrate over at YouTube HQ today. Not only is it the 5th birthday of the launch of the service's beta site, but the video streaming site has also announced a massive landmark in that its…

No way?! VHS sales on the rise!

Wasn't expecting this; the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) have released their figures for the gloomy recessionary year of 2009, and while many industries were hit hard by the economic downturn, VHS sales were up from 44,377 in 2008 to 95,201…

BBC natural history, travel, factual programmes to air on Babelgum

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BBC Worldwide has announced a deal which will see a range of the Corporation’s natural history, travel, and factual programmes placed on the Internet TV platform Babelgum.

Excerpts from shows such as David Attenborough’s documentaries, Top Gear, and Tribe, will be globally available on three new branded channels: “BBC LoveEarth”, “BBC Knowledge”, and “BBC Entertainment”…

Toshiba intros first notebook with rewritable HD DVD drive

toshiba_logo.pngToshiba this week announced that it is to launch its first notebook PC with built-in rewritable HD DVD drive.

The Qosmio Series 2 will initially launch in Japan, where arguably they can put it to much more use that us lowly high-definition-catcher-uppers in the West.

Old English punkers Gang of Four to 'do a Radiohead', release next album online

This is slightly old-ish news from a few weeks ago, but nonetheless, still exciting for all fans of the English punkers – it appears Gang of Four will be attempting a digital-only release of their next album, their first proper album since 1995’s Shrinkwrapped.

On his blog, bass player Dave Allen made an announcement about their upcoming release, and gave his thoughts on the now tried-and-tested Radiohead route. “It can’t be called…

T-Mobile launches Pocket Comedy TV on its mobile TV trial service

mobix.gifT-Mobile has announced that it’s launching Pocket Comedy TV on its trial mobile TV service. The specially designed-for-mobile TV channel from Mobix will feature a range of stand-up and TV comedy, as well as cartoons and viral comedy clips, with comedians including Ricky Gervais, Lee Evans and Jack Dee, and programmes including Father Ted and League of Gentlemen.

Though details are a little sketchy (uh ha ha), the promise is that the channel has been designed specifically with mobile users on small screens in mind – presumably rather than simply being ported from other formats – and the content is updated regularly.