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Netflix launched in UK with 30 day free trial

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I’ve been waiting a while now for the arrival of Netflix on these shores, so was it worth the wait?

When I received the initial email invitation, it’s poor quality made me unsure as to whether this was some sort of phishing effort. This was not helped by the very basic Netflix holding page presented to UK users.

In any case, I had been waiting a while for this so I dipped my toes into the 30 day free trial. You have to enter you credit card details during registration, which will ...

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Big Media Companies are still largely out of step with Consumer Needs

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I was a little sad to see that Google TV failed to take off, as I really saw it as the perfect solution to my viewing requirements. I spend most days and several nights working on my 27" iMac, which has ended up as my proxy television set as well. I am so grateful to the various terrestrial TV on-demand services, best exemplified by the BBC’s iPlayer, but pretty much every major terrestrial Channel has one now:

BBC - iPlayer
ITV - ITV Player
Channel 4 - 4 on Demand (4oD)
Channel 5 - Demand 5

I...

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Superb Live Streaming Coverage of Coachella by YouTube

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I always thought the BBC were the masters of live music coverage, and in many ways they still are - in terms of all the behind the scenes footage, biographies, interviews, escapades and impromptu live accoustic sets. For this year though, YouTube has done a sterling job in letting non-attendees witness the live spectacle of Coachella, America’s Glastonbury of sorts, at least a little brother to Glastonbury in most ways.

I’m not going to split hairs on the lineup, I have watched a ...

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World Cup Internet Coverage

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As a football fan, my main online resource for everything football has always been ESPN’s Soccernet Website, then the BBC, then Sky - in that order. The issue with the makeup of the Premiership is that none of the live games are available any more on ’terrestrial’ television - and Sky isn’t a particularly cost-effective option for following your team (as only some of the games are covered live); so mostly I catch up watching Internet highlights and BBC’s Match of ...

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