Two men in Great Britain are accused of stealing 50,000 music files from Sony Music, including its exclusive Michael Jackson catalog. "The attack was discovered weeks after hackers targeted Sony's PlayStation Network in April, but was only confirmed by a Sony Music representative on Saturday," according WENN.com, which is quoted by MocoNews.net.
Pay walls on online publications apparently have done little to convert readers or generate revenue. A Pew Research Center study shows that publishers are losing $7 from print ads for each $1 they gain in the digital space. But some publishers are heartened by market trends showing that digital versions are partially countering the decline of print sales.
Delta Air Lines is offering a digital-entertainment service to passengers that enables the downloading of files without paying for Internet access. Passengers can download movies to a laptop starting at $3.99 and television shows starting at 99 cents each on select flights. Smartphones and tablet computers are expected to be added to the device list later in the year.
Apple reportedly has been seeking content deals for a streaming-television service, but it seems to be failing to impress content-owning executives, Sean Portnoy writes. The installed base and changing landscape of video-content providers gives Apple little leverage to dictate terms, Portnoy writes.
Redbox, a provider of DVD rental services through more than 30,000 retail kiosks, said it plans to launch a movie-streaming service by the end of the year as it seeks to benefit from the increasing popularity of video on demand. Paul Davis, head of Redbox's parent firm, Coinstar, said the company will maintain the service through a partnership with one or more undisclosed firms. The move would pit Redbox against VOD market leader Netflix, which has 20 million subscribers.