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  • Beyond the Screen iPad app uses sound recognition to sync with Simon Pegg's Cornetto Trilogy
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    Beyond the Screen iPad app uses sound recognition to sync with Simon Pegg's Cornetto Trilogy

    By 4 March 2014

    NBCUniversal has teamed with Stereo for an iPad companion app designed to give you more info about Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy than ever before. Beyond the Screen will launch officially on Friday and...

  • Space tourism will become more affordable, says ex-NASA pilot and Oblivion consultant Rick Searfoss
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    Space tourism will become more affordable, says ex-NASA pilot and Oblivion consultant Rick Searfoss

    By 28 August 2013

    Space tourism is soon to be a booming business. Virgin Galactic is perhaps the most globally known company that allows consumers to buy a flight into space, but there are others offering similar packages, often at far lower prices. Ex-NASA pilot Rick...

  • Into 'Oblivion': DJI Phantom drone test flight over Iceland's black sand desert
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    Into 'Oblivion': DJI Phantom drone test flight over Iceland's black sand desert

    By 23 August 2013

    Sometimes we get asked to do the craziest of things. Crazy in the most brilliant of ways. So when a phone call came through inviting us to visit Iceland to explore shooting locations from the Joseph Kosinski movie Oblivion - starring Mr Top Gun himself,...

  • Sky Go gets Disney Movies, Syfy, Universal Channel and more, now offers 49 live channels
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    Sky Go gets Disney Movies, Syfy, Universal Channel and more, now offers 49 live channels

    By 28 March 2013

    A swathe of new channels has been added to Sky's mobile live and on-demand TV platform, Sky Go. Disney Movies will be available from 6pm tonight (28 March) to Movies subscribers and then during the same time slots as its broadcast TV equivalent every...

  • Jaws Blu-ray: New 4K transfer delivers more detail than ever before
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    Jaws Blu-ray: New 4K transfer delivers more detail than ever before

    By 17 April 2012

    Jaws is finally coming to Blu-ray on 3 September this year (14 August in the US) and Universal Pictures promises that this edition will be the best looking yet. The film was chosen to be one of the 13 back catalogue movies to be completely restored in...

  • Universal last of big four music labels to join Apple iCloud
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    Universal last of big four music labels to join Apple iCloud

    By 3 June 2011

    While unconfirmed at present, it is widely believed that Universal Music Group has joined Sony, Warner and EMI in signing a licensing agreement with Apple to use its content on the company's forthcoming iCloud streaming service. The official announcement...

  • Apple signs up EMI for iCloud music service
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    Apple signs up EMI for iCloud music service

    By 19 May 2011

    Apple has signed a licensing agreement with music label EMI to include its content in the forthcoming iCloud service. In addition, the Cupertino giant is close to striking similar deals with the Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. Having...

  • Vevo launches in the USA
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    Vevo launches in the USA

    By 9 December 2009

    Universal Music's much-discussed music video service has finally been brought to life. The Hulu-like site, which was formed following major label dissatisfaction with YouTube, has gone live with content from Universal, Sony Music and EMI. Independent...

  • Coraline - DVD  review
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    Coraline - DVD review

    By 25 September 2009

    Based on the children's book by Neil Gaiman, Coraline is a dark and haunting fairytale that continues director's Henry Selick journey from Nightmare before Christmas into the 3D realm. The story is a simple one. A young girl moves into a big strange house....

  • BT plans music subscription service
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    BT plans music subscription service

    By 6 August 2009

    BT is reportedly in early discussions with execs at all four major labels to try and build a legal music subscription service to rival the vague plans that Sky says it has about a similar initiative. Sky says that it's reached agreements with EMI and...

  • Orange music goes DRM-free
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    Orange music goes DRM-free

    By 10 July 2009

    Orange has followed Vodafone in announcing it will offer digital rights management-free music downloads in what it says is a "major refresh" of its music portal. Orange will sell DRM-free music downloads from Universal Music, EMI Music and a number of...

  • Universal buys film rights to "Asteroids"
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    Universal buys film rights to "Asteroids"

    By 3 July 2009

    Reuters is reporting that movie producer Universal has just acquired the movie rights to 1979's arcade smash hit "Asteroids", following a four-studio bidding war. Matthew Lopez, the chap behind "Race to Witch Mountain", will be writing the script. It's...

  • Virgin Media to offer Universal Pictures' "PictureBox"
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    Virgin Media to offer Universal Pictures' "PictureBox"

    By 29 June 2009

    Virgin Media has announced it is extending its video-on-demand offerings with the launch of PictureBox, in association with Universal Pictures. From July, the PictureBox service will be available for £5 per month and provide a selection of recent and...

  • Virgin and Universal announce all-you-can-eat MP3 downloads
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    Virgin and Universal announce all-you-can-eat MP3 downloads

    By 15 June 2009

    Music lovers are cautiously eyeing up a deal that's just been announced between Universal Music Group and Virgin Media. The former's catalogue is going to be available DRM-free to Virgin's customers for a monthly subscription fee. The fee hasn't been...

  • EA announces Army of Two movie project
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    EA announces Army of Two movie project

    By 27 October 2008

    Electronic Arts has announced that a deal has been signed with Universal pictures to create a movie based on its popular third person shooter, Army of Two. The film is to be adapted by Scott Z Burns, the screenwriter behind The Bourne Ultimatum, and is...

  • Rare Hendrix and Marley performances now online
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    Rare Hendrix and Marley performances now online

    By 5 June 2008

    Rare recordings by both Bob Marley and Jimmy Hendrix are now available online. The vintage performances are now available to buy through specialist music site Wolfgang's Vault following on from a deal between its founder, Bill Sagan, and Universal Music...

  • Apple announces same-day iTunes movies
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    Apple announces same-day iTunes movies

    By 1 May 2008

    We'd heard it was to be the case via a rumour, but it is now so for American consumers - Apple has announced that new movie releases from both major film studios and independent studios are now available for purchase on the iTunes Store on the same day...

  • Comes with Music service to cripple Nokia?
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    Comes with Music service to cripple Nokia?

    By 29 April 2008

    Reports are suggesting that Nokia has bitten off more than it can chew with its coming later this year "Comes with Music" service. While the service has won the support of the big music labels including Universal Music and Sony BMG (and possibly EMI some...

  • BT Vision and Universal launch PictureBox
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    BT Vision and Universal launch PictureBox

    By 18 April 2008

    BT Vision has announced its first subscription movie package, "PictureBox", an on demand service which allows viewers to watch films whenever they want. The PictureBox service will launch on 5 May and provide a selection of current and library feature...

  • "PluggedIn" major music video site launches in States
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    "PluggedIn" major music video site launches in States

    By 17 April 2008

    A new video music website has been launched into beta by the music industry in the States, called PluggedIn. The site offers over 10,000 high resolution music videos by major names, as well as music news, blogs, photos, artist profiles and social networking...

  • Universal's Blu-ray movies to be announced
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    Universal's Blu-ray movies to be announced

    By 17 April 2008

    Universal Studios, the main backer of the now defunct high-def HD DVD format, will soon release all its new videos on the victorious Blu-ray rival at the same time as its standard DVDs, says The Hollywood Reporter. The studio is due to announce its program...

  • Universal to stop making HD DVD movies
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    Universal to stop making HD DVD movies

    By 20 February 2008

    Not at all surprising considering that HD DVD's main backer, Toshiba, has decided to discontinue the format, Universal, one of the few studios to publish HD DVD films is going Blu-ray. "The path for widespread adoption of the next-generation platform...

  • 2007: A year in review, July
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    2007: A year in review, July

    By 29 December 2007

    The spats and squabbling in June looked set to continue into July with news that the Universal Music Group, the world's biggest music corporation, had told Apple that it would not renew its annual contract to sell music through iTunes. Universal, which...

  • Universal and Nokia announce free music for phones
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    Universal and Nokia announce free music for phones

    By 5 December 2007

    The world's largest music group, Universal, and Nokia have announced they will offer free 12-month's of access to Universal's music for Nokia music phones owners from the second half of 2008. The "Comes With Music" service will differ from rival packages...

  • Toshiba sees both HD formats co-existing
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    Toshiba sees both HD formats co-existing

    By 21 November 2007

    Toshiba has likened the high-def format war to buying petrol at a service station in the latest spat over who will win the battle for the high-def living room. "The HD DVD Blu-ray battle is like petrol versus diesel at the pumps", Mike Eves, retail marketing...