“It’s starting small, but Calgary’s MoboVivo believes it will be first in Canada to offer legal, paid, downloadable TV shows for the Apple Video iPod. At press time, the only confirmed programs the company would be offering as of late April were Namaste, a yoga show licensed from CHUM’s Access, and Fashion File from CBC. MoboVivo CEO Trevor Doerksen says other lifestyle shows and docs will roll out in early May. He adds that he is currently in talks with ‘every broadcaster in the country.’ To what extent those broadcasters will support MoboVivo remains an open question, however. While terms of the CHUM deal were not revealed, the CBC deal is non-exclusive,” Samson Okalow reports for Playback.
“MoboVivo will offer programs for download at $1.99 to $3 for a 22-minute, commercial-free episode, with 44-minute shows expected to retail at the same rate. Doerksen says most shows will be available immediately after their TV airing, while others may be at the rerun stage,” Okalow reports. “Apple has not yet introduced iTunes video to Canada, but is expected to do so in the near future. Doerksen doesn’t expect MoboVivo to be in competition with iTunes, but concedes that iTunes will likely offer content already licensed by MoboVivo and ‘we’ll have to work out a deal where we split the pie a little bit more.'”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: It’s good to finally see some legal iPod video content in Canada.
[UPDATE: 6:16pm EDT: Take revised and the negativity rescinded as per reader comments below.]
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