Microsoft closing its web TV service

Microsoft is set to close MSN TV – a subscription set-top service dating back to the 1990s, designed to let people access the web from their TVs. In an announcement on the MSN TV site, Microsoft said it was closing the service effective of September 30, claiming that since its inception, “the web has continued […]

News brief: Skype founder’s video service rolls out

Vdio, the video rental service for movies and TV shows from Skype co-founder Janus Friis, has launched out of beta mode. The store, which was developed by the same team behind the 2010-launched music subscription service Rdio, originally went live for Rdio Unlimited customers in April, but is now available to anyone, the firm said. […]

YouTube partner Rightster acquires Preview Networks

YouTube channel partner Rightster has acquired Preview Networks, a distributor of movie trailers online. Rightster said the acquisition would enable it to roll out additional services on YouTube across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Nordic countries. Preview Networks represents over 300 rightsholders and 2,500 publishers including Disney, MTV and Sony. Rightster said the deal […]