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Microsoft multimedia exec Blair Westlake resigns

The man who oversaw Microsoft's licensing of TV, movies, and music for services including Xbox is no longer at the company. As Variety reports, former Corporate VP of Media & Entertainment Blair Westlake said Microsoft's future plans didn't align with his expertise. "It has become clear to...

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THQ and SyFy bringing De Blob back for games and more

When THQ announced that the De Blob franchise would continue this year, we didn't imagine it had anything this big in store for what we thought of as a semi-obscure Wii franchise. The publisher has partnered with the "Syfy Channel" (ugh) on a new banner called "Syfy Kids," a multimedia initiative...

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Sony Aino phone launches today with limited PS3 Remote Play capabilities

Let's get this out of the way at the top: No, Sony's Aino phone, which touts limited PS3 Remote Play functionality, can't access any of the PSN or PSP games you may have hoped it would. However, a recent Playstation.Blog post revealed the crosstalk capabilities imbued within the mobile device...

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BBC: Sony, MS wanted to "control" streaming video on their consoles

A day after the BBC announced a version of its iPlayer streaming video service for the Wii, an obvious follow-up question arises: "Why isn't a similar service available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well?" A partial answer from BBC Future and Technology Group Coordinator Erik Huggers, who said in a...

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Rumor: Nintendo orders seizure of rival DS Flash cards

By now, regular readers will be familiar with DSVision, a new service that will offer Japanese DS owners downloadable media from next March, and which is fully licensed by Nintendo. The only problem? We've heard absolutely zilch about a release outside Japan. But there is hope, friends! An...

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Jimi Game Shells take on multimedia

Months ago, the folks behind the Jimi line of products did something very smart: they made a DS accessory. Clearly, we approve of this production line, considering our rabid fandom. Sure, there are lots of other options, but most of those are either limited to DS-only, or are more open, leaving...

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PS3 named best 'media center' by European org.

The good news for Sony: The PlayStation 3 has won another prestigious award for hardware design. The bad news: It has little to nothing to do with it's capabilities as a video game system. The European Imaging and Sound Association's convergence panel has named the PS3 the best European media center...

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Xbox 360 gets H.264, MPEG-4, PlaysForSure in Spring update

We're the first to admit that we're not experts when it comes to things like video codecs -- we leave that job up to our friends at Engadget. Don't get us wrong, we know a little something about codecs (see above!), but eych-dot-two-sixty-four? Em-peg-four? Dubbya-em-dee-are-em? Yeah, these are...

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Sony to compete against Nintendo with PSP's multimedia features

After reporting some pretty disappointing losses, Sony is desperately trying to restructure its games division to at least break even. After stating boldly that they will not give up on the PSP, Sony will now seriously push the multimedia capabilities of the system. They've already started...

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Hands-on with IPTV on Xbox 360

We had a chance to check out Microsoft's IPTV offering for Xbox 360, announced earlier this week during Bill Gates' CES keynote, and get answers to some of the questions that have been nagging at us since first hearing about the service. Though Microsoft hasn't announced any providers for the...

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