The Federal Communications Commission unveiled its National Broadband Plan today. The 10-year plan, which includes recommendations for Congress as well as local government and the FCC itself, seeks to expand high-speed broadband Internet access to an additional 100 million homes by 2020, create affordable access at “anchor institutions” like schools and hospitals, bring broadband to rural communities, and promote greater agency transparency, among other goals. The report calls broadband “the great infrastructure challenge of the early 21st century,” and compares its development and expansion to those of the transcontinental railroad and electricity.
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Rock Band 3 will be out in time for Christmas 2010, Viacom’s CEO confirmed on Tuesday. Bloomberg reports that Electronic Arts will continue to distribute the music-themed video game. CEO Philippe Dauman, speaking at a conference, didn’t elaborate on any more details about the third edition of the game. Also, Harmonix Music Systems has confirmed it is working on the game now.
Apple’s iPad tablet computer will hit stores on April 3, the Wall Street Journal confirms. Apple unveiled the device on Jan. 27 and said then that it would come to market in “late March.” After the April 3 US launch, international rollouts will continue later in April.
Comedy Central has confirmed that Viacom will be removing episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report from Hulu. A blog post written by Hulu Senior Vice President Andy Forssell confirmed that episodes will no longer be available on the website beginning March 9. “In the past 21 months, we’ve had very strong results for both Hulu and Comedy Central, in terms of the views and revenue we’ve generated,” Forssell wrote in the post. “After a series of discussions with the team at Comedy Central, though, we ultimately were unable to secure the rights to extend these shows for a much longer period of time.”
Episodes of both series, however, will still be available on TheDailyShow.com and ColbertNation.com. Comedy Central issued the following statement: “Hulu was one of the many digital distribution partners we’ve worked with over the past few years to add new outlets for our valuable and powerful content and to help drive the businesses of our partners. We had a great experience with Hulu, and we hope to work with its team again in the future.”
Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Enterprises is expanding with the creation of film distribution/marketing platform Tribeca Film and new online film festival Tribeca Film Festival Virtual. American Express is the founding partner on each venture. Tribeca Films will kick off by offering 10 feature films, seven of which are selected from the program of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, held in New York. These will be available VOD (starting April 21) through partnerships with the likes of Comcast, Cablevision, and Verizon FiOS. After that, Tribeca Films will release indie films through theatrical, home entertainment, airline, hotel, subscription, and advertising-supported online releases.
The virtual online festival will offer online audiences the chance to screen a selection of films being seen simultaneously by the audience in New York cinemas, as well as participate in discussions, watch festival panels, filmmaker interviews, and live red-carpet coverage. The first TFFV will open April 23 with the world premiere of Ed Burns’ new film Nice Guy Johnny, which premieres simultaneously at the festival in New York.
Other VOD offerings from Tribeca Film will include Climate of Change (narrated by Tilda Swinton); ESPN extreme sports documentary Birth of Big Air, and sex & drugs & rock & roll, starring Andy Serkis and Ian Dury.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple Inc. has filed a lawsuit against HTC Corp., the manufacturers of smart phones that use Google’s Android system. Apple Inc., claims the phone HTC made for Google violates numerous iPhone patents. “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement. “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”
Yahoo and Twitter announced a deal today that would give Yahoo users more integrated access to the microblogging platform. According to Twitter, the new arrangement means “people will be able to find relevant tweets in Yahoo Search as well as other popular products and properties… Yahoo! will also be able to build unique Twitter clients into their properties making it easier for folks to tweet wherever they feel comfortable within the Yahoo! network.” Twitter results are already part of Google and Bing searches. The financial aspects of the deal have not been disclosed, according to the New York Times.
Comic Con International is in danger of leaving its home in San Diego after its contract with the convention center there is up in 2012, according to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune. But because the four-day geek fest brings in millions of dollars to the local economy, San Diego officials around the show are doing all they can to try to keep Comic Con from moving to Anaheim, Calif., which as put in a rival bid to host. The show regularly attracts 126,000 attendees.
Celebrities took to the Internet to post their reactions to Tiger Woods’ speech this morning. Some highlights:
“I’ll be holding a press conference later today to express my regret at not having sex with many, many beautiful women.” — Michael Ian Black
“Regarding Tiger Woods, I had an addiction and went through rehab[.] Making amends is part of recovery. Cynical or not it’s what the process is. … Unless you have had an addiction or created dismal failure of trust, one cannot judge the sincerity of a person making amends. … As an adduct I understand taking the steps towards recovery[.] Cynical or not, making amends IS THE PROCESS.” — Marlee Matlin
“ ”How close should I put the chairs?” “How close can you get them?” #conversationbeforetigerwoodspressconference ” — Seth Meyers
“Today is the birthday of Copernicus. The first man to prove the world does not revolve round Tiger Woods. Happy Birthday Copey.” — Craig Ferguson
“If Tiger’s wife is a ride or die chick she will be right there with him at the Press Conference! Marriage is supposed to be for life… Of course I know what Tiger did is WRONG!! I’m just suggesting he and his wife try working it out. She knew he was Pimpin!LOL .. Just got off the phone with my grandfather who has been married for 50 years and he agrees with me! SO THERE! LOL” — Nick Cannon
“very honorable words from tiger woods. good for him……” — Mandy Moore
“Re:Tiger Woods. If u want to rehab your image, shouldn’t you wear a tie? Just sayin’” — Joy Behar
Sony is launching the first reality show that will be available exclusively to PlayStation 3 and PSP owners. Variety reports that The Tester will feature contestants competing for the opportunity to become a video-game tester. Shows will last about 20 minutes, and the first of eight weekly episodes will become available on the PlayStation Network beginning Feb. 18.