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When Google rebranded Android Market as the Google Play, it seems it really wanted users to play more rented movies on their Android devices. Upon securing deals with several major movie studios, the most recent being the deal that saw 500 movies from Paramount Pictures heading to Google Play and YouTube,  the latest licensing deal sees Google and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cozying up together to bring an additional 600 of the legendary studio’s movies to Google’s video vault. The partnership between Google and MGM means that some classic movie titles like “Terminator”, “Rocky” and “Robocop” will be available for rent on Google…

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In its bidding to become competitive against content provider/distributor juggernauts like Apple and Amazon, Google has been taking an aggressive stance to make sure that Google Play, the company’s mobile storefront, has the goods necessary to keep the Android ecosystem attractive. This is true not just in terms of apps availability, but also for books, music, movies, and other entertainment products. The latest deal in this direction is the one that Google recently signed with Paramount Pictures. The deal between Google and Paramount will bring over 500 movies to Google Play and YouTube in North America, where users will be…

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Google has announced plans to bring more original content to YouTube, bringing more original and professional videos to the platform and placing Google TV at a great advantage. The company is building a new YouTube application, along with recent updates to the Android Market app and a newer version of Android, integrated into Google TV–unifying online and traditional video content. Google TV makes the Web easily available to users while they are enjoying their favorite TV shows–just a few clicks away. With the inclusion of the YouTube app and Google channels, Google TV could offer a wide variety of videos…

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Google is planning to overhaul YouTube and gear it up for the emergence of Internet television. The Wall Street Journal reported last April that the company is spending around a hundred million dollars to commission premium Hollywood content which will then be shown on certain specialized channels in the video sharing site. The report further states that the search giant is currently in the process of forming partnerships with groups such as Creative Artists Agency, International Creative Management, and William Morris Endeavor. Here is financial and research firm William Blair & Company’s take on the matter. With annual revenue of…

Yeah, yeah, I know.  A lot of videos from me lately.  The latest is a 9 minute demo of the new Connected Media Player that Motorola is putting into the new CLIQ XT (QUENCH) smartphone. It fetches album art and lyrics from the internet, plays Shoutcast internet radio stations, and can search YouTube and other services for related content.  It event lets you post a message to Twitter or Facebook about a song. Here’s the demo running on a Motorola CLIQ – and no, I won’t send you the program. Maybe Moto will include it in the Android 2.1 update…

The guys over at Pocketnow discovered a YouTube video that offers a preview of HTC Sense 2.1 running on the HTC Hero. Most of the video is fairly mundane but one notable feature is the support for multitouch. A pinch gesture was used in the video to show off a new homescreen preview which allows you to view all your homescreens as thumbnails and switch to any widgetized homescreen with a single tap. The full video, complete with a modern musical score, is after the break.

You can now rent a handful of movies through YouTube via this link, and while it may not seem like much of a selection now, think of the possibilities of this for Android users.  YouTube could be experimenting with the service and is offering 5 movies from the 2009 and 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  If this succeeds, and they are able to secure deals with major studios, we could see a viable competitor to Apple’s iTunes movie rental service.  Since YouTube is owned by Google and integrated into most all Android devices, it would be a logical fit. The rental…

The Nexus One docks are inching closer to reality and to further build excitement, a new ad spotted during a Youtube video has put a price on the accessory.  Weighing in at a whopping $45, the ad directs consumers to www.google.com/phone to get more details, yet there currently is nothing there relating to the docks.  In comparison, the Motorola Droid car and multimedia docks retail for $29.99 and $39.99, the cheaper versions of each don’t include an extra charger and USB cord.  While the Nexus One dock is said to contain Bluetooth connectivity, one can’t help but think that the…

Adobe and HTC today announced that the new HTC Hero is the first Android powered smartphone to feature Adobe Flash support.  From the press release: “As the first Android device with Flash, the new HTC Hero represents a key milestone for Android and the Flash Platform. With close to 80 percent of all videos online delivered with Adobe Flash technology, consumers want to access rich Web content on-the-go,” said David Wadhwani, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “The collaboration with HTC offers people a more complete Flash based Web browsing experience today and presents an important…