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Starz promises Mac support for Vongo

updated 03:35 pm EST, Tue January 3, 2006

Mac support for Vongo

Following this morning's announcement of Starz' reads that "our system had detected that you do not meet the platform requirements. Vongo is currently PC-based, but will soon be Mac compatible (really)." Earlier today, we noted the launch of Starz new digital movie service for PDA and other Windows-based systems. The company promised to offer a subscription-based system that allowed users to download content for $10 per month from its channels to up to three Windows devices as well as access to its a live streaming feed of the Starz TV channel and early release films for $4 per episode.

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  1. macimmortal

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They also said that this service was, "...kind of an iTunes for video." Please. That's all I needed to hear.

  1. digitalturtle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Reading the Tea Leaves...

    With things like Slingbox and now Vongo I would suspect that we might see an announcement of Windows Media 10 for the Mac as MWSF.

    Two cents and out.

  1. Swift

    Joined: Dec 1969


    PR BS

    They're NOT promising Apple support, though that's what they're saying. They're using Windows DRM, which is not a way of OWNING the program, but a subscription model. Stop paying and lose access to your downloads. But they don't just want to say, "s**** you, Mac," they're using a softer line. If you look at it, it's really, "If the Mac will go over to MS DRM, then we'll think about supporting it." It's nonsense. Go to the Vongo site, and you'll notice the language is a lot like the language the Sony rootkit contractor uses: "Apple is being unreasonable. They need to let us muck around in the code." Well, if something like that is in the cards, I'd choose some other partner than cheese-merchant Starz.

  1. galfridus73

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Perhaps it's not a question about DRM. The page does say that it will "soon be Mac compatible (really!)" which means something else to me...

    Perhaps we aren't looking at Vongo for the Mac as much as we may be looking at Vongo for iTunes. After all, Apple's first foray into audiobooks was via collaboration with Audible, and it allowed you to buy Audible's items per item, as opposed to the monthly fee. Perhaps Starz is going to supply Apple with per item purchases of the video catalog. iTunes 7, anyone?

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