BBC to shutdown it’s Global iPlayer service

For those of you who like to get their fill of BBC dramas and documentaries from the international version of the iPlayer, you may soon be out of luck.  BBC has just announced that it will be shutting down its international version which was available in 16 countries, including Canada.  According to the Engadget story, auto renewing series subscriptions will end between May 26th and June 26th.  British subjects need not worry as this closure only applies to the Global iPlayer and not the version available in the UK. 

Source: Engadget and BBC

Netflix to stream The Interview

According to Engadget Netflix will have the controversial film The Interview available for streaming in Canada and the US starting on Saturday January 24. This is just a month after its unconventional release on Christmas Day. Sony has reportedly already made $40 million from its online sales and will release it on Blu-Ray on February 17.

Apple to increase App prices in Canada (update)

As expected the price of apps in the Canadian Apple App Store have increased. Previous apps for 99 cents now cost $1.19 and apps that were $1.99 now cost $2.29.

According to reports on CBC and iPhone in Canada websites, Apple is set to increase prices of its Apps in Canada within the next day. According to Boy Genius Report this price increase will involve the Mac App Store as well. The increase is a result of the recent changes in the Canadian-American exchange rate. Changes are also expected in all EU countries as well as Russia. So get those 99 cent Apps while you can.

Netflix going up by $1 (update)

Netflix has certainly given ample us warning of their price increase, well now it is happening. Today it’s customers are receiving notifications that a monthly subscription will now cost $8.99. If you are already a subscriber your price will be locked in at $7.99 for two years.

Update: If you are quick you may still be able to get the old $7.99 price. The Netflix website still indicates the old price.

Source: Engadget

Northern Lights to give a show tonight

If you are like myself and live in a large city in southern Canada, you don’t often get a chance to see the Northern Lights. Well you might be lucky tonight (February 26) as most of Canada and the northern US will be able to be able to view the phenomenon. Apparently a very large solar event that took place on the far side of the sun on February 25 is expected to reach us tonight causing the display. So if you are in an area with clear skies, look out to the northern skies to check out the show.

You can find out more information about Northern Lights and sign up for alerts at the University of Alaska’s Geophysical Institute website.