Over half a million users have already signed up to new file-sharing service Mega since it went live on Sunday, founder Kim Dotcom has said, with some reports claiming it has passed one million.
Mega will allow users to upload, store and share photos, text files, music and films, encrypt those files and grant access using unique decryption keys. It’s the follow up to the controversial Megaupload system that was shut down in January last year.
However the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has slammed the news and will be keeping a close eye on its development. A spokesman for IFPI said: “We will be watching closely to determine whether the new Mega service infringes our members’ rights, particularly given that, according to our information, it has gone live without licensing content from many – if any – rights holders,” a spokesman for IFPI told Sky News.
“Megupload caused huge harm to music rights holders as one of the largest infringing sites in the world, depriving artists of over US$500 million, according to US authorities.”
So how is it different this time?
Well Mr Dotcom said the new site is different as it allows users to control access to their files, unlike Megaupload, where anyone could search for and download copyrighted material. He said:
“Legally, there’s just nothing there that could be used to shut us down. This site is just as legitimate and has the right to exist as Dropbox, Boxnet and other competitors.”
So what does the launch of Mega mean for new Android TV services?
Mega’s launch can only be good news for Android TV services like Roku, Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV, Xbox, PS3 and Google TV.
It will benefit customers as they will have an even larger choice of unlimited films, TV shows and music to choose from. Right now, Android dongles like the popular MK802 III from Visopix offer the cheapest and most practical way to turn your TV into a fully interactive device.
If it’s here to stay and Mr Dotcom is true to his word, Mega and other online sharing sites will further enhance the experience of Android devices along with further establishing them as the future of TV.
It seems then, that 2013 is the beginning of the Smart TV revolution, aided by file sharing sites like Mega. Streaming is no longer a lonely practice carried out with a PC and earphones. It is now the future, the cheaper and probably vaster alternative to cable TV. The transition is complete. You can now watch what you like, when you please in your own living room and with others at a reasonable price.
For those without cable TV, a games console, or a HDMI link-up to their computer, Mega’s launch has helped make Android TV not only the next best thing; but quite possibly the best thing right now.
By Greg Taylor
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