Late News: Channel Five Catch-up App, PSN Outage Doing Harm To PS3 Sales, Software Piracy Valued At $58.8 Billion

Broadcaster Channel Five has made its on-demand video catch-up service available on Samsung televisions. The Five on Demand is available for download from Samsung’s Smart TV App Store and will allow customers to access its entire catalogue of catch-up video offerings straight from their Samsung connected televisions.

Apple has been trying to prevent rivals from using the term "App Store", with one argument being that the word "App" is just too similar to Apple. Other big players in the IT industry (Microsoft, HTC, Nokia, Google, and Sony Ericsson) have followed Amazon’s example from April and demanded that the App Store trademark be declared invalid, following an application by Apple to trademark the term in the EU.

The prolonged Sony PlayStation outage has started to do long term damage to the PS3, with several UK retailers reporting that the rate of PS3 trade-ins for Xbox 360 has risen. According to an article on Edge, sources have revealed that the outage has resulted in frustrated customers trading in their PS3 consoles for cash or for Xbox 360 consoles. It is also having a negative impact on PS3 point card sales.

Sony has announced that the company is currently testing its PSN platform in several regions, indicating that it is almost ready to bring the platform came back online. More than three weeks ago, the company was forced to shut down its global PlayStation Network after suffering from a massive attack on its servers.

Pirated software being used around the world has been valued at $58.8 billion, with the US leading the world in piracy. That value has more than doubled from 2003 and has registered a 14 percent from 2009. According to a report released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), fake software being used in countries like China, India, Russia and Brazil, accounts for more than half of the money lost to piracy.