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Martin Scorsese has popped up in an advert for Apple’s Siri personal assistant. He joins the esteemed company of Samuel L. Jackson, Zooey Deschanel and John Malkovich in promoting Apple’s voice-activated digital butler. But they’re not the only big names signing up to promote tech products, as we showed last year.

So who else has been at it lately? We’ve rebooted the franchise of celebrity tech endorsements, so let’s take a look.

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We hot-footed it down to the launch of Now TV this morning, and weren’t disappointed by what we saw. It’s basically an online on-demand films service that promises to be Sky Movies without the contract.

You can opt for the all-you-can-eat Movie Pass option – encompassing five premieres a week along with the full catalogue of 1,000 movies – for £15 a month. Or you can rent movies from 99p to £3.49 a go. That’s in line with Netflix and Lovefilm.

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YouView finally launched today, after years of delays, renaming, and other issues. But what exactly is it? How did it get to its current shape? And how can it compete with other services on offer?

Read on and find out.

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Finally. YouView – the service that brings together on-demand shows from the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, as well as regular Freeview – will launch later this month, two years later than expected.

The bad news? The set-top box will set you back a wallet-denting £300. That’s way too high in our opinion, read on to find out why.

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We’re still waiting for YouView; the BBC-orchestrated set-top box service that’ll let you view anything from the last seven days of Freeview’s scheduled TV whenever you like, but in the meantime thank heavens for the Ludlam family. This kooky bunch of British telly fans have cooked up Promise: a set-top box to rule them all, and give YouView a run for its money.

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Remember SeeSaw, the online TV service with oodles of excellent archive content that was resurrected from the corpse of Project Kangaroo? You don’t? We don’t blame you. Despite TV ads promoting the service and stocking its virtual vaults with more than 3,000 hours of shows, the service was on the cusp of closure.

SeeSaw’s owner Arquiva had announced that it would close last month but curiously it stayed open. Now Criterion, the private equity firm that also gobbled up broken social network Bebo, has stepped in to buy 75% of the company.

Reading our SeeSaw first impressions shows how impressed we were with the service’s potential when it arrived back in February 2010. But with BBC, Channel and ITV hard at work on a universal catch up service with YouView, it’s hard to see how the Bebo bunch can save SeeSaw.

Out now | £free | SeeSaw

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YouView is swapping its non-exec, ousting Kip Meek in favour of Sir Alan Sugar. That’s right, Meek has been fired in favour of professional finger-pointer and part-time gadget reviewer Suralan. We hope he takes his expertise on the subject of the Apple iPlayer with him.

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Sky has kicked in a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading and communications regulator Ofcom in an attempt to kill off YouView and its plans for free on-demand internet TV. Sky has reportedly fired a flurry of complaints about competition concerns to the regulators…
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