FCC CHAIRMAN KEVIN MARTIN is proposing open access requirements for a 22 MHz block of the 700 MHz spectrum. In an interview on Tuesday, Martin pushed for a “truly open broadband network” available to any device and any application. He said that the current standard of bundling cellphone service with specific devices hinders innovation and consumer choice, and wants to avoid a similar fate for the soon-to-be-available spectrum.

MICROSOFT announced a new deal to make 35 high-def DISNEY movies available for download via Xbox Live. The arrangement will also add future releases from Touchstone Pictures, Miramax Films, and Hollywood Pictures. Xbox Live currently offers downloadable movies and TV shows from two dozen content providers, and has over 7 million members.

UNITED TALENT AGENCY has partnered with SPOT RUNNER to create 60Frames Entertainment Corp. 60Frames will focus on creating video content specifically for the Internet. It will offer funding to professional video creators, secure advertisers, and manage digital distribution. The company’s first project will involve filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.

ABC O&O‘s are now offering free mobile video news. The ad-supported service will allow users to view streaming news clips directly from their cellphones. It’s available in New York, LA, and 8 other markets, and powered by Local Wireless.

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS now account for 9 out of 10 music singles, according to new figures released by the British Phonographic Industry.

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