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Sad days for Blockbuster. The once mighty video rental chain has fallen on hard times in a world where Netflix, VUDU and other video streaming services are proving more affordable and convenient. There was, however, a glimmer of hope. Charlie Ergen had planned to have Dish Network acquire Blockbuster from bankruptcy in April of 2011, and then morph it into a Netflix rival. His master plan was to equip Blockbuster stores with Dish mobile devices that could then be used to stream Blockbuster movies. The plan didn't work out. U.S. regulators weren't willing to immediately approve a waiver for Dish... Read more...
In America, you can't have your cake and eat it to, but in Scandinavia, you can. Allow us to explain. Throngs of HBO content lovers have requested that HBO allow its HBO Go services to be paid for on a per-user basis, but in America, HBO forces you to have a pay-TV subscription to HBO before it's ever an option. It's one of the longstanding ills of television: you buy the pack of channels, or you get none. But in Nordic lands, things have been rolling a bit differently for some time now, and that's continuing with HBO. The first HBO branded service will be available in Sweden, Norway, Finland and... Read more...
Can you believe it's been a year since Spotify launched in the US? Since then, the music streaming outlet has enjoyed tremendous growth. In the past year, Americans have played more than 13 billion tracks on the service. Sharing is even more popular, with 27,834,742 being shared. A little over half of that sharing occurred through Facebook, as you can see from Spotify's cool infographic below. Spotify has also grown with the launch of its free apps. Currently, Spotify offers apps for iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, Palm, BlackBerry, and a free mobile radio. Some of Spotify's popular features... Read more...
Strangely, it feels like DRM is getting a second wind. When Apple announced that the iTunes Music Store would go DRM-free, the world took notice. A few years later, DRM is creeping back, and we suspect this wave will be harder to stop. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, SanDisk and Western Digital have all aligned on one thing: DRM, or piracy protection. The working title of the group is Project Phenix, and it's described as an initiative that will give consumers an easier and faster way to organize, store and move their high definition digital movies... Read more...
There's something pretty interesting happening in the world of online programming: original content. While Hulu and Netflix were used to simply acting as an online pipe to funnel other programming through, recently they have both decided to start investing in making their own content. In other words, creating programming that can only be seen at one portal or the other. It's possible that this tactic is a method of long-term preservation; their streaming models can be replicated, but get people hooked on original content and you have something that they'll continue to pay for. This week, Hulu is... Read more...
Glasses-free 3D -- it's the wave of the future, man. Actually, the jury is still out on 3D as a whole, but that won't stop a flood of companies from trying to hop on the bandwagon at CES next year. Stream TV Networks is preparing to launch a new 3D-without-glasses product line at the convention, using a proprietary Ultra-D technology. Stream TV Networks is the producer of the eLocity brand of mobile tablets launched first in 2010, the Ultra-D technology is strictly proprietary and leverages custom hardware, middleware techniques and software algorithms to create unprecedentedautostereoscopic 3D... Read more...
Netflix may have taken some seriously flack earlier in the month for the spin-off of their DVD rental business, but it looks like it's back to good news today. Well, sort of. The company just landed a deal with DreamWorks Animation -- a multi-year premium pay-TV window agreement that stands solely in the U.S. for now. It will enable Netflix streaming customers to enjoy DreamWorks' animated library at home, and it's huge for the service. Netflix will be the exclusive subscription television service for first-run feature films and select television specials from DreamWorks Animation, but the downside... Read more...
Does physical media really have a future? The world seems to be rapidly moving away from discs and DVDs, and streaming media is swooping in to take their place. Orb Networks has just launched a service that can provide free streaming of premium online TV shows, sports, movies, and more. The new offering, named Orb Live, is the first service to stream free, ad-supported Hulu to mobile devices and is priced at a one-time fee of only $9.99. The service features premium online content, including full TV show episodes from Hulu, ABC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and more, with unique technology that streams... Read more...
Netflix took a beating this week as they raised prices without actually providing a fundamental improvement in their offerings, but at least there's some bright news in the Netflix camp to focus on. Netflix streaming is now available on one of the most popular handheld gaming consoles out there: Nintendo's 3DS. Starting now, 3DS owners in the U.S. and across Canada can download a free application that allows Netflix members with unlimited streaming plans to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streaming from Netflix. Interestingly, there's actually not any 3D content on Netflix to enjoy just... Read more...
There's a lot of talk these days surrounding 3D. It's obviously the hottest topic around in the cinema business, but it's also getting a lot of attention in the consumer universe. Sales of 3DTVs has analysts and companies alike buzzing, and while many suggest that the adoption has been relatively slow and lackluster, much of that is blamed on a lack of content. In other words, what enticement do consumers have to invest in a 3DTV when there's hardly any 3D content to enjoy? NHK, a broadcasting outfit based in Japan, may have a solution to the subpar 3D image quality coming across typical wires.... Read more...
Are you a Comcast subscriber? Judging by their massive customer base, there's a pretty good chance you are, or at least that someone you know is. And if so, you've probably ventured out to try the new Xfinity TV app, which aims to extend the Pay-TV universe into the world of the iPad and iPhone. For Comcast subscribers, this is the easiest way to watch content on their mobile iOS device, and for Comcast, it's a way to continue to hang on to subscribers who may be thinking of dropping their service. Beginning today, customers using these devices and the iPad can download a new version of the Xfinity... Read more...
The title pretty much says it all here. Hulu has just made available an update (v2.3) for Hulu Plus on iOS, which brings new search results that are organized into tabs, amongst other things. There's also a new dedicated button on the Movies menu for our popular and growing Criterion movie collection. The company's also making "a number of changes" to boost performance, and that  included fixing an issue with the resume functionality, which was affecting a small number of users. That's about it -- so do your duty and give the update a look. Let us know if it was worth the trouble...... Read more...
It's not unusual for Hulu to block access on mobile devices, and it's not even expected if the device doesn't support Flash. But when RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook launched earlier in the month, a pretty nice Easter Egg was found: Hulu support! But that didn't last too long. Around a day after launching, the PlayBook suddenly stopped loading Hulu, much to the dismay of early adopters who were thrilled with having access. Hulu has made a habit out of dissing mobile devices in order to encourage people to view content strictly on notebooks and desktops. But it looks as if RIM is hoping to change that... Read more...
VUDU has remained one of the only movie streaming services that deliver true 1080p material. The vast majority of them peak at 720p, but VUDU XL is 1080p. And proud of it. But even VUDU knows that the web is the future, and if you aren't streaming through a browser, you're missing out on a major chunk of the market. The company has this week revealed their latest trick, in-browser movie streaming, but there's a long way to go before those VUDU XL videos come to Firefox. For now, all browser streaming is capped at an SD resolution, and that's likely due to the browser technologies currently available... Read more...
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