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CinemaNow may not have the same ring to it as "Netflix," but now that Intel's involved, might you be paying closer attention? That's right -- CinemaNow, Best Buy's digital entertainment service, and Intel Corporationare teaming up, and for the first time, the former will be able to offer 1080p HD movies for rental and purchase on 2nd-gen Core processor-based PCs with Intel Insider technology. Previously, only standard-definition movies had been available from CinemaNow on the PC. CinemaNow has now added several hundred new releases and popular catalog titles in HD from 20th Century Fox and Warner... Read more...
Could the days of free 3D glasses at the cinema be numbered? Perhaps. As with most things trying hard to break into a market, Sony's movie studio had been footing the bill for the 3D glasses that were being distributed before 3D films. Seeing a 3D flick already cost more than a 2D flick, leaving many feeling as if those "free" glasses weren't so free after all. But even with the increased rates, the studio is still not pleased. In an effort to grab every last cent they can, Sony Pictures has reportedly suggested in letters sent to some American theater owners that they won't be paying for the glasses... Read more...
Is Facebook really a place people will go to check out feature-length movies? Only time will tell, but clearly the initial test has gone well, otherwise we highly doubt Warner Bros. would continue to pursue it. And pursue it they are. The company has just revealed that they will start to offer five new movies for rent directly on the social networking site, and these are just dusty, old movies, these are hits. Inception, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, Life as we know It, and Yogi Bear are all making the cut, all of which are exceptionally popular.... Read more...
We honestly have never had an issue with Netflix's legacy library. It's the new release library that is oftentimes a disappointment. It's tough for rental companies like Netflix to nab discs early, particularly with movie studios quietly rebelling against these cheap alternatives to buying a movie on disc. But some hardcore independent film lovers would probably argue that Netflix's library of independent movies isn't what it should be. And that's a market that someone else can exploit. That company is called Fandor, and they just launched this past week. They have around 2,500 indie films right... Read more...
If it's not Apple, it's Google clogging up the rumor mill pipeline. Recently, the search giant has been at the center of rumors that they could be launching a new music service to compete with iTunes, and now, The New York Post is reporting that Google may be considering the opening of a YouTube subscription-based movie service in the UK. The site is being pretty quiet about how they received this information, but they certainly seem sure of it. And honestly, it's not that hard to believe. Google's been looking to branch out and compete in burgeoning tech areas for some time, as evidenced by the... Read more...
RoxioNow really is everywhere these days. As the year draws to a close, Sonic Solutions has announced that their RoxioNow platform licensee Sears and Kmart have started their own online movie download service by the name of Alphaline Entertainment. The world probably doesn't need another movie download service at the moment, but with the winners and losers still being sorted out, Sears is hoping to branch out and find revenue from a very unlikely source. The new service enables Sears and Kmart customers to download entertainment online, including new movies on the same day they are released on... Read more...
Kaleidescape just recently released their most budget-based movie server ever. And now, back to their old ways! The company is famous for providing very high-end movie servers to affluent individuals who can afford to unload thousands on their home cinemas, and that's what it'll take to get a Blu-ray movie server. The Kaleidescape System stores exact copies of your Blu-ray Discs on its hard drives, and you won't find another server that can do this seamlessly. That's why the company can charge whatever they want for it. High resolution cover art combined with a brief synopsis of each film and many... Read more...
Soon, you may be able to pick up a microSD card with a movie preloaded on it to enjoy on your Android-powered smartphone or tablet. Mo-DV is now offering its Universal Player on microSD cards for the Android operation system (version 2.1 and later). Movie studios are generally pretty protective over their content, so that's where the Universal Player comes in. With the Universal Player, movie studios can more readily prevent the illegal duplication of content. Mo-DV has had success in the past by enabling movie studios to offer their movies via USB Flash Drives available at large retailers such... Read more...
Kaleidescape is not a company name that goes hand-in-hand with "inexpensive." It's a company that caters towards high-end home cinema owners who would like to place their entire film and content collection on a hard drive, versus having to sort out discs. It's one of the few factory systems that can rip DVDs and store them with full metadata for easy browsing on a home theater setup. But in the past, these systems have costs tens of thousands of dollars, making them very impractical for all but the most affluent of content consumers. The company's latest product, the Cinema One, is the first step... Read more...
PNY has partnered with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to offer customers a free movie download. When you purchase a specially marked PNY product, you'll get a full-length movie download from Sony Pictures. Some of the specially marked products include HDMI cables, 8GB and higher SDHC memory cards, USB flash drives, DDR1/DDR2/DDR3 memory kits, and graphics cards. The promotion codes are located inside of the package and are redeemable online. Over 35 movie titles are available. If you download and install the PNY Movies app, the titles can be played on your smartphone as well. PNY and Sony Pictures... Read more...
How much will you pay for instant gratification? Time Warner is hoping you'll pay $30 to $50 for the privilege of watching a new movie from home just days or weeks after it makes its debut in theaters. Big Hollywood studios and pay-TV carriers have been considering the idea of premium on-demand offerings for some time. Now, Time Warner is ready to give the idea a try. The new service could be available as soon as this summer. During an earnings call recently, Time Warner's CEO Jeff Bewkes told investors and analysts that his company is getting close to having an agreement with distributors regarding... Read more...
Well, we can't all act surprised at the same time. For years now, Blockbuster has been dwindling in importance. The store was once the face of movie renting, and now it's the face of what used-to-be. Ever since Netflix stormed onto the scene with a more convenient method of renting DVDs, Blockbuster has been declining. Stores have started to shut down, and even Blockbuster's attempts to mimic Netflix never really worked out. And once Netflix launched their Watch Instantly streaming service, the final nails began to sink into Blockbuster. According to the LA Times, Blockbuster is preparing to file... Read more...
It's coming, Star Wars fans. The question is: are you ready? For the first time ever, the Star Wars saga in its entirety will be available on Blu-ray, the highest resolution home film format yet. It's an announcement that fans have been waiting for, but the painful part is waiting from now until this time next year. That's right, this amazing set won't actually be ready for sale until Fall 2011, so you won't be placing it on the holiday wish list for 2010. The Star Wars Blu-ray Box Set will include all six films, featuring the "highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with extensive... Read more...
The Netflix value proposal just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. It's nice enough that any customer with a $9/month or larger by-mail DVD plan can stream unlimited content from the company's Watch Instantly library, but now that library is about to get a huge boost. One of the main complaints about Netflix's instant streaming service is the lack of new releases, but a fresh deal with EPIX may be the first major step in hushing those gripes. EPIX is a company you probably haven't heard of, but they have subscription pay TV rights to new releases and movies from the libraries of its partners. Those... Read more...
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