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Perhaps Dish Network should just pull the plug on Blockbuster completely, but instead it looks like the once popular DVD rental store is destined to die a slow death. The satellite service provider indicated it would be closing more Blockbuster locations in the coming months than originally planned, and those that remain will turn into quasi-Dish Network customer service locations. News of additional closures comes from Dish Network Chief Executive Joe Clayton, who spoke with Reuters at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Clayton said that any location not making a profit will... Read more...
I'm fully aware of the oxymoron in the title, because after all, how can a single stream be concurrent? It can't, and that's exactly my point. Netflix got itself in a bit of hot water a few months ago when subscribers reported the streaming service was tightening the reigns on the number of concurrent streams, enforcing a strict limit laid out in Netflix's Terms of Use. Technically, Netflix is supposed to limit concurrent streams to as little as one per customer in some instances. Here's the official verbiage: Some membership plans allow you to watch simultaneously on more than one personal computer... Read more...
If your plans for this holiday weekend include watching a movie with loved ones, you may not have to go far to find a hit movie that the whole family can enjoy. Thanks to a new partnership between Disney and YouTube, you can now rent titles through the Google-owned streaming service. The first of hundreds of Disney, Disney-Pixar, and DreamWorks movies are already available. Movie rental prices start at $0.99 for a 24 hour pass. There are plenty of options, ranging from classics to animated hits to adventure movies, including Alice in Wonderland, Cars, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.... Read more...
The man who once stared at goats, George Clooney, is now looking at a possible role depicting the late Steve Jobs in an upcoming biographical film chronicling the Apple co-founder's life up until his untimely death at the age of 56. As you can probably imagine, this is a coveted role, and Clooney isn't the only one in the running. According to a report in the U.K.'s Now Magazine, Noah Wyle, a former co-star of Clooney's on ER, is also in the discussion to play Steve Jobs. The biopic would begin filming next year, which means nailing down a cast would have to take place sooner than later. Of course,... Read more...
We just got word from Redbox that starting on Monday, October 31, the daily rental charge for DVDs will increase 20 percent to $1.20 per day. According to Redbox, the price hike is intended to offset rising operating expenses, such as increases in debit card fees. Blu-ray discs, video game rentals, and additional day charges for DVDs rented prior to Halloween won't be affected, Redbox said. As as show of good faith and to help ease the transition, Redbox said it will discount the first day of all online DVD rentals to a buck from October 31, 2011 through November 30, 2011. Subsequent days will... 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...
Are you fed up with Netflix? Redbox just not working out? We highly doubt you'll be answering "yes" to those, but if so, help is on the way from a pretty wild source. Google's YouTube has just launched their first major movie rentals, making it an instant competitor in a small but powerful network of companies who are driving pay-TV executives up the wall. Facebook has already started to trial this kind of thing, and it makes sense for YouTube to try their hand as well. According to reports, Google's working to line up more deals with movie companies in order to launch a full-fledged rental program... 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...
If you were unable to access your Netflix streaming service last night, don't feel bad, you weren't being singled out by a higher power. Instead, Netflix suffered yet another service outage on Tuesday night, this latest one lasting roughly four hours, according to reports. "Netflix is up and on as usual," Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey said in an email to subscribers. "Last night we had an unanticipated and rare technical issue that interrupted the service for about four hours, since fixed." Actually, South Park's intrepid news crew got it wrong. It was just Netflix that was out, not the entire... Read more...
Now this is an interesting twist on things. Digital downloads have been on the rise in recent years, that's for sure. But streaming has been reserved mostly for set-top boxes and Web Browsers. Starting this week, Warner Bros. will begin to offer movies through Facebook. Facebook feels like a pretty random place to hawk movies, but then again, the site has hundreds of millions of users, so it's a pretty wide platform to advertise on. For now, the studio is just testing out select movie rental / purchases through Facebook movie pages, and users will be able to use Facebook Credits to easily buy or... Read more...
We knew there was the possibility that Amazon was looking into a Netflix-style streaming service to accompany its Prime membership option. Now, the online retailer has officially confirmed the service. With a paid subscription to Amazon Prime (which costs $79 per year), users will get the ability to stream unlimited, commercial-free content. Amazon claims there are 5,000 movies and TV shows available for streaming. The service is compatible with PCs, Macs, Internet connected TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes. Here's a full look at the announcement from Amazon:... Read more...
Let's be real here, trying to take on Netflix in the streaming media space is like, well, trying to take on Netflix in the streaming space. It's hard to imagine an upstart coming in and dethroning Netflix's growing business, but what about Amazon? No one in their right mind would describe Amazon as a Johnny Come Lately, and with the recent acquisition of LoveFilm -- the European equivalent of a Netflix -- Amazon has as good a shot at competing with Netflix as anyone, does it not? We're not pulling this theory out of thin air, mind you. Someone sent a handful of screenshots to Engadget that shows... Read more...
Oh the horror! The inhumanity! The injustice! Say it isn't so! What are we bellyaching about? Not much, really, but plenty of Netflix users are none too happy with the online DVD rental streaming service's decision to remove the 'Add to DVD Queue' from streaming devices. "We're doing this so we can concentrate on offering you the titles that are available to watch instantly," Netflix's Jamie Odell explained in a blog post announcing the change. "Further, providing the option to add a DVD to your Queue from a streaming device complicates the instant watching experience and ties up resources that... Read more...
Western Digital's WD TV Live Hub, which is what we're looking at today, is the company's fourth generation media streamer, and it's the most fully functional to date. Unlike the previous generation WD TV Live Plus, as well those that came out before it, this latest iteration adds several welcome additions, including a built-in 1TB hard drive, a built-in media server to stream content to multiple rooms, and more apps than before, including the ability to download movies and TV shows from Blockbuster On Demand... Western Digital WD TV Live Hub Review... Read more...
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