Items tagged with On-demand

Will you shed a tear for the DVD format when it's dead and gone? What about for Blu-ray? Don't worry, neither one of those formats is on the verge of going belly-up, but that comes as little consolation to film studios and retailers who can do nothing but sit and watch as sales for these formats continue to slump. According to The Digital Entertainment Group, both sales and rentals of DVDs and Blu-ray discs fell 7 percent to $10.9 billion so far in 2010, and according to the British Video Association, sales last year were down as well. Why the downfall? The economy is certainly playing a role,... Read more...
With smartphones and iPods, game consoles and PCs, e-readers and tablets, Americans now spend a truly mind-boggling number of hours each week watching TV, even more than the mega-hours they spent as couch potatoes last year. Online viewing means far fewer commercials and broadcasters have begun to fight back and eliminate free TV shows on the Web. News Corp's Fox set off a firestorm when it blocked online access to popular shows like "Glee" to 2.6 million Cablevision Systems broadband Internet subscribers last weekend. This was part of a fee dispute over how much Cablevision pays Fox for the rights... Read more...
We might not quite be at the point where we can watch whatever we want, when we want, but we're getting a little closer all the time. In addition to the plethora of sites that offer on-demand streaming content to our computers, such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon, new devices and services keep popping up that deliver Internet-based streaming of on-demand content to our television sets. The latest to join the likes of Roku and Vudu is a new service called ZillionTV. Similar to Roku and Vudu, ZillionTV relies on a set-top box that attaches to your TV. The ZillionTV Device connects to your home router... Read more...
It's time to score another win for the couch potato generation. With TiVo's most recent partnership--this time with Domino's Pizza--you can now order a pizza directly from your TiVo without ever leaving your couch or even picking up the phone. "This is the first time in history that the 'on-demand' generation will be able to fully experience couch commerce by ordering pizza directly through their television set." -- Rob Weisberg, Vice President of Precision and Print Marketing at Domino's Pizza, Inc.  Credit: GizmodoStarting today, TiVo subscribers with a broadband connection can order... Read more...
When eBay bought Skype a while back, I rushed out and picked up a few share of eBay because it just felt like a natural fit.  With Skype's ever-popular and amazing VOIP client technology taking off like a rocket, it just seemed like a total home-run for eBay to integrate that functionality into their goliath-sized online auction services, giving buyers and sellers an opportunity to speak directly regarding transactions and deals.  The stock made a nice run and I punched out quickly with a tidy gain on the smallish investment I made.   Now, Niklas Zennstroem, co-founder of... Read more...