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In a recent Spanish interview, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings offered a rather controversial perspective on content piracy via the Internet. In the interview, Hastings stated that while a great many may consider piracy to be a problem, the truth is that it has served a purpose in helping to create a public that is savvy about viewing best-quality content on demand via the Internet. Spain has long been a particularly sharp thorn in the paw of producers and distributors of entertainment products, with a raging culture of Internet file-sharing piracy borne of a dearth of good legal alternatives. Despite... Read more...
In a further step towards achieving its goal of absolute world sports dominance, the National Football League has announced that they will present a football game during the upcoming 2015 season that will air only on the Internet. Monday, at the annual league owner's meetings being held in Phoenix, the NFL made the decision to sell the rights to the October 4th contest between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills to a digital distribution company. The Week 7 game, one of three NFL matches that will take place in London during 2015, will begin at 9:30AM EST. For fans in the local Jacksonville... Read more...
Just a couple days ago, we learned about a few new apps from Samsung that will bring social networking and location based services to compatible Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Home Theater systems, and TVs. While that sounds cool and all, we can't help but appreciate Philips new technology that doesn't require any widgets or apps. The new Philips Wireless Media Connect technology lets you stream any content from a laptop screen to a compatible Philips TV. Instead of being limited to a specific app, widget, or Internet service, Philips Wireless Media Connect gives you unlimited options by letting you... Read more...
Best Buy is launching a new digital video service called CinemaNow that will provide customers with same-day, instant access to new release movies and TV shows. Initially, the service will be accessible through select connected Blu-ray Disc players and HDTVs. It will also be available on most PCs via www.cinemanow.com. The service will be available starting this month on all new connected Blu-ray Disc players and home theater systems from LG Electronics. Later this year, CinemaNow is expected to make its debut on an array of other devices from various manufacturers. Best Buy Provides Customers... Read more...
Time Warner and Verizon are teaming up to give Verizon's FiOS TV customers free, unlimited online access to content from Time Warner's Turner networks, namely TNT and TBS. The companies also have plans to bring the same content to mobile devices in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future. Once the content is available for FiOS subscribers, programs will be available for viewing within 24 hours after an episode airs. Turner expects to launch additional networks sometime this year. Additionally, Verizon is working with content providers to make additional online programming available from content... Read more...
Amazon unveiled a promotion called Disc+ On Demand that could change the way some of us consume media. When you buy select DVD or Blu-ray discs under the new offering, you'll get the ability to download a digital copy of a film for instant viewing on your Mac, PC, Roku, TiVo, and other devices. There are a few catches to the Disc+ On Demand service, however. Most notably: Selection: Currently, there only about 300 titles that are part of the Disc+ On Demand offering. That's a relatively small selection considering Amazon sells hundreds of thousands of DVDs.Quality: All Disc+ On Demand downloads... Read more...
Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate have jointly announced the launch of Epix, an online HD streaming service and HD TV station that will make it possible for users to watch films from these three studios for free in HD. Although currently in private beta, Epix will offer movies from each of these studios via a cable TV network channel as well as through an online, on-demand 720p streaming website, Epixhd.com. While Epix may appear similar to Hulu at first glance, Epix is different in that it has no advertising. Better yet, you won’t see any extra charges on your cable bill with Epix and you’ll get to... Read more...
Hulu, an online video website known for showing full-length television shows and movies, plans to provide a live stream of an upcoming concert by the Dave Matthews Band. The June 1st concert from the Beacon Theatre in New York will be streamed live on Hulu beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST. Following the live stream, Hulu will offer on-demand access of the show. The live concert will be one of many elements of Hulu’s partnership with the Dave Matthews Band. Starting Thursday, May 28, Hulu will begin introducing Dave Matthews Band videos leading up to the concert. Hulu will also air Dave Matthews Band’s... Read more...
According to recent reports, a dedicated Hulu application could be available for the iPhone in just a few months. The application will reportedly work over Wi-Fi and AT&T’s 3G network, thereby enabling users to view programming anywhere a fast data connection is available. There were rumors of a similar application about this time last year, however the rumors were before the App Store launched. In addition, Hulu flat-out denied it was working on such an application at the time. Fast-forward to today, and the rumors seem much more plausible, especially given the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 software... Read more...
Just one day after announcing plans to subsidize netbooks, AT&T wised up to the fact that those netbooks and connections could be used to download movies and enjoy other bandwidth-intensive applications. To avoid bogging down their network, the company revised its data plan service terms to single out and prohibit “downloading movies using P2P file sharing services, customer initiated redirection of television or other video or audio signals via any technology from a fixed location to a mobile device, [and] web broadcasting….” The license agreement further prohibits tethering the device to... Read more...
After a small but vocal group of people complained about the quality of Netflix’s streaming service, the company has responded to the issue on the company's corporate blog. In the post, Neil Hunt, chief product officer at Netflix, identified three points in the system that could affect a user’s experience: CDNs, the variety of content and devices, and in-home congestion. As Hunt points out in the blog post, Netflix’s content is scattered across different CDN servers throughout the U.S. As a result, heavy congestion in different regions as well as the ways in which the traffic is routed to ISPs... Read more...
Here’s some potentially good news for those of us who love to watch our favorite TV shows online: MTV Networks and ABC.com have achieved profitability with their latest online video efforts. Both networks currently have clear, aggressive strategies for distributing TV online—MTVN aims for a wide distribution while ABC is pushing a walled garden of high-quality streams. During a recent panel discussion on broadband video distribution, Greg Clayman, executive vice president of digital distribution and business development for MTV Networks, said online video is profitable as a business. However, the... Read more...
Soon, you’ll be able to watch free, live, streaming video on your iPhone thanks to a company called Ustream. Ustream.TV is a live interactive video broadcast platform that makes it possible for anyone with a camera and an Internet connection to quickly and easily broadcast to a global audience. Ustream was started in the summer of 2006 by John Ham, Brad Hunstable, and Dr. Gyula Feher in order to help overseas soldiers connect more efficiently with their families. The yet to-be-released iPhone application will let users view any Ustream channel live. What’s more, users will also see and be able... Read more...
In an effort to keep up with competition, Blockbuster announced an alliance with Sonic Solutions that will provide consumers with instant access to the using a variety of home and portable devices. Through the partnership, Blockbuster hopes to become an ever-present competitor in the digital world: "We are excited to be partnering with Sonic, the industry's leading entertainment delivery and technology provider, to make Blockbuster's digital entertainment service easily and instantly available to consumers through the widest range of devices available in the marketplace," said Jim Keyes, Blockbuster... Read more...
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