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Sprint is bringing out the big guns to promote its new All-In “unlimited” calling, texting, and data plans. The third-player U.S. wireless carrier has brought out none other than David Beckham to pitch All-In, but there are a lot of “gotchas” that you must take into consideration before you start jumping up and down for joy. For starters, at $80 per month with an included smartphone lease, All-In is actually $10 a month more expensive for iPhone users that were on Sprint’s old iPhone for Life program. But by upping unlimited plan pricing $10 (CEO Marcelo Claure is a man of his word), Sprint is... Read more...
Amazon is in the unique position of being able to transform its business model to stay current with the times. For example, with demand for DVDs giving way to streaming options, Amazon has decided to be aggressive with its Prime Instant Video service by offering cable network Epix a deal it simply couldn't refuse. Citing an "executive directly involved in the deal," Reuters claims Amazon agreed to a performance-based bonus payment incentive, one in which Epix will receive additional funds if Instant Prime Video membership rises above a certain level. That bonus payment is on top of whatever fixed... Read more...
As more and more wireless carriers impose caps on data plans, customers are becoming increasingly aware of how much data they are consuming on their mobile devices. Recognizing that streaming video can quickly gobble up one’s monthly allotment, Netflix is working to help users with a new feature that lets you change video quality. Although you might not get as good of quality video if you turn the settings down, you will save bandwidth from your mobile data plan. The feature is appropriately called “Manage Video Quality” and is specifically aimed at 3G and 4G users who don’t... Read more...
A big battle is happening over Internet service so, naturally, people have added large dollops of fear and misinformation and are shouting about it on Facebook. On December 21, the FCC will finally vote on adopting net neutrality rules. This may (or may not) have been caused by Comcast's spat with Level 3 now that Level 3 won a big contract to handle Netflix's video streaming. Grind it all together, output it to Facebook and you get this campaign: "Save the Internet: Stop Comcast from Blocking Netflix. Without strong net neutrality rules, companies like Comcast can demand fees from innovative companies... Read more...
With the near ubiquity of widescreen high-definition TVs (HDTVs) in so many homes, the desire to consume media on them that was traditionally relegated to computer displays is starting to gain popularity--especially since a growing proportion of this media is HD video. To meet this growing desire, Western Digital has just released the WD TV Live HD media player.The WD TV Live HD media player is a device that sits between your HDTV and your home network, allowing you to stream media from networked drives (such as a NAS device) and "Internet content from popular Web sites"--the device also includes... Read more...
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a little late to the game, but it has just launched an official online video portal where users can watch streaming video from a wide selection of PBS shows. Not that PBS hasn't offered some of its shows online before this, such as NOVA, but this marks the first time that PBS has consolidated a significant selection of its current and past shows into one place, accessible online to anyone with a broadband Internet connection--much as many of the major commercial networks have already done, such as Fox or ABC.The PBS Video site officially launched on Wednesday,... Read more...
The numbers are in for Americans' TV and video consumption, and The Nielsen Company reports that our TV and video watching habits have reached new heights. Whether this is the natural progression of a long-standing trend, a byproduct of more people staying home because of the recession, or perhaps a combination of the two, Nielsen states that "the average American watches more than 151 hours of TV per month"--which averages out to over five hours of TV per day--"an all-time high."  Nielsen calculates that the average American watched one hundred fifty-one hours and three minutes (151:03) of... Read more...
A great debate is raging as to what the future of movie distribution will look like. On one side of the debate are those who claim that physical discs like DVDs, Blu-ray, and whatever format will eventually supplant Blu-ray, will always deliver a superior viewing experience than anything that will be available via streaming or on-demand content. Pundits on the other side of the debate--and this is the side that appears to gaining the most momentum--say that as broadband's footprint continues to expand, throughput speeds continue to increase, advances continue to improve in compression technologies,... Read more...
YouTube has announced that after over three years of streaming user-uploaded video, it is shutting down... Or at least that is what we thought when we first saw the headline of the blog entry that went up today on YouTube's official blog. The headline read: "YouTube Goes Offline." No, YouTube is alive and strong and isn't going anywhere (at least that we know of). What the upon-first-glance, potentially-misleading title is actually referring to is that YouTube is now enabling, sanctioned video downloads. That's what "offline" refers to--you can now download videos and watch them offline, instead... Read more...
There are always a lot of new products that come to view at CES. Sometimes, these products are kept under tight wraps, and other times, companies give us a sneak peek. Today, LG is giving us a look at one of the things they’ll be formally unveiling at CES next week, namely, new entertainment options for its Network Blu-ray Disc players. The new offerings come as a result of alliances with CinemaNow and YouTube. Coming sometime in the first half of 2009, you’ll be able to get your hands on a new LG Blu-ray Disc Player that has the ability to play full-length, high-quality movies, TV shows, and short... Read more...
In a move that will leave many saying "it's about time," the Nintendo Wii game console will finally be getting a streaming video service. Reuters reports that starting in early 2009 in Japan, Nintendo and ad agency Dentsu are partnering to launch the video-streaming service, which will become available "overseas" (presumably in Europe and the U.S.) later in the year. Before Wii owners get too excited with the vision of Netflix streaming movies dancing in their heads, so far all that has been announced is that the new service will "offer cartoons and other entertainment programmes created for the... Read more...
The Neflix Player by Roku was one of first devices available to allow Netflix users to watch streaming video from Netflix's growing library of TV and movie titles available via Netflix's Watch Instantly feature. But while other devices have since also recently gained this capability, such as the XBox 360, TiVo HD DVR, and Samsung BD-P2500/BD-P2550 players--including supporting the few HD titles that Netflix currently streams--the Roku device has only supported SD titles until now. Roku has just announced that with a firmware update that is available starting today, however, that the Neflix Player... Read more...
In a move that will leave many saying, "Duh! What took so long," the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) has just added movie and TV streaming to its site. IMDb has long been the first stop for many (IMDb.com claims 57 million users) looking to find information related to movies, TV shows, and the people associated with them, such as actors and filmmakers. Available now, the Amazon.com-owned company hosts "over 6,000 full-length feature films and TV episodes for free." This new features is currenly labeled as a "Beta." IMDb.com will feature a rotating selection of video content from providers such... Read more...