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Online video is obviously exploding, and with portals like Hulu, it's becoming easier and easier to consume content without every turning on the television. This trend is causing a ton of ripple effects throughout the industry, and that goes for marketing agencies, too. One of the major issues with online video is money. It's easy to sell ads on television, but is it the same online? Blinkx is a company that specializes in online video search, will be delivering 35 million hours of content to Burst, an online ad company with 130 million unique users. The two have entered an agreement where Blinkx will acquire Burst for $30m, and the newly formed company will create "contextually relevant video... Read more...
If it's not one cable company, it's another. While Big Cable in general has been skiddish when it comes to giving Internet-only subscribers access to certain online content portals, one thing that they've seemed to embrace is Apple's iPad. It's hard to truly pinpoint why that's the case, but it's proving true. Time Warner Cable recently released an iPad app of their own, and now Cablevision is doing something similar. The ISP's new Optimum app allows customers to enjoy "hundreds" of cable channels, VOD, enhanced and searchable guide information right on their tablet, not to mention DVR controls. This is easily one of the most fully-featured cable-iPad apps to date; this one not only allows content... 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. The films are available to rent as of now, and in order to rent a film, consumers simply click... Read more...
You might say that the world simply doesn't need another media streaming device. And you could be right. But could we use another streaming device that actually does something different and unique? Yeah, we could get into that. JetStream HD might be that device. Rather than being a software solution, this is actually a software + hardware combination. The product launched this week at DEMO Spring 2011, with a $199 box promising to change the way iPad users think about streamed content. In time, the product will be able to stream to iPhones, iPod touches and maybe even Android phones. The $199 box accepts an Ethernet cable, which is used to link it to a PC/media storage system in your home. From... Read more...
If you were wondering exactly how long it would take before 3D content caught up with 3D hardware, it's around a year or so. When 3DTVs started shipping, many consumers were hesitant to buy one; after all, what good is a 3D TV if there's no 3D content to consume? Not very worthwhile at all, as it turns out. But now, 3D Blu-rays are starting to ship en masse, and select 3D sports stations are bringing more and more events into the homes of users (ESPN 3D comes to mind). But there still was no dedicated 3D channel, until today. Sony and Discovery have teamed up with IMAX to launch 3NET, which is described as the first 24/7 3D television network, and it'll be launching in the U.S. next week on DirecTV.... Read more...
Just as cellphones are exploding, so is the consumption of digital media. Netflix is well on their way to taking over the content world, and following a very nice quarterly report, the company also revealed one other little nugget of interesting information. The company wrote the following: "Apple TV has done very well for us, and in just four months has passed the also-growing iPad in Netflix viewing hours." That's really impressive, and also very telling to how frequently people are using their Apple TV boxes. It wasn't long after launch that Apple announced that one million of the new-generation boxes had been sold, and obviously people are using them like crazy. The iPad was hailed as a fantastic... Read more...
If you're someone who follows the media streaming business with any regularity, you'll probably recognize the Orb Networks name. This month, Orb is expanding in a big way, and coming into mainstream homes via the PlayStation 3 and a host of other Blu-ray players. The new Orb BR application is designed to integrate with Sony's PS3 and select Blu-ray players, enabling people to watch shows from Hulu, Hulu Plus, Comedy Central and many other portals. The app brings this content right to your television, and would make the most sense to use on players that aren't already Internet-connected with built-in portals that provide access to online media. But even then, it's always nice to have a secondary... Read more...
There's a lot of movie streaming going on. Right now, it's hard to even fathom how many kilobytes are flying across the world as digital multi-media is consumed, but Roku is giving us a small glimpse into just how much streaming goes on. More and more people are cutting their cable out and relying solely on streaming for in-home entertainment, and Roku's collection of streaming set-top boxes are poised to skyrocket in popularity as the shift continues. Roku just announced that their user base now matches the reach of a top 10 cable company, with over 130 million unique streaming channels now available. And on this very week, the company served their one billionth stream of content. Last year,... Read more...
Does the world really need another content portal? There's already cable TV, Netflix, Hulu, VUDU and Boxee. And now this? Why, sure! There's never enough when it comes to alternative content viewing options, and now DivX TV is coming to select LG products. DivX TV is Sonic Solutions' new comprehensive entertainment service that enables retailers and consumer electronics manufacturers to bring a broad range of web-based content to home and mobile electronics. The service delivers over 10000 videos for now, and it's capable of scaling to premium material as well. Launched in October 2010, DivX TV is currently available on LG Electronics' BD550, BD570 and BD590 Blu-ray Disc players and LHB335, LHB535... 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 in the right direction (price wise). It's still not cheap by any means, but at least they're starting... Read more...
Now we're onto something! One of the complaints that has surrounded Netflix's Watch Instantly streaming platform since the very beginning was the lack of new content. There are plenty of old releases and classic titles on Netflix, but where's the new stuff? A lot of it has to do with movie studios not really wanting their content onto streaming services right after it leaves the cinema; if people know that they can watch a new release just a few weeks after it hits the cinema, why would they even go? But with the changing trends, and the world relying more and more on streaming content, it looks like a baby step is being made today. Netflix and FilmDirect have announced a multi-year agreement... Read more...
If you log into your Netflix account this morning, you'll probably notice some changes. Or some possible changes at the very least. The company that began as a by-mail DVD rental firm is making a few dramatic changes this morning in reaction to changes in behavior from their consumer base. Jessie Becker, who is Netflix's VP of Marketing, came out with this huge factoid: "The fact is that Netflix members are already watching more TV episodes and movies streamed instantly over the Internet than on DVDs, and we expect that trend to continue." Despite the fact that Netflix has only offered streaming for a fraction of the time that they have offered DVDs by mail, consumers are already consuming more... Read more...
Mobile TV is an interesting thing. Overseas, in Asian territories in particular, it's huge. Nearly every cellphone has access to mobile TV, and loads of consumers demand it. But in North America, there's next to no demand for mobile TV. MediaFLO has had an incredibly difficult time marketing their services, even when pushed by carriers too. Qualcomm's FLO TV just bit the bullet and folded after trying for less than a year to penetrate the U.S. market. So is there really a future for mobile TV in America? Even Netflix's leaders have said that they can't find research to prove that U.S. consumers want to watch long-form content on mobile devices. But is there demand for shorter clips if they're... Read more...
Sonic Solutions has been rapidly moving to expand their RoxioNow platform for quite some time; it's definitely been a focal point of the company, and with the heightened level of competition surrounding connected HDTVs, we can understand why. Now, the company has managed a deal with Trident, a company that produces system-on-chips (SoCs) for leading HDTV makers. Basically, this deal allows RoxioNow to be embedded onto any HDTV with a Trident SoC inside, and that's quite a few potential TVs. RoxioNow's platform works to give consumers a wide variety of multi-media content over the Internet, including new-release movies and hit TV shows. With this partnership, it's safe to assume that RoxioNow... Read more...
And just like that, paying for cable or satellite starts to look even less attractive. Hulu, which launched a Hulu Plus subscription service months back to bring users more and more content quicker to the air date, started that 'Plus' service at $9.99 per month. Not too bad considering what you get, but some people still thought it too high. Now, it's costing even less. In an unusual move for a company like this, they're actually lowering the subscription price to $7.99 per month. Yeah, lowering! While Microsoft hiked the price of their Xbox LIVE service this year, Hulu Plus is going down. Any device that can access and play back Hulu Plus will have access to the newly priced service, and any... Read more...
While North American definitely gets a lot of things first, it's lagging behind when it comes to content distribution at home. Japan has Blu-ray burners everywhere for burning content that see on television, and the UK's Freesat can be easily transferred between devices. Who knows if that functionality will ever come to America, but if you're in the United Kingdom, Elgato has a new device that'll make watching Freesat television a lot easier. The EyeTV Netstream is a compact box that will enable users to stream Freesat satellite television to any PC on your home network, and even to your iPad via an EyeTV app. The box functions as a network tuner for DVB-S2 streams, and it makes things easy when... Read more...
It's a little hard to believe, but there's still no Netflix support for Android. Netflix streaming has been supported via an iPhone app for months now, and Windows Phone 7 support was granted just as soon as the OS hit the market. But Android has been around for years, and still no Netflix app. So, what gives? Finally, Netflix is shedding some light on that very question.  Greg Peters, from Netflix product development, recently posted a blog concerning the lack of Netflix support on Android. He seems quite upset that they haven't been able to figure out a solution just yet, and while he wants Netflix on Android ASAP, there's one major problem: DRM. The same loopholes that have allowed piracy... Read more...
And now, there's finally another reason to buy Sony's Dash. Previously, the Dash was a really niche device. It was a sophisticated bedside clock, and while the Chumby widgets provided a nice amount of information at a glance, the trouble is that few people stay by their bedside (awake) for very long. They're either hopping up and checking stats on their smartphone or heading to a real computer. But now, the Dash is your perfect bedside companion for dozing off to sleep. Hulu Plus is now supported on the device, and as long as you have a Hulu Plus subscription, you can now surf through shows and enjoy content right on your Dash. If you aren't a subscriber, you can sign-up for $9.99/month to take... Read more...
It looks like it's all over between Netflix and Akamai. Like a bad breakup between a cute couple, it's just hard to watch fall apart. But there's nothing like a rebound, right? And that's what's happening. Akamai is a major streaming service that assists tons of companies with media distribution. But evidently the service isn't up to snuff for Netflix, and as the company shifts towards becoming a more serious streaming contender, that service is becoming more and more important. Level 3 Communications is taking over for the rejected company, now selected to serve as a primary content delivery network (CDN) provider for Netflix. As a result of the deal, Level 3 has accelerated plans to further... Read more...
It's always sad to see a startup, or a good idea, go belly-up. But in this high-pace world of technological innovation, it happens more often than not. It's tough to gain traction in today's world, with one thing after another begging for consumer dollars. Such was the case with Qualcomm's FLO TV. It launched with a huge marketing push, and in theory, the idea was sound. People love television, and people are constantly on the move. So it made sense to think that people may enjoy TV on the go. But the problems were numerous. For one, people didn't seem interested in buying a dedicated portable television. It's one extra device to carry around, and many smartphones these days already have access... Read more...
There's hardly anything better than "free." But "free access for all" might just sound even better, especially if you're a PlayStation 3 who has been waiting for Hulu Plus access. Up until now, having access to Hulu Plus on your PS3 required an invite, so you had to be a member of PlayStation Plus. Members of the free PlayStation Network were left out in the cold. But no more. Hulu has announced that they are moving on a plan to extend content options and get Hulu Plus onto more devices. Starting next week, PSN users will no longer need an invite to download Hulu Plus, but to use the service, they will have to pay $9.99 per month just like everyone else. But they'll have access to more and more... Read more...
One of the most public disputes between a media company and a cable company has finally come to a close. For the past 14 days, News Corp. and Cablevision have been battling over license fees. The main problem was the distribution of Fox, a network which hosts many Sunday NFL games, and this week, the MLB World Series. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Fox is obviously a major channel, and a great many of Cablevision's subscribers were missing out on content for 14 whole days. Rarely do these disputes lead to channels being pulled, but Fox actually went black on Cablevision systems for 14 whole days while the two attempted to reach an agreement on pricing. Cablevision wanted a deal similar... Read more...
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