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Netflix unveiled major changes to its pricing plan today, much to the dismay and disgust of the company's customers. Up until now, Netflix has offered a $7.99 unlimited streaming plan with a $2/month DVD plan available as an add-on. As of now, Netflix will offer two separate plans, one for DVDs and another for streaming. The company's blog explains the situation as follows: Last November when we launched our $7.99 unlimited streaming plan, DVDs by mail was treated as a $2 add on to our unlimited streaming plan. At the time, we didn’t anticipate offering DVD only plans. Since then we have realized that there is still a very large continuing demand for DVDs both from our existing members... Read more...
Samsung announced the new SH-222AB internal DVD writer which features ultra fast load times. Using new technology from Samsung, the SH-222AB DVD writer claims to reduce Lead-In-Time by up to 60 percent, letting users enjoy the content on a disc much quicker than with other DVD writers. The SH-222AB internal DVD writer uses a SATA interface and supports the following speeds: 48X CD-ROM reading, 40X CD-RW reading, 22X DVD±R recording, 12X DVD-RAM recording, 16X DVD+R Dual Layer recording, 8X DVD+RW recording and 6X DVD-RW recording. Samsung's SH-222AB is currently available for about $29. Samsung Unveils New DVD Writers with Ultra Fast Load Times SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung... Read more...
Ready for battle? Redbox is, but who knows if Netflix is geared up as well. The rumors have been swirling for months now, and the Los Angeles Times is now reporting that Redbox could be preparing itself for a serious showdown with Netflix in the streaming arena. Currently, Redbox only has rental kiosks. The $1-per-night tactic has worked well on DVDs, but it's clear that physical media doesn't have a tremendously long life ahead of it. Streaming content is definitely the future, and they're looking to get in now rather than waiting for Netflix to truly wrap up the market. According to the report, Redbox President Mitch Lowe made clear at an analyst meeting that a new streaming option would be... 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 are better used to improve the overall streaming functionality." Odell's explanation only tells part... Read more...
LaCie may be offering a portable Blu-ray drive for those who own ODD-less notebooks, but not everyone is ready or willing to invest in BD. Lite-On, which is a company that has made a name for themselves in the storage sector over the years, is catering to that group with the new eNAU608 8X External Slim DVD Writer. They're also catering to the folks who love to style things up, offering one of the only (if not the only) portable DVD writer with lids that can be swapped out. These decorative interchangeable top cover inserts are included with the drive, and they provide a unique level of customization to a kind of product that is rarely tweak-able. Moreover, users can create their own inserts... 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...
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, but so too is the digital revolution. On-demand content is being piped through TVs, set-top boxes, game... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 handsets have been out for a few weeks here in the U.S. and now, Fengtao Software wants you to know its DVDFab software supports Windows Phone 7 compatible formats. This means you'll be able to use the company's DVD and Blu-ray ripping tools, DVD Ripper and Blu-ray Ripper, to remove known DVD and Blu-ray protections and rip your favorite videos to a format that is compatible with your new Windows Phone 7 handset. With the holidays coming up and many people making travel plans, there's no doubt many of us will want videos to watch in the airport and during those long car trips (provided you're not the driver, of course.) DVDFab Supports Windows Phone 7 -- Helps You Freely Watch... 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...
Redbox is known as the DVD kiosk company. It's the company that has taken the world by storm by placing a seemingly endless amount of red DVD rental boxes in grocery stores, supermarkets and Walmart locations. They have most likely led to the further decline of Blockbuster sales, and they're arguably quicker and better than Netflix when it comes to need-it-now rentals. Netflix still has a much wider array of DVD choices, but you have to wait on the mail to deliver it; Redbox generally has a lot of newer releases, and they're all waiting in a nearby box for just $1 per night. But the technology world is moving quickly, and physical DVDs are in risk of being pushed aside in favor of movie streaming.... Read more...
Netflix's first streaming-only service is now online and rolling out films to movie buffs all across Canada. The company confirmed a few months back that they were shooting to launch this fall, and now it looks like all of the approvals have been acquired. Starting now, Canadians can finally take part in the Netflix festivities that Americans have been enjoying for years, but only the streaming aspect. Honestly though, that's probably the best aspect. With the invention of Redbox, it's easier than ever to find new release DVDs nearby, and it's far quicker than waiting for an envelope in the mail as with Netflix's by-mail DVD rental service. And since it's obvious that digital downloading is the... Read more...
The Netflix value proposal just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. It's nice enough that any customer with a $9/month or larger by-mail DVD plan can stream unlimited content from the company's Watch Instantly library, but now that library is about to get a huge boost. One of the main complaints about Netflix's instant streaming service is the lack of new releases, but a fresh deal with EPIX may be the first major step in hushing those gripes. EPIX is a company you probably haven't heard of, but they have subscription pay TV rights to new releases and movies from the libraries of its partners. Those partners include Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM, which you most definitely have heard of it. Starting... Read more...
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and it's pretty safe to assume that Blockbuster has their back against the wall. The company has struggled lately just to keep up with debt payments, and their vast brick-and-mortar network seems to be doing them more harm than good when compared to nimble rivals like Netflix. But there's one thing that Blockbuster has that Netflix and GameFly do not when looked at individually: variety. And now, Blockbuster is seeking to exploit that. The company just revealed a new "Blockbuster By Mail" service that now includes games, which is a first for the company and a first for the industry. Customers now have access to more than 3,000 titles for Xbox, Xbox... Read more...
In general, mobile TV has had a difficult time gaining ground in America. FLO TV has been one of the primary companies out there trying to get people hooked, but based on the small amount of compatible devices out there, we're guessing that it hasn't been a huge home run. But that could be because most devices thus far have been for watching TV only. It's tough to imagine too many people wanting to buy an extra device solely for watching TV on the go, and even tougher when you figure in the extra monthly cost. But Audiovox has an interesting idea. They're trying to integrate FLO TV into a device that consumers may want already, making FLO TV just the icing on a cake that someone was already going... Read more...
Redbox. Just saying the name brings a smile to most faces, particularly those movie lovers with a box or two nearby. We have heard in the past that the company is planning to compete with Netflix and is still in a "beta phase" when it comes to pricing, but now we're learning that Redbox is going Blue. Or, we should say "Blu." The company made famous for putting $1/night DVD kiosks into grocery stores, Walmart stores and just about any other retail location where they were allowed has just expanded their services in a big way. Since launch, Redbox has been allowing consumers to pick up standard DVDs for around $1 per night, even expanding the renting service online and allowing users to reserve... Read more...
Most of us don't back up our data as often as we should. In an effort to help make data backups less of a chore, EZPnP Technologies recently announced the new EZDigiMagic DM110 series of portable backup burners. These burners are designed to give you one-touch backup from flash memory cards or a PC to optical discs (CD, DVD or Blu-ray). The new DM110 series will be available in July in four models ranging from a base model with a DVD burner to a higher-end model with a Blu-ray burner and data bridge function. EZDigiMagic Announces New Storage Products That Back Up Flash Memory Cards and Laptops with the Touch of a Button EL PASO, Texas, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Take advantage of simple and convenient... Read more...
Start-up companies who suddenly find themselves taking off are in an interesting position: maintain the status quo, or attempt to squeeze more out of their business model. Redbox is one of those services, and with 25,000 DVD kiosks now in service around America, things are reaching a critical mass. Thus far, the company has largely generated support by offering nightly DVD rentals at just $1/night, with online reservations making things even easier for consumers. Recently, we heard that Redbox was considering a low-cost video streaming service, something that would more directly compete with Netflix's wildly popular "Watch Instantly" streaming feature, which is now available on Nintendo's Wii,... Read more...
It's a feature that consumers have been asking for, and Kaleidescape has finally obliged: Blu-ray support has been added to the company's movie servers. Granted, Kaleidescape servers can only be afforded by the most affluent among us, but hardcore movie lovers have been begging for BD support since the format war ended years back. If you're unfamiliar with the company, they basically sell sleek HDD racks and front-end UIs that allow you to catalog your movie collection into a huge hard drive array, so you'll never need the DVD disc again. There's a great UI and search engine, which pulls down metadata and makes sifting through titles a breeze. But Blu-ray had yet to be officially supported until... Read more...
These have been on the table for months now, and while the so-called "Flipper" was noted as "coming soon" during December of 2009, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has finally decided to roll out the two-sided discs for consumers to enjoy.We will say--the first three films to ship on this twin-sided Blu-ray/DVD disc aren't the classics that you might expect. Out of Africa 25th Anniversary Edition, Traffic and The Jackal are all expected to hit the streets on April 27, and in a single package, users will get a Blu-ray copy of the film as well as a DVD copy on a single disc. Better still, bonus features won't be going away to make room, as all three will have BD-Live, added scenes and all of... Read more...
There's two bits of Ubisoft news today, one of which we're still investigating. First up, the company apparently payed attention to the outrage of gamers who discovered the DRM in the PC version of Assassin's Creed II would throw them out of game without saving if they lost an Internet connection in a single-player game. AC2 won't be released until March 16, but the company has already issued a patch that will allow gamers to resume playing in the event of a connection break, rather than forcing them back to the last saved game. The second (and amusing) snippet of news is that Ubisoft debuted this new controversial DRM system with the release of Silent Hunter 5, only to have it allegedly cracked... Read more...
If it isn't Netflix making the news, it's Redbox. The go-to red DVD rental kiosk company is hitting it really big of late, and maybe too big. Essentially, this is the Netflix alternative when you just don't have time to wait a day or two for your newest movie to arrive, and the ease and low price associated with renting versus buying obviously has some suits at movie studios up in arms. Recently, Netflix agreed to wait 28 days after a Warner Bros. DVDs shelf release before renting it out. This basically forces consumers to buy the DVD if they want it right away; otherwise, they'll have to wait a month to see it via Netflix. We can understand this logic if you're Warner Bros., but this definitely... Read more...
A very interesting new report at the Wall Street Journal has thrown a huge assumption from 2009 in the face of itself. If you'll remember, many entertainment analysts said that consumers could be spending more time in front of the television (instead of at the box office) during 2009 as they struggled to curtail entertainment spending in the face of the recession. It all made sense--consumers looking to cut back would be likely to stay at home on a Friday night and watch something on ABC instead of shelling out $15 per ticket (in large cities, anyway) at the cinema. In fact, that's exactly what didn't happen. 2009 marked the first year since 2002 that U.S. consumers spent more money buying movie... Read more...
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