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Microsoft adding more content to Xbox Live this week, including Toys R Us movies and a refreshed MLB.tv app

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Microsoft adding more content to Xbox Live this week, including PopcornFlix, Toys R Us movies and a refreshed MLBtv app

Mo apps, mo couch entertainment, right? Well, in order to boost the attributes of its mature gaming console and Xbox Live, Microsoft today announced it’s bringing some additional content to the ever-evolving platform. To go along with the recent inclusion of Redbox Instant, Redmond this week — and just in time for the new season, shall we say — will welcome an MLB.tv app with a redesigned interface and other undisclosed features that, according to the company, should “make watching baseball on Xbox better than ever.” What’s more, Microsoft didn’t just have MLB lovers in mind, and is also giving film buffs, both young and old, something to look forward to with a few new applications, such as IndieFlix, PopcornFlix and Toys R Us movies — oh, and for those who fancy internet-based TV shows, there’s a Revision3 app, to boot. As is often the case, the countries in which they can each be enjoyed will depend on where you live (and a Gold subscription, of course), so now may be a good time to peruse the PR after the break to find out which of these you can expect to see on your Dasboard.

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Disney Gets Exclusive with Netflix for Streaming Movies and TV Shows

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The company has started streaming catalog titles, with new theatrical releases coming by 2016.

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Sony Offers 4K Ultra HD Video Player Pre-Loaded with Amazing Spiderman and 9 More Movies

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The new media player will be a bundled bonus for those buying Sony’s K XBR-84X900 4K LED TV.

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CinemaNow adds Ultraviolet support to some of its movies

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Bestbuy’s CinemaNow has started to embed UltraViolet content into their video-streaming service. It’s no huge surprise — given that the retailer is a founding member of DECE — but a good sign for anyone shoring up a collection of discs with UV digital content. CinemaNow identified compatible content with an Ultraviolet icon (seen above), while the service continues to gradually upgrade its SD content to big-screen friendly full HD. According to some early users, there’s some teething issues with links to UV versions, however, suggesting CinemaNow’s still tweaking the setup.

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Google Play Movies, Music reach Australia, Canada and parts of Europe on November 13th

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

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Google’s long-awaited offering of Google Play Movies and Music on Google TV may have answered a longstanding demand for streaming access from some viewers, but it still left many of those outside of the US turning to alternatives. The company is closing that open loop with plans to take the media strategy global. Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the UK will all get similar streaming video options on their Google TV hubs as of November 13th; while content will undoubtedly vary, the gesture once more puts the international stores on roughly the same level as their American counterpart. The only debate left likely centers on what movie to rent for celebrating the occasion.

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LG Starts Streaming 3D Disney Movies to Smart TVs

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

LG is streaming new 3D options and offering a promotional coupon so new users can test out some of the goodies.

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LG’s Smart TV platform starts renting out Disney 3D movies, offers new buyers $50 worth

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

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Although these have been accomplished by two different branch entities, there’s no doubt the folks over at Disney are in a deal-making mood as of late. Having recently announced a deal bringing new content to Cablevision subscribers, Disney has also partnered up with LG to bring an array of 3D films over to its Smart TV platform — so long as the units are 3D-ready and you are in the US, of course. This means movies from studios such as Disney Pixar, Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel and Touchstone Pictures will available to rent in three-dee directly from LG’s 3D World, including The Avengers, Toy Story, Alice in Wonderland and, later next year, Finding Nemo. Better yet, LG’s currently offering a deal which hands you in credit (which expires December 31st) to spend on 3D rentals — naturally, however, you’ll have to shell out some cash on one of its qualifying TVs in order to take advantage of this promo. To learn more about that, check out the press release after the break.

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Redbox, Sony extend distribution deal, keep the movies flowing with no delays

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Redbox, Sony extend distribution deal, keep the movies flowing with no delays

While Redbox’s parent company Coinstar rejoiced over earnings results that showed revenue growth that was partially due to last year’s price hike, the kiosk movie renter had more good news after extending its DVD licensing deal with Sony Pictures. This means Redbox can rent Sony movies the same day they go on sale in stores and has the option to license Blu-ray movies as well through September 2014, when Sony will have the option of two one-year extensions. We’ll still have to wait and see if it can work out an arrangement with Warner and Disney, and what its streaming service has to offer, but more new movies right away is always good.

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Amazon Adds MGM Movies

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Amazon Instant Video is the quiet third-place contender behind Netflix and Hulu, but the service keeps adding content to its catalog. Many of the titles are available for free streaming — some in high-definition — for customers who pay for an Amazon Prime membership at per year. In addition to benefits such as free two-day shipping on most orders and free “borrowing” of Kindle books, members also get to watch movies and TV online for free.

The service currently has a much smaller catalog than its competitors, but it is growing. Last week, Amazon announced an agreement with MGM to include hundreds of “classic” movies and television episodes. Movies include The Silence of the Lambs, Dances with Wolves, Rain Man and The Terminator. One of the TV series to be added is Stargate.

These additions aren’t likely to catapult Amazon to the top of the online streaming list, but they will help keep it competitive. This is likely to be a long race, and so long as Amazon can keep the other two services in sight, it could be in a position to make a strong move in the future.

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Amazon adds ‘hundreds’ of Paramount movies to Prime, signals a Clear and Present Danger to free time

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

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Amazon is keeping its pace of expanding Amazon Prime’s video collection every few months, and today it’s Paramount’s turn to swell the ranks. Instant Video is getting ‘hundreds’ of Paramount’s movies, including both relatively recent movies like Nacho Libre and Mission: Impossible III as well as back catalog titles like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Clear and Present Danger. As always, the movies are watchable anywhere you’ve got broadband, and they don’t add a premium to the yearly Prime subscription. Just be prepared to explain why you’re watching Urban Cowboy on your Kindle Fire at the airport.

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Harry Potter Wizards Collection brings home all eight movies on a ridiculous 31 discs (video)

Monday, March 26th, 2012
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Now that all of the Harry Potter movies have been released, Warner Bros. has seen fit to slide them together in one truly epic set. Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection spans 31 discs including the theatrical version of each movie, extended cuts of the first two flicks, 3D versions of the last two, Ultraviolet digital copies and several bonus discs with ten hours of new to disc bonus content and 5 hours of never before seen extras. Of course, we should also mention the incredibly detailed box it all comes in, seen in the CG video above. Of course, you can’t always have everything, and some fans are upset about what this collection doesn’t include — extended versions of the last six movies. Those still interested can preorder the 9 MSRP set (currently selling for 9 on Amazon) for delivery September 7th, and get an early preview of one of the special features embedded after the break.

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YouTube: Free Movies

Friday, March 9th, 2012

If you’re not aware of this yet, you might want to know that YouTube is much more than cute kittens and pop music videos. The service has been renting full length movies for a long time. But did you know that you can watch some full-length movies on YouTube for free?

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that you won’t find many (any?) Academy Award winners on this list, but I still expect that most people will be find at least a few titles that might pique their interest. For example, “Talladega Nights” and “Year One” have some big stars. And “21” was a pretty engaging drama. If your tastes run more toward the classics, you can watch Douglas Fairbanks in “Robin Hood” or the cult favorite, “Reefer Madness“. And the animation offerings run from “Popeye” to “Sita Sings the Blues“.

In all, you’ll find thousands of free movies available on YouTube. So the next time you’re stuck in some waiting room for an hour and a half, just fire up your smart phone or tablet or notebook computer, and you can kill some time with a free film.

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Starz Play movies disappear from Netflix streaming this week

Monday, February 27th, 2012

A little more than three years after arriving on Netflix’s Watch Instantly streaming service, Starz is packing up its online package of movies and original TV shows and heading home at the end of this month. While the deal brought in high profile movies from Disney and Sony (not to mention shows like Spartacus and Boss), it’s also caused problems with the availability of certain movies / features on the Xbox 360, a renegotiation of terms between Starz and Disney followed by the removal of Sony’s flicks from the service last year. Finally Starz reportedly asked Netflix to change its pricing strategy to a tiered one, but the companies couldn’t agree and renewal negotiations ended September 1st of last year. Netflix is trying to fill the gap with more deals directly with studios and offering its own original shows, while the selection of kid-friendly movies will be supplemented by a Dreamworks arrangement that kicks off in 2013.

That means subscribers have until midweek to enjoy Toy Story 3, Tangled or about 800 (mostly somewhat lesser-known) other movies that may be kicking around in their queues. While Netflix breaks out the Starz Play titles on its site, TVandMoviesNOW has put together a list of all of them, sortable by release date, rating, genre and other items including the 50 or so that are viewable on Amazon’s Prime streaming service. We probably won’t dive in too deeply since the movies lack HD res and surround sound, but if you haven’t seen Party Down yet then this is the time.

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Paramount Movies lets you stream UltraViolet films from the cloud, for a price

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Paramount became the first studio to offer UltraViolet-based movies this week, with the launch of Paramount Movies. With this new service, users can purchase a film in either digital or physical form, and automatically store a copy of it within Paramount’s cloud-based digital locker. You won’t be able to download a UV film for offline viewing directly from the cloud, though you will be able to stream it to any iOS device (support for Android and Windows Phone remains unavailable, as does compatibility with most set-top boxes). It’s all part of DECE’s “buy once, play anywhere” ethos, though it should be noted that the studio’s UV offerings are somewhat limited. At the moment, Paramount Movies boasts about 60 titles, all of which are available at comparatively steep prices: for HD quality movies, and for SD versions. Check it out for yourself at the source link below.

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PlayStation Home lets friends watch free movies together now, UStream and radio next month

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Sony’s recently redesigned PlayStation Home project has always been about bringing online social experiences to the PS3 that mirror their real-world counterparts: hanging out in your apartment with friends, window shopping at the mall, Quincying. Now it can add one more notch to its virtual world experience belt by offering the ability to view full length movies for free, streamed by Sony’s Crackle network. If you’re a frequent user of Xbox Live’s Netflix Movie Parties this may sound like old hat (were we the only ones using that feature?), but now all PS Home users — in North America — can do social viewing with up to 60 users or private parties with up to 11 at a time. Crackle’s selection of movies and TV shows are available today, while live broadcast UStream events (Engadget podcast party anyone?) and musical stations provided by RadioIO are scheduled to debut in December. Press play on the video above for a quick preview or check after the break for a celebratory press release.

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CinemaNow strikes deal with Intel, adds new movies in 1080p HD

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

CinemaNow’s movie library is about to get a bit larger and a good deal sharper, thanks to a new deal with Intel. Yesterday, the video on-demand service announced that it’s now offering a slate of 1080p HD movies for the first time, available on PCs packing a second generation Intel Core CPU. According to the company, “several hundred” new releases and other popular films from 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. have already been added to its library, in addition to the 15,000 movies and TV shows already on file. CinemaNow didn’t offer an exact number of titles, nor did it provide names of any specific films, but you can stream through the entire press release for yourself, after the break.

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Popcorn Hour A-300 ready to sit quietly and enjoy the movies, starting October 18th (video)

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Syabas has released a torrent of details about its next media streamer. The forthcoming Popcorn Hour A-300 houses the latest Sigma 800MHz CPU and Real Media decoder support, plus USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet connections to ensure dizzying transfer speeds. Like its predecessor, the aluminum-encased streamer is entirely fanless, broadcasting your favorite content in stoic silence. The A300 will be available starting October 18th, direct from Syabas. You can prepare yourself by checking out the source link below for a plethora of detailed videos and screengrabs of the A-300′s interface in action.

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NYT: Netflix strikes deal with Dreamworks, will begin streaming movies, TV specials in 2013

Monday, September 26th, 2011

It looks like those rumors of a streaming deal between Netflix and Dreamworks Animation were as good as advertised. Details are still fuzzy at this point, but the New York Times is reporting that the two parties have reached an agreement to stream Dreamworks’ movies and TV projects, as part of a deal worth an estimated million. Under the contract, which replaces a similar pay TV pact between Dreamworks and HBO, Netflix will begin offering exclusive access to the studio’s new films in 2013, with Antz, Kung Fu Panda and other titles from its library slated to become available for streaming sometime thereafter. The company won’t be confined to selling digital copies of Dreamworks’ movies within a specific period, either, drawing a major distinction between itself and HBO, which requires studio partners to halt digital sales outside of an exclusive window. HBO probably isn’t too thrilled to see Netflix strike what Dreamworks chief exec Jeffrey Katzenberg called a “game-changing deal,” but it also has a new partnership of its own with Summit Studios, which it brought on board after letting Dreamworks out of its contract a full two years early. We’re still waiting for official confirmation of Netflix’s latest deal, but we’ll let you know as soon as we get it.

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Amazon Snags Universal Movies

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Last month, Amazon did a deal with CBS for television episode content to stream to its Amazon Prime members. Now it has added movies from Comcast’s Universal Pictures catalog, including popular titles such as “Notting Hill,” “Being John Malkovich”, “Fletch,” and “Billy Elliott.” According to an Amazon press release, this brings the service’s total count to more than 9,000 movies and TV show episodes.

I have to wonder whether or not Amazon poses a credible threat to the two streaming video leaders. There certainly is an argument to be made that quality beats quantity, but Amazon’s 9,000 choices pale in the face of the overwhelming choices from Netflix. The company doesn’t publish their counts, but various sources estimate that Netflix has between two and six times as many choices as Amazon. And while much of Netflix content is B-grade at best, it also has some top shelf content including an exclusive on the popular series, “Mad Men.”

From where I stand, it’s too soon to count Amazon out, but it still has a long way to go to catch up. Netflix has a commanding lead, and if the right company purchases Hulu, it could remain the other top dog in the pack. Amazon will need a few more announcements before it will start racking up subscribers to match Netflix and Hulu.

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Warner preps for UltraViolet with Flixster Collections app to manage your movies

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

You don’t have to wait for Green Lantern or Horrible Bosses on Blu-ray before getting a taste of the UltraViolet future, as Warner has released a beta version of its Flixster Collections app that wants to dig deep into your movie library. Currently running on Macs or PCs, it’s not concerned with where your media is — it ties in with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes then asks about your disc collection and downloaded files — but it wants to index all of it. Once everything is imported, you can browse through them in a Netflix-style interface and even share them over different social networks. As Home Media Magazine points out, the access to titles from all studios is an important first here, but until UltraViolet actually launches, there’s not much to do once all your information is out there. Hit the source link to try it out yourself, and make sure you’ve got the requisite logins handy, you’ll be a while.

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Paramount Streams Jackass Movies via Facebook

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Got Facebook Credits? You can have instant access to a whole lot of Jackass antics.

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Netflix negotiating for Dreamworks Animation movies?

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Netflix will reveal its financial results for the second quarter tomorrow (better known as the one before they raised prices) and already we’ve got a juicy rumor about the company signing up Dreamworks Animation flicks for streaming. Bloomberg reports that Netflix would replace HBO’s agreement for these movies, while The Hollywood Reporter’s sources indicate HBO actually offered to end its deal early after signing up movies from Summit Entertainment and because it anticipates more animated flicks from other studios. If the rumors are on target, with Dreamworks also reporting earnings this week we’re likely to hear confirmation soon. Besides that, Hacking Netflix also has the low down on a couple of other Netflix tidbits, including that it’s recently spun off DVD operations are moving to their own offices, and a rumor that Weeds creator Jenji Kohan is working on an original show for the service. The over/under on Engadget Netflix posts this week is set at 3.5.

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Mitsubishi new Car Navigation System let you Record TV and Watch BD Movies while driving!

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Akihabaranews: Mitsubishi Electric has introduced today a new Car Navigation System with the NR-MZ50. Announced at 150,000 Yen and schedule for August, this new 2DIN AV GPS comes with this usual GPS…



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Vudu starts streaming movies to the browser, but only in SD

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Vudu’s movie service is already available on 300-odd set top boxes and HDTVs including the PS3 and Boxee Box, but now it can add your personal computer to the list since it will start streaming its entire catalog right on the company’s website. The Flash-based player will let customers watch movies they’ve rented or purchased like any other device, but due to licensing issues it’s limited to a maximum 480p resolution with stereo sound for now. That’s disappointing for a company that pioneered high quality 1080p streaming with its HDX format but it could help attract customers who find a rental packed in with one of their DVDs or Blu-ray discs from Walmart. There’s no word yet on plans for mobile devices, but general manager Edward Lichty confirmed to us it plans to make content accessible in “as many places as possible” so we’d expect to hear something on that front soon (but probably after the launch of premium VOD.) Until then, there’s a few more screens in the gallery and a press release after the break or you can just check out the 2.0 interface for yourself on Vudu.com once everything goes live.

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Roku Scores Free Movies with Crackle

Friday, April 1st, 2011

I love Hulu. About half of the programming that we watch at home comes from Hulu (and the other half from Netflix). This is because I have a computer right beside my HDTV, because my television doesn’t have digital tuners and I wanted to be able to record broadcast shows for time-shifting. A computer was the most practical DVR option at the time. But when we buy our next HDTV (which will have digital tuners so we can watch live sports programming), I may ditch the computer. Why? Because I will probably get most of what I want from a simple network media player, like a Roku box.

On Tuesday, Roku made that possibility a lot more likely. They announced a partnership with Crackle that will bring free streaming movies over the Internet. The Crackle channel will be ad-supported, and will also include full-length episodes of TV shows as well.

From the sounds of things, this will be a whole lot more like Hulu than Joost in terms of quality of the content. According to the release, the Crackle channel will get programming from Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics. Not all the movies will be moldy oldies, either. The press release listed the following examples: “The Da Vinci Code”, “21”, “Ghostbusters”, “Eight Millimeter”, “Ultraviolet”, and “A Few Good Men”. The TV show coverage is not nearly so broad as Hulu, but it has recent series including “Beast” and “Nurse Jackie”. You can check out Crackle online for yourself from your computer.

For me, I’d probably be tempted to pay the extra for a Hulu Plus subscription (also available on Roku) to get the wider selection, but if the Crackle channel catches fire, it could command enough revenue to beef up the offerings. It appears that it has hit the ground running on the Roku platform. From the press release:

“The updated Crackle channel was launched on Roku just over a week ago and has quickly become a top five installed and watched channel,” said Jim Funk, vice president of business development for Roku, Inc.

It’s probably worth a look.

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Crackle starts streaming all of its free movies to Roku, PS3, Sony TVs and Blu-ray players

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Sony’s Crackle has had a more successful life so far than its previous iteration as Grouper, streaming movies, TV shows and shorts to various devices since launching back in ’07 and announced today its full library will be streaming to the PS3, Roku boxes, Sony Blu-ray players and Bravia TVs. Expanding full access from just the Google TV (there’s also an Android app that currently streams some of the items) it’s taking credit as the only provider offering free full length flicks including Ghostbusters, Bad Boys, A Few Good Men and more for free on these platforms. The drawbacks are video that tops out at 480p standard definition and Hulu-style commercial interruptions but if you absolutely must watch Weekend at Bernies II without spending any money it is an option — at least, as long as the PS3 browser doesn’t crash with an out of memory error like it did for us. It did work better on more capable platforms, so check out the full details in the press release after the break.

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Warner Bros. Starts Offering Movies Directly on Facebook

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) announced it will begin testing an offering of selected movies for purchase or rental through Warner Bros. Entertainment’s Facebook movie Pages. Consumers will be able to use Facebook Credits to buy or rent a title, all while staying connected to Facebook.

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Warner Bros. starts renting movies via Facebook

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

If you were looking for something more worthwhile to spend Facebook credits on than virtual trinkets for some game, Warner has an idea: all those movies you said you “liked.” Starting today it is testing out a plan to rent movies right on their respective pages for 30 Facebook credits / each. The first one on deck is The Dark Knight (again?) which should be live later today, with more available to rent or purchase in the future. there’s no word on resolution or other features, but at the price we’re assuming SD only. Full details are in the press release after the break, but the rentals have the standard 48-hour VOD window and can be paused/resumed simply by logging back into Facebook. In its current state, we doubt Netflix, Amazon and the rest have anything to worry about as far as competition, but maybe Warner thinks it can snag a few bucks from simply making sure there’s a buy button of some kind awaiting our various identities in as many places as possible.

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Criterion Collection Movies Coming to Hulu Plus

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Criterion Collection is now streaming on Hulu Plus. Exclusively. Netflix customers are going to fall on their katana swords when they hear the details.

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VUDU to Stream 3D Movies on Demand

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

That Vudu magic will soon be entering the third dimension.

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Same Day Movies at Home?

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Tired of standing in line to see the latest blockbuster? Not so thrilled about paying a fortune for a giant tub of buttery popcorn? Wishing for a way that you could enjoy the latest movies without having to endure the loud conversations and ringing cell phones at your local cinema?

Well, you may be able to solve your problems, if Prima Cinema is successful. According to a Wall Street Journal article, the new company hopes to have a system that will stream first-run movies to your home screen. Now, before you go out and order new slippers to wear for opening night, understand that there is a cost involved. The home system is expected to cost about ,000. Oh, and each movie screening will cost an additional 0. That’s a lot of popcorn!

The company has financial backing from Best Buy and Universal Pictures, and hopes to start installations later next year. Clearly, this is not the solution for the average movie fan, but it could find its niche among the very wealthy who are looking for new, exclusive technologies.

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PS3 firmware 3.50 is a go, 3D Blu-ray movies suddenly feel more wanted

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Right on schedule — or a day early, depending on your time zone — Sony has unleashed version 3.50 of its PS3 firmware. And as previously promised, it’s got 3D Blu-ray movie playback with it. According to the Official US PlayStation blog, there’s also some added Facebook integration and new methods of grief reporting. We’re still updating and will let you know what else we might unearth.

Update: Surprise, surprise, it works. We were able to test Blu-ray 3D out and got it running without too much hassle, as long as the HDMI setting is on “Auto” it will detect your 3DTV and switch to the correct mode just like it has for gaming since the update that enabled 3D functionality there. We didn’t see any differences in the menus with the Disney Blu-ray 3D demo disc we had on hand, but we’ll be checking out how BD-Java functions in 3D later on.

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Survey: Most Have Seen 3D Movies

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

TWICE commissioned a survey about consumer opinion about 3DTV, and the results have some interesting highlights. A good place to start is the fact that about 78% of the respondents have seen at least one 3D movie in a cinema. This is interesting because nearly the identical 78% have never seen a 3DTV.

Now, nearly the same 78% of those who had seen a 3D movie were positive about the experience, but only 54% had positive comments about the 3DTV viewing experience. Only 54% of the total said that they would consider buying a 3DTV, but most of them figured it would be more than a year before they’d buy one. The three most common reasons for not getting a 3DTV were the need to buy additional items (41%), the cost (36%), and the lack of content (24%).

TWICE published the results under the headline “Consumers Know 3D But Need More Convincing”. My take on the results is a bit different; the consumers appear to be well-informed, and they are waiting for the prices to come down and the amount of available content to go up. I wouldn’t call that a need for convincing as much as this is the sign of a patient attitude. Aside from the early adopters, the value proposition just isn’t strong enough yet for the average consumer. I expect that we’re right on track for broader acceptance of 3DTV in late 2012 and into 2013.

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Netflix to Stream Current Movies

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

The Netflix instant streaming service is free to subscribers of the company’s disc rental service. Many customers love the streaming service, and some get more Netflix content from the Internet than from their mailbox. The one knock on the service is the fact that almost all of the content is , well, rather old. There are some classic movies, and a lot of old episodes of some great TV shows, and some excellent foreign titles. The point is that it is incredibly convenient, and it was the first signs of the Internet camel’s nose beginning to peek under the video delivery’s tent.

Well, now a bit more of the camel’s nose is showing. Netflix announced this week that it has an agreement with Relativity Media to stream the company’s first-run theatrical films at the same time that HBO and Showtime get them. Reality Media is the company behind hits including “Get Him to the Greek” and “Robin Hood”. This means that instead of having to wait years after the release of a movie on DVD, Netflix will be able to stream the movies just months after the DVD hits the shelves.

Colin Dixon of The Diffusion Group (TDG) made an interesting observation about this announcement: “As long ago as May of 2009 TDG identified premium PayTV as Netflix’ true competition.” As I’ve been saying, Netflix clearly is positioning itself for the day when it doesn’t have to manage an enormous inventory of plastic discs and cope with the steady increase of postage costs. The competition is not Redbox and Blockbuster; it’s HBO and Showtime and Starz and the on-demand offerings by the subscription TV services.

Netflix is clearly succeeding, as about three out of four subscribers apparently are using the streaming service. If people start getting their movies and archived TV episodes from Netflix (and Hulu), how much are they going to be willing to pay for all those channels that they don’t watch on the subscription TV services? This is going to increase the pressure on a la carte pricing, which I contend will be the end of subscription TV as we know it. Those services will have to become data transmission utilities delivering the Internet to your home.

(And you know what would accelerate the process? If ESPN were to expand its online streaming offerings to match what’s available on the subscription services — even at a monthly fee – I expect that users would cut the cable cord in droves. ESPN is one of the remaining valued content sources that is not available over the air or by streaming.)

So this announcement definitely qualifies as a BIG DEAL. It’s another incremental step in the redefinition of Netflix and video content delivery. The world of television is changing right before our eyes.

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Apple now selling older HD movies for $10

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Buying HD movies from iTunes has never been the most popular option, but it’s at least a little cheaper now that Apple has added a or less HD movie section for older titles that were previously sold for the new-film premium of . The sub- library only consists of 30 titles at the moment (though we assume that’ll grow with time), including 3:10 to Yuma, American Psycho, and The Doors, as well as more appropriate bargain bin specimens like Midgets vs. Mascots, The Midnight Meat Train, and Witless Protection. Ideally, we’d love for the rumored new Apple TV and .99 TV show rental option to make all of this somewhat of a moot point, but you’ll never catch us complaining about price drops. And besides, it’s not like we’ll be dropping our Netflix subscriptions based on “maybes” or “mights.”

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