March 8, 2010

Blockbuster - Making Its Customers Pay For Its Failure

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Instead of going more towards the Internet to beef up the ailing company, Blockbuster, in addition to closing hundreds of locations, has reinstated late fees. They cut rental time from 7 to 5 days and will charge a $1.00 fee for up to 10 late days. Yeah, that makes us want to get rid of our no late fee unlimited Netflix and sign right up.

Via Home Media Magazine

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February 8, 2010

Netflix To Add 300 Indie VOD Titles

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Good news for indie fans. Netflix will be adding about 300 new titles for watching instantly. The company has reached licensing agreements with distributors and will make available such titles as "Departures" (Regent Releasing/Here Films), "Wendy and Lucy" (Oscilloscope), "A Nos Amours" and "Au Revoir Les Enfants" (Criterion.) Other distributors include Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber and Music Box Films.

Via Netflix

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January 22, 2010

Netflix is Coming to Wii

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Sometime this spring, Netflix will become accessible on Wii. Those with the game console and a broadband connection can receive the service at the regular $8.99 fee. This is not an embedding as an application disc is needed to access content. If you want to be a future customer, sign up at the Netflix site.

Via Netflix

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January 15, 2010

Popbox One Ups Popcorn Hour

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If you dig Popcorn Hour then you will go nutso over the Popbox. It displays photos, videos, plays music and has access to YouTube, Netflix and even Twitter. Video processing supports 100Mbps bitrate (1080p video) and Popapps allow support for Java, Flash and Qt. Debuting at the CES 2010, it is also an open platform for third party apps and services and will make an appearance soon.

Via Popbox

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November 2, 2009

Netflix to Comes to PS3

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Netflix will soon be accessible to PlayStation 3 owners. Xbox 360 users, Roku owners and some Internet connected TVs already have the capability. The streaming service will be free to PS3 users who have a subscription starting at $8.99, as opposed to Xbox 360 owners, who must pay $50.00 a year and join the Xbox Live "Gold" club.

Recent word hits us that Wii will also have the capability. Users need a Netflix Instant Streaming Disc at a price of $9.99. In both cases, a broadband connection is needed.

Via USA Today

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August 5, 2009

Vizio To Release Streaming HDTVs

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Vizio will soon be producing HDTVs this September that will stream Netflix, Showtime, Yahoo widgets and other Internet content. The XVT series has a basic 32-inch model at a price starting at $749.00. Options such as LED backlighting and 240Hz can be added for those with higher budgets. The top of the line will have the options and 5 HDMI ports at a price of $2,199.00. We will see if this line can make them more competitive with others in the HDTV world.

Via PR Newswire

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July 31, 2009

Samsung Blu-ray Home Theater-In-a-Box

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Samsung has a new Blu-ray Home Theater-In-a-Box. Included is a Crystal amplifier, Bio Kelp Speaker Cones with 5.1 surround sound, an iPod dock and WiFi dongle. The HT-BD3252 is packed with a Blu-ray player with BD-live, Pandora and Netflix streaming, This fall, Blockbuster OnDemand will also be an option. At a price of $799.00, look for an August release.

Via Earth Times

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July 28, 2009

Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Aug. 11

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Microsoft has finally decided on a date for its Xbox 360 Live update. As of Aug. 11, you will be able to receive Netflix Movie Parties, Games on Demand and the Avatar Marketplace. They will soon add HD movie streaming, and online access to Facebook, Zune Marketplace and other sites.

Via Kotaku

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July 17, 2009

Sony is Latest Company to Team With Netflix

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Sony has teamed with Netflix to add their streaming to Bravia Internet Video-capable TVs and older models through the Bravia Internet video link. Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings commented that the company is "proud to include Sony Electronics among our CE partners" such as MS, Roku, Tivo and LG. We would be proud as well if we just upped our market by an entire company.

Via Hacking Netflix

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July 16, 2009

Boxee Updates Sites, Support

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No sooner did Boxee release their new version than they have updated their site, including the ability to find your buds that may be scattered over the Net. Finally, check out their support site for any questions that may come up.

(Thanks, Avner)

Via Boxee

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