Beginning December 15, flyers on Virgin American will have the luxury of unlimited cute kitten and baby videos on Channel 11 when they fly. YouTube has partnered with the airlines on U.S. and Mexican flights. Not only can you laugh at other people's expense, you get access to web series such as "Blue", "Crash Course" and "H+." Watching original content is certainly a pleasant alternative than watching another family-friendly comedy. New shows and series will be added about every 2 months.
Amazon has yet another service to hook you into their cyber clutches. FreeTime Unlimited provides Kindle users with ebooks, games, movies, TV shows and Android apps for the entire family. For $6.99 monthly, an entire family gets access to unlimited access to ad-free content while individuals pay only $2.99. The family friendly subscription includes age appropriate, child friendly offerings from the likes of PBS, Nickelodeon, DC Comics and Disney. If you are planning to purchase a Fire or Fire HD this holiday season, you get a 1-month free trial to the service.
Amazon Prime is morphing into a monthly streaming service with a bonus of a free Kindle ebook once a month. After a 30 day free trial, you pay $7.99 monthly ($95.88 yearly) for the viewing privilege as well as getting free 2-day shipping on anything you purchase from them with no minimum limit. It remains to be seen if those who frequent Amazon shopping will turn to them for their streaming needs as well.
While Apple finally unveiled both the iPad mini and the 4th generation of iPad, it remains to be seen how well they deliver as the mini white has already sold out. Those who pre-ordered from the Online Store will undoubtedly see a delay and those who still want them are camping out at Apple's retail shops. Those who get them in their eager little hands will have at least four days of play before standing in line at their local Polling Place.
Belkin's WeMo Baby Monitor can be controlled with an iPhone/iPad with almost no range limit. The WiFi device has both visual and audio indicators and can be used with up to 6 devices simultaneously. Download the free app to get access to your baby's status, including cry notifications via email or text. Take it to the next level with an Evoz $9.99 monthly premium service for cry analysis, history and sleep patterns.
Boxee has dispensed with their old set top device and replaced it with Boxee TV. The device allows HDTV viewing of the major networks and many other channels with antenna or unencrypted basic cable. Two tuners means that you can watch one movie/program while recording on another. Their No Limits plan means that you can record all you want in a cloud-based DVR and watch when it is convenient on your laptop, tablet or TV.
As a bonus, it will come pre-installed with apps like Netflix, Pandora and YouTube with more to come in the future. It is due out in November with a $99.00 price for the box and a $14.99 monthly subscription rate.
Sky Movies has the exclusive rights to all eight of Warner Brothers Harry Potter flicks, including the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 that can be screened in 3D. Subescribers can get it on their HD and SD movie channels as well as on demand and mobile platforms. The deal begins in November, so this could quite possible be a perfect pastime during the holidays for anyone who has an Xbox 360, Sky+HD box or mobile device. If you don't have the service, check out their bundles and super deals as a fine gift for yourself.
Like other media that is adopting the interweb, Austin City Limits is beginning to livestream on YouTube. The Roots, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Shins were included in their ACL Festival 2012 Oct. 12 - 14. Head over to their channel to catch up if you missed the live feed and make plans now to catch next year's event. In the meantime, cget the free ACL app and you can watch past episodes at your leisure on your iPad (iOS 4.3 or later.)
What can be more fun than tooling around in your new electric Smart car? How about a home cinema projector in your front bumper? Aside from its low price (starting at ~$13,000) and small size, the Fortwo is economical with a 60kW magneto-electric motor. And soon it will come with a movie screen in a bag car theater that includes surround sound, a glass roof and an appropriate name (Forstars.) Find a nice, quiet wall or garage door and an iPhone can connect by Bluetooth. Somehow we find the idea of the concept car comforting and it if only had a microwave for popcorn, going out to a movie could be affordable again.
OMG! We absolutely adore Breaking Bad! The more evil Walt gets, the more we like it. Jesse now seems a wuss in comparison. So how much of an oxymoron are these plushies? Made by MissCoffee, another fan, the set was made for an LA art gallery and not for sale unless enough of us can convince her to mass produce.
Btw, if you haven't seen Breaking Bad, shame on you! Catch up on the current Season 5 as well as previous ones.
We say it's about time. Come October, Avatar will finally become available on Blu-ray 3D. Supposedly, Fox's Collector's Edition was stalled because of a lack of 3DTVs and director James Cameron insists that this version is "the way it was meant to be seen." We agree, as it was the first movie we actually went to see in a theater in years. Who knew blue could still be so cool? Pre-order the $2.7 billion flick now and in the meantime, enjoy this video incentive.
Disguised as a sphere, Google's Nexus Q is their latest contribution for tuneful sharing. With a 4.5" diameter, it connects with Google Music and if you have an Android device you are good to go. There are 32 LEDs that dance to the beat and shift hues for a bit of whimsy. When used with Google play and YouTube apps, view movies and videos, play music and web surf without downloads or syncing. Music Manager allows for uploading of over 20,000 titles. Let's not forget the built-in amplifier and connection to AV receiver or HDTV. Pre-order now for $299.00.
Intel remains on the forefront of technology and may be working on a set top box that can determine gender and age of the viewer and will launch appropriate ads. While this premise still appears at the planning stage, the company believes that interactive features is a plus for TV advertisers by using niche marketing. Then again, showing a 12 year-old the next best thing to bug her/his parents for seems a bit daunting.
Facebook is offering its first movie release of "Marley" tomorrow, April 20, the same day it comes out in theaters. Partially executively produced by son Ziggy, the film already touts over 37 million Likes. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, it promises rare footage, interviews, performances and of course an amazing soundtrack. Needless to say, even the preview looks and sounds killer.
If you want to watch with buds, share and tag clips and be part of the fun, the PG-13 documentary will air at 12:01 a.m. after a $7.00 fee by PayPal or credit card, with part of the proceeds going to Save the Children.