It's no secret that Blockbuster is probably giddy with delight now that Netflix has enraged so many former customers. They are offering runaway subscribers a 30 day free trial with both movies by mail and unlimited in-store exchanges. Included in the deal is their game service, pre-release videos and Blu-ray titles. We expect them to announce a total VOD service for those who do not have On Demand devices. The move could perhaps save the beleaguered company from oblivion if they amass more fans.
We previously told you about Western Digital's My Book Live that delivers storage at 100 Mbps, 3 times the speed of USB 2.0. Included is an integrated DLNA compatible media server for streaming video, audio or images to game consoles, Blu-ray players and other devices. Even better, after retooling, the new WD 2go app allow mobile access to files without a monthly fee. A Pro version for $2.99 lets you save locally and share nicely with others.
Netflix wants to make it easier to turn kids into Watch Instantly Zombies with a new Just For Kids feature. The company worked with Common Sense Media to select the films and TV shows for children aged 12 and under. In addition to clicking on a handy tab, tots can click on characters at the top and bottom of the page to pick selections based on their faves. So if your kid is a SpongeBob freak, expect hours of uninterrupted silliness to enter your life. The service will soon be accessible on the iPad, Wii and probably other gaming consoles that Netflix supports.
No sooner did Logitech drop the price of its Google TV run Revue from $299 to $249, it turned around and lowered it again to $99.99. This move makes it more competitive with Apple TV and Amazon's Roku. The company says that when its Version 2 is updated this summer, it will have an even better and simpler UI and access to the Android Market.
A new update for second generation Apple TV has arrived. Owners can now purchase TV shows in glorious HD that can then be downloaded to other iOS devices. It will automatically show previous iTunes purchases and users can browse and watch videos from Vimeo. Hit the link to download the 4.3 update.
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Glee episodes soon after they air, beginning this fall you need Hulu Plus, cable or satellite company to catch them and other Fox shows the first 8 days after airing. Although other stations like ESPN and EPIX have already begun this practice, Fox is the first major network to adopt the plan. The change will occur August 15 and we will see if the others follow suit.
Amazon is doing some big-time hyping of their Prime service by adding hundreds of movies over the last few months and promising more than 2,000 movie and TV titles to come like The Tudors and Star Trek. You pay just $79.00 per year for unlimited streaming. That makes the price about $6.50 per month, a small savings over Netflix, but we suspect loyal subscribers will not fix what isn't really broken, just damaged. Still, if you have yet to choose, you get a month free tryout.
A year ago producer Ridley Scott and director Kevin Macdonald asked "ordinary" people to film footage to contribute to "Life in a Day." After 80,000 videos uploaded that made up 4,500 hrs of footage from 192 countries, the premiere finally took place last Friday at selected theaters. With YouTube and National Geographic sponsoring the documentary, the film contains what its editor calls "time capsule footage." If you want to see what didn't make the cut, check out the YouTube Channel.
Apple has been busily thinking up new ways to appease its fans. This time it is the Thunderbolt that they call the "ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook. The 27" display with a 2560x1440, 16:9 ratio has high quality audio with a 2.1 speaker system, access to FaceTime and Ethernet, FireWire 800 and three USB 2.0 connections. Non-Apple users can hook up with a MagSafe All-in-One cable connector and Mac peripherals are also compatible.
MediaMall's PlayLater allows streaming/recording of video from YouTube, Hulu, Netflix and 23 other online sites. Select the site, program and episode or video clip and record or add it to a queue. You can then watch it at your convenience, even offline. PlayLater is only available to those with Windows Media Player, those with Windows XP/Vista/7 and it is recommended that you have 100G extra storage space.
PlayLater is free for a month while it is in beta, $4.99 monthly after full release or $49.99 per year. The only catch is that it turns the file into a DRM.ply only playable on the designated PC.