The business world is kind of like the playground; it’s dirty, people don’t always play fair, and there’s always somebody who’s just waiting to blow a raspberry at kids who fall flat on their face. Once the undisputed bully, Netflix has taken a well-known and embarrassing stumble over the past few weeks. Amazon’s taken the opportunity to stick its tongue out and kick the streaming giant while it’s down. A whole heapload of popular Fox TV shows are coming to the Amazon Prime service later this fall.
Hulu’s good for stimulating more than multi-billion-dollar buyout bids; as it turns out, the service can send impatient content-seekers to illegal P2P downloads in droves, too. Just a few weeks ago, we speculated whether or not Fox’s new eight day delay for online content would send those of you without a cable subscription to Pirate Bay, or if the online horde would patiently wait the extra week for their Family Guy fix. Well, the policy’s gone live, and it looks like online viewers aren’t the sit around and wait type.
Fox just doesn't seem to get it. Around a week after Netflix's price hike sent irate customers into the arms of its competitors – like Hulu, which Fox has a stake in – the network announced, in a very customer UNfriendly move, that people who don't subscribe to cable, Dish Network or Hulu Plus would soon have to endure an eight-day delay between the time a show airs and the time it appears online. Customers didn't get angry, but they're just going to shrug their shoulders and go back to picking up Family Guy on P2P networks, anyways.
Twentieth Century Fox and Netflix today announced an amended and expanded non-exclusive digital distribution agreement that will add more titles from Fox's TV and movie library to Netflix. The multi-year agreement gives Netflix instant access to the first season of "Glee" and the first two seasons of "Sons of Anarchy," with additional seasons being added annually. Also on tap is "Ally McBeal" and "The Wonder Years."
Darth Vader and a band of Storm Troopers made an appearance at CES to let the tech world know that the entire Star Wars saga will finally ship on Blu-ray in September, 2011.
"With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete saga from start to finish," said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. "And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible."
Star Wars fans will have three different sets to choose from, including:
Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc set includes all six films) - $140
Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III) - $70
Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI) - $70
Amazon is already taking pre-orders on the upcoming high-definition versions, with pre-release pricing promotions for each set. The Complete Saga is selling for $90, while the other two sets are marked down to $45.
Google TV was supposed to forever change the way we consume content in our living rooms and revolutionize television. At this point, Google would be happy just to get a single major network on board.
Fox Broadcasting, which is owned by News Corp., just became the latest broadcast network to shun Google TV And block full episodes of its shows from beaming to GTV devices, CNet reports. That makes it a clean sweep, with NBC, CBS, and ABC all having already slammed the door on Google TV.
Fox was slower than the rest in making its decision as it was evaluating the platform, but according to one of CNet's sources, Google's "footprint was too small," at least for the time being.
The real reason Google is having such a tough time getting broadcasters to jump on board, however, is the general feeling that streaming Web content to television sets will cut into ad revenue.