Video may have killed the radio star, but Vdio, the online video equivalent of Rdio, will do battle with Netflix for streaming supremacy. Up until yesterday, Vdio was a secret project headed by Skype creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, along with a modest team of heavy hitting players who aren't accustomed to failure, people with experience from Skype, Napster, Microsoft, TV Guide, and Apache. Does Netflix have anything to worry about?
Hulu is officially off the auction block, which means Google is going to have to be content with YouTube, Apple will have to find another way to boost its Apple TV platform, and Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, Dish Network, and all the rest who were interested no longer need to concern themselves with what was gearing up to be an epic bidding war. For whatever reason, Hulu simply had a change of heart.
Just days after its plans were leaked, Universal Studios has decided not to go ahead with $60 at home rentals of an upcoming film while it was still in theaters. The service was slated to go through trials in Portland and Atlanta, but theater chains strenuously objected to the proposition. Faced with a possible nation-wide boycott, Comcast’s movie studio relented.
All the angry Netflix protestors can put down the pitchforks and relax, DVD rentals aren't going anywhere. Following an intense consumer backlash opposed to the idea of spinning off its DVD-by-mail business into a separate entity, Netflix this morning said it no longer plans to do that and has scrapped Qwikster before it ever got off the ground.
After Freddy Got Fingered, we really shouldn't be surprised at the junk Hollywood will cast on the silver screen. Yet somehow we're still a little shocked that Farmville is making the move from Facebook to the local cinema, or at least that's what IGN was able to extrapolate from a recent interview with Toy Story writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen.
Douglas Horton suggested that we should all be our own heroes as it’s a lot cheaper than a movie ticket. While he might be right, we think it’s a lot more fun to take in a film (or kill a few braincells watching TV). Additionally, these lean economic times demand a certain level of fiscal responsibility: Spending a few bucks on a movie ticket versus the hospital bill most of us would have to foot after taking on a bunch of thugs in a downtown back alley? Please--The math speaks for itself.
We suggest staying safe and snug at home while more qualified individuals do all the difficult, dangerous work for you. Fighting evil with brains, gadgets and gear, these 15 geek heroes beat down evil-doers and ne’er-do-wells for the price of admission. Let’s take a look at what you get for your hard-earned money...
The Hurt Locker is known in BitTorrent circles as more than just an Oscar winning blockbuster, but also the poster child for movie industry lawsuits. The maker of the film, Voltage Pictures, has been working alongside the U.S. Copyright Group to pursue over 24,583 IP address across almost a dozen ISP’s. Up until recently the lawsuit has only been expanding, but now suddenly the folks over at TorrentFreak are reporting that all but 2,300 of the defendants are being dropped from the case.
Marc Randolph is one the visionaries behind Netflix, the company he co-founded along with Reed Hastings back in 1997. Randolph spent some time as Netflix's CEO, as an executive producer of the company's website, and served as a member on its board of directors up until 2004. Now he's on the outside looking in, just like the rest of us, but his perception is different than most everyone else sitting on the sidelines.
Remember when YouTube was little more than an online video portal filled with crappy videos shot in blurry SD? You could argue that much of the content still sucks, but at least the picture quality is much improved with so many HD uploads. Google has begun taking a proactive role in improving the actual content too, and as 2012 rolls around, you'll be able to watch scheduled broadcasts with professional actors, just like cable and satellite TV.
Netflix is in desperate need of positive PR, and that's exactly what the streaming service is getting after signing a multi-year deal with DreamWorks to receive exclusive access to first-run films and select TV shows. And according to a report in The New York Times, Netflix even edged out HBO to secure the deal, which ranks as the first time a major Hollywood studio shunned pay television in favor of Internet streaming. Ready for the wet blanket?