Angry Netflix customer, meet Dish Network's Blockbuster Movie Pass. Blockbuster Movie Pass, meet angry Netflix customer. Now that you've both been introduced, let's sit and talk for a moment and see if this is a relationship worth pursuing, shall we? Whoa there angry Netflix customer, put your credit card away, let's get to know each other first.
Picking the films for a movie night is much like making an awesome playlist (or for our readers of a certain age, a mix-tape). Unless you plan on whiling away the hours watching all of the films in a single franchise, care, thought and a sense of balance must be brought into the movie selection process. One feature-length misstep and what could have been a runaway train of time well wasted can be turned into a bogged down truck full of Howard the Duck. No one needs that sort of pain. If you’re serious about your movie watching, but have a hard time picking a flick, we recommend giving YourNextFilm a try. It’s free, easy to use and also happens to be our Cool Site of the Week.
Netflix today told shareholders that it's slashing its domestic subscriber guidance by 1 million customers as the company's restructured subscription plans and new pricing go into effect. Projections for the third quarter now sit at 24 million, representing a 4 percent slide and enough to spook investors into selling off shares.
By now, US torrent users are used to the nagging worry that a copyright holder could seek damages against them. Now these mass lawsuits appear to be making the journey to Canada, where Voltage pictures is seeking the identities of users they claim have pirated the film Hurt Locker. Major ISPs have been subpoenaed, but the number of defendants is not yet available.
The Internet community is once again pissed off at Netflix (what else is new, right?), this time over reports that the DVD-by-mail and streaming movie service is actively enforcing a policy that limits the number of simultaneous streams per account, which in some cases is as low as one. That means you have to kick the kids off of SpongeBob if you want to catch a Starz flick while Netflix is still allowed to stream them.
Just once, we'd like to see George Lucas leave well enough alone. But like a painter obsessed with adding more strokes to what's already a masterpiece, Lucas runs the risk of ruining the Star Wars universe with each new media format. A tweak here, an added scene there, and before long, the Star Wars series will look and sound completely different the than the ones we grew up with. Unfortunately, the madness continues with the upcoming Blu-ray release.
That rumbling you hear off in the distance is not thunder. Rather, it's the sound of millions of Netflix users quietly cursing as the new higher rates kick in. It was mid-July when the disc and streaming supplier announced the updated plans, and this is the day it all goes down. Will there be fallout?
The fact that Hulu is still shopping for a buyer hasn't stopped the streaming service from expanding its would-be empire, which now has an international presence. Hulu officially launched in Japan this week, marking the first time it's set virtual foot outside the United States. It's the first step toward becoming a global brand, and could make the service more valuable (and attractive) to potential suitors.
Adventure. Excitement. A geek craves not these things...most of the time. While most of us are content to walk in the light, a number of our most craven geek brethern have chosen to follow a darker path, seeking power, fame and glory through any means neccesary. Plying their geeky wiles towards bending the world to their will, these nerdy neerdowells will stop at nothing to survive and thrive. To make sure you know to steer clear of such villianous vermin, we've put together a gallery of some of the worst offenders. After all, knowing is half the battle.
Videogame publisher Electronic Arts announced preliminary financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2011, posting numbers that came in higher than what analysts were expecting. EA's GAAP total net revenue for the quarter settled in at $999 million, up 23 percent from the $815 million it posted in the same quarter one year ago.