Earlier this month Warner Bros. decided to test the social networking waters by making "The Dark Knight" available as a rental on Facebook. At the time, Warner Bros. described Facebook as "a natural extension" of its digital distribution efforts, and the idea was to see if people would be willing to rent and watch movies via the world's most popular social networking site. That initial launch must have been a success, because as of this morning, Warner Bros. added five more films to Facebook.
The much anticipated Google Music service is said to have been delayed due to Google's demand for cloud music rights for songs purchased through its service. But as it now turns out, Google is not the only company interested in cloud rights for media content. According to a Cnet report, Amazon is also holding similar discussions with content owners from both the film and music industries. Meanwhile, a separate report claims that Apple too is working on a cloud-based digital locker service of its own.
The hit series "Dexter" is getting axed from Netflix's streaming service. So is "Californication" and every other current, original series. It's the agreement CBS's Showtime and Netflix came to when reworking an expiring streaming content deal, and quite frankly, losing popular shows like "Dexter" simply sucks. But it's not all bad news for Netflix.
Android is seen by some as the Holy Grail of Netflix streaming, which is available on just about every other platform. You can currently stream Netflix through game consoles, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, TV sets, Apple devices, and who knows, there's probably a toaster oven out there somewhere serving up Netflix titles. Curiously missing from that list is Android, though it appears not for long.
If you're planning to pay for the delivery of a digital movie to your home, odds are strong that you're paying Netflix for the privilege. A new NPD Group study tells us that Netflix holds a whopping 61% of the digital movie market. That's fairly impressive in and of itself, but the complete scattering of the rest of the market is remarkable as well.
You could make a compelling argument that Doom is the most important game of all time. It's certainly right up there, at least in terms of its impact on the industry. But the Doom movie starring Dwayne Johnson? That one's a bit more forgettable, if only Hollywood would let you forget about it, that is. Instead, like everything else, it appears Doom is going 3D. Oh joy?
Disney boss Bob Iger has seen the writing on the wall, and in big, bold letters, it says, "Consumers have better things to do than sit around watching movies." If that's the case, where does that leave DVDs? According to Iger, the DVD market is "not has healthy as it was," but DVDs aren't dead yet, either.
In a bid to stay relevant and avoid the same ultimate fate as MySpace, Facebook will try its hand at renting and selling Warner Bros. flicks through public pages of WB movies. The trial kicks off on Tuesday with Batman: The Dark Knight. Facebook users will have the option of forking over 30 Facebook credits ($3) to watch the movie through a Facebook application.
Bad news if you're hoping this whole 3D fad will hurry up and run its course, it looks like 3D is here to stay. Not only is 3D at the box office showing no signs of slowing down, research shows that revenue generated by 3D flicks nearly doubled in 2010 in North America, which was helped in part by movie theaters upgrading their screens to accommodate 3D motion pictures. In other words, consumers are voting with their wallets, and they're voting 'Yea.'
A new study reveals that the land down under is overflowing with illicit downloaders. Some 5 million Aussie scallywags pillaged television shows, music, and other online content that supposedly cost the related industries a combined $900 million. That number will rise into the billions in just a few short years.