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.
If you were never a fan of Jar Jar Binks to begin with, you probably couldn't care less that he's getting a 3D makeover. Maybe you couldn't care less about 3D, in which case go ahead and move along, this is not the announcement you've been looking for. Love it or hate it, the Star Wars prequel Episode 1: The Phantom Menace has been converted to 3D and is coming to theaters early next year.
Time Warner, parent company of Home Box Office (HBO), announced the expansion of its authenticated online video streaming service, HBO Go, to more than 1,400 movies and TV shows. The expanded content essentially doubles HBO Go's catalog, which now includes every episode of The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and Deadwood, as well as current shows like Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, and True Blood.
There aren't many Oscar awards aimed at recognizing technological triumphs, so the fact that "Inception" won an Oscar for Achievement in Visual Effects is pretty impressive. It's really the only tech-related Oscar on the table, and it went to a non-3D film during a year that saw a record number of 3D movies and related box office sales.