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.
Everyone’s been buzzing with anticipation as they wait for news on a potential Hulu acquisition. Over the weekend Yahoo, Amazon, and Dish Network are said to have put in bids of $1.5-2 billion. As for the other rumored suitor, Google may be going for all the marbles on this one, according to All Things D.
Netflix is seemingly weakened in the market right now. The unpopular price hikes have just gone into effect, and now the Starz deal has collapsed. According to Bloomberg, Dish is taking the opportunity to ramp up plans for its own Netflix competitor using assets acquired from Blockbuster. Does it have a chance?
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.
The rumors have been swirling for months, but according to CNBC, a Facebook music platform is set to launch in September. The source claims that Facebook will be partnering with some music streaming heavyweights in Spotify, Pandora, and MOG. Facebook is staying silent, but the frequency and specificity of the rumors lead most to believe something is coming fast.
Pandora didn't disappoint when announcing its first financial report as a publicly traded company. The popular streaming music service collected $67 million in total revenue during the second quarter, representing a 117 percent year-over-year increase. Advertising accounted for $58.3 million (118 percent year-over-year increase) and subscription revenue more than doubled as well (112 percent) to $8.7 million.
Both EMI and MP3tunes are claiming victory in a court case brought on by the former against the latter over claims that MP3tunes ran afoul of copyright law by failing to remove illegally obtained songs from its storage lockers. A federal judge in New York partially agreed with EMI and found MP3tunes liable for infringing on roughly 350 songs, which is 99 percent less than EMI claimed the service was responsible for, but there's another reason why MP3tunes came out ahead.
It's no secret Hulu's owners want to sell the video streaming service, but what isn't isn't yet know is who will buy it and how much Hulu will fetch. Hulu set a deadline for Wednesday for suitors to submit their initial bids, and this could turn out to be a multi-billion dollar deal, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Tech-savvy parents know there is a lot of kid-friendly content on Netflix. The only problem is that many young ones lack the reading ability or manual dexterity to navigate to the shows themselves. Enter the Netflix “Just for Kids” section. This new UI is being previewed for some users already, but the company hasn't said anything about it.
There is a lot to be said for companies that innovate by integrating with their own products. Windows Home Server is one of the more functional tools that Microsoft has built for people with a home network. The additional power and flexibility you get with a Windows Home Server is enough to make it something worth considering for power users at home.