As we mentioned in our Netflix vs. Amazon Prime head to head a week or so back, Netflix supports virtually every device you can buy on the market these days. Part of the reason for that “virtually?” Honeycomb tablets. Sure, you could make some minor tweaks to get it up and running on your Android 3.x tablet, but officially, Netflix supported Android 2.2 and 2.3 only. Up until today, that is; an upgrade to the Android app has officially de-shunned Honeycomb users, Canadians and viewers from Latin American countries.
Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video may have gotten all the attention in our recent head-to-head, but one of their competitors now has something that neither of those two streaming video services offers: discrete 7.1-channel surround sound. Dolby has announced that it has entered into an agreement to bring Dolby Digital Plus’s 7.1-channel audio to some of Vudu’s cinematic offerings, starting today with Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
Remember when “Netflix” and “Streaming video” were virtually synonyms? Yeah, those were the days. Then, in the course of three disastrous months, Netflix jacked prices by 60 percent, announced it was splitting off the DVD business, and then announced that, no, actually, it was going to keep DVDs in house after all. The wacky moves sent investors fleeing like rats and confused customers looking for alternatives – alternatives like Amazon Prime Instant Video. The service offers unlimited streaming and Amazon has signed several new content deals since Prime Instant Video’s launch in March. But is it a Netflix killer? Let’s find out.
Google acquired the world’s largest online video streaming site YouTube for $1.65 billion in October 2006. But for some odd reason it has taken five long years for the popular online video platform to allow visitors to sign-in using just their Google accounts. Hit the jump for more.
You might recall the secret bidding war for Hulu that has been whispered about over the last few months. Wondering what ever happened with that? Well as it turns out, quite a lot. Several tech giants placed bids including Google, Amazon, Yahoo, and Dish Network. Hulu’s owners are now mulling the offers, but Dish is in the lead.
The business world is kind of like the playground; it’s dirty, people don’t always play fair, and there’s always somebody who’s just waiting to blow a raspberry at kids who fall flat on their face. Once the undisputed bully, Netflix has taken a well-known and embarrassing stumble over the past few weeks. Amazon’s taken the opportunity to stick its tongue out and kick the streaming giant while it’s down. A whole heapload of popular Fox TV shows are coming to the Amazon Prime service later this fall.
On the surface, Netflix’s recent stumblings could lead one to believe that CEO Reed Hastings has taken a swig of HP CEO Leo Apotheker’s crazy juice. Raising prices? Splitting off the DVD business? What kind of craziness is that? Today, one analyst issued a note saying that rather than being the crazy kind of crazy, Netflix’s moves may instead be a more sneaky and clever kind of crazy, intended to make the video service a juicy acquisition target for Amazon.
With subscription services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, downloadable content from iTunes and Amazon, and freebies from Crackle or YouTube It’s getting harder to justify paying for cable. For those of us who prefer our time in front of the tube stimulate, rather than rot our brains, DocumentaryHeaven may be the final push we need to usher our cable TV and satellite subscriptions out the door.
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?