Amazon announced a deal with Viacom today that brings it one step closer to truly competing with Netflix as a streaming video service. Amazon Prime Video will soon be streaming TV shows from MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central to Prime subscribers. The 2,000 new titles will push Amazon’s Prime offerings to roughly 15,000.
Love it or hate it, you have to admit one thing about WikiLeaks: trying to read hundreds of thousands of leaked documents can sure put a strain on your peepers. Leak lovers won't have to battle eye strain for too much longer, however. WikiLeaks recently announced that Julian Assange, the controversial man behind the controversial site, will host a ten episode TV show about "The world tomorrow" starting in March.
Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has posted on the Hulu blog a rundown of how the video streaming service did in 2011. Despite the general annoyance many users express about its content restrictions and ads, Hulu had quite a good 2011. Revenue was up 60% last year to $420 million, which exceeds the company’s expectations.
Google's attempts to transform your living room into one big Web-fest have fallen flat, to say the least, and if you ask Logitech, it will tell you it made a "big mistake" getting in bed with Google, a decision that cost the company $100 million. That hasn't stopped LG from being smitten with the sultry sultan of search, and once the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas kicks off, LG will unveil a Google TV that combines Google's Android OS with its own 3D and Smart TV technologies.
Talk about multitasking. While LG Electronics gets ready to introduce the world to a 55-inch OLED HDTV at CES next week, the company is also lifting the curtain on the next generation of flat-panel televisions featuring Nano Lighting Technology. Two new sets will comprise LG's new Nano Full LED series, the LW9500 and LW7700, both of which are supposed to produce a brighter, more clear picture than current generation LED TVs.
Come next month, Netflix will officially be in the original content game with the premier of its first series, Lillyhammer. The show stars Sopranos alum Steven Van Zandt as a former mobster in witness protection. Van Zandt’s character is moved to Lillehammer, Norway, and as you can imagine, shenanigans ensue.
In the future, we'll all have jetpacks, flying cars, meals in a pill, and affordable OLED televisions. Can you guess which one of those is the front runner to materialize in 2012? If you cheated and read the headline, pat yourself on the back anyway, you got it right (and if not, you're wrong, jetpacks are too much of a TSA nightmare to go mainstream any time soon).
Apparently LG has some big plans for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month. Literally. LG on Thursday announced plans to unveil the world's largest 3D Ultra Definition (UD) TV, an 84-inch monster of a screen with Smart TV functions and an insanely high 3840x2160 screen resolution, all wrapped in a relatively slim bezel.
It's tough to get a grasp on where the market stands for 3D viewing because different parts of the world have different attitudes towards 3D. According to market research firm DisplaySearch, Western Europe and China are the most enthusiastic regions for 3D consumption, whereas interest in the United States appears to be waning.
With CES 2012 just around the corner, we can expect to see a handful of product announcements trickle out ahead of the convention. Take for example LG's 55-inch OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) TV panel, the largest of its kind in the world, according to LG Display, which announced the TV panel today. LG hopes this will help popularize the OLED TV market.