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It was announced earlier today that Netflix will be abandoning its original plan to spin off the company’s DVD rentals-by-mail service into “Qwikster.” It was previously planned to spin-off the DVD-by-mail service, allowing it to focus on the Web-based content, which according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, was the future of its business. “It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs,” he wrote on the company’s blog. “This means no change: one website, one account, one More >
Dish Network on Friday announced the upcoming availability of a Blockbuster Movie Pass, an unlimited video streaming service which is trying to compete with Netflix’s “Watch Instantly.” Starting on October 1st, Dish subscribers will have unlimited access to a small library of digital content that they can stream to a PC or to a TV using a standard Dish set-top box. This all comes to fruition as Netflix is moving in a completely different direction, having just spun off its DVD rental service to focus on streaming, Dish is sticking with the multi-pronged approach as Blockbuster’s best More >
Microsoft announced several new Xbox Live features today at the E3 video game conference. The features are designed to expand the number of content options available and new ways to discover them as well. The Xbox Live service will soon make millions of new videos all available through partnerships, including one announced with YouTube. With a revamp to the Xbox Live experience, users will be able to navigate through the service and all of the new pieces of content with voice control powered by Microsoft’s Kinect and search powered by its Bing search engine.
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The the premium cable television network HBO released a teaser video recently on youtube. According to the HBO video the ‘Go service’ is on its way to the iPhone, iPad and Android base devices. HBO owned by Time Warner Cable, will be releasing an iOS app that streams movies and the network’s own shows.
“Get every episode of every season of your favorite HBO shows, plus hit movies and much more,” the video’s voiceover states. “All free to HBO subscribers and all streaming on your iPad, laptop, or smartphone wherever you are.”
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Microsoft on Thursday rolled out an Xbox 360 update that brings Kinect support to Netflix.
Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb, also known as Major Nelson, announced on his blog that Microsoft has added Netflix support to the Xbox 360 Kinect. Using Kinect, you’ll be able to browse your Netflix queue by waving your hands or speaking out loud, which means you won’t have to go searching for your Xbox 360 controller just to watch a movie. Controls include the ability browse, play, pause, fast forward and rewind, and you can perform any of those actions using your voice or gestures.
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Under the plan, Apple would license its AirPlay software to consumer-electronics makers that could use it in devices for streaming movies, TV shows and other video content, said the people, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans haven’t been made public. Apple now only licenses AirPlay for streaming audio. Devices that could be used for video may be available this year
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Netflix is now officially in the original content business. The streaming video and DVD subscription service confirmed earlier reports Friday that it has acquired the rights to be the first home for “House of Cards,” an hour long political drama series starring Kevin Spacey. The company has ordered 26 episodes of the program which will debut on its streaming service in late 20102. Steve Swasey, a spokesman for Netflix mentioned the company might offer multiple episodes at a time for its 20-million plug subscribers to watch on demand, rather than premiering one per week as the traditional More >
The Netflix APK has recently been pulled from a prototype of the LG Revoluion, the first Android smartphone to offer full Netflix support. This was done by a guy named Alex Smith and thanks to his work, the Netflix APK is now readily available to anyone who wants to give it a whirl. The downside here is that you’ll only be able to use it to manage your Netflix queue and browse movies. The app alerts you that it “could not reach the Netflix service,” if you try to stream a movie, which is probably due to the DRM issues that have been responsible for a full Netflix on Android client delay in More >
Facebook is planning to join the ranks of major streaming content providers by beginning to offer online movie rentals. Warner Bros has already been announced as Facebook’s first official partner in the effort, with the company making The Dark Knight available through the movie’s official Facebook page.
According to Peter Kafka of All Things Digital, “Every digital heavyweight is making a play for your living room.” He adds that Facebook already has designed on possibly challenging Apple, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and everyone in the digital content streaming space. Although More >
MiLi Power is a company that has been heard of before with its line of power gear for mobile devices. The company is currently planning on unveiling a new product at CES 2011 called the MiLi HD that will bring content from your mobile device to your home theater gear. The MiLi HD is a docking stating with HDMI output and Hi-Fi psekaer outputs that are designed to send content to your HDTV. The docking station is compatible with all Apple media devices including the iPad and iPhone. Once docked you can shoot any content from your iPad or iPhone out to the TV including downloaded TV shows and More >