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Netflix coming to the Nintendo Wii? Should "work out over time"

netflix_logo.gifAccording to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, streaming Netflix movies could be coming to the Nintendo Wii in the very near future. His exact words, in an interview with All Things Digital's Peter Kafka, were that the chances of the service launching on the Wii are "excellent" and should "work out over time." Other interesting Netflix tidbits coming from CES 2010 include:

  • an agreement with Warner Bros. that will see Netflix waiting for 28 days before new DVDs will be rentable. In exchange, Netflix will be able to buy the DVDs for a lower price.
  • the company expects to ship physical DVDs until about 2030.
  • Netflix will not be a global company anytime soon. Maybe 30-50 years out. However we will see the service launch in one country outside of the United States this year.


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October 21, 2009

Best Buy grabs Netflix streaming for Insignia Blu-ray players--for cheap

insignia-bluray.jpgBest Buy and Netflix have teamed up to bring instant movie streaming to Insignia brand Blu-ray players. Netflix subscribers with unlimited plans will be able to access movie content instantly with Best Buy's Insignia brand NS-WBRDVD Advanced Series Blu-ray player and NS-BRDVD3 Connected Blu-ray player. The former Blu-ray player streams Netflix movies over Ethernet while the latter Connected model can also stream over Wi-Fi. This is pretty significant as at $180 and $250, respectively, the two Insignia Blu-ray players are bringing advanced functionality to the mainstream consumer at a price that was unheard of even a year ago.


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October 15, 2009

Samsung home theater gear has has Blockbuster, Amazon On Demand movie streaming

samsung-series-7-7000-led-hdtvs-right.jpgSamsung and Blockbuster announced yesterday that Blockbuster OnDemand is now streaming to Samsung home theater products.

The agreement, originally announced in July, will enable owners of Samsung Series 650 and above LCD and plasma HDTVs, Samsung Series 7000 and above LED HDTVs, Samsung BDP-1600, BDP-3600, and BDP-4600 Blu-ray players, and Samsung HT-BD1250, HT-BD3252, HT-BD7200, and HT-BD8200 Blu-ray home theater systems to get instant access to thousands of Blockbuster's streaming video offerings. Movies will cost $2.99 to $3.99 to rent (like the TiVo), while purchases will range from $7.99 to $19.99. The service is available now through a firmware upgrade.

Also yesterday, Samsung announced an agreement with Amazon to stream Amazon Video On Demand content to its Series 650 LCD and plasma HDTVs and Series 7000 LED HDTVs. Over 50, 000 movies will be available, for rental or purchase, through a downloadable widget accessible through Internet@TV.

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October 14, 2009

VUDU LG BD390 Blu-ray player compatibility, Rotten Tomato movie reviews announced

rotten-tomatoes.gifThe makers of the legendary VUDU box were busy yesterday, announcing LG BD390 Blu-ray player compatibility, and the addition of Rotten Tomato movie reviews to its ever-expanding feature set. Each flick that VUDU streams can now be sorted by Rotten Tomato review score, and viewers can see quotes from top reviews on the VUDU interface.


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Western Digital outs WD TV Live HD Media Player--the 2nd generation

wdtv-live.jpgWestern Digital has announced the second-generation WD TV Live HD Media Player, network and 1080p playback capable. The WD media player enables users to playback media from USB thumb drives or local networks, on their HDTV. The second-generation has a more responsive interface, according to WD, as well as YouTube, Flickr and Pandora streaming. The player has an Ethernet port for connecting to home networks, a pair of USB ports, composite and component video outputs, and SPDIF digital audio output. The WD TV Live HD Media Player is available for pre-order currently for $119.99.

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October 13, 2009

Blockbuster flix finally streaming to TiVos everywhere

blockbuster-tivo.jpgIt's been a long time coming, but today TiVo owners will finally be able to stream Blockbuster OnDemand movies. First announced in March, the TiVo/Blockbuster partnership will stream $3.99 new releases, $2.99 classics, and "select HD titles" in the next few weeks. As part of the agreement, Blockbuster stores will also sell TiVo units--at least in the United States. Owners of TiVo models Series 2 and Series 3 will be able to access the service immediately, after signing up for a Blockbuster account.


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September 29, 2009

Akamai HD Network brings HDTV to the internet

akamai-hd-logo.jpgAkamai Technologies, a company that provides much of the underlying infrastructure powering dynamic video content and enterprise applications online, is looking to bring true HDTV to the internet.

Announced today, the Akamai HD Network is the company's "next generation video delivery offering and the first platform to deliver HD video online to customers using Adobe Flash technology, Microsoft Silverlight, and to the iPhone, at broadcast-level audience scale," according to a press release issued.

The system leverages Akamai's global EdgePlatform of more than 50, 000 servers, and according to Akamai, "enables content providers to deliver more HD content than previously possible--due to its wide-scale distribution in 70 countries and increased throughputs in more than 900 networks.

So what online video delivery features does the Akamai HD Network include and improve upon?

  • Adaptive bitrate streaming--video streaming process automatically adjusts to the fluctuations in bandwidth, enabling uninterrupted playback at HD bitrate.
  • Instant response--viewer interactions with the video player including play, rewind, and pause are immediately responded to.
  • HD video player--open standards-based player enables faster time to market.
  • HD player authentication--authenticates player for all 3 playback platforms ensuring only authorized viewers can access video content.

When it comes right down to the nitty-gritty, the purpose of Akamai's HD Network is to allow content producers to reach TV-scale audiences online while still providing an HD-quality experience--something thus far lacking on the web. As more television channels and film producers begin to leverage the internet in evermore bandwidth-sucking ways in order to augment their traditional video distribution strategies, an HD platform like this is a big plus.


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September 6, 2009

Philips Wireless HDTV Link transmits 1080p video up to 30 feet

philips-wireless-hdtv-link.jpgPhilips intends to clean up your home theater cable clutter with the Wireless HDTV Link, a small box capable of transmitting 1080p/30 content to any major brand HDTV from up to 30 feet away. Small enough to fit behind a standard wall mount, the Philips Wireless HDTV Link also has 2 HDMI ports and 2 component slots. Costing the equivalent of US$850, the Wireless HDTV Link is expected to ship soon (probably in Europe).

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September 5, 2009

Mitsubishi ships VUDU-integrated Diamond LCD TVs in the United States

mitsub-vudu.jpgMitsubishi has announced it is now shipping its VUDU-integrated Diamond Unisen Immersive Sound LCD HDTVs. Comprised of the 46-inch LT-46249 and the 52-inch LT-52249, the new Diamond line features 1080p resolution, integrated 18-speaker Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound with Dual Driver Extended Range Sound, a 240 Hz refresh rate, and a 1-inch thickness. Both sets also feature wide color gamut backlight technology and Energy Star 3.0 certification. The VUDU integration provides 2200 HD titles and 16000 titles in total. Plus, later this month, VUDU will also provide video, music and photo streaming from YouTube, Pandora, Flickr, Picasa, and "On Demand TV" which provides 80 channels. There is also a limited time offer available that will net new owners $50 worth of free SD, HD and HDX movie rentals. Available now in the United States, the new 46- and 52-inch Diamond models are priced at $2599 and $3099.


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August 11, 2009

Roku adds MLB video streaming to its set-top box

mlb-roku.PNGThe Roku set-top box, also known as the Netflix box, has added to its roster of video streaming content. And the addition will prove to be a popular one.

Starting today, subscribers to Premium, which typically streams baseball games on PCs and the iPhone, will be able to access live games through Roku. This is actually a very significant development no matter which way you look at it. Not only is it great content, but live content is one of the few types subscription cable is counting on to keep the advertising revenues rolling in.

From an end user perspective, MLB streaming works the same way as Netflix or Amazon on Demand streaming. You'll be able to see any game except for the usual blacked-out home games, see the schedule a week in advance, and be able to access games up to one week old in the archive.

In order to improve the picture quality, Roku uses adaptive bit-rate technology Swarmcast, which detects your connection speed and adjusts the video quality in order to prevent lags from buffering and the like.

And the great thing is the the Roku box only costs $99.


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