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April 12, 2010

Netflix streaming available to all on the Nintendo Wii

wii.jpgAs of today, Netflix disc rentals and instant streaming are available on all Nintendo Wii video game consoles. With a Netflix rental plan starting at $8.99 per month, a broadband connection and a Wii, movie aficionados can access tons of movies instantly. The Netflix/Nintendo partnership was first announced in January 2010 and is part of Netflix's goal of being available on every connected home theater device.


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March 17, 2010

A Sony Google LCD TV on the way?

google-tv.jpgGoogle is attempting to invade our living rooms, according to an article today in The New York Times. According to the news site, Google is teaming up with Intel, Sony and Logitech to bring a web-like interface and experience to the TV set. With hardware provided by Sony, computer chips by Intel and peripherals like a remote from Logitech, the Google TV would run on Google's open source Android operating system and somehow utilize its Chrome browser. This all according to the article which wasn't confirmed nor denied (except by Sony) by spokespersons from any of the above mentioned companies. Is there anything Google won't touch?


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February 8, 2010

Netflix Watch Instantly going 1080p, 5.1-channel surround sound

netflix_logo.gifNetflix will add 1080p video streaming along with 5.1-channel surround sound audio streaming to its Netflix Watch Instantly service in 2010, according to ZDNet. The video streaming service already streams 720p content to a variety of devices including game consoles, Blu-ray players, PCs, laptops and virtually anything else with an internet connection.

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January 9, 2010

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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December 10, 2009

Amazon Deal + On Demand DVD and Blu-ray promotion launches

disc.jpgLooking to bridge the gap between physical Blu-ray and DVD disc sales and streaming video sales, Amazon has just announced a new promotion that enables disc buyers one month to watch the purchased film instantly via streaming. It sounds good, but the Disc + On Demand deal only consists of 313 movies right now, and none of those are particularly new. Hopefully this changes if the promotion becomes a permanent fixture within the company.


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November 12, 2009

YouTube getting a 1080p video player within days

youtubelogo.jpgYouTube is about to enter the world of 1080p video, according to an announcement today at the NewTeeVee Live conference. So far the Google-owned video platform has only supported 720p video and due to a variety of factors, HD video playback only accounts for 10% of all video views. Most of that is due to software/hardware limitations, but YouTube has decided to scrap waiting for the world to catch up. YouTube simply has to re-encode already available video and will roll out 1080p video playback and a new fullscreen player within the next few days.


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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 25, 2009

Intel outs 45nm CE4100 media processor for Internet TV

intel-logo.jpgIntel will begin selling a form of its popular Atom chip for use in Internet TV. Typically used in low-power electronics such as netbooks, the new Atom, called the Intel Atom CE4100, is actually a full-blown system-on-a-chip design built on a 45nm process. The SoC media processor is the first 45nm CE SoC from Intel, supporting Internet and broadcast applications, and generating the power needed to run 3D graphics on one chip. Offered in speeds of up to 1.2 GHz, the CE4100 is backwards compatible with the Intel Media Processor CE3100, and supports the Widget Channel software framework used to develop TV widgets.


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September 22, 2009

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings predicts the future of video

reed-hastings.jpgReuters recently had the chance to talk with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings after he awarded the $1 million prize to a team for improving its movie recommendation engine. During the interview Hastings gave some insight as to the future plans of his DVD-by-mail giant. In the future, he hopes that Netflix streaming will be integrated into every internet TV, game console, and Blu-ray player. He also sees the possibility of working with Apple to integrate Netflix into the iPhone, though he concedes the company isn't focused on mobile yet. As for DVD? He figures that the DVD-by-mail service will peak for Netflix in 5 years or so, though he also said that people will still be buying DVDs in 15 to 20 years, giving them a much longer lifespan than most of us would have thought.


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