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September 21, 2009

Epix Megaplex: The "largest HD film library online" coming in 2010

epix-hd.jpgEpix, a new premium online video channel from Viacom, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lionsgate, has told NewTeeVee in a recent interview that it would deliver 3000 movies to subscribers via EpixHD.com. The Epix Megaplex segment will also offer many films previously un-digitized including crime dramas, musicals and mob movies (my personal favorite). This, according to the company, will make Epix the "largest HD film library online," even beating out Netflix's 17000 titles. The web component will match its TV channel though distributors have the option of not including an online offering. Right now the only distributor, Verizon, hasn't made the service available through FiOS, but maybe that'll happen when Megaplex launches in the first quarter of 2010.

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September 5, 2009

Samsung adds YouTube streaming, MKV file support to 2009 Blu-ray and home theater products

samsung-youtube.jpgAdd YouTube video and MKV file support to the growing list of capabilities that Samsung's 2009 Blu-ray players and home theater systems offer. Blockbuster support was announced earlier this summer and is still on track to debut this fall, but a free firmware upgrade available now enables BDP-1600, BDP-3600, and BDP-4600 Blu-ray owners to start streaming SD YouTube videos now. MKV file support (often used for torrents) is also included in the update. Blockbuster and YouTube support will also be available later this year for the HT-BD1250, HT-BD7200, HT-BD8200, and HT-BD3252--Samsung's 2009 Blu-ray home theaters. The company hasn't specified an exact date that the home theater firmware update will be available.

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September 2, 2009

YouTube finds a way to make money! New release movie rentals

youtube_logo_standard_againstwhite-vfl95119.jpgWhat happens when DVD sales decline $850 million in one year and YouTube can't find a business model that'll lead it to profitability? Hollywood studios and the Google-owned video streaming site tie up together to mutually benefit. That's what the Wall Street Journal is reporting today. YouTube is said to be in negotiations with Lions Gate, Sony and Warner to offer new movie releases on the video site, most likely as fee-based rentals. The rumored price point is $3.99 for new releases, the same as Apple iTunes rentals, of which just under $3 will head back to studio coffers. Currently, some studios offer older movies for free on YouTube supported by advertising. Once negotiations wrap, Google employees will test the service for 3 months before we see anything on the consumer end.

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September 1, 2009

NEC Display to ship eco-friendly 19-inch MultiSync EA190M LCD display

necEA190M.jpgNEC Display has recently announced the MultiSync EA190M display geared for offices everywhere. The 19-inch monitor features 1280 x 1024 resolution, 900:1 contrast ratio, 250cd/m2 brightness, a 5 millisecond response time, a Dynamic Video Mode with 5 presets, DVI and VGA inputs, a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, a 4-way stand, and built-in speakers. It also has an ECO Mode which NEC claims is twice as energy efficient and uses half the mercury of traditional LCD displays. Shipping this month, the MultiSync EA190M will cost $259.

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August 6, 2009

2009 Panasonic Blu-ray players get Amazon on Demand with software update

amazonvod.jpgOwners of 2009 Panasonic Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray players may notice something different this morning. An automatic update yesterday brought Amazon on Demand to your internet-connected HD disc player. The update came to the DMP-BD60, BD70V, BD80 and the portable B15 Blu-ray players, bringing 45, 000 SD titles and 1, 000 HD titles to the already accessible Picasa and Youtube (among other) content.

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August 5, 2009

Web TV is picking up steam: survey

googletv.jpgOkay, so maybe good ol' fashioned cable TV isn't in danger of going out of business just yet. But just wait until the current generation of youngsters have the cash to plaster a brand spankin' new web-connected HDTV on the wall.

A recent survey by Pew features some revealing stats about the state of online video viewership. Consider this:

  • 62% of adult net users have watched video online (an increase from 33% 2.5 years ago)
  • 35% of net users have watched a movie or TV show online (2x times that of 2007 survey results)
  • 23% of these people have hooked up their PC to a TV

Now consider these stats:

  • 89% of youngsters watch video online
  • 36% of youngsters watch online video in a typical day

What do you think? Is cable heading for an eventual demise a la newspapers?

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July 22, 2009

The average American household has 2.86 TVs but only 2.5 people. Hmm?

family.jpgHow many televisions do you have in your home? I'll admit I have 2 and only 2 people live here (though my wife is pregnant and it will be 3 soon!). It's funny though because I think some of the best content available is actually found on the internet. A recent survey by research group Nielsen revealed that the average home in the United States has 2.86 homes and only 2.5 people. Doesn't make much sense, does it? In 1975 the average American had 1.57 TVs. That number grew to 2.43 in 2000 and despite the prevalence of web TV continues to grow.

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July 13, 2009

LaCie LaCinema Rugged multimedia drive: Never watch a TV repeat again

LaCinema.jpgThere's plenty of good made-for-the-web video content available today. It's fair to say the web video industry has come a long ways in the past few years. If you're not part of the 20% of web video viewers who watch less traditional TV thanks to new media, at the very least it's great during the primetime offseason and its neverending repeats. But what's the best way to stream the content from the web to your HDTV?

LaCie's new LaCinema Rugged multimedia drive provides an easy solution without the need for any elaborate HTPC setup or monetary outflow. The $350 hardware hooks up to your PC or Mac via USB 2.0 and then accepts downloading video, audio and pictures. Most popular video codecs are accepted included H.264, MKV, WMV9 and MPEG4.

The 500 GB drive can hold up to 700 movies, according to LaCie, and it has a similar form factor to the company's Rugged Hard Disk--an anti-scratch aluminum outer shell, a shock-resistant bumper, and internal anti-shock absorbers.

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July 6, 2009

Web video viewers kicking attention deficiency, becoming comfy with longer form content

hulu.jpgConventional wisdom in the web TV world has always been 'the shorter the better'. Most web video producers have always believed that viewers just didn't have the attention span for anything longer than a couple of minutes, but that appears to be changing. Credited mainly to the mainstream TV networks and sites like Hulu, some estimates state that 1 in 4 web video viewers watch 20-30 minutes shows like "Dancing With The Stars" on a regular basis. Or take Blip.tv for example. A year ago, 24 of the top 25 shows on its network ran under 5 minutes. Fast forward to today: the average video now runs 14 minutes. I have to wonder though, how many viewers hook up their computers to an HDTV for a bigger screen experience. As for me, I still prefer short form content on the web. I think it suits the medium better from a 'surfing' point of view.

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April 21, 2009

Amazon HD movie rentals, TV shows get official

amazon_hd.jpgFor a month now, a rumor has been floating around about Amazon's plan to add high-definition movie rentals and TV shows to its Amazon Video On Demand service. The company is starting off by adding over 500 HD TV shows and movies to its catalog including new movie releases like Twilight and Frost/Nixon. Added TV shows include popular titles such as Smallville and The Tudors. Not only will HD content be downloadable to computers, but also to compatible devices such as Panasonic Viera Cast HDTVs, the Roku digital video player, certain TiVo models and the Sony Bravia Internet Video Link. HD movies will cost you $3.99 to $4.99, and as expected, HD TV shows will set you back $2.99.

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