All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Entertainment’

mSpot: That Netflix/Epix Deal? We Get Those Movies 6 Months Earlier

You may have read that Netflix announced a new deal with Epix worth $1 billion. mSpot has taken the opportunity to point out that they get movies much sooner than Netflix’s streaming service does, most likely including many of the same titles.

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Zynga Reportedly Pulls Farmville From MSN

Zynga has apparently removed its massively popular game Farmville from Microsoft’s MSN Games, and nobody seems to know why. The timing of this is interesting as Google has reportedly been in investment talks with Zynga, while it has been acquiring other social game-related properties.

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Blockbuster Adds Xbox, Playstation, Wii Games to Subscription Rental Service

Blockbuster has announced that it’s adding games to its mail rental service. Customers now have access to over 3,000 titles for Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii through the company’s mail subscriptions service.

Blockbuster says the move makes them the only entertainment company to offer rentals of games, movies, and TV shows for home delivery through a single subscription service.

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Netflix Enters Deal with Epix to Stream More New Releases

Netflix has entered a new deal with Epix, through which it will let Netflix users instantly watch new releases and library titles from Epix. The movies will begin streaming on September 1, and include content from Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM.

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Are You Ready for Some (iPad) Football?

NFL Football officially gets underway tonight, as the Hall of Fame game between the Cincinnati Bengals (featuring Twitter legends Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco) and the Dallas Cowboys (Owens’) former team kicks off. While only the beginning of the preseason, football fans are excited for the return of their favorite sport.

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Yahoo Expects Millions of OEM TVs/CE Devices to Ship with Yahoo in 2010 and 2011

As the world waits for Google TV to be unleashed this holiday season, Yahoo is doing its best to remind consumers that it already has a foot firmly in the space. The company did so when Google made its announcement, and now on the heels of a survey released by iSuppli last week, they’re at it again.

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Pandora Puts Privacy Settings Front and Center

Pandora has updated its site to make it easier for users to find and adjust their privacy settings. Given that Pandora was a launch partner for Facebook’s Open Graph initiative, which set off a huge wave of privacy concerns, this is probably a good idea, if not a bit late.

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Funny or Die Launches Redesign, New Ad Opportunities

Popular comedy site Funny or Die has launched a new redesign, adding adds new content and features. The site now provides new themed photo galleries, top 10 lists, and special guest blogs. It also gives advertisers a larger presence on the homepage and more in-video opportunities across the site.

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Redbox Now Offering $1.50 Blu-ray Rentals

Coinstar’s Redbox announced today that it is has started rolling out Blu-ray rentals. The company says titles will be available at 13,300 kiosks nationwide.

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Which Sites Drive the Most Referral Traffic?

John Pozadzides of the Web analytics company Woopra wrote a guest post for ReadWriteWeb looking at the web’s top sources of referral traffic. He breaks it down in to the following categories: social network, social bookmark, search, and media.

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Gamerang Launches New Game Rental Site with Social and API Features

Gamerang is launching a new site (currently in beta) with "the ever-important social media aspect of games" . If you’re unfamiliar with Gamerang, it’s been renting video games since 2003, with four distribution centers across the United States. Gamerang boasts over 9,000 titles for every major platform. It works essentially like a Netflix for video games, or a Gamefly if you will.

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Netflix Adds Search to the Playstation 3 Version

Netflix announced today that it has added search capabilities to its service on the Sony Playstation 3. This is part of a software upgrade from the company.

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Logitech Launches Contest to Find Help Promoting Google TV Device

Logitech has started a contest to promote Google TV, the upcoming service for which Logitech is a launch partner. The contest is called "Host with the Most", and asks if "you have what it takes to be a ‘host with the most’ for Logitech Revue with Google TV?"

Logitech Revue is the company’s set-top box that will help the Google TV service launch (alongside TVs and Blu-ray players from Sony).

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Ad Age Not Thrilled With How It Was Represented on Mad Men

The 4th season opener of the AMC show Mad Men aired last night, and in it, the main character Don Draper had an interview with a reporter from Ad Age. While the show is clearly fictional and takes place in the 60s, it seems that Ad Age has taken some issue with how it was represented as a publication.

Rance Crain has posted a spiel about what the show failed to get right (in Ad Age’s eyes), and how it really was back then:

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You Have Until the End of the Day to Do Something Interesting for YouTube

Today is "Life In a Day" day. "Life in a Day" is a documentary project being put together by Ridley Scott, Kevin Macdonald, and the YouTube Community.

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Mad Men Returns with Ads By Google

Popular TV show Mad Men returns to AMC tomorrow night, and Google is taking the opportunity to get advertisers interested in targeting viewers through Google TV Ads.

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YouTube Selects YouTube Play Jurors (Including Darren Aronofsky)

YouTube has just unveiled the jury for YouTube Play, which was announced last month. The project features over 6,000 videos from 69 countries. The YouTube Play Channel had had over 2 million views.

The jury includes musician Laurie Anderson, the group Animal Collective, visual artists Douglas Gordon, Ryan McGinley, Marilyn Minter and Takashi Murakami, artists and filmmakers Shirin Neshat, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Darren Aronofsky, and graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister. Guggenheim Chief Curator and Deputy Director Nancy Spector is serving as jury chairperson.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Talks Legal Battle, Won’t See “The Social Network”

This week Facebook surpassed 500 million users, but that’s not the only reason the world’s largest social network is making headlines.

This post from O’Reilly Radar breaks down where Facebook’s half a billion users reside by region. Asia appears to be the fastest-rising region for Facebook users, currently sitting at 17% of the social network’s user base.

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Pandora Reaches 60 Million User Milestone

Facebook isn’t the only one announcing impressive milestones today. Pandora announced at the New Music Seminar that it has 60 million registered users. That’s not exactly Facebook’s 500 million, but pretty impressive nonetheless.

It wasn’t that long ago that Pandora’s obituary was all but written, but things are looking bright for the company now.

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Microsoft Announces Kinect Pricing for November 4 Release

Microsoft announced today that the Kinect for Xbox 360 will include Kinect Sensor and the video game "Kinect Adventures," and that it will retail for $149.99 when it launches November 4 in North America. The Kinect Sensor will work with all Xbox 360 consoles (of which 40 million have been sold, according to the company).

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mSpot Launches Streaming Movie App for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

mSpot has announced the launch of a free app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, which lets users watch full-length streaming movies instantly.

"The Mobile Movies iPad app makes them the first company to make streaming full-length movies available across Apple devices (beating Netflix to the punch)," a representative for mSpot tells WebProNews.

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Jimmy Kimmel and Drake Make Twitter Less Funny

Jimmy Kimmel Live showed a video this week featuring the titular Kimmel and currently-popular entertainer Drake singing/rapping about tweets. Something has clearly jumped the shark here, and it’s just a question of what: Jimmy Kimmel Live or Twitter-related comedy.

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Flixster and BuddyTV Team Up on Ad Sales

Flixster has announced a partnership with BuddyTV, which involves the creation of an advertising platform to reach users of both networks.

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Middle Men: Another Internet Story Coming to the Big Screen

It’s looking to be the year of Internet stories penetrating mainstream cinema. You’ve no doubt heard about "The Social Network", David Fincher’s upcoming film about the founding of Facebook. The poster for that was just released the other day.

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YouTube Kicks Off Dance Contest with Help from Step Up 3-D Director

YouTube has teamed up with Dr. Pepper Cherry and Jon M. Chu, Director of Step Up 2: The Streets and the upcoming Step Up 3-D, on a YouTube dance contest called, "YouTube Dance Contest: Dance Studio".

In this contest, YouTube users are asked to submit videos of themselves dancing for a chance to win a trip to LA and spend a day with Chu at a "jam session", as well as an opportunity to dance in an Ultra Records music video.

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How The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is Marketed Online

Online ad firm Unicast reached out to us to talk about how it is helping the makers of The Twilight Saga engage the series’ fanbase online "where others have failed", and how the film industry is increasingly looking to online ad platforms to drive sales.

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Yahoo Makes Strides In Entertainment Search

If Yahoo has its way, it’ll soon be the place to go for information about movies, TV shows, and the celebrities who star in them.  Yahoo announced several upgrades to its search engine this morning, and they’re all meant to make entertainment-related queries turn up much better results.

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MySpace Launches New Games Site

MySpace launched a new gaming experience at today. The company says it empowers developers with new tools, analytics, and opportunities for driving usage and revenue.

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Actor Corey Haim Reported Dead

Actor Corey Haim, best known for roles in movies like the Lost Boys, License to Drive, and many others (a number of which also featured Corey Feldman), has reportedly been found dead of an apparent drug overdose. 

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Missing Growing Pains Actor Andrew Koenig’s Body Found

Update: Tragically, Koenig’s body was found in Stanley Park in Vancouver. His father Walter Koenig reportedly said in a press conference, "Our son took his own life. He was obviously in a lot of pain."

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