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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.
Netflix has reached a deal with Relativity Media to stream the studio’s films via its "Watch Instantly" service.
Netflix says the deal marks a continued shift in the distribution of major motion pictures in the U.S. Under the agreement movies previously distributed to pay channels such as HBO, Showtime and Starz will become available to be streamed from Netflix just months after their release on DVD.
As you may know, there is talk that the U.S. Postal Service could end mail delivery on Saturdays. Internet companies that ship items to consumers don’t all have the same opinion on this matter, as is evidenced by comments from Amazon and Netflix.
When it comes to technology trends people are most excited about, online content delivery is at the top of the list, according to a new study from market research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey.
The study asked over 1,200 U.S. consumers ages 18-65 which of the recently hyped technologies they are most excited about. Topping the list was movie rentals via the Internet with 29 percent of consumers being "extremely excited" by this. Having the ability to surf the Internet via TV also came in high at 24 percent.
Netflix launched on the iPad earlier this year, and CEO Reed Hastings said that it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular platform. That’s why during the keynote at the Apple Worldwide Develoepr Conference today (via this liveblogged account of it), he announced that Netflix for the iPhone would be coming this summer.
Satisfaction with the top 100 e-retailers has increased from a decline this time last year, to an all-time high score of 78 points on a 100-point scale, according to new research from ForeSee Results.
The research found consumers are more satisfied with their online experiences than ever before. Nearly every individual retailer reached a score that matched or exceeded previous satisfaction levels.
Storage solutions firm Seagate said today that it will allow users of its FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player to access content from Netflix, YouTube, vTuner and Mediafly.
The new content offerings are available to existing FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player owners through a free, firmware update that can be downloaded from Seagate, and will be included in all future product shipments.
Nearly a quarter (24%) of all U.S. households have a television connected to the Internet, according to a new report from the Leichtman Research Group (LRG).
The report found consumers connect to the Internet via variety of devices including a video game console, a Blu-Ray player, or a compatible TV. While Internet connectivity has become a common built-in feature in many devices, consumers are just beginning to use this feature to watch video from the Internet.
TiVo said today it will begin offering two new set-top boxes starting in April.
TiVo Premiere will sell for $300 and will have the ability to hold up to 45 hours of HD content or up to 400 hours of standard definition content. TiVo Premiere XL will retail for $500 and hold up to 150 of HD content or 1,350 hours of standard definition.
Premiere’s search functionality offers user the ability to find content on cable, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, and Blockbuster On Demand.
Customer satisfaction with ecommerce websites has rebounded a year after experiencing its first decline since 2004, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).
The e-commerce sector gained 1.8% to 81.4 on ACSI’s 100-point scale, nearly matching its all-time high of 81.6 set in 2007.
Netflix said today it has reached deals with a number of distributors of independent film that will give its members the option to instantly watch hundred of new indie titles.
Netflix said it has reached non-exclusive licensing agreements to stream films from distributors The Criterion Collection, Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Regent Releasing.
Netflix said today it has reached an agreement with Nintendo that will allow Netflix members who own a Wii to instantly stream movies and TV shows directly to their TVs.
Netflix is scheduled to go live on the Wii this spring in the United States at no additional cost to Netflix members who have a plan starting at $8.99 a month, a Wii console and a broadband Internet connection.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Netflix announced agreements with five global consumer electronics companies, to introduce Netflix-ready devices later in the year. These companies are Funai, which distributes the Philips, Magnavox, Sylvania and Emerson brands in the United States, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp and Toshiba.
Warner Bros. said today it has reached a new agreement with Netflix to make new Warner titles on DVD and Blu-ray available to Netflix members after a 28-day window.
The move by Warner is an effort to squeeze all the potential profit it can from its new releases. Warner says under the deal Netflix will benefit by paying the studio less for new releases. The agreement also expands the license for Warner Bros. streaming content allowing Netflix to offer its members more movies they can watch instantly.
Best Buy said today it is partnering with online video provider CinemaNow to create a movie download service that would be built into most of the electronic devices it sells that can be connected to the Internet.
Best Buy said it has entered into a multi-year agreement to license Sonic Solutions’ Roxio CinemaNow technology. Under terms of the agreement, Best Buy acquired warrants enabling it to purchase shares of Sonic Solutions common stock.
Netflix announced today an agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group to stream a number of the broadcasters TV shows.
Netflix will now begin streaming the first five seasons of "Lost," seasons four and five of "Desperate Housewives," season five of "Grey’s Anatomy," and seasons one and two of "Legend of the Seeker." Many of the episodes, including the first four seasons of "Lost" are now available on Netflix. The rest will be available in the coming months, beginning in September.
As Blockbuster.com continues its struggle to compete with the much more popular Netflix movie rental service, the company is starting an online video game rental offering to compliment its movie offering.
This was announced a while back, but today’s announcement puts a date to its launch – June 30. It will start in Cleveland, but is planned to go nationwide by the end of the year. The Cleveland pilot test will be open to all Blockbuster Total Access and Blockbuster By Mail subscribers.
Netflix has announced it will be offering programming from Viacom’s MTV Networks and Comedy Central via its streaming service.
The first nine seasons of "South Park" featuring 139 episodes are now available to be instantly streamed from Netflix.
Netflix recently started integrating Facebook Connect into its site, allowing the service to get more social with people sharing movie ratings, and things of that nature. Now Netflix has announced some changes to its site in general that will give it a more personalized feeling all around.
Netflix said today its online movie rental service has reached over 10 million subscribers, reflecting its widespread and growing popularity among movie fans.
The company says it has added more than 600,000 net subscribers since January 1. It surpassed nine million subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2008 and ended the year with 9.4 million subscribers.
Microsoft and Netflix announced today that 1 million Xbox LIVE Gold members have activated Netflix’s movie streaming service since the two companies formed a partnership last November.
Since that time Xbox users have watched 1.5 billion minutes of movies and TV episodes via Netflix’s Watch Instantly service.
LG Electronics has partnered with Netflix to introduce broadband-enabled HDTVs that will allow content to be streamed directly from the Internet without a set-top box.
LG says the new LCD and plasma HDTVs will be available this spring and will offer access to about 12,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix.
Now that we are in December, the final month of the year, I thought it would be fun to go back through our archives and take a look at some of the highlights of different sectors of our industry, and reflect on everything that has happened over the year 2008. January seems so long ago. So much has happened.
Hulu introduced a couple of new features today to enhance the user experience. This comes only a week or so after the site launched other features to improve its search functionality.
The first new feature is a recommendation section for users with accounts. To get Hulu’s personalized recommendations, simply login and go to your profile page and you will find a new tab for this area.
Blockbuster is introducing its own set-top box, which will bring movies directly to a user’s TV and provide access to on demand content.
The MediaPoint digital media player by broadband device maker 2Wire is available to Blockbuster customers for $99 and includes 25 movies. After the initial 25 rentals, movies are available for $1.99 each to $3.99.
There has been a lot of new news lately around the idea of home entertainment and media and I wanted to write a post reflecting on recent announcements coming out of Microsoft on their Media Center platform in Windows 7, the new XBox 360, an increasing role for Netflix’s "watch now" technology and today’s announcement regarding Netflix by TiVo.
Netflix shares fell 13% yesterday, but at the time of this writing are up over 5% today. The drop is a result of a trimmed fourth-quarter outlook.
Jason Miller and I were having a conversation a week or two ago about how set-top boxes might become the norm in the future, with online video becoming so popular. Because of that popularity, it only makes sense that people would like to transfer their online video viewing experience to their living rooms.
Online video competition has just gotten a little more heated. Amazon Video On Demand is making over 40,000 movie and television show titles available for streaming. Before, customers could only download titles and watch them on a PC via Amazon’s Unbox or on their TiVo box. Now you can do that or stream the titles to watch them instantly.
Online DVD movie company Netflix said today it is experiencing its worst major outage in its history, preventing shipments of discs to around a third of its 8.4 million customers.
The company said it was unable to ship any DVDs on Tuesday, some on Wednesday and none so far on Thursday.
Microsoft and Netflix Unveil Partnership to Instantly Stream Movies and TV Episodes to the TV via Xbox LIVE: Exclusive agreement creates game-changing home entertainment experience; more than 10,000 movies and TV episodes will be available to watch instantly at no additional cost to paying subscribers.
Magazine subscriptions are strong commitments of a sort; after forking over a few bucks, you’re locked into receiving a single publication for a year (or more) or your life. Time Inc. aims to loosen things up by launching a Netflix-style site for magazines called Maghound.
Everyone’s favorite (or mine at least) online DVD rental provider Netflix has signed a new deal with Logo, a cable channel owned by MTV Networks that specializes in gay and lesbian-themed programming.
According to Variety, under the deal Netflix will exclusively distribute 3 shows via its rental service.
In exchange, Logo will promote Netflix on the channel, and on it’s 36gay.com and NewNowNext.com websites.
In the age of video on demand, advertisements touting that Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) has rented over two billion movies, the pervasiveness of peer to peer (p2p) networks, and the general drum-beat of the demise of video rental, today’s earnings report from Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI) is a shocker:
Reuters is reporting on comments by Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for the XBox 360, that Microsoft is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-Ray Association to integrate Blu-Ray into the XBox 360.
This is disappointing.
This article in Wired is a good read about Netflix’s competition to improve it’s movie recommendation engine.
Not every company believes they should be writing blogs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t find blogs important. Just listen to Steve Swasey, Director of Corporate Communications for Internet video renter Netflix: “We don’t have a Netflix blog by design—our philosophy is to let our customers speak.”
A number of people were suspicious when the Netflix Prize was announced. $1 million isn’t much of a reward, some complained, and others believed that it would be difficult to improve upon the site’s movie recommendation algorithm. Now, a little over one week into the contest, three teams have already beaten the existing system.
Earlier today, Netflix announced that it’s putting a $1 million prize up for grabs. The Netflix Prize, as the online movie rental company calls it, will go “to the first person who can achieve certain accuracy goals in recommending movies based on personal preferences.”
Netflix is forging a new weapon to employ in its eternal war against Blockbuster. Or, depending on one’s point of view, it’s creating a nifty new product for its customers. The item in question is an Internet-connected, set-top box that would download movies overnight, eliminating the (small) hassle of mail service.