Most viewers prefer to watch instantly using a PC for both Netflix and Hulu. Wii viewers will only increase as a new console is coming soon. And besides Mad Men is now available as well. Who needs to watch that in 1080p?
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Netflix and Hulu dominate entirely separate sectors of digital streaming, according to a Nielsen study. Both are now available on many platforms, but Netflix is the dominant one on non-PCs, including iPads, game consoles, and media hubs, ranging from a three-to-one ratio on Apple’s tablet to seven or eight times higher.
Hulu isn’t a lame duck though. They win on computers, often by a wide margin, with 89 percent of its viewers watching on a computer versus just 42 percent of Netflix owners wanting to do the same. Networked media hubs like Roku boxes and smartphones were a close race, though they have a smaller viewing audience as a whole.
Still upset about the Netflix price hike? Well, maybe this will help. They are busy trying to get more content. Netflix has reached an agreement with CBS Corp. that will allow some of the network’s programming to be streamed to foreign markets. The deal includes CBS shows like “Californication,” “Dexter,” “Numb3rs” and “Twin Peaks.”
Many of the networks’ most popular series are excluded of course. Netflix operates in Canada and is expanding to 43 countries in Latin America, with other foreign markets coming soon. Netflix has also added “Mad Men” to its streaming option. Starting today, the first four seasons of the show are available to Netflix’s US customers.
This integration is coming for users in Latin America and Canada, but not for those in the U.S. That’s because of the the Video Privacy Protection Act, a 1988 law that forbids the disclosure of people’s video rental information. Companies that violate the law are liable up to $2,500 for each infraction.
Right on schedule, this morning Netflix for 3DS owners is now available. The app gives the game system access to the entire catalog as long as you have a streaming-enabled plan. Bookmarking works and lets users resume on the 3DS or even another device.
Obviously videos on Netflix are in 2D. We doubt that Netflix will start adding 3D anytime soon. The app is free to download from the Nintendo eShop. With the new price structure streaming is $8, but costs $16 for those who also want unlimited DVDs as well.
Looks like Netflix is offering a $7.99 per month DVD-only plan that does not include streaming. Not interested in streaming? Then this is for you. But really, how many users are interested in DVDs with no streaming option?
Anyone? Word is that Netflix is also planning on implementing a streaming only plan with no discs for $7.99, which makes more sense. What do you guys think? Do you like the idea? Or should Netflix just stay the way it is?
Miramax makes some good movies. Naturally you would like to see them either for the first time or again. Probably you would prefer to watch them instantly on Netflix. Well, Netflix has your back. The movie streaming service has reached an multi-year agreement with Miramax to allow streaming of films from the company’s extensive library.
Movies like Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Kill Bill, and hundreds of others will be added to the Netflix Watch Instantly catalog on a rotating basis, starting in June. This is the first time Miramax films have been available on a digital subscription service. Great news for movie lovers.
Kinect owners now have the ability to sort through their videos without using a controller. After you download the 43Mb update all you have to do is wave your hand for the camera or say Xbox and it will pull up the new menu above, which auto sorts selections for browsing by voice or gesture what it thinks you want to watch next. Pretty neat. Who needs controllers?
Select “browse all” and you are back to the standard menu. You can also pause the movie during playback by saying Xbox, Pause (or FF, rewind, skip scene, etc.). That will come in very handy. What do you think?
Netflix has now landed a multi-year deal to bring new movies and TV shows to the service’s streaming-only service in Canada. It covers about 350 titles that includes some recent hit movies like Iron Man 2 if you like superheroes and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button if you like an old Brad Pitt. The agreement includes exclusive subscription TV rights to first-run movies and puts movies in the “premium pay TV window” for releases.
This is great news for Canadian viewers. The service first came to Canada in the fall but suffered from a lack of content compared to the US. This deal should help with that problem.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said in the past that the company would avoid getting into the content business, however Deadline Hollywood is reporting that it outbid cable channels like HBO and AMC for a new David Fincher drama starring Kevin Spacey.
The show is called House of Cards. The deal is apparently still being negotiated but Netflix will be committing to two seasons which could cost it more than $100 million. This deal if true, puts the company directly in competition with the pay-TV business. Move over HBO and showtime.
Hope you got some Chocolate and roses this Valentine’s day. Here’s one more gift. The Boxee Box has Netflix streaming. CEO Avner Ronen says that this has been the most common request by users. Once the latest software update is downloaded, owners can enjoy everything that the latest Netflix interface has to offer, if you are in the US or Canada.
This update also delivers support for Dolby Digital TrueHD bitstreaming, high resolution SRT subtitles and updated support for IR remotes. Now go watch some Netflix.
Those of us with a PS3 have had the new Netflix interface for a while,but now Samsung HDTVs are getting the updated version of the Netflix Watch Instantly interface. The latest interface appeared after a firmware upgrade on a UN46C6500 LCD HDTV.
Now you can search through Netflix’s catalog directly on the device, but you still won’t be able to add DVDs to your queue. There’s no official word on this yet, so it might be a test phase or a slow rollout, so it might not appear right away.
This is a great move by Netflix. The company has announced that it has partnered up with several manufactures to add a Netflix button to TV, Blu-ray and media streaming device controllers. Starting this Spring, buttons that say “Netflix” including some featuring the red Netflix logo will be added to device remote controls.
The list of manufacturers that Netflix has made a deal with is impressive. The list for Blu-ray player remotes includes, Memorex, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Haier and Best Buy’s Dynex brand. Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba will place the Netflix one-click button on remote controls for some new Internet-connected TVs as well and Boxee, Iomega and Roku STBs will get Netflix buttons on their remotes.
Three months after Canadians got a taste of Netflix, CEO Reed Hastings says that the move was a success and that the company will expand its service to other countries in 2011. He told the Canadian press, “Based on the early success of Netflix.ca we’re going to continue our international expansion next year and we’re going to allocate significant dollars to it,”.
He didn’t specify which countries. In other Netflix news, Canadians hoping to get an experience similar to the original US service will be disappointed, since Hastings says there are no plans for a movie queue for the streaming-only service. He says that was a “strategic decision.”
Netflix was rumored to be offering to pay $100,000 per episode for these shows. We don’t know if that was the price or not, but the company has reached a new deal with Disney-ABC Television Group that keeps episodes of shows like Lost on your streaming list and adds some new ones.
The delay time for adding new episodes is 15 days minimum so they will arrive soon. You can look forward to every single episode of Scrubs, Ugly Betty and Reaper due in 2011, plus expanded offerings from Disney Channel and ABC Family.