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Netflix licenses more TV for streaming from ABC/Disney

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on December 8th, 2010

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.

ABC app listens to your TV to synchronize interactive content

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

Those fine folks in charge of TV ratings that don’t work very well, Nielsen, have come up with a new way to monitor your home, or at least your Tv viewing habits. Maybe both. It’s an official ABC app that uses the iPad’s microphone to figure out what you’re watching, no matter if it is live or recorded, and offer interactive content based on this.

Nielsen says the app uses the same audio watermarks that are embedded in almost every US television show to do its thing. I guess that means that your household conversations are safe. For now. It has only been announced for the show My Generation so far.

CBS bringing free HTML5-encoded TV shows to the iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2010

The Wall Street Journal says that ABC and CBS are working on adapting episodes of their TV shows for the iPad. Both will offer streamable programming to new iPad owners immediately upon launch. Their delivery strategies are different though.

ABC will use an app and CBS will stream through the browser (HTML5!). Eventually it will be a commercial-supported deal familiar to all of us who’ve used online streaming services. Now if NBC and Hulu get onboard you’ll have quite a lot of content available.

Netflix to stream new ABC shows

Posted in Netflix by Shane McGlaun on August 3rd, 2009

netflix-logo-sbI tried Netflix once for movie rentals but I was never able to get the films I wanted to see the day they came out so I went back to using my local movie store. When Netflix started its streaming service, I thought it was interesting and I am waiting for it to get more offerings before I think about using it again.

Netflix has announced that it will be streaming new ABC shows including popular programs like Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Legend of the Seeker. Netflix is now offering the first four seasons of Lost in its streaming catalog and the other shows will start streaming in September.

ABC coming to Hulu?

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

ABC coming to Hulu?Looks like we may soon be getting another network’s content on Hulu sometime very soon. Supposedly Disney is discussing the possibility of sharing their ABC TV shows on the website. Some other Disney-owned shows might make it over as well. What this means is that you’ll be able to catch up on everything you missed on LOST and maybe also check out all your favorite High School Musical type programs. Yeah, sure you don’t watch them.

There’s no word on how close Disney and Hulu might be to making a deal, but the company is getting more interested, now that Hulu is more popular. If the deal goes through, Hulu would then have three of the four major networks on their web video service, which would be pretty awesome.

Fast Finger Keyboard keeps letters in order

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2009

Fast Finger Keyboard keeps letters in orderMost of us are happy with a nice QWERTY keyboard. Why not have a keyboard that has the ABC’s one letter after each other the way nature intended? The Fast Finger Keyboard is exactly that keyboard. There are three ways to use it. If you are just learning typing, the keys are layed out on the keyboard in alphabetical order. Just press the ‘ABC’ button and the keys will type in that order.

But if you are ready to take it to the next level, you can use it as a normal QWERTY keyboard. The letters are layed out on the keyboard under the ABC keys in red. The other thing this keyboard does is when the ‘F’ key is pushed, IM abbreviations are available with the function keys. “CYA”, “LOL”, and “BTW” etc.