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Sony releases Filmy movie viewing app for the PlayStation 3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2011

Sony has just released a PS3 app for those people who watch a lot of video using the PS3. The new app is called Filmy and is designed to organize and play videos recorded in the AVCHD (H.264) format and can be accessed from the PS3’s hard drive or from a device attached through a USB cable.

If the videos are geotagged, users will be able to see where they were taken and sort them by date. The Filmy app is available in the media section of the PlayStation Store. The trial version is free, but it will only be fully functional for 15-minutes, after which you’ll need to pay $5 to access the full features.

Amazon Prime users see free unlimited movie streaming

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

Amazon’s plans for unlimited movie streaming similar to Netflix seems to be right on track as someone has spotted the service in action. At least one Amazon Prime subscriber has seen options in the Video On Demand section to stream movies and TV shows, even major recent releases, as part of the $79 yearly subscription. The catalog seen by this Engadget reader had 5,000 titles that show in 480p.

Amazon hasn’t confirmed these plans, and the unlimited VOD may be a trial that isn’t immediately ready to go live. Netflix’s streaming-only plan has a larger catalog but also costs $96 a year.

Avatar is the most pirated movie of 2010

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

Avatar was one of the biggest movies of 2010, and as such, it is a prime target for piracy. I’m sure james Cameron isn’t happy about it, but according to Torrent Freak, Avatar is the most pirated movie of 2010, with a total of 16,580,000 illegal downloads just on Bittorrent alone.

The more popular a movie is, the more people want to see it both legally and illegally. There were also large numbers of downloads of the Blu-ray version of Avatar in 2010, with Torrent Freak reporting a total of 200,000 illegal downloads in just 2 days.

TRON inspired Skatecycle

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2010

The sequel to Disney’s 1982 film Tron is set to be released on December 17, and people everywhere are geeking out with merchandise and TRON inspired DIY stuff. This latest comes from Alon Karpman, the IDSA IDEA award winning creator of The Freerider skate cycle, which is a hub-less two wheeled self-propelling something-or-other currently in production.

Alon, a Brooklyn based design entrepreneur has created a one of a kind tribute to the new film out of his best-selling skatecycle, using colors and glow-in-the-dark elements. And it looks like it came straight out of the movie.

OnLive and Vizio may start movie subscription services

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

Cloud gaming service OnLive and TV maker Vizio are discussing separate deals for subscription movie services of their own. OnLive is apparently committed to expanding to movies via subscriptions to go with their video games. Vizio is believed to be in talks for content.

This is an interesting move for Vizio since it already has access to Netflix and Vudu. It will be interesting to see what happens with both companies. Can Onlive compete with Netflix? Will Netflix have to get into gaming? Stay tuned.

Vudu drops some rentals to $2 to fight Apple, Netflix

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2010

Vudu just has started an aggressive campaign to corner the movie rental space through its pricing strategy – lowering the price to below average. What this means to you is just $2 for around 4,000 “top films” in the company’s Movies On Sale section, where you have 48 hours to finish watching once playback begins.

The deal is good until the end of 2010. Lower prices should apply both to those who still use a Vudu Box as well as the TVs and Blu-ray players that have streaming support, like those from LG, Samsung and Vizio.

Amazon planning unlimited movie, TV streaming

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

The latest on Amazon is that the company is planning to expand its Video On Demand service into a flat-rate, unlimited service, according to insiders. The plan that was pitched to NBC, Time Warner, Viacom and others would provide unlimited access to at least “some” movies and TV shows.

The service would work over both the web and existing devices, like TiVo DVRs and the Xbox 360. One option may be to use a subscription as a perk for Amazon Prime, which already gives automatic two-day shipping upgrades for $79 per year. It might also focus on back catalog titles instead of newer ones to appease executives who are cautious about applying unlimited access to newer titles.

YouTube to offer pay-per-view movie service by end of 2010

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

You can find all kinds of stupid pet tricks and stupid human tricks on YouTube, but no pay-per-view content like Apple, Amazon, and others. Well, the Financial Times is reporting that parent company Google has been in talks with “Hollywood’s leading movie studios” for several months regarding the launch of an international pay-per-view service by the end of this year.

Looks like it would cost about $5 for new titles (streaming, not download) that would be available the same time as the DVD releases. The site has been doing rentals on a trial basis since early this year, with a handful of indie titles.

Best Buy’s CinemaNow streaming movie service starts this month

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

We’ve known Best Buy’s CinemaNow streaming service was in the works, but it’s finally ready to launch this month. Users who have an LG Blu-ray player will have access to $3-$4 rentals first, with purchases costing $9.99 to $19.99.

As they fine tune the service, it will be available across platforms just like Netflix and the others. Our guess is that you probably won’t be using the service.

YouTube adds Movie and TV show rentals from 99 Cents

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2010

After experimenting with movie rentals in January, YouTube has added a bunch of movies and TV episodes that you may actually want to see. However there’s still nothing very mainstream in the YouTube store. It’s mostly indie films, Bollywood and documentaries, which are viewable for 48 hours after renting.

They cost between 99 cents and $4, with payments made via Google Check-Out. YouTube will need to strike some deals with movie studios to get some decent stuff on the site. Stuff with explosions should do the trick.

Iron Man 2 USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2010

You certainly have your choice of USB flash drives, but this Iron Man flash drive is pretty damn awesome. They don’t get much cooler or geekier than this. It has some nice detail.

For $39.50 you get a 4GB capacity. Sadly that’s all you get. No multimedia special clips. No secret message from Tony Stark. Just the drive. But that’s cool, this drive looks great and we are just waiting for the movie.

The Shining Cuckoo Clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on March 14th, 2010

Cuckoo clocks are fun and amusing. At least they used to be. Not anymore. Not with this Cuckoo clock. This clock is all about the creepiness. It’s a miniature diorama of the “Heeere’s Johnny!” scene from The Shining. No little Cuckoo bird here, though.

Instead you get Jack Nicholson breaking through the door saying “Heeere’s Johnny!”. Shelly Duvall is also there, with a bad case of buttaface, letting out a scream. This happens every hour until you never want to see the movie again.

YouTube tests movie rentals

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2010

YouTube has announced that it will offer video rentals through its site. They will be offering the rentals in sync with the Sundance Film Festival and they plan to rent movies from the 2009 and 2010 Sundance festivals as well as “other U.S. partners.”

The festival films will be available through January 31st, while other movies and videos should be available soon after. The expansion into rentals is part of a strategy to get away from ad-only revenue and is said to give content providers much more control over how video content is shown. Providers signed up to the YouTube system will have the option of setting the price, rental period and where it can be found.

Blockbuster unveils Direct Access

Posted in movies by Shane McGlaun on December 17th, 2009

blockbuster-sbI went to the movie store Tuesday to rent Inglorious Bastards and was bummed when all copies were out. I ended up having to buy it so I could watch the movie. Blockbuster has announced a new service called Direct Access that will help you find a film you want to see even if it is out of stock.

When you go into a store and the film you want isn’t available the store employees can access the distribution center catalog and have the film shipped directly to your door, assuming it is in stock at the distribution center.

New Trek movie loaded on 4GB Star Trek Flash Drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2009

New Trek movie loaded on 4GB Star Trek Flash DriveStar Trek merchandising is only surpassed by Star Wars merchandising. Well, here’s the latest Merchandising Trek. The new film is being released on individually numbered 4GB Starfleet insignia USB drives. Yes, I too just heard ten million geeks sigh.

The drive is loaded with DRM, but you can run it on 5 registered devices and burn it to DVD, so that’s not too bad. It will cost you $29. Not sure what that amounts to in Starfleet credits, but it seems like an okay deal.