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?
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?
This app should make your life a bit easier. Fanhatten has launched a new iPad app (free in the App Store) that provides a consolidated view of movie and TV content from across multiple media sources. You can browse or search for content by title, genre, or actor no matter where it’s located. Current supported media sources include Netflix, Hulu Plus, iTunes and ABC Player.
The app takes users to the appropriate site or service instead of loading it within the app. You can search for your content and then it will display it through the media source where it is available. A lot of users are going to love this app.
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.
Netflix finally has an Android app that is publicly available. The app is pretty identical to the one released for the iPhone and it lets users manage their instant queue and watch videos. Of course to use it you need a subscription starting from $8.
Thing is, only a handful of phones can use the Netflix app, all of which are using Snapdragon processors. These first five include the Samsung Nexus S and four HTC phones, including the Evo 4G, the original Incredible, the Nexus One, and the T-Mobile G2. The Droid Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt, weren’t mentioned, though they have also have Snapdragon.
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.
Here’s something that we don’t see everyday. This Avi Stylix iPod / iPhone docking station sports a built in 7-inch LCD capable of streaming Netflix. Other features include a Dock Connector port, twin two-watt speakers, USB port, SD card slot and a remote.
It will also stream Netflix, as mentioned, but just be aware that you’ll need an iPhone or iPod touch with a live internet connection. That’s because there is no WiFi module built into the device itself. Still, it’s a neat trick for a dock, especially at just $99.99. Not bad at all.
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.
At GDC 2011, Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime revealed a ton of info about the 3DS. As far as video content, the news is that the 3DS will get Netflix this summer as well as the ability to pause a video on your handheld and continue watching on your Wii.
We aren’t sure but we assume that you can also do the same with an XBox or PS3 as well. Nintendo is partnering with AT&T to provide free WiFi access at 10,000 hotspots starting in late May. It will also use the SpotPass passive connection feature that works even when no game is in the system and when its in sleep mode, to download new content.
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.