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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.

Netflix on Wii goes disc-free

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2010

The PS3 isn’t the only console that will be streaming Netflix disc-free. The Wii is getting in on the action as well! Americans and Canadians will be able to download and install Netflix from the Wii Shop Channel, as long as they’ve signed up for a subscription of $8.99 (C$7.99 in Canada) or above.

Over three million Wii consoles are said to have been hooked up with Netflix since the service launched back in April, and this step should make that number grow even larger, since it makes Netflix more convenient than ever.

Netflix for PS3 is now disc-free, with 1080i streaming and 5.1 surround sound

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

It’s a great time to be a PS3 owner as Netflix streaming just got better than anything else on the market. Beginning on October 18 Netflix on the PS3 will no longer require a disc, and it’ll stream some content with 1080i resolution and / or 5.1-channel surround audio.

You’ll also get subtitles on some content as well. Netflix is partnering with Dolby and the surround format will be Dolby Digital Plus. Netflix says that 5.1 will come to other platforms “over time,”. Makes me glad I have a PS3.

Sony confirms disc-free PS3 Netflix for US this month

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2010

Finally, you will be able to watch movies on Netflix with your PS3, disc free! In the comments section of a recent entry on the official US PlayStation blog, Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein confirmed that a Netflix app is headed to US owners of the PlayStation 3.

This will happen sometime this month. US users should check the PlayStation Store for the app anytime now. Reports suggest that Canadian PS3s are getting it earlier than expected as well. Canadians do not have a mail-order DVD option, their service is exclusively a streaming one.

Netflix adds video out support to iPhone 4, fourth gen iPod touch

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2010

Netflix had already added video out support to its iPad app a few months back, and it’s now it is adding the same functionality to your iPhone and iPod touch as well.

That doesn’t include all iPhone and iPod touch users, however. The app will only support video out on the iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch. If you’re cool with that, and we know you are, you can get the updated app for free right now.

Netflix and NBC ink new streaming deal

Posted in Netflix by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2010

I was on Netflix years ago and cancelled my subscription because I never got the new films I really wanted to see. With the company beefing up its streaming, service so much I am about ready to join up again. The company has just announced a new streaming agreement is in place with NBC.

The agreement will see some of the most popular NBC Universal shows come to the streaming service. Notable additions will include old episodes of “Saturday Night Live” and day after streaming of new episodes of the show as well. All episodes from past seasons of the shows “30 Rock,” “The Office” and “Law & Order: SVU,” are being added.

Netflix CEO looking into streaming-only option for US

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, in a blog post says, “we are looking at adding a streaming-only option for the USA over the coming months.” That’s an interesting idea, but sadly he didn’t elaborate. No prices were discussed.

However, it would likely parallel Canada’s streaming-only plan, which is $7.99 monthly. So who wants to drop physical media in exchange for that price or at least one extra dollar per month?

Netflix debuts service in Canada

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

Netflix has released details of its new Internet Movie subscription service launched today in Canada. It’s the first Netflix service outside the US. It will be available for $7.99 per month on a number of different devices, with the possibility to sign up for a free trial month.

Netflix also revealed that it has now signed Canadian license agreements with major studios such as Lionsgate, MGM Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Pictures, as well as Canadian distributors Alliance Films, Maple Pictures, eOne and Mongrel.

Panasonic adds Netflix streaming to VIERA Cast 2010 HDTVs & Blu-ray players

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on September 10th, 2010

Even though we can already stream Netflix to our home theater in countless ways, if you have a 2010 Panasonic HDTV or Blu-ray player, you can now join in on the fun. The video streaming widget was originally promised way back at CES and now shows up in a software update.

Just hit up the VIERA Cast menu next to existing tools like Amazon VOD, Skype and Pandora. So now everyone can officially access Netflix on one device or another.

Stream Netflix Movies and TV Shows on iPhone and iPod Touch

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

We knew it was coming and at last it is here. Netflix’s iPhone and iPod Touch apps are now available on the App Store. Android users still need to wait since there is still no sign of an app for Android.

So feel free to check out all of those movies that will look awesome on your small screen. Of course you could always watch it on your iPad too.

Netflix will Stream Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM movies on September 1

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2010

Netflix has just added even more to it’s Watch Instantly lineup as it has reached an agreement with Epix to include films from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM Studios starting September 1. The films will be available on Netflix only 90 days after their pay TV debuts.

What this deal does is make Hollywood movies available to Netflix subscribers far more quickly, and in greater numbers. According to the LA Times, this deal could cost Netflix some $1 billion over its multi-year lifetime. This is another great reason to join Netflix.

Netflix working on official Android app

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2010

We’ve been waiting for the next Netflix app to show up on the Android platform and it looks like it is coming soon. Soon you can enjoy Netflix’s movies and shows on all of your Android devices.

A recent job listing for an Android Video Playback Expert seems to suggest that we will be getting some Android Netflix streaming in the near future. We just don’t have a date yet.

Netflix coming to Canada this fall

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

Hard to believe, but Canadians still are not enjoying the smooth streaming of Netflix. Well, that will soon be cured. Netflix has just announced that it will be taking its first baby steps abroad with a rollout of its video streaming service in Canada.

We don’t have any specifics yet, but Canadians can sign up now to be informed as soon as those details drop. I wonder if it will invade the UK after Canada.

Netflix hiring Android developers, client on the way

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

Here’s some good news for Android owners. Netflix is on the lookout for an Android developer to help them build a streaming client for Android devices. You dont have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that an official Netflix app should be on its way.

A Netflix app that will allow subscribers to watch their movies directly on their mobile Android device. There’s no official time frame yet, so who knows when it will happen, but they are working on it.

Western Digital WD TV Live Plus HD with Netflix streaming

Posted in Western Digital by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2010

Western Digital has some good news regarding its WD TV line. You’ll get the usual names like Pandora, Live365, and YouTube, but now the WD TV Live Plus HD is also shipping with Netflix. And we all love Netflix.

You’ll be able to browse titles, manage your Instant Queue, and stream your favorite TV episodes on your HDTV. Of course you can also access your legally purchased digital media using the USB connection or Windows 7 “Play To” functionality. You can buy it now for $150. Beats streaming with your Wii right?