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Monday, April 9, 2012

Universal and iTunes, Together at Last

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"When Apple announced that it was bringing movies and TV shows purchased in the iTunes Store to iCloud, every major production house was onboard except Universal and Fox."

That was due to licensing conflicts with HBO, which now appear to be easing up so Universal stuff is now starting to trickle into the iTunes Store. No word on Fox availability.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Netflix By the Numbers: An Infographic

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 10:01 AM

I knew Netflix was a huge driver of traffic, but it's responsible for 30% of residential downstream Internet traffic in North America during peak periods. Wow! And who knew that the PS3 was the #1 device used for Netflix? The rest of this infographic is equally eye-popping. Check it out.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Find That Movie Via This Mac App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Every now and then, it's nice to have a platform like this blog. A few weeks ago, I was using it to complain: "Do you know how hard it was to find out if a movie is available? Every time I want to show my kids some movie I consider essential to their cultural education, I have to surf every online source, one after another. Netflix. Amazon. Apple TV. iTunes. Vudu. Searching, searching, searching. Why isn't there a central Web site that collates the catalogs of all those online sources?"

Well there is, and it's a free Mac app called MoviesHunt, available now in the Mac App Store. Basically you do a search for the movie you are looking for and the app takes care of the rest, searching Vudu, Netflix, Amazon, Clicker, iTunes and Hulu. If you get the upgraded Pro version for $0.99 [affiliate link], it will give you four more sites, plus let you add your own sites to the search list. Once it finds the movie it opens a webpage with information regarding the movie from the site where it's located.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's Your Digital Convenience Price Threshold?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:00 AM

In the tug of war between atoms and bits, how much does it take to sway you one way or another? Digital download or buying DVDs - which way do you roll? I bought the first episode of "Breaking Bad" on iTunes a few weeks ago, watched it yesterday, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Since I don't currently have an active account (it's a DVD rental service) I'd be looking at buying Breaking Bad season one. How do the numbers work out? Read more...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Google and YouTube, Competing With iTunes and Netflix?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"YouTube finally goes Hollywood as Google inks deals with big movie studios to let users rent the latest releases the same day as they appear on iTunes."

At least that is according to this report from The Wrap. Google supposedly has deals with Sony, Warner Brothers and Universal. The rentals on YouTube will go for $2.00 USD to $4.00 USD, which is competitive with iTunes, but they obviously don't have the library size that iTunes has right now. The other factor is, in my opinion, the infrastructure that Apple has in place, namely Apple TV and AirTunes. Apple really makes it easy, as long as you have all of the pieces. What are your thoughts, does Google have a chance?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Crackle for iOS

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"Crackle (Free) by Crackle, Inc. is an entertainment app that allows you to stream HD full-length movies, TV shows, trailers and minisodes on your iPhone or iPad."

This used to be available only for Sony TV, Blu-ray, Playstation and Roku boxes but now you can get it on your iOS device. This will also work on either Wi-FI or 3G networks, but be mindful if on 3G as you know how easy it is to rack up the data charges with movies. One thing you can't avoid with this is commercials, which show up about every 10 to 20 minutes according to the reviewer, but other than that he liked the app. You need to set up an account at Crackle but after that all you do is pick a movie and eat popcorn.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Warner Brothers New App Sidestepping New Policy?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"In an interesting move, Warner Brothers has released two movies as apps -- including extras -- semi-skirting the iTunes Store. The idea is to offer movies to customers who live in countries without movie sales via iTunes. Of course, Apple still gets the 30% cut of the in-app purchase cost."

The clause this may violate states that 'apps that are simply a song or movie should be submitted to the iTunes store. Apps that are simply a book should be submitted to the iBookstore.' In this case, the movies are in-app purchases so at least they follow that rule. Works over either Wi-Fi or 3G and the cost is $9.99 USD for streaming or $11.99 USD for purchase.

Monday, January 31, 2011

iTunes Distribution for Oscar-Nominated Films

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 12:00 AM

"Movie studios are seeking to distribute their award nominated films to Academy and Screen Actors Guild voters using Apple's iTunes rather than conventional DVDs, in hopes of limiting piracy of the pre-release films."

How can movie studios distribute Oscar nominated films to the nearly 100,000 members of the screen actors guild, without (as in the past) unauthorized copies appearing everywhere? Rather than burning DVDs, adding watermarks, chasing down illegal copies, etc; the latest plan is to distribute them via iTunes, using restricted rental codes, with the rental having a limited lifespan. Time is up, this copy self-destructs. While still not fool-proof, it is a step forward, as seen through the eyes of the studios and SAG. Will there ever be a real solution for this problem?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Remote App From Apple Updated to Add Streaming Support

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"The iOS remote app just got updated! One great feature is letting you take content from iTunes, on your computer, and streaming it to your Apple TV over AirPlay. Also, controlling iTunes Movies/TV directly on your Mac."

It's a free universal app, and they have also included Internet Radio support with version 2.1. You can also control iTunes on your computer from any iOS device to play TV shows, movies and other iTunes content, and this works with all iOS hardware running v3.1.2 or later.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Apple Sending Out Free iTunes Rentals

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple today started sending out free iTunes movie rental codes to many iTunes users. This seems to be random and we have no idea why they're doing this."

We haven't gotten one here, but it seems some people are getting emails with codes for free iTunes rentals. Apple hasn't given a reason for this, but I suspect that it is meant to remind customers that you can rent movies from iTunes. Personally, I've never rented a movie from Apple, and I'm sure there are plenty of people who haven't either. Maybe this will convince people to give it a try. I just wonder if Apple is rolling these out to everyone, or if they're basing it on recent sales of AppleTVs or iPads. Perhaps it is entirely random. What do you think?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Get Your Showtimes from Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:18 AM

"Apple has revamped its Movie Trailers page with movie showtimes and the ability to automatically find the nearest theater, all within HTML5, and compatible with iOS devices."

The site actually works pretty well, and you can buy tickets via Fandango from within site. Another good example of using HTML5 to allow access from an iOS device without Flash.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Netflix Adds to the Streaming Library

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Netflix streaming queue starting to look a little stale? It's working on that, and has signed a deal that brings EPIX's library of movies to Watch Instantly -- just not that instantly."

So plan on being able to view movies, via streaming, from Paramount, Lions Gate and MGM about 90 days after the DVD release now that Netflix has reached an agreement with EPIX. EPIX is a network set up by those studios to bring their movies to the 'Net, and Netflix has finally worked out a deal with them. This is great news for those of you (us) that use the streaming feature of Netflix, and if you are a Netflix user, why wouldn't you?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

So What's Netflix Up To?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"Netflix's revenue missed expectations last quarter, possibly because many of us haven't laid hands upon a DVD or Blu-ray in quite some time. The number of customers streaming movies has jumped drastically from a year ago."

So 61% of it's customers (me included) are streaming video now compared to 37% a year ago. People are paying the lower $8.95 USD per month rate for one disc shipped at a time since they get to stream as much as they want, regardless which plan they are on. For me, since they don't have everything on the streaming, it makes sense to get on the family plan, which gives me some choices and my wife some choices.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

mSpot Streaming Rental Service Available for iPad

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:30 AM

"mSpot provided a first for the iPad today as it officially launched mSpot Movies (free, App Store). The now universal app gives Apple's tablet the option of renting both current and vintage movies without having to store the videos locally, even with chapter markers and resuming. The newer service also works over 3G in addition to Wi-Fi and can auto-adjust the bitrate to keep the movie playing depending on the connection quality."

I installed mSpot on my iPad to take a look. They have a pretty good selection of movies. They also have a club model where you can pay a fixed cost every month and receive credits for a certain number of movies ($9.99 for 4 movie credits). Not all movies can be rented with credits however, due to "the restrictions of some movie studios." If you're a member of the club, you can still rent those movies, but you have to pay for them separate from the cost of your club membership. Movies cost between $2.99 and $3.99. mSpot works over 3g and Wi-Fi, and can adapt the resolution of the movie to fit your data connection. I watched a few trailers over Wi-Fi and wasn't impressed with the video quality, but the full movies might be better. If you've rented a movie from mSpot, what was the quality like?

Tags: software, movies, ipad

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Netflix and Relativity Strike a Deal

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:30 AM

"Ever wonder why premium movie channels (your HBOs and the like) get top-shelf Hollywood movies not long after their DVD release but yet you're still stuck streaming Mystery Science Theater 3000's greatest hits on Netflix?"

I wonder this, but figured it was just part of the agreement that Netflix has with the various studios about delaying the streaming for a certain amount of time. While I still enjoy streaming various TV series that I didn't catch when they were on TV, it is nice to switch it up every now and then and watch a movie. Adding Relativity to the mix looks pretty good on the surface, since the studio has had a hand in production of over 200 films and earned over $13 billion in revenue. One of the first films offered via streaming with be "The Boxer" starring Christian Bale. The big deal here is that this will be streaming during the "pay TV window" that usually blocks Netflix from streaming until "months if not years" after this window period, according to the press release. Premium content at the same time as HBO and Showtime? Sounds like Netflix is becoming a force in the movie industry, which is definitely good for it's customers.

Monday, May 3, 2010

iTunes Brings Movies to France and Ireland

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"Apple has announced that movies from 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. are now available for purchase from the iTunes Store in France and Ireland."

Not only those studios, based in the US, but also films from several of the European studios such as StudioCanal and E1 Entertainment. The moves will be available for purchase on the same day as their release on DVD. The rental terms are the same as other countries also, allowing 30 days to watch the film, but only 48 hours to finish once you start.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Netflix on the iPad!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"Get Netflix on your iPad. Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix. Watch as often as you want, it's part of your Netflix unlimited membership, resume watching where you left off on your TV or computer and browse movies and manage your Queue right from your iPad."

Well this is certainly great news, I was hoping they would come out with something and apparently they were working on it all along. You can download it here for free from iTunes, and you can also pick up the free ABC Player app so you can keep up on all the shows from ABC. 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Netflix on the iPad?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"Would you enjoy Netflix on your iPhone? Netflix would really like to know. Not that they are considering putting their app on the iPhone, or more importantly, on the iPad. But hypothetically, if they did...would you be interested?"

The last time a survey came out they were in preparations for PS3 and Wii versions so hopefully this means that Netflix will offer something for use on the iPad at least, if not the iPhone. In case you are wondering, the text of the survey was this:

"Imagine that Netflix offers its subscribers the ability to instantly watch movies & TV episodes on their iPhone. The selection availability to instantly watch includes some new releases, lots of classics and TV episodes.

There are no advertisements or trailers, and movies start in as little as 30 seconds. You can fast-forward, rewind, and pause or watch again. The movies & TV episodes you instantly watch are included in your Netflix membership for no additional fee.Whenever you want to instantly watch content on your iPhone, your iPhone must be connected to a Wi-Fi network (such as one you might have at home or at work, or in public places like coffee shops, book stores, hotels, airports, etc.)If this functionality were available, how likely would you or someone in your household be to instantly watch movies & TV episodes on your iPhone via a Wi-Fi network?"

I would likely watch, what are your thoughts?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

AT&T Film Awards Show App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"AT&T* today announced the launch of its Film Awards Interactive App on the App Store. The free app lets users read bios, watch previews and vote for their favorite award-nominated films and stars right on their iPhone or AT&T U-verseSM TV screen."

Nice app if you are into awards shows, giving you behind the scenes tours, star photos and more. And it is free


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bundle Your Favorite Movies With iTunes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"A new holiday-themed iPhone advertisement presents a spin on the classic "Twelve Days of Christmas" with App Store software, and discounted movie bundles have come to iTunes."

First we have the 12 Apps of Christmas and now we have movie bundles from iTunes. The "Movie Bundles" page has several double features and triple features, ranging in price from $9.99 USD to $19.99 USD. One notable bundle is the first two Godfather movies, the best ones of the series in my opinion, for $14.99 USD, saving you $5.00 USD if you purchase them separately. You can even get some of them with the HD option such as the Jason Statham Action Pack that gives you Crank 2:High Voltage, Transporter 3 and The Bank Job, all of which are worth watching if you like action movies. This bundle is $24.99 USD standard definition and $34.99 USD if you want them in HD. And who wouldn't want to see Statham in action in HD??

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