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Amazon to Acquire LOVEFiLM International Limited

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LUXEMBOURG & LONDON - January 20, 2010 - Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the remaining shares in LOVEFiLM International Limited (www.lovefilm.com). LOVEFiLM is a leading European subscription entertainment service which combines the benefits of online DVD and games rental-by-post as well as streaming films and TV shows instantly over the internet to PCs, internet enabled TVs and Playstation®3. LOVEFiLM operates today in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Amazon already has a significant minority shareholding in LOVEFiLM and does not itself operate any similar business in Europe.

LOVEFiLM has been innovating on behalf of movie rental customers across Europe for many years and with the advent of the LOVEFiLM player, they are further delighting customers by streaming digital movies for their immediate enjoyment, said Greg Greeley, Amazon's Vice President of European Retail. LOVEFiLM and Amazon have enjoyed a strong working relationship since LOVEFiLM acquired Amazon Europe's DVD rental business in 2008, and we look forward to a productive and innovative future.

The deal is a winner for the members who love LOVEFiLM because of its value, choice, convenience and innovation in home entertainment, said Simon Calver, Chief Executive of LOVEFiLM International. With Amazon's unequivocal support we can significantly enhance our members' experience across Europe.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.

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I have yet to order a movie from this cause all there trailers play in 2 channel audio. Does anyone know if you get 5.1 surround with Qriocity?
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Web Video Rivalry Sparks U.S. Probe

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The Justice Department is investigating whether a group representing some top technology firms is unfairly trying to smother a free rival technology for delivering online video that is backed by Google Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

Much the way firms battled in the 1980s over VHS and Betamax video formats, tech rivals are fighting over the technology used to deliver and display Web video. Currently, video-streaming services like Netflix Inc. and Google's YouTube pay patent royalties, as do makers of Blu-ray disc players and other hardware.

These firms pay royalties to an organization called MPEG LA, which is the target of the formal antitrust probe, the people familiar with the matter said. MPEG LA has amassed pools of patents covering widely used video formats and collects royalties for its members, which include Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

Antitrust enforcers are investigating whether MPEG LA, or its members, are trying to cripple an alternative format called VP8 that Google released last yearby creating legal uncertainty over whether users might violate patents by employing that technology, these people added.

The probe, which pits Google and open-source software advocates against some technology giants like Apple, could help determine whether anyone will own rights over the creation and broadcast of online video in the next major Web programming language, called HTML 5.

At stake is "who is going to have competitive clout in the world after television," said Eben Moglen, a Columbia University professor who supports free and open software.

The California State Attorney General's office is also investigating the matter, according to people familiar with the matter.

MPEG LA didn't confirm or deny it is under investigation. But the group says it isn't acting to kill a competitor. It said it's simply offering a service for patent holders and is agnostic about which video format prevails.

"We are effectively a convenience store" for licensing patents, said Larry Horn, MPEG LA's chief executive. "We have no dog in that fight."

Representatives of both law enforcement agencies as well as Apple and Google declined to comment. Microsoft didn't respond to a request for comment.

MPEG LA, which was formed in the late 1990s,manages the licensing of more than 1,700 patents used in a high-definition video encoding standard known as H.264. The Justice Department is concerned the group's actions may stifle competition to that dominant format, the people familiar with the matter said.

Google has been offering an alternative. The Silicon Valley giant last year paid $125 million to buy a company that developed the video-compression format called VP8. Google later released it as a royalty-free standard under an open license that enables software developers to use it any way they wish.

At present, no patent royalties are charged for using Google's VP8 format. But MPEG LA has questioned that status, and last month issued a call for companies to submit patents they believe may be infringed by VP8. "I can tell you: VP8 is not patent-free," Mr. Horn said. "It's simply nonsense."

For some people in the tech industry, the issue is less about cost and more about competition and control over technologies at the heart of the Internet. "How could it come to pass that it's illegal to compete?" asked Monty Montgomery, who runs a free software foundation, XIPH.org, and supports VP8. "That's when everybody's antitrust bells should be going off."

The threat of future lawsuits has helped persuade some companies to forsake VP8. Apple's chief executive, Steve Jobs, explained in an email to the Free Software Foundation last year that a patent pool was assembled to "go after" a previous open-source format.

"All video codecs are covered by patents," Mr. Jobs wrote. "Unfortunately, just because something is open-source, it doesn't mean or guarantee that it doesn't infringe on others patents."



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AT&T to Cap Data Usage May 2, 2011
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As expected, AT&T will soon impose limits on the amount of broadband data notably movies and TV shows subscribers can download from the Internet on a monthly basis without paying additional fees.

AT&T's residential DSL plans will have a usage allowance of 150 gigabytes (GB) per month, while residential U-verse plans will have a usage allowance of 250GB per month.

The caps amount to about 100 hours per month of TV programming for DSL users and 200 hours for U-verse. The caps would limit users to 20 movie downloads in standard definition (25 for U-verse) and 10 (13 for U-verse) in high definition.

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YouTube is Going LIVE

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Youtube today announced the initial roll out of YouTube Live, which will integrate live streaming capabilities and discovery tools directly into the YouTube platform for the first time.

This begins with a new YouTube Live browse page (www.youtube.com/live), where users can always find live events happening on YouTube and add events to their calendar.

Today, Toutube will also start gradually rolling out a live streaming beta platform, which will allow certain YouTube partners with accounts in good standing to stream live content on YouTube.

"The goal is to provide thousands of partners with the capability to live stream from their channels in the months ahead. In order to ensure a great live stream viewing experience, we'll roll this offering out incrementally over time," Youtube said.

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AT&T to Cap Data Usage May 2, 2011

This pisses me off so much. What can we do to fight the providers from doing this. I have comcast and have a 250gb limit. It sucks.

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AT&T to Cap Data Usage May 2, 2011

Hmmm...I like the part that said:

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The telco said it is capping non-business customers after it experienced a dramatic increase in the amount of data downloaded by select households. Indeed, AT&T said an increasing minority (just 2%) of its subscriber base was utilizing 20% of its total network. It said these frequent users could utilize the equivalent data of 19 standard-use households.

I guess streaming is NOT the future.

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Western Digital Players get CinemaNow


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Western Digital's WD TV Live Hub ($200) and WD TV Live Plus ($130) media players now have CinemaNow via a firmware update. The upgrade gives owners access to more than 10,000 TV shows and films.

The update also offers new Netflix functionality, allowing Netflix subscribers to search for movies directly from their TV, so a PC no longer is necessary to add movies to the queue. The update also offers support for Dolby Digital Plus audio.

The addition of these new premium content services addresses an increased customer demand for a further expanded offering of best-in-class entertainment, the company said in a statement. WD TV users can enjoy a high-definition movie watching experience without ever leaving home.

The WD TV players also include Internet-based content from YouTube, Facebook, Blockbuster On Demand, Pandora, TuneIn Radio and Accuweather.
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How does cinema now compares with vudu hdx and Netflix?
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How does cinema now compares with vudu hdx and Netflix?

http://www.cinemanow.com/How_It_Work...spx?grpID=1001
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Ultraviolet promo video here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn2uprypgfE

Looks like it is from NAB 2011.
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UltraViolet FAQ - From Jim Taylor, Chief Technologist at Rovi (formerly Sonic), and the guy who wrote DVD Demystified and the DVD FAQ.

UltraViolet Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)

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[1.5] How much does UltraViolet cost?

It's free to set up an UltraViolet account. Retailers set their own prices for movies and other content.

You get at least three free downloads and unlimited streams per movie for one year after you buy it. After that there may be a charge for additional downloads or streams.


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[1.9] What business models does UltraViolet support?
At launch UltraViolet provides only electronic sell-through (EST). In other words, you can buy movies but you can't yet rent them. DECE plans to add more business models in future versions.


[1.9.1] Does UltraViolet support rental?

Not yet. However, it's possible for retailers and streaming services that support rental to add UltraViolet buying, download, and streaming to their existing interfaces.

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[1.4] What are the disadvantages of UltraViolet?

It's not launched yet (as of March 2011)
The initial version does not support rentals or subscriptions
It's not (yet) supported by all major companies (notable exceptions are Apple, Disney, and Amazon)
There's no guarantee that you will be able to stream all the movies in your locker from every streaming services
Cost to participating companies (license fees and usage fees)

http://uvdemystified.com/uvfaq.html#1.4
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Multiuser rental streams, family plans coming to Netflix?

http://www.myce.com/news/multiuser-r...netflix-43421/
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What do you guys think of "home premiere"? http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118034714

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Epix Coming Soon to a Connected Device Near You

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Now things are getting interesting. Epix - the premium cable network that launched with an online, on-demand video component is making that service available through a number of new mobile and connected devices. This follows a trend of pay TV operators and cable networks taking their online offerings direct to consumers on as many devices as possible.

Epix was one of the first cable networks to offer authenticated access to an on-demand streaming library. In a sense, it embraced TV Everywhere before TV Everywhere even had a name. Now it's taking the logical next step in that TV Everywhere concept, by making its online service available on a wide variety of tablets, connected TVs and Blu-ray players and broadband set-top boxes.

The cable network formed as a joint partnership between Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM and carrying films from all those studio announced it will have apps for download on more than 100 different devices, including the Blackberry PlayBook, connected TVs and Blu-ray players from Samsung, Google TV devices, Roku broadband set-top boxes and Android tablets from Motorola, HTC and LG. And while an iPad app won't be available at launch, a spokesperson says that one has been submitted and is awaiting approval from the Apple App Store.

The first distributor to take advantage of the service will be Verizon, which will give authenticated access for the service to FiOS customers who subscribe to the network. That will make more than 3,000 Epix on-demand film titles available to subscribers that have logged in to the service through any of the new apps. Other distributors are likely to soon follow, as the network is also available to Dish Network, Cox, Charter and Mediacom subscribers, among others.

Of course, the new apps aren't the only way to get Epix content online and on new devices: The company struck a deal last year to make its streaming library available to Netflix subscribers. And Netflix's streaming subscription service is available on more than 250 connected devices, including connected TVs and Blu-ray players from most big consumer electronics manufacturers, iOS and Windows Phone 7 mobile devices and all the major gaming consoles. But Epix no doubt wants its own brand front and center, so rolling out its own apps is a smart move for the network.

Epix isn't alone in building apps for connected devices: HBO is expected to launch its streaming iPad and Android apps on May 2, and ESPN has a live streaming app available in some markets as well. In addition, a number of pay TV operators have either already come to market or will soon roll out mobile and TV apps of their own. Comcast has already rolled out its Xfinity TV app, with access to on-demand content from a number of cable networks. Meanwhile, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision are taking a different tack by introducing iPad apps that make linear streams of cable content available to subscribers.

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HBO Go iPad App Gets 1 Million Downloads in First Week

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HBO Go represents the premium TV service's launch into the realm of TV Everywhere, and subscribers are flocking to get access on the iPad, iPhone, and other devices

How popular is HBO? Within the first ten days of its availability, the HBO Go iPad and iPhone app was downloaded one million times.

During his Streaming Media East keynote, HBO co-president Eric Kessler emphasized the fact that HBO is no longer just about television.

"We've evolved the HBO tag line from 'It's not just television, it's HBO' to simply "It's HBO" in recognition of all the options that customers have to consume content," said Kessler.

HBO Go is HBO's entry into the new world of TV Everywherethe concept of providing consumers with access to the entertainment they want to watch on any device, with little or no incremental cost.

"Each month our customers vote on our service with their pocketbook," said Kessler. "HBO Go is portable, free, exclusive, and provides subscribers a tie-in to their pay TV subscription."

Video of Kessler's keynote is below.
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Netflix Comes to Android

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Netflix now is available for Android smartphones, and users without a Netflix subscription can get a free, one-month trial by downloading the application, Google announced May 12.

The long wait has ended and you can finally fire up the entire catalog of Dr. Who' and eat away at all of your productivity for the day, wrote Andrew Kameka, managing editor of Google's official Android blog.

The Netflix application is not supported by every Android-based device, and currently is limited to the HTC Incredible, Nexus One, EVO 4G, G2 and Samsung Nexus S.

Roma De, a member of Netflix's product team, said the limited availability of Netflix streaming on Android devices is due to the lack of standardized streaming playback feature on the platform.

In the absence of standardization, we have to test each individual handset and launch only on those that can support playback, De wrote in a post. We anticipate that many of these technical challenges will be resolved in the coming months and that we will be able to provide a Netflix application that will work on a large majority of Android phones.

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Netflix, Miramax Ink Streaming Deal

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Netflix May 16 said it signed a multi-year distribution deal with Miramax that will allow its 23 million subscribers to stream hundreds of Miramax titles beginning next month.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Existing relationships with management and a shared affinity for these great films make this an important deal for both companies and for our members, who will enjoy instantly watching movies from one of the truly great film libraries for many years to come, said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer with Netflix.

The Netflix library gains a variety of films which collectively have 284 Academy Award nominations, across 83 films, with 68 wins, including the Best Picture winners The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love. Iconic titles such as Bad Santa, Chasing Amy, Cinema Paradiso, Clerks, Cold Mountain, From Dusk Till Dawn, Good Will Hunting, Kill Bill" Volumes I and II, Muriel's Wedding, The Piano, Pulp Fiction, Reindeer Games and many of the Halloween, Scary Movie, Scream and Spy Kids movies will be available over time.

Many of Miramax's 700 titles have been available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc to Netflix members for years.

From day one, we've been very clear about the importance of digital and our desire to respond to the significant pent-up demand for our films -- delivering to consumers whenever and wherever they want, said Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax. This agreement is an important first step in our digital strategy. Netflix has always been a trailblazer, with a tremendous track record of innovation and quality customer service.

Indeed, since its acquisition last year by an investor group from The Walt Disney Co., Miramax has aggressively inked North American and European distribution deals for its catalog.

Last month, Lionsgate took retail control (including transactional VOD and electronic sellthrough) of about 550 titles beginning March 15 with The Switch and Scream, Scream 2 and Scream 3 March 29 the latter three coincided with the Scream 4 theatrical release April 15 by The Weinstein Co.

Separately, Miramax signed similar retail deals with a Canadian distributor and Echo Bridge Entertainment -- the latter including about 250 lesser known catalog titles.

Miramax also has a distribution deal with former owners Bob and Harvey Weinstein that includes home entertainment distribution of planned sequels of such films as Clerks, From Dusk Till Dawn, Bridget Jones's Diary, Copland, Shall We Dance, Swingers and The Amityville Horror, among others, by The Weinstein Co.

Our goal at Miramax is to work with the right partners to fully maximize every asset in our extraordinary film catalog across all platforms, Lang said at the time.

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@Mikemorel what are your thought of "Home Premiere" as explained in my link a couple posts below.

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There is a pretty good recent video overview/comparison of the various streaming options here.
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@Mikemorel what are your thought of "Home Premiere" as explained in my link a couple posts below.

IMO, at $30 per view it seems more of an experiment, a test, than a mass market product. Perhaps they are testing new DRM/content protection.

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Sources: Apple trying to woo Hollywood to iCloud

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(CNET) In the past several weeks, Apple executives have stepped up their attempts to convince some of the major Hollywood film studios to issue licenses that would enable Apple to store its customers' movies on the company's servers, two sources close to the negotiations told CNET. Apple began discussing a cloud service with the studios over a year ago.


An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

Apple announced today that next Monday, the start of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, it will unveil the iCloud, a long-anticipated service that will enable users store and access their digital media from Apple's servers via Web-connected devices. The cloud is the term used to describe when consumers rely on third parties instead of their own PCs for computing tasks and this is where digital entertainment is supposedly headed. CNET reported that Apple has licensing deals with three of the top four record labels and is closing in on reaching an agreement with the fourth, as well as the large music publishers.

Apple is expected to help take cloud services out of the world of high-tech enthusiasts, the so-called early adopters, and introduce them to the mainstream.

The talks between Apple and the studios are ongoing but Apple has run into several problems, including one that could prevent it from offering flicks from at least three of the big film studios, the sources said.

Exclusive window
The so-called HBO window or HBO blackout, as it is known in the film industry, refers to an exclusive distribution relationship that the cable network has with three of the top six film studios: Warner Bros. Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and NBC Universal.

When a movie from one of the participating studios is aired on HBO, the cable network's electronic-distribution rights require other outlets to halt sales or distribution of the title. Conceivably, this would prevent cloud services from streaming movies to customers during the blackout period.

Telling consumers that if they buy a cloud movie they won't have access to it during certain periods would be a tough sell.

But there's a difference between selling a movie during HBO's exclusive window and storing a copy of a film that was bought outside of the window and giving the owner access. That's what Time Warner, parent company of HBO and Warner Bros., is trying to hash out right now, the sources said. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has made numerous favorable comments about the cloud-media concept, especially about Ultraviolet (UV).

Ultraviolet is the name given to a set of technology standards that the film industry hopes will make way for cloud video services and help create a new home video format and a successor to the DVD. UV is supposed to debut some time this summer. Bewkes has praised UV's concept multiple times.

"If the industry executes it right," Bewkes said, "[UltraViolet] should dramatically boost the appeal of owning movies."

So if Bewkes is a believer what is the holdup? Film industry sources say that there's nothing to worry about, that a deal with Time Warner to relax the HBO window will get done. But can something be completed before June 6?

Whether it can or not, Apple could still roll something out with the other three studios that are without HBO blackout agreements: Disney, Paramount Pictures, and Sony Pictures.

There's some precedence for this. Last September, when Apple announced it had overhauled Apple TV, the company began offering 99-cent rentals of TV shows from Disney's ABC and Fox. And speaking of Apple TV, how would that and say, the Multi-Pass system work with iCloud?

Apple introduced the "Multi-Pass" for TV show content back in 2006 as a way for buyers to pre-purchase a month's worth of content at a discount compared to the $1.99 per episode standard. And for serial content, such as entire TV seasons, Apple offers a Season Pass program where users can buy an entire season, even if episodes haven't yet aired. Once they do, new episodes are automatically downloaded to a user's iTunes library, and the user can opt to get an e-mail notification that the content is available.

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Financial Times:

Hollywood turns to streaming

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Beleaguered Hollywood studio executives have had a tough time of late. DVD sales, a cherished revenue stream, are drying up and consumer interest in 3D films, which had been touted as the saviour of the industry, seems to be on the wane, with audiences put off by high ticket prices.

But help could be at hand. Companies competing to control the distribution of film and television programming are splashing the cash in Hollywood, hoping that content will drive adoption of new services.

Netflix, the DVD subscription and online streaming service, has led the pack, striking a host of content deals with US broadcast networks, cable companies and movie studios. Hulu, a smaller Netflix competitor owned by News Corp, Walt Disney and NBC Universal took a step forward of its own this week when it signed its biggest movie deal to date with Miramax, the company that owns hits such as Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare in Love.

Walmart, which owns the Vudu streaming service, and Amazon, which has its own film subscription service, are also in the market for content, as are Sony, which offers movies to download to its PlayStation device, and Microsoft, which streams movies to its Xbox console.

Now another lucrative buyer of film rights is poised to enter the fray with a streaming service. Apple offers movies to buy or rent from its iTunes store but is working on a streaming service that would form part of its iCloud online entertainment initiative, which is set to be unveiled next week by chief executive Steve Jobs.

Apple already has deals with three big record labels, and is close to a deal with a fourth, Universal Music. But it has had less luck in Hollywood, where existing contracts between three studios – Warner Brothers, Universal and Fox – and HBO, the pay-television company owned by Time Warner, have thwarted its progress.

HBO pays hundreds of millions of dollars to the three studios each year for the right to screen their movies in its pay-TV release window. The deals give HBO the digital streaming rights to those movies: it recently launched its own streaming service, HBO GO, which gives HBO subscribers the option to screen the hundreds of movies that have aired on the channel whenever they like, on mobile devices such as the iPad.

“Apple hasn’t been able to get the iCloud movie service off the ground yet because Warner, Fox and Universal are tied up with HBO,” a studio executive familiar with the situation says. Each of the HBO deals contain complex provisions whereby some films can be made available for streaming for limited periods.

“The movies would be available [to a subscription streaming service] at some point but would then go dark again,” added the studio executive. “It would be a sporadic service and it wouldn’t work ... Apple wants a complete service.”

However, it is unclear whether Apple wants to launch a streaming subscription service that would be a competitor to Netflix – allowing users to view as much content as they want – or a streaming service that allows customers to pay per transaction.

“If Apple goes into the subscription business they will have the same [windowing] constraints as Netflix and Hulu,” Mike Lang, chief executive of Miramax, told the Financial Times. “If it’s a service that allows you to buy or rent movies there will be fewer constraints.”

Even without an iCloud movie service, a growing number of distributors are lining up to license Hollywood content. While Netflix has struck the most deals, its rivals are becoming more aggressive. “Each studio would love to have bidders other than Netflix, and all will encourage Hulu to participate,” said Michael Pachter, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities.

Cable operators are also investing in their on-demand services in a bid to give viewers access to a range of content that beats online competitors such as Netflix. Comcast, the biggest US cable operator, last month said that customers have watched more than 20bn on-demand programmes since the service launched in 2003.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other cable operators are also developing iPad applications that allow customers to watch on demand programming.

Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive, acknowledged the emergence of new rivals at the D technology conference this week outside Los Angeles. “We’re getting some competition,” he said. Sooner or later, he may find that Apple has become a competitor too.

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Disney to Bow Streaming Website

The Walt Disney Co. is revamping its namesake website (Disney.com) to include access to proprietary video games and movies via subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), transactional VOD, ad-supported and micropayments such as PayPal, CEO Bob Iger told a technology conference.

Speaking June 2 at the D9 Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Iger reiterated his long-standing commitment to digital distribution and embracing evolving technologies in home entertainment.

He said the Disney site over the next year would undergo elements of a re-launch designed to reflect the digital landscape and increasing consumer acceptance of it.

We have a unique opportunity as Disney because it really is the only true global entertainment brand, Iger said. People go to Disney because they know its brand. We believe we have an opportunity to go with our content directly to the consumer.

Without giving specifics, Iger is undoubtedly attempting to piggyback on growing consumer acceptance of Netflix streaming, content downloads via Apple iTunes, and transactional VOD on cable, among other venues.

Disney-owned ABC TV was an early supplier of content to iTunes. Disney during the dotcom era invested heavily in a content portal called Go.com, which like other studios' forays into Internet-based distribution at the time (i.e. Warner's Entertaindom.com spearheaded by upstart executive Kevin Tsujihara), was doomed to failure due to lack of required broadband connectivity in U.S. homes and the rising popularity of the DVD.

Indeed, Disney would end up cutting hundreds of employees and writing off $800 million on the Go.com venture.

Today, Iger maintains being platform agnostic, preferring to offer Disney content across the widest possible distribution channels. He is just as motivated to offer Disney content to Netflix and rental kiosks, as he is to license content to smartphones and tablet computers.

Whatever platforms emerge, we are looking at as having the same potential that home video had for the movie business, he said, which means there are entirely new opportunities to monetize our capital investments in content and do so in ways that work for distributors, for consumers and for creators.
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Verimatrix gives studios another reason to offer movies earlier to homes

Verimatrix is a member of DECE (Ultraviolet).
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Report: Hulu Up For Sale
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Hulu, the popular website for ad-supported and subscription-based repurposed TV programming, has reportedly put itself up for sale.

The site, which is co-owned by The Walt Disney Co., News Corp. and NBC Universal, hired investment banks Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim Partners to assist with a possible sale, according to the Los Angeles Times, which broke the story.

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Ultraviolet Launches Licensing Program Leading to Digital Locker in the Cloud

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The move is the first step in introducing a new digital rights management system, coming in the fall.

The studio consortium Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem has launched a licensing program for its Ultraviolet initiative, which will ultimately permit consumers to buy their digital content once then watch it anytime on any supported device, app or service.

Ultraviolet is essentially a cloud-based, digital-rights management system that will create an online virtual library for each consumer. The licensing program is an important first step in bringing Ultraviolet to the market, since it will allow content owners, as well as technology and service providers, to start to implement Ultraviolet support in their content, services and consumer devices.

DECE anticipates that consumers in the United States will be able to purchase select movies and TV shows with UltraViolet rights beginning this fall. Following the U.S. launch -- which will likely include a push during the holiday season -- DECE plans to then introduce the service to the U.K. and Canada.

Stakeholders are betting that Ultraviolet could have a big impact on the home entertainment industry, because studios are now facing a situation where online content rental is on the rise while content ownership is on the decline.

We've done a lot consumer research focus groups, Mitch Singer, president of DECE and CTO at Sony Pictures Entertainment, told The Hollywood Reporter. Consumers are not telling us they don't want to (own content), but that they don't want to collect it because they are not sure it will play on the devices they buy in the future. So they are staying out of the market in this walled garden because they don't want to be locked in. They want freedom and they want choice. We are directly addressing the dissatisfaction consumers told use about.

Mark Teitell, general manager of UltraViolet, said, Consumers are looking for a better value proposition to own and collect digital movies and TV shows -- a proposition that provides downloads, streaming and physical copy viewing options which are accessible on multiple platforms.

Becoming an UltraViolet licensee will enable companies to implement technical specs; market content, services and products with the UltraViolet name and logo; and make use of a centralized digital rights locker system for consumers' management of their UltraViolet proofs-of-purchase. Licensing is available for companies to participate through one or more of five defined roles: Content provider, retailer, streaming service provider, app/device maker, and download infrastructure/services provider.

While DECE membership is not required to license UltraViolet, DECE currently has more than 70 member companies, including most of the Hollywood studios and manufacturers. They include Fox, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros., BSkyB, Adobe, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Netflix, Samsung and Vudu.

As Ultraviolet takes this next step toward become a reality, two industry heavyweights, Apple and Disney, remain conspicuously absent from the DECE consortium. Singer and Teitell have expressed confidence that UltraViolet content will be able to be accessed on Apple devices, though at this stage there is currently no indication of iTunes support.

Initial UltraViolet licensees are now integrating with and beta testing the digital rights locker system, which will be a shared cloud. Neustar, a network and digital media interconnectivity provider, was selected by DECE to build and operate the UltraViolet infrastructure.

DECE recognizes that online security is an industry-wide problem, but in addition to its security initiatives, Teitell said that Ultraviolet limits the personal information stored in the cloud to items such as email, password and devices. It doesn't store credit card information, he said.

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