Last week, we told you about Vudu adding a new "HDX" video quality tier to its video-on-demand box. Unlike the 1080p HD downloads already available on the box, HDX 1080p significantly ramped up the bitrate, offering considerably better picture quality. We've had a chance to check out portions of three HDX movies--Lord of War, surfing documentary Step into Liquid, and The Chronicles of Riddick--and the result was extraordinary. Simply put, Vudu's HDX represents the best Internet-delivered video we've seen to date. … Read more
With only a week into the fourth quarter, the number of companies that have already rejiggered their financial forecasts--even before they've reported their third-quarter results--has gone up two-fold, according to a company that tracks earnings estimates.
SAP and Netflix are two of the latest examples of companies that have retooled Wall Street's expectations for how to perceive their fourth quarter financial performance, even though they have yet to announce their third quarter results that ended on September 30.
To date, 43 companies have issued preliminary guidance for the fourth quarter, and while the aggregate numbers are low, it … Read more
Netflix reduced its guidance for fourth-quarter revenue and subscribers on Monday, noting that the economic climate may be taking its toll on its movie rental business.
Shares of Netflix plummeted 13 percent in intraday trading, to as low as $25.19 per share.
In sizing up the fourth quarter, which began this month, Netflix is forecasting weaker than anticipated results. The number of subscribers is expected to be in the 8.95 million to 9.25 million range at the end of the year, compared with the company's earlier forecast of 9.1 million to 9.7 million.
Revenue, … Read more
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Nintendo officially unveils Nintendo DSi and online store, coming Nov 1 in Japan for $180 http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081002-nintendo-shows-off-new-dsi-with-camera-app-store.html http://kotaku.com/5057870/nintendo-announce-new-ds-the-nintendo-dsi
Toxic fumes from Mac Pros? http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/10/02/1223203 … Read more
Vudu, Amazon's Video on Demand, and Netflix's instant-streaming service--what do they all have in common? They're Internet-based video-streaming services, and they also charge a fee. But, what if you already own an extensive DVD or Blu-ray collection and don't want to "rebuy" them, but want the benefits of streaming, i.e. accessibility, potentially better picture quality, and physical ownership of your movie collection? In this post we'll compare those pay services versus a do-it-yourself streaming media solution.… Read more
Vudu is adding high-bitrate 1080p downloads and a $200 credit for new customers to its Internet video-on-demand box.
Starting October 2, Vudu owners will be able to download a small but growing roster of movie rentals at high-bitrate 1080p resolution--dubbed "HDX" by the set-top maker. The initial 65 titles available include such movies as The Spiderwick Chronicles, Speed Racer, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Chinatown, Saturday Night Fever, In Bruges, The Chronicles of Riddick, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The 1080p HDX versions will co-exist with the "Instant HD" 1080p ones, and will be available for the same price ($4 to $6). Going forward, Vudu is planning to make any new movie available in Instant 1080p to also be available in 1080p HDX, and the company will backfill update older HD movies in its catalog to HDX as well.
The catch:… Read more
With little fanfare, Netflix previewed a feature many Mac users have wanted to see for quite some time.
A little tidbit tucked away at the bottom of a blog entry posted in the wee hours of the morning proclaims that the movie rental company will make its "Watch now" service work on Macs by the end of this year.
Separately, the company announced that it has forged a deal with Starz that adds 2,500 movies and TV shows to its streaming library.
Netflix still has a long way to go before its instant viewing library can compare … Read more
Pandora, Webcasting see victory in Senate http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10055055-93.html
Studios Sue to Bar a DVD Copying Program http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/01/technology/01film.html
Update October 1, 4:20 a.m. PDT: Netflix has officially announced the partnership, and says that the first 1,000 or so Starz titles are now available.
A major complaint with Netflix's current selection of streaming movies and shows available through its "Watch Now" service is that it doesn't contain enough recent titles. Now, according to several reports online, it looks as though Netflix is looking to change that.