Like TiVo, Xbox 360, and Sonos, the Vudu on-demand movie player was one of those home entertainment products with a frustrating lack of built-in wireless networking. If an Ethernet connection wasn't nearby, you were forced to invest in a pair of power line networking adapters or a hard-to-configure wireless bridge to interface with the product's Ethernet-only connection. But that's no longer the case: as of today, a wireless option is finally available. The Vudu Wireless Kit is a dedicated pair of transceivers that creates a plug-and-play 802.11g wireless connection between the Vudu and your home's broadband router. Existing Vudu owners can pick up the kit for $79, while new customers can buy the Vudu/Wireless Kit bundle for $349, for a net saving of about $25. … Read more
Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities, said Tuesday that he likes Netflix and has no wish to see the company kill its nascent streaming movie service.
I wrote Monday that Pachter was being too short sighted by questioning the size of Netflix's investment in a streaming-movie service. After reading the research report Pachter issued last week, I believe his arguments deserve closer examination.
Quotes from Pachter appeared in a story last week in Portfolio.com (via Wired.com) about how the costs of establishing a digital rental service are making some Netflix investors nervous. Pachter speculated in … Read more
A growing number of chemists are working to keep toxins out of our landfills. At the CSI Clean Technology conference taking place this week in Boston, a representative from the Environmental Protection Agency says small changes in the chemicals used in products have prevented at least 200 million pounds per year of hazardous substances from entering the market. CNET News.com intern Holly Jackson speaks with reporter Martin LaMonica … Read more
I know that some people are worried that mad scientists can now clone sheep.
Soon, they say, they will do the same with human beings.
Think of it. Tasteless nerds creating hundreds of Thomas Kinkades and David Archuletas to alter the cultural balance of America.(Or, perhaps, confirm it.)
I am here to tell you that those very probably nice, sane scientists at Netflix are surely ahead of the game.
Here's how it works. I declare that "Climates", a very sensitive and refined Turkish movie, deserves five of my stars. The Netflixsters tell me that they have … Read more
There's more proof that the Netflix Player is a hit.
Start-up Roku, the company behind the device that enables Netflix subscribers to watch movies streamed from the Internet to their TVs, has run out of inventory two weeks after launching.
"Due to the tremendous coverage and initial success of this product we're now in a two-week backorder situation," said Tim Twerdahl, Roku's vice president of consumer products. "We have boats coming in weekly from China with additional products, and we're doing everything we can to get them out."
The shortage comes after … Read more
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Here's hoping that Netflix managers have the confidence to carry on with a plan that isn't just necessary for growth, but is essential to the company's survival.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is being second guessed by Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities. According to a story in Portfolio (via Wired.com), Pachter "would prefer that Netflix stick to selling movie-rental subscriptions."
Like many on Wall Street, Pachter can't see past the next quarter. He crunched the numbers and argues that Netflix is … Read more
The Roku Netflix Player debuted last week to largely positive accolades. And why not? The $100 Netflix box delivers on-demand video to your TV for a flat monthly fee that's as low as $9 a month--the same price that would rent you just two to three movies on Apple TV or Vudu. But if the Roku box (and subsequent Netflix-compatible players) has an Achilles heel, it's the dearth of content: only about 10 percent of Netflix's 100,000-plus DVD library is available for streaming, thanks to Hollywood's byzantine licensing systems. The Roku box could stand to have another content source--and I think Hulu would be a perfect candidate. … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Netflix is banking on the belief that streaming movies to people's living rooms is the future.
CEO Reed Hastings said during Netflix's investor day here that he expects the business of renting physical DVDs to peak within the next five years. However, Netflix representatives later said they forecast that DVDs will remain strong for at least a decade.
The company also plans to experiment with pricing, including both increases and decreases.
Hastings said that … Read more
Look out, Apple TV: The $100 Netflix Player has arrived http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9947582-1.html
6 million DRM-free MP3s now at Napster http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9945987-7.html
Breaking: iPhone 3G launch date confirmed http://gizmodo.com/391960/iphone-3g-launch-date-confirmed http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/05/20/ apple_wwdc_rumour_revival/
Microsoft … Read more