Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos of Netflix says that subscribers added almost 2 million movies to their queues during the 3+ hour Academy Awards. The top movie placed was Slumdog Millionaire, but more than 56,000 different titles were also entered. We can see that happening if you were watching during the show and computing at the same time. Not only would you want those titles, but you would be tempted by every movie made by the actors in the front row.
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Watch out, Netflix, you have some competition. Panasonic has now announced that it is teaming with Amazon Video On Demand on their 2009 VIERA CAST enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray products. Grab yourself one and you will have access to over 40,000 titles. In addition, you can get YouTube, Picasa, Bloomberg News and weather. We have to admit we like VOD as they often have some freebies and that is a good thing. Look for the new VIERA CAST early this year.
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VIZIO is launching a new platform that they’re calling “Conneced HDTV,” and with it comes confirmation of the second Netflix direct-to-TV partnership. VIZIO’s Connected HDTV platform is designed to compliment traditional television viewing. You just connect the television to your home network, and if there’s nothing good on, you can go into Netflix, and I am sure there will be other services (YouTube? Hulu?) that you’ll be able to pull up as well. This is a trend we are definitely liking, let’s eliminate set-top boxes while providing more viewing options for the consumer.
EDIT: Okay, we just got more details on this. Aside from Netflix, the VIZIO Connected HDTV platform also brings Amazon Video on Demand, Pandora, Flickr, Blockbuster OnDemand, Rhapsody, Adobe Flash content, games from Accedo Broadband, and the Yahoo! widget engine. Very, very interesting!
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Have you fallen on tough times in this rough economy? Well, if so, TiVo wants you to know that they’re here to take care of you, what with their new Netflix compatibility and all. You see, all you have to do is stop going to the movies, get yourself a Netflix account, and watch movies from your Netflix Instant Queue instead. Nevermind the fact that Netflix offers mostly just catalogue titles, as opposed to the latest blockbusters. Beggars can’t be choosers, yo.
Okay, this is just getting ridiculous, because Netflix is just making Blockbuster look downright silly. Hot on the heels of debuting Netflix HD streaming on the Xbox 360, today TiVo and Netflix have announced the availability of Netflix HD streaming on all TiVo Series 3, TiVo HD, and TiVo HD XL DVRs. All you need to get this working is the free TiVo Fall Update (which you should already have) and a Netflix subscription. From there, just head into the new Video on Demand menu item on TiVo, and choose Netflix. Once selected, you’ll see a 4-character alphanumeric code. Plug that in over at www.netflix.com/activate, and you are in.
Our early tests even show that Netflix streaming on TiVo looks just a smidge better than the product on the Xbox 360 when a movie is playing (though, we like the interface more on the 360.) We eagerly await the next step in the home theater component domination that is the TiVo Watch Instantly service. If you’re interested, we’ve got the full press release, straight from TiVo, after the break.
Sure, Netflix has come to the Xbox 360, but if you want streaming access to the Netflix service and don’t own a game console, this is your cheapest barrier to entry. Definitely a great gift for movie buffs, the Roku Netflix player is able to stream over 12,000 movies and television shows from the Netflix Watch Instantly catalogue. The set-top box currently outputs at 480p (DVD quality), but we know that high definition streaming is on the way. The box is tiny, so it takes up barely any space, and setup takes just a couple of minutes - very simple. Of course, a Netflix subscription is required, but once you have that, everything else is a piece of cake.
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One of our favorite Netflix Queue Manager’s for the iPhone, iPhlix, has hit version 2.5, with some welcome improvements. First, it uses the Netflix public API, which just makes things snappier and less likely to break. As the user, you can now select which Queue shows up first as a default (Mail, Instant, or Search). You also get ship dates, return dates, and a much faster search. All in all, a nice update. You can grab iPhlix on the App Store,
completely free of charge
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And the Netflix/Blockbuster beat goes on. Samsung has announced that its BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 Blu-ray Players, as of the first week in December, will have access to movies and TV shows via Netflix in HD via a firmware update. While both models can already access over 12,000 videos, so far they have been in standard definition. At this point, there are 300 titles available in HD, with many more expected in the months to come.
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Still trying to compete with their nemesis, Blockbuster has announced their own set-top box. The MediaPoint Player was made by 2Wire and will set you back $99.00 with an initial 25 films. After that, customers can download HD movies via broadband for $1.99 and keep them up to 30 days. However, once play is pushed, it must be watched within 24 hours. Blockbuster OnDemand is available now and will be to future customers who do not subscribe to Blockbuster Online.
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Netflix has decided to stop selling previously viewed DVDs. Some are as low as $5.99 and include such titles at that price as “Casino Royale,” “Into the Wild,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “American Gangster,” and “Spiderman 3.” Of course there will also be suggestions according to your previous favorites. After November 30, they will focus on simply renting. That’s fine with us. We love the fact that we can watch a film as often or as much as we want and not have extra DVDs taking up space.
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