Following a successful preliminary run with fans, Full Moon Features is thrilled to officially announce their new video streaming service at www.GrindhouseFlix.com, host to the weirdest, craziest, and most unbelievable grindhouse films from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s – and brand new world premieres – all from the convenience of a computer or mobile device via the Grindhouse App.
The first film to make its world premiere on the service is OogaBooga, a tongue-in-cheek grindhouse exploitation flick in the vein of Django Unchained, starring two-time Golden Globe winning actress Karen Black (House of 1000 Corpses), Golden Globe winning actor Stacy Keach (American History X), Siri, the curvaceous pornstar, and Internet sensation Maddox, creator of the self-proclaimed http://theBestPageInTheUniverse.com in his memorable film debut.
As the current gen’s console wars wind down in preparation for the coming wave, Sony’s still playing a wee bit of catch up. The gaming titan may not be the dominant force it once was, but where its streaming video performance is concerned, the PS3 is an undisputed king. That’s according to the company’s PlayStation Blog which touts the newly super-slimmed down device as the top platform for Netflix Watch Instantly viewing, even outstripping PC usage.
Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings credits the console for being an early adopter testing ground, citing the many experimental updates (i.e., full 1080p with Dolby 5.1, second screen controls and subtitles) it’s delivered as firsts to users of the PlayStation 3 over the years.
And the company will continue to innovate on the platform, pointing to the novel "Max" voice UI that’s currently PS3-only. In all, it’s surprising, albeit welcome news given the massive install base of Netflix-capable competitors like the Wii and Xbox 360, not to mention a host of other connected devices. You can check out the full release at the source below.
Once again, Hulu is drawing some attention from a possible partnership with a video game console. According to a report by Bloomberg, Sony may be close to securing a deal to bring a Hulu subscription to the PlayStation Network. In fact, “the partnership could be announced as soon as next week.”
Weeks ago, Reuters ran a similar report, claiming Xbox 360 and iPad would also offer a premium Hulu service. However, these claims have not yet been fruitful. Considering the clamor for Hulu on multiple devices, these reports can be the result of wishful thinking — or Hulu is planning an aggressive multi-platform approach, not unlike Netflix.
Here is a piece of news from the Netflix Blog…
Jessie Becker here from Marketing and we’ve got some great news to share. We are in the final phase of getting ready for the launch of streaming to Wii. Today, we shipped out instant streaming discs for the Wii to some of our Netflix members. Their feedback will ensure that we deliver a great experience to everyone when we launch. Instantly watching movies and TV episodes from Netflix via Wii will be available soon at no additional cost – all you need is a Netflix unlimited plan starting at $8.99 a month, a Wii console and a broadband Internet connection.
If you have reserved your disc already, you don’t need to do anything – we will send you an email as soon as we ship the disc. If you haven’t, reserve your disc today at www.netflix.com/Wii and stay tuned for a launch announcement!
Boxee is holding an event in San Francisco tonight to declare a winner of its App Dev Challenge, in which third-parties created apps for the media platform. But the real winner tonight will be Boxee, which is also announcing a boatload of new features and functionality for its media center software — none bigger than a version of Boxee for Windows, finally.
While many developers go the other way, Boxee started as a Mac and Linux product first. But obviously, Windows PCs are the vast majority of the machines out there. “This is huge being able to serve the rest of the computer market,” Boxee CEO Avner Ronen tells us. And that’s undoubtedly an understatement, given the success Boxee has already had minus all those Windows users.
iPhone users may soon have access to the wide variety of TV programs available on Hulu. This website is reportedly working on an app that will let users access its content on Apple’s smartphone.
For those who are unfamiliar with it, Hulu is an online service that offers a wide selection of hit TV shows and some movies for free. It streams video in the Adobe Flash format, which the iPhone currently doesn’t support.
However, an app that will bring Hulu support to this device will be released the next few months, according to Silicon Valley Insider, who cites “a plugged-in industry executive” as the source.
Not that there should be any shock surrounding the formal introduction of boxee’s App Box and API — after all, both were teased sufficiently during last month’s bleeding edge alpha release — but we’re still thrilled to see things moving along nicely. This week, the open source media platform launched both an API and an application portal, both of which will act to bring all manners of third-party gems to the media browsing world. boxee doesn’t plan on being any sort of gatekeeper (at least for now), which hopefully will spur innovation and get more developers interested.
In related news, ArsTechnica has also found that boxee is currently in talks with a few big players in the hardware space, essentially hoping to get its 1s and 0s onto game consoles, Blu-ray players and other set-top-boxes. There’s no clue as to the whens and wheres, but we suspect this means there will be no dedicated STB in the near future — for better or worse.
Mac and Apple TV owners just got a bug-fixed Boxee alpha that includes a working Hulu, Pandora and other App Box releases, and other highlights from the last two test releases.
If you jumped on the bleeding-edge Boxee test releases to get Hulu working again, or Pandora, PBS and RadioTime in the latest test build, you’ve already seen most of what’s new in Boxee’s latest alpha release. But the Boxee team spent a week fixing the bugs and connection issues in those test releases and has issued a new Mac alpha (linked at bottom) and Apple TV release (which users can get to through their AppleTV’s Launcher/Downloads menu).
The big, forward-looking stuff is actually happening behind the scenes, though. The open-source media center officially rolled out its API last night, offering anyone the opportunity to develop Boxee plug-ins using its Python-based API, and promising not to be a “gate keeper (or bottleneck) in deciding which applications are published.”
And, as Boxee’s founder notes in a press release, you can pretty much add any video you see on the web to your menu, because the latest release uses a Firefox-like XULRunner browser to play video (which is why Hulu RSS feeds have been working more consistently of late):
to try out the new browser you can add RSS feeds
in the App Box or go to Video > Browse > Add Source and add a URL -
boxee will try to display the page and if there is a video on the page
play the video.
Next up on Boxee’s agenda are a similar bug-fix session and upgrade for the Windows (private) alpha and Ubuntu releases, along with releasing the Windows version publicly. What would you like to see developed for Boxee and released through the App Box? Share your unofficial development specs in the comments.
Netflix has posted an update to their online streaming service. The competition is heating up, and Netflix looks like it’s still a serious contender for online streaming content. With the news that BlockBuster is entering the on demand market, this competition is always beneficial for the end user.
The features include:
Taste Preferences: The ability to set taste preferences across a variety of moods (e.g. feel-good, dark, goofy, gritty, etc.); storylines (e.g. courtroom, dinosaurs, mid-life crisis, etc.); qualities (e.g. critically-acclaimed, visually-striking, etc.); and other category types, on a new, easier, three button system.
Some of the rows will be based on what the member explicitly sets. Others will be based on a member’s recent activity.
Please comment on what you find helpful and suggest possible areas of improvement so we can continue to take personalized movie discovery to the next level for you.
This was just posted on the Netflix Blog….
This is Neil Hunt, Chief Product Officer at Netflix.
There’s been some blog swirl about Netflix streaming delivery, and I’d like to explain what we are doing to improve our streaming delivery. Our aspiration is to deliver to everyone the best bitrate that their broadband connection can support.
Congestion Could Affect Some Users, But Not Others, at Some Times, but Not Always
Content from Netflix originates on CDN servers that are distributed around the US (just as our DVD shipping centers are) so that the data doesn’t have to traverse the Internet backbones to get to our customers, but instead can usually reach its destination via regional and metro networks that have much higher aggregate bandwidth. This means that if there is any congestion and slowdown, it will be different in different regions (by Internet topology, which isn’t completely tied to geography). Hence some customers may be affected, while others are not. Also, routing to different ISPs in the same region may be quite different, thus performance may also be quite different, even for neighbors, if they are connected to different ISPs. Moreover, congesting points can rise and fall with ISP configuration changes and other conditions.
Different Content, Different Devices, Different Characteristics
Finally, different titles, and different encodes for different playback device types, may come from different CDNs or different servers at a particular CDN, so may have different paths and different bottlenecks. Accordingly, customers may see better performance on Xbox than their PC, or vice-versa. Equivalently, some titles may stream unaffected, while others suffer congestion. There is no purposeful discrimination between different clients – we want them all to perform very well.
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