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Blockbuster OnDemand headed to Samsung devices

Blockbuster OnDemand headed to Samsung devices

It seems many companies are teaming up these days, especially when it comes to providing streaming content to various devices. And Samsung is no different, since they've teamed up with Blockbuster today to make the rental company's online movie library OnDemand service available to Samsung device users.

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Blockbuster might close up shop; online rentals may be to blame

Blockbuster might close up shop; online rentals may be to blame

I love Netflix as much as the next gal, but it seems these online video rental and streaming services are really knocking a dent in the brick and mortar rental industry. It's so bad that Blockbuster is fairly positive they won't be able to stay in business anymore.

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Blockbuster’s Total Access in-store movie exchanges are not longer ‘Free’

Blockbuster’s Total Access in-store movie exchanges are not longer ‘Free’

Just i thought Blockbuster's Total Access is on to something with the upcoming video game rentals, apparent something is going away, and if you are a Total Access subscriber, i guarantee you wouldn't be pleased. I got this email from Blockbuster today with an exciting header that reads “No More Due Dates for free in-store exchanges”! That’s a shocker! Now I can keep my Total Access’s in-store redeems for as long as I want? Heck yeah but Wrong! The Blue Envelop online rental is up to no good: Yes, there will be no time frame for in-store exchange but it will count as the regular rented item, in other words, the upcoming Total Access will entitle you to access both in-store and online movies, but not longer free. Shame on them to continue promoting "Free" In-store exchange. Read the new Total Access features after the cut.

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Blockbuster Total Access to include video game rentals from the mail

Blockbuster Total Access to include video game rentals from the mail

I’m on the verge of canceling my $34.99 per month Blockbuster Total Access, it’s the most pricey movie rental program on the market, and frankly, I haven’t got the time to watch a single movie from the last couple months. But the company announcement today of a pilot program might changed my mind; coming next quarter, they will add video game rentals to the Total access package for the expenses of $5 more.

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Blockbuster ramps up VOD service with Sonic Solutions

Blockbuster ramps up VOD service with Sonic Solutions

After launching its first on-demand set-top box, which uses 2Wire’s streaming video player to offer instant movie download though TV set; Blockbuster teams up with Sonic Solutions to expand its video library and digital download services though a variety of consumer electronics devices.

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The Dark Knight shatters records by selling 600,000 Blu-ray copies in the first week

The Dark Knight shatters records by selling 600,000 Blu-ray copies in the first week

The Dark Knight sold 600,000 Blu-ray edition copies on release day, shattering previously held records for high definition disk sales. In all, The Dark Knight sold a total of three million copies, making Blu-ray sales just 20 percent of total sales numbers.

In hopes that the Batman summer blockbuster would generate unprecedented sales, Warner Home Video shipped one million Blu-ray copies for the release of the DVD. “In the first two days across those three territories, Blu-ray Disc sales are running between 25 percent and 30 percent of total (disc) sales, which is a massive number,” Warner's Ron Sanders told Home Media. "We had expected Blu-ray to account for a significant percentage of sales, but not quite this high, which speaks well for the format. It’s really catching on with consumers.”

The Dark Knight broke records set by the Robert Downey Jr. action hit, Iron Man. Iron Man only sold 500,000 Blu-ay disks within the first week. Studio executives were reportedly trying to push the high definition disks after reports stating that there were 147,000 new Blu-ray players being sold on Black Friday week alone. Warner Home Studio says that they may be able to sell one million Blu-ray disks by the weekend.

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 49 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 49 2008

Nokia stole much of the limelight this week, with the announcement of the N97 touchscreen QWERTY smartphone.  Set to take the crown as flagship N-series device when it hits the market next year, make sure to check out our video preview.  Meanwhile, after a few relatively quiet weeks, netbooks and their desk-bound nettop cousins seized headlines, with the HP Mini 1000 getting integrated 3G, Sony's EVDO/HSPA-packing VAIO netbook peeking out courtesy of the FCC, and the first Qualcomm Snapdragon netbook showing its convertible tablet charms.

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Blockbuster OnDemand rushed out? Glitchy playback & DRM issues

Blockbuster OnDemand rushed out? Glitchy playback & DRM issues

Has Blockbuster cut a few too many corners in order to meet its "in time for the holidays" OnDemand release promise?  That's looking increasingly likely; Dave Zatz, one of the first to receive the 2Wire-made streamer, has been plagued with usability and performance problems, including lagging menus, patchy downloads and poor audio/video synchronization.

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Blockbuster OnDemand gets unboxed

Blockbuster OnDemand gets unboxed

Blockbuster's OnDemand video streaming box was promised before the holidays, and Dave Zatz has just taken delivery of his.  The 2Wire-made streamer offers access to over 2,100 titles, including movies and TV shows; first-impressions suggest it's a neat, if initially frustrating, option.

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Blockbuster MediaPoint video-on-demand box announced

Blockbuster MediaPoint video-on-demand box announced

Blockbuster have announced their on-demand set-top box, the MediaPoint, using 2Wire's streaming video player.  The MediaPoint box itself will be offered "free" to anyone who buys the $99 package "25 first-run movies, TV shows, foreign or classic films" in advance; individual titles cost $1.99 each after that.

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Blockbuster announces set-top box plans

Blockbuster announces set-top box plans

Although just a rumor before, we can now confirm that Blockbuster will be building a set-top box that can stream movies to your TV in digital format. In fact, if all goes well, we can expect a release date sometime in the holiday season, which is swiftly approaching.

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Blockbuster begins Movielink trial in run-up to August launch

Blockbuster has begun small-scale trials of their online movie rental service, using the Movielink video-download technology the acquired last year.  Starting this week, 500 beta testers have been invited to start using the service; the company will charge $2 per rental and $8 per full movie purchase.

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