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Netflix holds tight with DVD.com purchase

Netflix holds tight with DVD.com purchase

With a purchase of the ubiquitous domain name DVD.com, Netflix has this week proven that they'll not be letting go of their DVD-centric business model any time soon. This comes after talk this week that Netflix will continue to set up a wall between DVD and streaming content users, and the company's expansion of their streaming-only library with the original series Hemlock Grove. The company also recently upgraded their iPad application for streaming media with "Retina quality" graphics, but this week will continue their drive with an announcement of the purchase of DVD.com.

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Netflix increases wall between DVD and streaming

Netflix increases wall between DVD and streaming

If you're a streaming-only Netflix customer, the way you interact with the site is becoming increasingly different than those who have both instant and DVD-by-mail services on their account. Perhaps it's a good thing if you have no intentions of ever adding DVD support to your account, but then again, it looks like the site is trying to slowly weed out that side of its business altogether.

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Samsung’s new 3D Blu-ray system sings flagship style

Samsung’s new 3D Blu-ray system sings flagship style

This week the folks at Samsung have delivered a torrent of speaker systems to the world, including an all-in-one system code-named HT-E6730W. This system is what Samsung calls the Ultimate in Movie Theater Quality Entertainment in the Home and consists of a 1,330-watt 7.1-channel system with two tower speakers and four additional speakers to fulfill your ultimate 3D Blu-ray entertainment fantasy. Included in this system are swivel speakers mounted to front height speakers allowing you position them in a way that "sounds vertically cascade down onto the listener" - exciting stuff!

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Netflix Facebook app illegal in the US

Netflix Facebook app illegal in the US

When Facebook first announced its Open Graph developer tool that allows users to share activities through Facebook apps, dozens of major brands and services were on board for the launch, including Netflix. However, since then Netflix has released its app to almost every country except the US. And the reason for this exclusion appears to be that an ambiguous privacy law created in the late 1980s could deem the app illegal here in the states.

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Walmart DVDs, Blu-rays can be turned into digital copies

Walmart DVDs, Blu-rays can be turned into digital copies

When you buy a movie from everyone's favorite mega jumbo giant retailer, you'll now be given the option of purchasing a digital copy of the film as well. The idea is that customers should think of digital copies as add-ons to their physical disc purchase. The additional fees will be $2 for standard-definition movies and $5 for HD. Either option is available regardless of which format you buy the movie on.

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Netflix Q4 earnings beat estimates, regains 610,000 US subscribers

Netflix Q4 earnings beat estimates, regains 610,000 US subscribers

Despite stumbles last year over price hikes and a short-lived Qwikster spin-off, Netflix is bouncing back, releasing Q4 2011 earnings today that beat Wall Street estimates. The company reported $876 million in revenue or $0.73 per share, beating expectations of $857 million at $0.54 per share. It also managed to regain 610,000 subscribers after having lost 800,000 subscribers last summer when it raised prices.

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Samsung SMART Hub streams DVD content over WiFi

Samsung SMART Hub streams DVD content over WiFi

There's a decent selection of WiFi gadgets here at CES, and Samsung seems to be combining a little of the old and the new. Their new SMART Hub combines an external DVD disc drive and a conventional WiFi router, allowing connected devices to stream DVD movies and CD music across the local network. In a time when more and more Ultrabooks, netbooks and the like are making do without an optical drive, this could be an extremely useful addition.

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Samsung Optical SMART Hub packs DVD burner with media sharing

Samsung Optical SMART Hub packs DVD burner with media sharing

Samsung has taken the wraps off of its latest multimedia-sharing device, the Samsung Optical SMART Hub, an external DVD burner that can share files via WiFi, USB and ethernet connection to your tablet, smartphone, smart TV or computer. Resembling a slightly oversized external drive,at 150 x 198 x 25 mm and 430g, the Optical SMART Hub works alongside a new Android app (with iPhone, Kindle and smart TV apps in the pipeline) for remote access.

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