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Private Copying of CDs and DVDs to be Legalized in the UK

Private Copying of CDs and DVDs to be Legalized in the UK

This Wednesday, Britain will signal its intent to legalize copying of CDs or DVDs onto computers and/or digital music players for personal use. This word comes from a government source speaking with Rueters this Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. This move will be on a recommendation made to review Britian's intellectual property framework as carried out by Professor Ian Hargreaves earlier this year at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron. Digital music converters around the country realize it's been illegal all this time, say "oh dear me," and continue on with their day.

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Kaleidescape Vault M700 Robotic Storage For Your CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray Discs

Kaleidescape Vault M700 Robotic Storage For Your CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray Discs

If you have a massive collection of CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs that you'd like to have automatically stored and archived for easy access, then you might consider a robotic disc loader like the new Kaleidescape M700 Disc Vault. The M700 Disc Vault is a movie server that swallows your discs into a precision carousel, copies the content onto the Kaleidescape System, and easily plays back what you want when you want it---no more wasting time rummaging through your collection.

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Is this the chance Netflix rivals have been waiting for?

Is this the chance Netflix rivals have been waiting for?

Netflix might have committed a major blunder earlier this week by announcing that customers who had previously paid $9.99 per month for unlimited DVD rentals (with one DVD out at a time) and unlimited streaming will now need to pay $15.98 for the same service.

In essence, Netflix is saying that those who want DVDs and streaming won’t get anything new or better, but they will need to pay more for that right. And as expected, a large group of the company’s customers have come out in criticism of that.

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Blu-ray is a Must-Have Feature in Next-Gen Consoles

Blu-ray is a Must-Have Feature in Next-Gen Consoles

Nintendo made a surprising announcement recently that neither DVD nor Blu-ray will be making its way to the company’s upcoming Wii U console.

As expected, fans on both sides of the debate jumped on the story. Some said that Nintendo’s decision to nix Blu-ray in the Wii U proved that the company just didn’t know what it was doing in the gaming space any longer. Those who came out in defense of Nintendo said it makes perfect sense, since streaming is the future, and the console will likely support Netflix and other similar services.

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DVD market dropped $500m while streaming/subscription services rose 33%

DVD market dropped $500m while streaming/subscription services rose 33%

The movie rental and sales market is taking a huge hit this year with DVD sales and rentals at big chains like Blockbuster falling down the rabbit hole. The movie market is seeing the same thing today that the music market saw years ago when digital tunes first started taking off. The desires and habits of consumers are changing whether the movie companies and rental chains like it or not. Consumers used to buy physical copies, and today many are choosing to stream.

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Redbox Kiosks To Start Offering Game Rentals In June

Redbox Kiosks To Start Offering Game Rentals In June

Coming this summer, those red kiosks that seem to guard the entries of every pharmacy and grocery store across the nation will begin offering game rentals on top of their current DVD movie rental service. Redbox announced today that it will fully deploy game rentals at its kiosks starting in June. It had began experimenting with the model in limited regions last year.

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Netflix Shifting To Multiple Simultaneous Streaming And More Personalized Accounts?

Netflix Shifting To Multiple Simultaneous Streaming And More Personalized Accounts?

Netflix may be offering family plans with the option for multiple simultaneous streams later this year. A message lifted from Netflix's investor relations FAQ page this morning seems to support speculation that the company is heading towards a more full on streaming model. They are looking into various service options to offer including one that encourages multiple accounts in one household.

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Philips WiFi Multiroom HiFi, Harmony iPod/DVD HiFi and Fidelio SoundSphere AirPlay speakers debut

Philips WiFi Multiroom HiFi, Harmony iPod/DVD HiFi and Fidelio SoundSphere AirPlay speakers debut

Philips has outed a three-strong lineup of new music entertainment systems, including a multiroom audio HiFi, a component HiFi system, and an AirPlay-compatible wireless speaker system that looks like the eggs from Alien. The Philips WiFi Multiroom HiFi kicks things off, with wireless support, USB access for digital tracks on a hard-drive, and a choice of the integrated color LCD touchscreen or iOS/Android remote apps for controlling it all.

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