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Google Play Movies can now download movies on iOS

Google Play Movies can now download movies on iOS

Google might have its own platform and services ecosystem, but it isn't shutting out others from the party. At least not all of them. As a gesture of good will, Google is updating its Play Movies app from iTunes to include one very important feature: the ability to download movies for offline viewing.

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GameFly takes on Netflix with movie rental service

GameFly takes on Netflix with movie rental service

At the request of users, GameFly, the video game rental service, is going toe-to-toe with Netflix, taking the wraps off its new movie rental service. GameFly subscribers were introduced to the service today, and can now nab Blu-ray and DVD movie disc rentals in the same way customers rented from Netflix in its earlier days.

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160 Blockbuster UK stores set to shut down

160 Blockbuster UK stores set to shut down

Last week, Blockbuster UK announced that it had entered administration, with Deloitte appointed as administrator. At the time, we weren't sure what was going to happen to Blockbuster UK's 528 stores and more than 4,000 employees, but today we're getting a better idea. Deloitte has announced that a total of 160 stores will close, with an unknown amount of jobs being eliminated with this shutdown.

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Blockbuster UK faces administration with more than 4,000 jobs at risk

Blockbuster UK faces administration with more than 4,000 jobs at risk

Things just went from bad to worse for Blockbuster, with its UK arm entering administration today. That probably won't come as much of a surprise to most folks, considering that Blockbuster has suffered at the hands of online retailers and streaming services like Netflix for years now. For the 4,190 employees who work at Blockbuster's 528 stores in the UK, however, this certainly is sour news.

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Apple rolling out iTunes movie sales to more countries today

Apple rolling out iTunes movie sales to more countries today

Early last week, Apple launched the iTunes Store in 56 countries, including Russia, South Africa, India, and Turkey, bringing the total number of countries that the iTunes Store is available in to 119. Today, movie sales and rentals are now becoming available in a majority of those 56 countries, but the selection seems to vary region to region.

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Redbox Instant priced starting at $6 per month, will be invite only

Redbox Instant priced starting at $6 per month, will be invite only

Buzz about Redbox's upcoming movie-streaming service, Redbox Instant, has been floating around wildly the past few months, and it's finally almost close to launching. While there still isn't a solid release date for the new service, other than later this month, it's been confirmed that plans will start at $6 per month, which is lower than both Netflix and Hulu Plus.

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Redbox Instant by Verizon details surface, hint at mid-December launch

Redbox Instant by Verizon details surface, hint at mid-December launch

The folks over at Gigaom have scored a variety of exclusive details about the upcoming Redbox Instant by Verizon video streaming service. The Netflix competitor has been slated for launch by the end of the year, but no official details have been released. The service's help section, however, was available publically online, and revealed quite a few details.

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Sky and Warner Bros. ink exclusive movie deal: iTunes, Netflix left out in cold

Sky and Warner Bros. ink exclusive movie deal: iTunes, Netflix left out in cold

Movie lovers in the UK may struggle to find their title of choice to watch in the coming months, with news that Sky and Warner Bros. have signed an exclusive deal for new and back-catalog titles. The agreement covers both Sky's on-demand and subscription Sky Movies services, and will see new Warner Bros. releases hit the broadcaster roughly six months after they finish showing in theaters. Other services will have to wait out a twelve month exclusivity period after that before they can offer titles like The Dark Knight Rises, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

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MGM Movies come to YouTube and Android offering over 600 titles

MGM Movies come to YouTube and Android offering over 600 titles

Google has been looking to expand the movie and content options of both Android and YouTube for some time now. They've slowly been adding more and more options for their users but today just inked a deal with a big one. Metro Goldwyn Mayer, better known as MGM has now partnered with Google and will be bringing over 600 titles to YouTube and the Google Play Store.

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Paramount movies destined for YouTube and Google Play

Paramount movies destined for YouTube and Google Play

YouTube has slowly but surely been buildings it collection of movies available to purchase or rent. Google is looking to expand the range to both YouTube and the Play Store, today announcing a new partnership with Paramount that will see the studio's movies hitting both services. All in all, you can expect to find almost 500 titles from the studio, with prices depending on factors such as title age and SD/HD options.

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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 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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