I am a big fan of Redbox kiosks for renting movies. That is really the only place left in my area to get a movie from. Netflix is one of the big competitors to Redbox that is still available in all areas, even if Netflix is more a steaming company now than a disc rental business.
Warner Bros. has just released The Dark Knight and Inception via the App Store rather than iTunes. This move was in part a workaround for people in countries without the iTunes movie store but also is looking to be a more interactive way than iTunes.
GoGo was successful in bringing people connectivity to the internet and email while they are stuck in the air on a long flight. Gogo has offered access to Facebook while in the air recently and is eying expanding into more areas of content as well.
Oh my goodness! Vudu is back in a big way, yes? This most recent resurgence covers Panasonic's DMP-BDT350 (with full HD 3D), DMP-BDT300 (with full HD 3D), DMP-BDT100 (with full HD 3D), DMP-BD85, DMP-BD65, and DMP-B500 (the portable Blu-ray disc player). Starting November 24th, all of these devices will get complete access to the Vudu library - that is 4,000+ 1080p movies, all of them streaming, all of them promising to be totally frigging amazing. This system will work something like RedBox, with each title being available for $2 for a two-night rental. Firmware updates are on the way.
If you are a Sky+HD subscriber the company is leaning on you to impress your friends with some awesome HD movie action by offering customers a free flick to watch with three friends if those pals accept your invite online. Sky is calling the offer the Sky+HD Party.
Netflix was awesome and basically revolutionary when it was first formed. What do you mean I can rent movies without going to the video store? That's crazy! Then it got even more awesome with streaming content. What do you mean I can just watch everything I ever wanted without even walking to my mailbox? That's crazy! Now here's the tab. Reed Hastings' Netflix has committed to paying Hollywood studios at least $1.2 billion USD for the rights to play new films streaming online.
You don’t have to be an analyst to see that the popularity of Netflix and its streaming service is booming. Netflix has been adding support for its streaming service to all manner of TVs, Blu-ray players, and other devices for a while now and the company now considers itself a streaming firm that also mails DVDs.
The number of movie and content offerings that can be viewed on the PS3 thanks to web streaming continues to grow every day. In the UK, a service called LOVEFiLM has revealed that it will be bringing its streaming movie content to the PS3 for UK fans.
Sony is already starting to make some waves at this year's IFA event, over there across the pond. With a few announcements ready to go public today, they've pulled the curtain off their video-on-demand service, which will now forever be known as Qriocity. It's been on the workbench for quite some time now, and it's good to finally see that Sony's unveiling the project for a market release here in just a matter of weeks. Though, if you're not in a few select countries in Europe, you'll have to wait a bit longer to get your hands on the streaming digital content.
Netflix are promising an update to their PS3 streaming client sometime within the next three months, complete with a new UI that's loaded onto the console rather than requiring a disc as with the current implementation. That's just one part of the company's attempt to take on the Hulu Plus challenge; according to NewTeeVee, Netflix are seeing slowing DVD subscriber growth as more users turn to streaming. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings puts that down, in part, to an increase in TV content.