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Netflix expanding to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland

Netflix expanding to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming media services in the United States, with the company recently expanding into the UK to try and woo the local population with easy movie and TV streaming. Now the company is setting its sights on the rest of Europe, today announcing that it will soon be available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Netflix says the full service should launch in those countries towards the end of 2012.

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Movie rentals ditched 10% during in 1H 2012

Movie rentals ditched 10% during in 1H 2012

Research firm NPD Group has published its latest statistics looking at the movie rental industry for the first half of 2012. According to the statistics, the movie rental industry declined 10% overall during the first half of 2012. The 10% decline is compared to the first half of 2011. NPD says the decline is occurring even though consumers are switching from physical media to digital rentals.

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OUYA promises XBMC support

OUYA promises XBMC support

OUYA, the Android-based gaming console, has secured yet another high-profile app. The team behind the console has courted the XBMC development team, promising that early prototypes will be delivered that should enable XBMC to run on the platform smoothly and without any issues. According to the OUYA Kickstarter page, the team behind OUYA fully support XBMC, with “nearly a third” of the XBMC development team having backed the “open” console.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video adds Warner TV shows

Amazon Prime Instant Video adds Warner TV shows

Amazon has signed a deal with Warner Brothers Television that will see the online retailer gaining access to televisions shows such as Fringe, The West Wing, and Alcatraz for its Prime Instant Video service. Anyone who subscribes to Amazon Prime gains access to on-demand movies and TV shows that can be accessed via a multitude of devices, and now Warner’s TV catalogue will be added to the list of available content.

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Sky launches Now TV streaming movie service

Sky launches Now TV streaming movie service

If you want to enjoy streaming movies in the UK, currently you have to rely on either Netflix or Lovefilm. Neither are ideal, with missing titles and long waits before new movies show up on either service. Sky has decided to throw its hat into the ring, today announcing Now TV. The service, which launches tomorrow, will offer two methods for watching movies: pay as you go, or via a monthly subscription.

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Netflix free rival Popcornflix hits 400,000 users

Netflix free rival Popcornflix hits 400,000 users

A free alternative to Netflix and Hulu is managing to make its voice be heard - the service, Popcornflix, has been downloaded 400,000 times. A big part of the service's strategy is being made available through Roku's set-top box. That's where its largest group of users is coming from right now. In May, more than 350,000 movies were streamed.

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Android 4.0 Google TV gets AirPlay-like movie streaming

Android 4.0 Google TV gets AirPlay-like movie streaming

Google TV may be getting a second chance with new set-top boxes based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Logitech and Intel may have ditched Google TV after the first version failed to gain adoption, but now Google TV boxes are emerging with Marvell's ARM processors along with some new features that integrate the boxes more with Android smartphones and tablets.

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Qup Netflix feature notifies users of streaming additions

Qup Netflix feature notifies users of streaming additions

There's a new service that anyone who relies on Netflix as a daily source of entertainment will not be able to live without. It answers the problem that many users no doubt have in that it is difficult to tell when something new has been added to Netflix. Short of logging in and checking the "New Arrivals" section every day, it pretty much can't be done.

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Netflix beats Apple in online movie revenue

Netflix beats Apple in online movie revenue

Netflix has become the the largest online movie service in the US, taking Apple out of the top spot. According to data collected by IHS iSuppli, Netflix's share of the online movie market surged to 44 percent in 2011 from 0.5 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, Apple's market share through its iTunes service fell nearly by half to 32.3 percent in 2011 from 60.8 percent in 2010.

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