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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 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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Xbox 360 is now used more for streaming video than fragging noobs

Xbox 360 is now used more for streaming video than fragging noobs

Many of the big video game console makers like Sony and Microsoft have been pushing hard over the last few years to make their console systems more than just for gamers. One of the big pushes has been to get people to use the PS3 and Xbox 360 as entertainment devices rather than solely for playing games. Apparently, Microsoft has now succeeded in pulling that off.

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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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iTunes 1080p image quality near Blu-ray

iTunes 1080p image quality near Blu-ray

Besides the new iPad, Apple recently announced a new Apple TV with support for 1080p content, which can now be downloaded from iTunes. This was a welcome upgrade from the 720p downloads it's been offering, but just how much of an improvement should we expect? And is the image quality boost worth it for ordering the new Apple TV? Ars Technica did a comparison and discovered that the 1080p was clearly better than the 720p and was nearly as good as Blu-ray.

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Netflix-cable company talks reportedly already happening

Netflix-cable company talks reportedly already happening

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said he doesn't want to compete with traditional cable companies; he wants to compete with HBO. Not unintentionally, HBO has also been a target of traditional cable companies (with the exception of Time Warner Cable, whose parent company owns HBO). So a partnership between Netflix and satellite/cable broadcasters may very well be inevitable.

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Fox, Warner, SanDisk, and Western Digital announce new ‘Project Phenix’ DRM

Fox, Warner, SanDisk, and Western Digital announce new ‘Project Phenix’ DRM

Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. studios along with storage device makers SanDisk and Western Digital have teamed up to announce a new "Project Phenix" (intentionally mispelled) initiative that's aimed at making high-definition digital movie content available across multiple devices. The new digital rights management (DRM) standard is the brainchild of the Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA) and is being developed to be compatible with UltraViolet so that users can download movie content from the cloud as well as transfer it via compliant storage devices to be played on approved TVs, tablets or other media players.

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Netflix Starz Play titles pulled from streaming

Netflix Starz Play titles pulled from streaming

Starz is ending its streaming content contract with Netflix and will be yanking all of its Starz Play titles from the service in the very near future. Starz was one of the strongest Netflix content partners because it was able to bring Disney movies to the platform, as well as titles from Sony Pictures. However, because of the complicated licensing issues between Disney/Sony and Starz, and the agreements Netflix had with the Xbox 360, the companies involved started renegotiating their contract.

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German police raid Skyload.net and arrest owner

German police raid Skyload.net and arrest owner

This is not a good time to own a file sharing site with any ties to piracy. German police recently shut down another European file hosting site called Skyload.net. In the raid, the alleged owner of the website was arrested along with a person who is said to have provided hosting services to the site. Apparently, the arrests are tied to an ongoing effort to capture everybody associated with Kino.to and shut down any site that is related to the movie streaming portal.

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