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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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Netflix picks up new original series from “Weeds” creator

Netflix picks up new original series from “Weeds” creator

Jenji Kohan, the creator of the popular and successful premium cable TV series Weeds has created a new comedy show, but instead of turning to a traditional TV network, the new series will be going to Netflix. It is a major step forward for the leading video streaming service as it tries to position itself as more than just a provider of everyone else's content. Netflix has been trying to mount a serious content competition with HBO.

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Amazon is looking for people to produce original TV content

Amazon is looking for people to produce original TV content

In the highly competitive world of digital streaming, where everyone can pretty much get access to the same slate of popular content and offer it at pretty much the same price, there's a strong need to create something new and differentiated. Hulu has been trying to set itself apart not only by offering much more timely TV content but also creating a bold initiative on making its own Web shows that are available exclusively on Hulu. It looks like Amazon wants to take a page out of that book.

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Lilyhammer now available on Netflix

Lilyhammer now available on Netflix

If you have a Netflix account and are a fan of streaming media yesterday marked an important occasion for Netflix. Netflix debuted its first original program yesterday, and all episodes are now available for viewing via the streaming service. Netflix's first original program is called Lilyhammer. The program went live yesterday and is the first original program from Netflix and more original content is coming in the future.

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CinemaNow joins Xbox 360 streaming options

CinemaNow joins Xbox 360 streaming options

If Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Crackle, live TV, and Microsoft's own proprietary video download platform wasn't enough for you, there is a new way to stream movies and TV shows from your Xbox 360. CinemaNow, which operates as a joint deal between Best Buy and Sonic Solutions, has launched an official app for the Microsoft platform, further expanding the reach of its 14,000 pieces of content.

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