All the way back in September 2008 Motorola demonstrated their MCU3E, an awesome little wireless media transcoder device. At the time they had no plans for production; now, though, the gadget is back with a new casing, a new name - the Motorola Media Mover - and what seems to be a definite launch plan.
A recent Netflix survey has suggested the possibility of the company's streaming DVD rental appearing on the Nintendo Wii. According to the survey, the system would require a "Netflix Instant Streaming Disc" - at a one-off cost of $9.99 - which would be loaded into the console whenever titles from the user's Netflix subscription were to be streamed.
I don’t particularly despise Wii gaming console. Deep down, the new Nintendo is probably the most innovative and family-friendly entertainment on-the-budget’s package ever built. There’s no hulking graphic, “official support” of a legacy DVD playback or even output video beyond 480P, and hence the low price. In a nutshell, this fun little gaming console is not built to accommodate HD content. But with the success of Microsoft New Xbox Experience and PS3’s cornering the online video content, the leader in gaming console market could branch out to include movie streaming this year.
Back when Neuros offered developers cash prizes for adding new functionality to their LINK media device, one of the primary goals - and most interesting - was getting Netflix working. Well, coders put down your pens, as the $2,500 bounty has been claimed and there are now instructions to get it running on your own open-source set-top box.
Word from the Roku forums is that the company has begun a private beta of their new Amazon Video-on-Demand (VOD) service. The update, which is believed to be included in version 2.0, will also seemingly bring YouTube access, at least according to this screengrab, where the YouTube logo is seen to the right of the Netflix logo.
No press release, in fact no fanfare at all, but we’re hearing that VUDU have released a minor upgrade for their Netflix streamers that allows users to watch high-definition YouTube content, rather than standard definition. Previously, viewers were given no option to switch between the two formats (if HD was available); now, VUDU automatically prioritizes the high-definition clip.
After launching its first on-demand set-top box, which uses 2Wire’s streaming video player to offer instant movie download though TV set; Blockbuster teams up with Sonic Solutions to expand its video library and digital download services though a variety of consumer electronics devices.