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Sony BDP-S790 pre-order starts for $250

Written on April 22, 2012 by Kristoff Jones

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Sony begins taking pre-orders of its most advanced Blu-ray player, the dual-core BDP-S790.

Sony on Sunday announced that it will soon start shipping ‘its most advanced Blu-ray player’ to date. The BDP-S790, one of the most anticipated devices of CES 2012, is Sony’s first of its kind dual-core Blu-ray player that is capable of “upscaling” videos to 4k resolution.

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Netflix Offers “Just for Kids” Programming for PS3

Written on March 13, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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Netflix gives parents control over viewing options for kids ages 12 and below in Playstation 3

Playstation 3 owners can now gain control over their kids tv program and movie choices with the Netflix “Just for Kids” option. Kids ages 12 and below, are sure to have a lineup of kid-friendly programming. Parents for sure, will heave a sigh of relief because they can be sure that their kids won’t be able to watch violence or sexually themed programs. Programs are shown in menu style. Rather than being descriptive in text, it shows a screenshot of the selection so even kids below the reading age can easily pick what they want to watch.

Netflix for Kids was already made available to PC, Mac, Nintendo Wii and Apple TV users, August last year. It Will be available to Xbox users soon as well.

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Amazon, Planning to Launch Netflix-like Digital Books Service

Written on September 12, 2011 by Lulu

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A report from Wall Street Journal claims that Amazon is planning to launch a Netflix-style service for digital books.

According to a report from Wall Street Journal, Amazon is planning to launch a Netflix-like subscription service for digital books — much to be chagrin of some publishers.

Based on unnamed sources, Amazon is currently talking with several publishers regarding the said program — which would provide access to an online library in exchange for an unspecified annual fee. The sources also claim that the service would be available for Amazon Prime subscribers, and that the proposed library would feature primarily older works with monthly restrictions on the number of books a subscriber could read for free. Publishers would reportedly pocket a substantial fee for signing on to the program, even though some are reluctant to participate for fear that it might downgrade the value of the book business.

Apparently, it is still unclear whether any publishers agreed to participate on the said program.

In case this program will push through, what are your insights for Amazon’s digital books service?

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PS3 3.70 Upgrade Includes Automatic Cloud Saving and More

Written on August 10, 2011 by Lulu

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Sony announced to the public their latest PS3 upgrade called 3.70 which includes automatic cloud saving, 3D photos, and TV channel.

Sony had put out a new PS3 update for the online and 3D users of the said console on Tuesday. The upgrade, which is called the 3.70 upgrade, turns on automatic cloud saving for those who have the PlayStation Plus accounts that is required for the service.

This upgrade will enable gamers to flag individual games for automatic uploads and guarantee that certain games’ saves are always available. Trophies are also updated on the same schedule.

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Netflix is Coming to UK in 2012

Written on July 27, 2011 by Adam Eve

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While Netflix aims to be globally available, UK is not part of the list where the company will launch it services.

Film and television industry authority, Variety, reports that Netflix will arrive in UK next year: “Sources at leading European film distributors say as recently as last week Netflix reps confirmed plans to put roots down in both Spain and the United Kingdom in the first quarter of next year.”

But while the news seems unsurprising, Netflix omitted UK in its recent list of Latin American and Caribbean countries set for its global launch. However, the company declined tofurther comment on this. With just a couple of notable online streaming services in the country, Netflix might need more time to prepare and sign various licensing agreements. Moreover, they also need to deal with situation they never faced in North America.

But once Netflix UK becomes available, it will find itself in enviable position of having customers who already have compatible platforms. This can mean big competition with other streaming service providers like Amazon’s LoveFilm.

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Nintendo Video Service for 3DS, Now Available in Japan

Written on July 13, 2011 by Lulu

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Nintendo released their Nintendo Video service for 3DS in Japan today, while 3DS owners from other parts of the world will have to wait until summer.

Nintendo launched their Nintendo Video service for the 3DS today. However, it is limited to Japan customer.

The official video portal will be offering access to 2D and 3D content, along with new videos that will be updated regularly, for free. The first set of videos that will be displayed on Nintendo Video includes Tokyo Girls Collection, Yoshimoto Nintendo 3DS Experimental Theater, and a 3D tour of Kyoto.

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Netflix: Having Streaming Issues with Apple TV

Written on July 06, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Oh no! No movie streaming from Netflix on Apple TV!

Several Apple TV customers were unable to stream Netflix movies to their devices. In relation to this, a spokesperson confirmed that a small number of Apple TV devices were having technical issues. However, Netflix pointed that the glitch has been fixed.

Users who were experiencing difficulties over the weekend received Error 111, 112 or 115 whenever they try to use the movie streaming service. Nevertheless, access to menu screen is still possible. Meanwhile, other users were able to access Netflix on other non-Apple TV devices like iPhone, iPod and MacBook Pro. It also seems that majority of Apple TV 2 owners where encountering the glitch.

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Skype Rolls Out Video Calls for Selected Android Devices

Written on July 01, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Skype is giving out an updated version of its voice call app, as more Android devices acquires front-facing camera and Android 2.3.

Skype released an update of its Android app, which brings video calls to limited Android devices. The Skype video calls for Android will be available for Google Nexus S, HTC Desire S, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro. But expect the list of compatible device to grow longer, as more smartphones are having front-facing camera and being updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Skype is following other companies, like Netflix and Hulu, in making previously unavailable apps accessible to limited devices. Check out the video after the break, to learn more about Skype’s new version of video calls for Android.

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Generation Y Considers Giving up Paid Television

Written on June 05, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Ideas and Solutions reveals why the Generation Y of paid television subscribers are leaning towards cutting the cable.

A Los Angeles-based consultant group for media and technology companies, Ideas and Solutions, released a survey last Tuesday on how cable providers can keep their subscribers from cutting the cord. Based on the study, 60% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 were considering on giving up paid television. The report groups the 70 million Generation Y demographic into three: Loyalists, Leaners and At-risks. Obviously, the At-risks are those early adopters of technology and much more likely users of Hulu or Netflix.

It only shows that cable providers can keep their subscribers by attuning the television to the Leaners and At-risks’ preferences. That means having on-demand, DVR options and programs that are more aligned on their interests.

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Surprise! DVD Sales Sink, Digital Sales Rise in US

Written on May 05, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Soon to appear in your local museum of digital history: DVDs.

Well, viewers can’t say they didn’t see it coming. With the advent of digital content, it’s only a matter of time until DVDs become obsolete. A recent sales report from the Digital Entertainment Group in Los Angeles raised the curtains to reveal that DVD sales in the US sank by as much as 20% over the past 12 months. Digital sales however show a significant improvement, banking 9% increase over the same time frame.

According to the DEG report, sales of DVD and Blu-ray packaged goods fell from $2.6 to $2.1 billion. While total US home entertainment spending fell drastically from $4.6 to $4.2 billion. Digital sales however tells another story, as subscription-based rental and streaming boosted a total of 33% from $523 to $696 million.

So to whom should people put the blame on the DVD’s impending doom other than the obvious “digital is way better so everyone’s jumping there?” DEG notes that it was due to four “tentpoles”, which totaled in $1 billion in Blu-ray and DVD sales in Q1 of 2010. Plus, the 2010 Easter holiday season which fell outside the sales period.

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