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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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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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Fox.com Blocks Google TV

Written on November 11, 2010 by Charles Bass

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Just like NBC, CBS and ABS, Fox officially blocks Google TV. Viewers can no longer watch episodes of programs on Fox using the Internet Television device.

Another one bites the dust. Just last week, Fox is one of those who didn’t block Google TV on their network. But now, Fox is now included fellow networks which becaus blocked Google TV devices from their affiliates.

Here is the list of networks that still support Google TV:

Comedy Central
* TBS
* TNT
* Bravo
* PBS
* USA Network
* Spike

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