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Redbox Not The Only Kiosk In Town

Here’s a surprise for you, folks–while clearly, the first name we think of when it comes to DVD kiosk product is clearly Redbox, it’s not the only one.  Seems that there are competitors rising up, and they’re doing it on the local level. read more…

Netflix Underwhelmed With Its Own Streaming Offerings

To which I say, guys, you’re just getting started.

The word out from Netflix is that they are not happy with their streaming offerings.  They’re not happy that 1080p is still a pipe dream. read more…

Google Planning Turbo-Speed Internet

Folks, remember all those times I talked about how streaming was going to be pretty much a low-rent pipe dream unless bandwidth was jacked up through the roof?  Well, Google’s got a plan in the works to make streaming the absolute possibility, and possibly even make the streaming war the final format war. read more…

Down But Not Out: Blockbuster Augments On Demand

So it seems that Blockbuster’s not taking its drubbing at the hands of Netflix and Redbox lightly, as they’ve recently allied themselves with Tribune Media Services, perhaps the foremost provider of entertainment information databases on Earth. read more…

1080p Streaming At Netflix? Not This Year.

For those of you who were hoping that Netflix might begin streaming its roughly one in five streamable titles in full 1080p high-def this year, sorry, but no.  It’ll be 720p for the rest of the year at least, so if you’re streaming to a 720p television anyway, cheer up! read more…

Ten Percent of All Mobile Traffic Goes To YouTube

Seriously.

TEN PERCENT.

Let that roll around in your head-meat for a minute.  One in ten bits, bytes, megs and gigs goes straight to YouTube.  That means whenever you see someone surfing with their mobile, there’s one chance in ten they’re on YouTube right now. read more…

Someone Keep James Keyes Away From The Rope and Knives

Guys, I’m not the type to kick people when they’re down, but I’ve never heard a CEO sound so thoroughly depressed about his company’s chances in the marketplace as I’ve heard from Blockbuster CEO James Keyes. read more…

Streaming Bigger Than Anyone Suspected

We’ve been keeping tabs on the various facets of the streaming war for some time now, folks, and the interesting thing here is that it’s actually much, MUCH bigger than anyone wanted to believe. read more…

Blockbuster Cuts Head Office Jobs

Uh oh…when they start throwing white collars off the boat, you can tell it’s sinking, and pretty fast, too.

Sure, Blockbuster proper is playing it very cool, saying that the layoffs represented only “a small fraction” of the three thousand plus total employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth company headquarters, but still–any layoff in “executive ranks” is a pretty big step. read more…

Starmax Closes-Theaters More Doomed Than Thought?

It’s an eternal argument of movie lovers, folks–is the home theater the future of the movies, or is it the theater experience that will rule the day?  Naturally, most of us gear heads who come here believe it’s the home theater that’ll carry the day. read more…

Movie Gallery Post Mortem-Eaten Alive By Redbox

Well, folks…guess the new order of the day in the business world is: If you can’t beat ‘em, whine to anyone who’ll listen about how they destroyed you.

From Movie Gallery court documents:

“…the cannibalization of rentals by DVD-dispensing kiosks operated by Redbox, which offer low priced rentals and convenience”

Oh, how dare they? read more…

Movie Gallery Wont Shut Down During Bankruptcy

A follow up to yesterday’s newsy bit concerning the bankruptcy of Movie Gallery, and why I won’t have a problem finding an open Movie Gallery store–oh, and why you likely won’t have a problem either. read more…

Hulu Hits Over Forty Million Users, Eyes YouTubes Top Slot

Unequivocally, folks, the unquestioned ruler of the online video realm is YouTube.

But Hulu, that surprise little upstart, is making a play for the top slot, and they’ve got quite a case to back up their own bid for supremacy. read more…

Why Doesnt Netflix Buy Miramax?

Okay, I just picked up some data a couple days ago that said, essentially, Miramax was closed and owner Disney was looking to sell it off.  There was only one credible buyer at this point, and that was Twilight pusher Summit Entertainment. read more…

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