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The Independent Video Store: How Does It Survive?

We all know about the steadily growing abundance of options out there in terms of renting movies.  Between the big names in brick and mortar like Blockbuster and Movie Gallery / Hollywood Video, and the various others like Netflix and Redbox, plus a whole host of names you wouldn’t ordinarily suspect along with a host of streaming video options, well, you pretty much can’t help but find a place to rent a movie these days. read more…

Hulu Again Talking Subscription Fee-Comcast To Blame?

Yes, we’ve gone around with this concept before, but apparently, Hulu is considering charging fees for some of its content.

There are a couple different plans in the offing right now:

1. read more…

Sony Pirates Own Movie, Will It Sue Itself?

When I read this one, I wondered how I could’ve gone almost TWO WHOLE WEEKS without noticing this positively lulzy bit of news.  And you know if I’m pulling out words like “lulzy”, it’s GOT to be hilarious. read more…

Two Key Problems With Google As Digital Video Vendor

Folks, I admit that I had not considered this particular note of import when I was writing up Google as streaming video purveyor yesterday, and I probably should have, but thanks to the Motley Fool, I got a little bit of insight that says that YouTube as a streaming video vendor might be more problematic than one expects. read more…

Boxee And Roku To Add Adult Content?

This is not exactly a use we consider very often, but if it goes through, I’d say that Boxee and Roku might get themselves a little bit of an edge in the upcoming, and possibly final format war, the streaming war. read more…

How To Get New Releases Out of Netflix

There are some of us out there who favor using Netflix to get the newest and latest DVDs rather than as a massive junkyard for getting all the great stuff we remember watching when we were kids.  I’m personally one of those users myself. read more…

Why Did Netflix Sell Us Out, Mommy?

The answer, of course, comes to us in an interview that I found quoted on The Consumerist, who in turn got it from Hacking Netflix.  Without further ado, the word, straightest possible from the CEO of Netflix:

The most practical reason is that the savings derived from this deal enable us to be in stock completely on day 29. read more…

Blockbuster Stores A Vanishing Breed

Folks, if there were only seventy four hundred arctic pumas or whatever left and their numbers suddenly collapsed to about thirty two hundred, you best believe that there’d be ecohippies having embolisms everywhere. read more…

Two Important Points About Comcasts Takeover of NBC

All right, folks, two nifty points to bear in mind about the all too possible takeover of NBC by Comcast:

1. Hulu will not be summarily executed.

2. NBC will not be spun off.

Most people were fearing one or both of those two would result from a Comcast takeover of NBC, and frankly, either of these would have made sense. read more…

Correction: Disney / Starz Deal WILL Hurt Netflix. Guaranteed.

It’s pretty clear, folks, that Disney’s willing to give up its aspirations of offering its own streaming venue in favor of handing the ball off to Netflix, but not without a huge cost to Netflix. read more…

Can Walmart Change The Way People Rent Movies?

It’s a tall order, folks, but it’s about the only way that Walmart will ever manage to wrest control of the market away from current frontrunner Netflix.  Read on.

I read a very cogent analysis of this point over at The Week, and they took the ball I set up last week where Walmart might be in the market to pick up Vudu. read more…

Studios Shrink Window Between Theater And Video Release

For those of you who, like me, are convinced that the future of the cinema is located at home, then you’ll be especially pleased by this bit of news.

Most of us probably remember the state of the cinema ten years ago, where buying a ticket for, say, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo on its last day meant you wouldn’t see it again until sometime in May, assuming you wanted to watch that warmed-over crap again. read more…

Movie Gallery Planning Store Closings?

It was probably inevitable, but apparently, Movie Gallery is considering its second Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in just over two years.  This means, at this rate, Movie Gallery bankruptcy filings will become annual starting in 2011. read more…

Disney Objects To Starz / Netflix Deal

We were afraid this might happen.

Seems that Disney took exception to having Starz lease out their films to Netflix in a deal that seems to be legally sound (I am not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV) but very much against the spirit of the deal. read more…

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