MPAA’s 2011 report says movie business is booming globally but 3D is not

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has proudly released their annual Theatrical Market Statistics Report for 2011, and members of the MPAA have released a statement bragging of world growth – up 3% internationally from 2010 – claiming the movie industry is still one of the most affordable forms of entertainment for consumers, and at the same time brandishing piracy for stealing their works and threatening to undo the industry.

U.S. online movies to top physical media in 2012

According to market researcher IHS, legally downloaded movies will outperform disc-based movies for the first time ever in 2012. The group believes online movies transactions will more than double this year, hitting 3.4 billion. Purchases of Blu-ray and DVD movies will fall for the second straight year to 2.4 billion, with a slow descent expected over the next five years.

Would you share your Netflix faves on Facebook? Many wouldn’t

Anyone who’s accrued a decent number of friends on Facebook knows that short of blocking people it’s impossible to avoid a glut of awkward status updates and relationship changes. Meanwhile, Netflix wants to give its customers one more thing to share: their favorite movies and TV shows. The company is pushing for Congress to amend a 1980s pro-consumer privacy law that now, more than two decades later, unintentionally prevents subscribers from sharing the movies they’re watching over social networking services. Unfortunately, a new study paints the novel feature as relatively undesirable.

Google & Amazon offer early viewings of box office flicks

Theater chains rallied last year against premium video-on-demand — movies offered as high-priced home rentals mere weeks after debuting on the silver screen — arguing that the shortened time span would hurt their bottom lines. Amazon and Google have decided to ignore those criticisms, adding one unreleased film each to their respective online storefronts this month.

MPAA claims that only they can create content that people want

Unless the US is going to throw out the law, then the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is not going to get its wish to become a monopoly; people were listening to what the MPAA had to say at the Association of American Publishers annual meeting this morning, and their one-sidedness, blatant propaganda, and profiteering agenda were made very transparent.

Cloud-based services are beginning to outweigh the appeal of PCs

First, music geeks. Then, the world. Apple’s iCloud and Google Music Beta helped catapult cloud-based storage into the mainstream lexicon last year, allowing users to store downloaded tracks online and access them on myriad devices. That’s only the beginning, says Gartner.

Why did Netflix kill Qwikster? This infographic provides one big reason

Last fall, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had a plan: to spin off the company’s successful by-mail DVD rental business into a new outfit called Qwikster. Basically, it was Netflix with a new (and silly) name. Prices would remain the same, and all subscribers had to do was bookmark a new site. As it turned out, it wasn’t a very good plan. Hastings pulled a 180 mere weeks after announcing it, killing the split and keeping Netflix, well, Netflix.