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.
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.
Motion Picture Association of America CEO Christopher Dodd has urged film professionals in India to band together with Hollywood to combat content theft. Speaking at the Ficci Frames convention in Mumbai this week, Dodd reiterated the trade group's hardline stance against piracy and invited local representatives to help do their part.
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.
Amazon has boosted its streaming content library, adding several seasons and specials from myriad Discovery Communications channels this week. The agreement is the latest in the online retailer's now year-long quest to compete with Netflix.
Home video and box office ticket sales may be down in the U.S., but according to IHS Screen Digest total spending on movies will grow nonstop for the next four years.
In order to allow consumers the ability to digitize their DVDs and Blu-rays, Walmart and the UltraViolet Digital Rights Management (DRM) system have combined to offer a Vudu pay-service.
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.
Netflix has launched a new support site and database for flummoxed subscribers who keep seeing that same annoying error code or can't seem to figure out how to link accounts to a smartphone.
Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and Sony could soon score a powerful new ally for their nascent digital distribution platform UltraViolet. According to insider talk, Wal-Mart will pledge support to the electronic sell-through and disc-to-digital service next week.
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.
U.S. authorities have taken the next step in their effort to bring MegaUpload founder and accused copyright infringer Kim Dotcom to justice, filing an official extradition request with a New Zealand court this weekend.
Would you pay a small fee to turn your average HDTV into a smart TV? Always Innovating hopes so. The San Francisco company showed off its HDMI Dongle, which adds Android 4.0 support to non-connected televisions, at this week's Mobile Web Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Hard disk drive maker Western Digital and memory card giant SanDisk have partnered with movie studios Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group to launch a next-generation digital rights management model that supports the industry's fledgling UltraViolet digital distribution platform.
Where do you go to buy music and movies? Chances are, not to a brick-and-mortar shop. Not anymore, anyway. Not when the Internet offers all those discs at better prices, minus that judgmental employee who smirks at your every purchase. But despite the digital entertainment revolution, some people still love hitting the local shops, touching the merchandise and, of course, putting that obnoxious worker in his place. And in 2011, they did. Trans World Entertainment, which continues to operate more than 400 For Your Entertainment (F.Y.E.) and Suncoast locations, posted net income boosts last year.
Netflix announced on Wednesday that a mission to bring captions to its entire streaming library has hit a new milestone.

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