It just got a bit more difficult to watch illegally downloaded Blu-ray movies on the Sony PS3. Sony appears to have pushed a firmware update, which includes Cinavia DRM protection, to PS3 consoles.
Redbox, the number one DVD rental kiosk service in the United States, is mulling over additional service options ranging from digital video distribution to expanding its DVD catalog.
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.
Matthew David Howard Smith, the founder of defunct content-sharing site NinjaVideo, pleaded guilty in a Virginia court to one count of criminal copyright infringement and one count conspiracy to commit the same announced U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday.
Avatar director James Cameron is urging television producers to worry less about the cost of 3D production as the technology continues to show promise in theaters and living rooms in the United States.
As anti-piracy efforts continue, so too does the number of people sued by movie studios and record labels. A chart which purports to count the number of U.S. residents named as "John Does" in illicit file-sharing lawsuits is closing it on a new milestone. And with PROTECT IP not completely off the table, the number may continue to rise.
In a move seemingly inspired by Hollywood films that urge characters to get things done quickly, Dutch authorities are now looking into speeding up the oft-timely process of fining pirate radio operators. They're aiming to levy fines in 30 minutes or less. Can they do it?
The Pirate Bay took a drastic step this week and switched domains. Rather than its usual .org TLD, the torrent site is now flying its skull and crossbones under Sweden's .se country code. The swap shouldn't be seen as a sign of weakness, said the site's admins, but a message: they aren't going anywhere.
Three governors recently pledged their allegiance to the PROTECT IP bill. The divisive legislation has garnered additional support this month. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) have come forward to announce they are behind bill S. 968.
YouTube recently expanded its growing streaming movie catalog, with the store adding movie releases from more prominent studios.
Following unpopular user interface tweaks and price hikes, some outspoken critics may have angrily quipped that Netflix is run by a bunch of monkeys. Turns out they're half right.
Sonic plans to sell USB movie sticks, connected to its online service, in the fourth quarter.
The battle to bring content into the living room has accelerated over the past two years, with an influx in companies offering new products and services. The struggle between Netflix and Redbox has forced some customers to patiently wait to see how the industry shakes up, but both services have appealing features.
Many will argue that 3D movies are already facing challenges. Going to see the newest movie in 3D may become even more problematic and expensive if Sony sticks by their guns. Sony Pictures Entertainment has decided that effective May 1, 2012 it will no longer pay for theaters to supply 3D glasses to movie goers.
Electronics retailer Best Buy plans to offer 99-cent digital movie rentals through CinemaNow, as the company looks to pack into the increasingly crowded home entertainment market.
This week market research firm The NPD Group published a report stating something many won't find that shocking: physical media (i.e. DVD and Blu-ray) continues to be the format of choice for home movie watchers.

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