On today's show, we bid an only slightly passive-aggressive farewell to Jason Howell on his last day here at CNET. Jerk. Love you, babe! Also, we're beret without the Bookface, Netflix apologizes for rightly calling Americans self-absorbed, and did you really think the Apple TV was going to ship on time? --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Netflix and NBC Universal have extended their partnership to bring several of NBC's top shows to the rental company's streaming service.
The two companies say they have entered into a "multiyear deal" that starts next week, but they didn't specify how long that deal is good for.
Under the new arrangement, "hundreds" of "Saturday Night Live" episodes from the past 35 years, as well as "day-after broadcast" of the show's next three seasons, will be available on Netflix Instant Streaming. NBC is also offering every previous-season episode of &… Read more
Netflix finally knocked off Blockbuster yesterday. Leaders of pay TV services might be wise to start doing the business equivalent of digging foxholes and manning the battlements, or the same thing could happen to them.
There's a growing body of evidence that pay TV services--that is, cable, broadband, and telephone companies that offer films and TV shows--are ripe for a smackdown. Talk of cord-cutters is all over business news and the momentum in home-video distribution appears to be with companies that do it over the Web, such as Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV, and the upcoming Google TV.
Skeptics say … Read more
If Netflix enjoys success with its new streaming service in Canada, it could expand further internationally, company CEO Reed Hastings said in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"For now, we're focused on Canada," Hastings said in an interview published today. "If we succeed in Canada, we will certainly look at other markets."
Canada is Netflix's first foray outside the United States. Exactly where Netflix could go in the future is up in the air, Hastings said. But he told The Hollywood Reporter that "Western Europe, Latin America, Asia, or Russia" … Read more
Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg just confirmed what many industry watchers have suspected: cord cutting is a problem.
All Things Digital's Peter Kafka reported that Seidenberg told attendees at a Goldman Sach's media conference in New York that future generations of consumers won't have any interest in buying service bundles, which can include Internet, pay TV, and telephone.
"Young people are pretty smart. They're not going to pay for something they don't need to," he said.
Seidenberg noted, though, that bundling isn't going away immediately.
It may happen sooner than he thinks. … Read more
Netflix was accused of trying to pump up the excitement around the launch of its new Web video service in Canada today.
During a scheduled press event in Toronto, members of Canada's media said they noticed that some of the responses from people in attendance sounded like "canned responses," according to the Web site of Canadian news service The Financial Post. Reporters began to grow suspicious.
They were right. Some of the people who attended the event were actors paid by Netflix, but according to Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey, the actors weren't paid to attend the … Read more
Despite being an excellent location for bachelor parties, Canada is apparently a laggard when it comes to country-wide tech proficiency. Case in point: it just got Netflix. Our northern neighbors can now sign up for Netflix's streaming service for as little as $7.99 per month, which includes feature films from major film studios like MGM, Paramount, Universal, Sony, and more.
We applaud Canada for joining the streaming game, but the news has a catch: although they can access the content online through a computer, a Blu-ray player, and the Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii, Canadians still can't sign up for Netflix movie deliveries--it's just streaming, for now. However, they can get the first month free if they sign up now.
Two strange announcements from the world of video games: first, Christopher Nolan revealed that a video game based on "Inception" is in the works. That's all we know for now, but we're looking forward to zero gravity fight sequences...as long as game play isn't as difficult to follow as the film!
Next, the King of Pop is getting his own online game called Planet Michael. The game will be a massively multiplayer online role-playing game like WAR or Guild Wars 2 and will take players through multiple realms, each based on one of Jackson's famous albums.
Even better, Los Angeles-based SEE Virtual Worlds is offering the 3D game for free when it comes out in late 2011.
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Netflix has crossed the U.S. border for the first time.
Canadians can now sign up for Netflix's streaming service at $7.99 per month. The service, which was announced in July, provides content from the major film studios, including MGM Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Universal Pictures. The rental firm has also partnered with Lionsgate and several Canadian film distributors.
The service will also include television shows, including "Mad Men," "Rescue Me," and "Leverage." Netflix didn't provide an exact figure, saying only that "thousands of movies … Read more