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Netflix Will Purge A Slew Of Cinematic Classics On Jan. 1
New year, a new slate of films on Netflix… meaning you need to program a few movie marathons if you want to screen these films before they disappear.
Beyond Blockbuster: 6 Key Stages Of Home Video Evolution
Soon, Blockbuster will be no more. The truth is, for many of us, the store has been history for a while, but news that the chain of video stores is closing its last remaining doors is reason enough to wax nostalgic over the place it had in many of our video-watching lives. When factoring in my own personal history with home video, Blockbuster was really just a blip on a timeline full of more memorable ways to get my movie fix.
Netflix Wants To Change Movies The Way They Changed TV-- But Theater Owners Won't Let Them
Movie theaters have been fighting off the competition nearly as long as they've existed, taking stands against live theater, television, VHS tapes, cable channels and now the Internet. But they may have found their toughest foe yet in Netflix, the service that was once just a convenient way to get their DVDs to more viewers, and has now become a major force in television-- and soon, if they have their way, original movies too
Why There's No Digital Box Office, And Why That's A Problem
Even as more and more people get their movies and TV show from digital platforms, whether VOD rental on their cable providers or Netflix streaming, the actual numbers of who's watching what are maddeningly vague. As The New York Times reports, the amount of information about what's getting watched on streaming and rental services is incredibly smal
Petition Demands Netflix Informs Fans When It Makes Aspect Ratio Changes
The official-sounding Yankee Rose is demanding that Netflix disclose any edits it’s making to the film its customers are watching. In a nutshell, Yankee Rose wants viewers to be made aware when changes are occurring. Seems fair.
Netflix Is Showing You The Wrong Version Of Some Movies
If it looks familiar, it's basically because it's a return to the bad old days of Pan-and-Scan, when VHS releases of films would be cropped or zoomed-in to make the picture fit the square ratio of a standard television set (that's the "this film has been formatted to fit this screen" warning you used to get). These days most TVs are widescreen and avoid the issue, but when films are shot in Cinemascope
Netflix Won't Be Making Original Movies Anytime Soon
Much of the positive buzz Netflix has generated lately has to do with their original programming, which falls more into the TV side of the entertainment business. House of Cards was positively received, while the reviews were a bit more mixed for Hemlock Grove. And this Sunday, Arrested Development will return for its long-awaited/hoped-for fourth season, thanks to Netflix's delve into original programming and their willingness to back the series' revival.
Netflix Offers New Family Plan So You Pay Extra To Share Your Password
Currently, the $7.99 subscription allows two same-time streams, but what with all the rampant password-sharing, the company has probably noticed a few of those simultaneous viewings were happening across a city or state, rather than in the same house.
Netflix Fights Crime! How A Raleigh Thief Got Caught Red-Handed
How does that work? Well, one of the victims of these thefts had his Netflix account information stored on his television, so when it was stolen, the cops were able to trace its location when the TV's new owner logged in to stream some movies. This person in possession of this stolen property, told police he had bought the hot TV from one Tchannen Hall.
Netflix Signs Deal With The Walt Disney Company To Stream Movies Before They Go To Pay TV
Netflix has previously made deals with Dreamworks Animation and The Weinstein Company, but today they have secured what may be their biggest contract yet. Today the internet company has announced that they have made an agreement with The Walt Disney Company that will allow Netflix to stream new releases from all of the company's studios before they go to pay TV channels such as HBO, Showtime, and Starz.
Hurricane Sandy: Netflix Sees 20% Increase In Streaming
Hurricane Sandy has been pounding the East Coast all day, causing widespread workplace shutdowns and road closures. With few options, millions of people have been confined to their homes. We won’t know the how gigantic of bumps CNN and The Weather Channel have gotten in the ratings from concerned residents seeking television updates, but we do know how gigantic of a bump Netflix got from residents seeking a great way to kill some time.
How The Arrested Development Movie Could Make History
In the official announcement that Netflix would air the new Arrested Development movie, they made no mention of movie rights, and Netflix has yet to venture into feature film production. And since the Netflix deal came through, neither Hurwitz or Ron Howard or anyone else associated with the production has talked about the nitty gritty of production
Hollywood Video Manages To Haunt Customers From Beyond The Grave
It sounds like a nightmare, and almost unbelievable that people could be harassed so much over such small debts-- but the amount of late fees Hollywood Video was owed add up to about $250 million, which means they have a lot to gain by collecting. And they're not done contacting all the former customers either
Where Can You Watch The Sight & Sound Top 50 Films?
It’s called GoWatchIt.com, and they’ve carved out a page dedicated to the Sight & Sound “Greatest Films of All Time” list. Want to fire up Singin’ In the Rain? This site helps you loate it on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu … it basically breaks down your viewing options in one handy-dandy stop.
Upcoming Netflix Streaming Titles Include Goon, Extract And The Fifth Element
Those looking to get the most out of their Netflix account will be pleased to know that the streaming video subscription service has a host of films scheduled to join their Watch Instantly selection in the coming weeks and months, in addition to a number of worthwhile films already available, including Groundhog Day and Iron Giant.