Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’

Netflix: The Future Is Streaming

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Streaming seems like a huge improvement over the old DVD-by-mail route … too bad that there’s only two or three movies that come out each year that I actually care about watching.

Netflix expects its DVD-by-mail business to peak in 2013, at which point it believes its Watch Instantly streaming service will be driving its growth. That’s the gist of a slideshow posted on the company’s jobs site that details its plans to transform itself into the leading streaming subscription service for TV shows and movies.

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Cable Companies Finally Forced To Address Customer Satisfaction – Maybe someday they’ll be forced to address bi-annual rate hikes?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

I’d be happy if my cable company would just let me choose the channels that I want, a la carte, instead of sticking me with a whole bunch of channels that I never watch …


According to the Associated Press, cable customers are supposedly getting their “revenge” on cable operators that for years faced no real competition — so didn’t much have to care whether customers were happy or not. A focus on acquisition of new carriers and markets also left many cable operators struggling to support a huge influx of customers, and now the focus appears to be in slowing down and actually bothering to make sure those customers are getting a good experience. After years of coming in last in these surveys, cable operators are making small gains due to a number of changes, notes AP:

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iHobo: No 1 on the street

Monday, May 24th, 2010

O.K. … but I’m not exactly sure why anybody would need a tamagochi-hobo.

The iPhone app featuring your own homeless person shot to the top of the iTunes download chart – but it is far from a sick joke

It sounds like a sick joke but in just one week iHobo – an iPhone application that allows you to interact with your very own homeless person – shot to the top of the iTunes download chart. At the end of last week, 210,000 iHobos had been downloaded. But the thinking behind it, the app’s creators claim, is as serious as it is provocative.

“The challenge was how to grab attention without falling back on the traditional route of creating a high-impact, attention-grabbing TV or poster ad,” explains Tom Ewart, an executive creative director at the ad agency Publicis, which came up with the idea for Depaul UK, a youth homelessness charity. “People have grown bored of the shock tactics marketers in the charities sector have come to rely on.”

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Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform to Bring Web to TV

Friday, May 21st, 2010

With heavy hitters like Google, Sony and Intel behind this, it’s bound to produce better results than those old WebTV consoles …

Google, Intel, Logitech and Sony Join Together to Deliver Google TV Platform

DISH Network, Best Buy, Adobe to Support Bringing Devices to Market

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – At the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, leading industry players announced the development of Google TV—an open platform that adds the power of the web to the television viewing experience, ushering in a new category of devices for the living room. Intel, Sony, and Logitech, together with Best Buy, DISH Network and Adobe, joined Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) on stage to announce their support for Google TV.

Over the past decade, the Internet has created unprecedented opportunity for innovation and development across the world, but so far the web has largely been absent from living rooms. With Google TV, consumers will now be able to search and watch an expanded universe of content available from a variety of sources including TV providers, the web, their personal content libraries, and mobile applications.

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TVs watch you while you sleep

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I wonder if these new, intelligent TVs with facial recognition technology, will be able to detect the bored expression on my face when I watch 98% of the junk that’s on TV these days?

New facial recognition and motion sensor technology to roll out across more models, saving energy in the process

The next time you fall asleep in front of the TV, someone, or rather something, could be watching you – and all in the name of saving energy.

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