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Posted by Jennifer Netherby on December 28, 2009
There's so much to love about this mock behind-the-scenes video on the making of the Avatar bootleg, beginning with the idea of people choosing to watch on their computer a bootlegged version of a film that's all about the revolutionary effects. Enjoy...
hat tip newteevee

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Posted by Danny King on December 17, 2009

In a nutshell, 2009 was the year home entertainment's digital space seemed to split into a bunch of pieces, while 2010 will be the year the fragments start coming back together in some really odd shapes and sizes. With that in mind, here are five things to look for next year:

Hold-out studios give in and allow for street-date distribution to kiosks. I can't even keep track of the release windows straight, so how could it possibly be good for the home-entertainment industry if consumers can't either. There's too much money for Universal, Fox and Warner Bros. to make in this space for their DVD releases to lag other studios'  in the only growing distribution channel right now.

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Posted by Marcy Magiera on December 16, 2009

It looks like the first so-called "post-reality" show will be "post broadcast" as well.

Hulu is partnering with American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance creator Simon Fuller at launching a weekly 30-minute show documenting the efforts of five people trying to make it in Hollywood.

Fuller's 19 Entertainment will premiere If I Can Dream on Hulu, and only Hulu, early next year, the long-form online video channel said in a statement today. The show is being teased with a one-min...Read More

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Posted by Cindy Spielvogel on November 25, 2009
WaxWorks president Kirk Kirkpatrick was caught moonlighting this month on QVC, selling DVDs of It's a Wonderful Life from Paramount Home Entertainment
You can catch the whole pitch here: http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.item.F08522.desc.Its-a-Wonderful-Life-DVD-Set-with-Holiday-Bell-Ornament.cm_scid.zone?cm_sp=MerchZone-_-IROA-_-1
Kirk tells us he'll be back on the shopping channel again soon to sell a DVD set from Scholastic.
No word yet on whether Joan Rivers or any of the other guest hosts are feeling threatened. :)

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Posted by Samantha Clark on November 24, 2009

Vudu has become the latest entertainment service to offer consumers more information about what they're watching. The download movie service has linked its interface into Web encyclopedia Wikipedia, reports Video Business sister publication TWICE.

Vudu users can tap into Wikipedia's movie information when they're browsing through titles to purchase or rent. And the system will be able to navigate through Wikipedia's pages just like on a computer.

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Posted by Danny King on November 19, 2009

"Twenty years ago today" is now more than 42 years old, but who's counting when there are videogames to push.

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is being released this week in downloadable form for use in The Beatles: Rock Band videogame, making the 1967 classic the second Fab Four album to be downloadable for the game title.

The digital version of the entire album may be purchased for $13.49, with single songs available on the Rock Band store for $2 each, Viacom's MTV Games and Harmonix units and Beatles publisher Apple Corps Ltd. said in a ...Read More

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Posted by Jennifer Netherby on November 12, 2009
Comcast has said that it plans to roll out Comcast OnDemand Online, its TV Everywhere initiative that will allow subscribers to access some TV programs online, by the end of the year, but has been careful not to give an exact date. But today, Interactive Media president Amy Banse narrowed it down a bit, to early December, while speaking at the newsy NewTeeVee TV Everywhere conference.

Comcast will rollout the beta test to all subscribers, allowing them to watch HBO, Turner, TBS and others on up to three different Internet-connected devices. Users will have to download an application and log in to Comcast's Fancast video site to connect each device to their subscriber account.

In a ...Read More

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Posted by Jennifer Netherby on November 2, 2009
Sort of. Apple is shopping an iTunes TV subscription service to TV programmers that would give subscribers unlimited access to iTunes TV content for $30 a month,  MediaMemo's Peter Kafka reports. No programmer has yet signed up, but Kafka says several have told him they're intrigued by the idea.

The rumor has been making the rounds for awhile, with Apple analyst Gene Munster predicting in a report earlier this fall that Apple also might upgrade the Apple TV to include DVR capabilities, making it a more popular set-top for consumers who are already dealing with too much set-top clutter.
The WSJ's Kafka reports that the proposal Apple is discussing no...Read More

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Posted by Susanne Ault on October 30, 2009

New pay movie service Epix is rolling out a free three-day online preview of its service starting today.

People can access the available content, including blockbuster film Iron Man, concert title Madonna “Sticky & Sweet: Live from Buenos Aires and comedy special, Eddie Izzard: Live From Wembley, at Web site EpixHD.com

Other films slated for the free preview in...Read More

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Posted by Jennifer Netherby on October 29, 2009
It kind of seems like a no-duh that Netflix's streaming movie service will be available on the Nintendo Wii at some point. It's been hugely popular on the Xbox 360 since the two partnered last year. Next month, it'll be available through the PlayStation 3 also. And Netflix's CFO has said the company wants to be on all game consoles out there as they have the greatest reach into consumer homes among Internet-connected devices.

Now Streaming Media says it's received screenshots of Netflix on the Wii, which its sources have confirmed to be legit. Less clear is when this deal will actually happen. The service was set to launch this fourth quarter, but could be delayed until next year to be timed with the launch of the Wii HD, the site says.

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Posted by Samantha Clark on October 28, 2009

More studios are trying out a Web video business model that includes sponsors, rather than advertisers.

Black Entertainment Television is launching a 10-part short-form Web series sponsored by CoverGirl on Nov. 3, according to Video Business sister publication Multichannel News.

The series, called Buppies, stars Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Tatyana Ali as a young socialite publicist trying to recover from a broken relationship.

Buppies will be streamed on BET's Web site, with subsequent episodes available every Tuesday.

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Posted by Danny King on October 26, 2009

If more Netflix subscribers are streaming videos from the largest U.S. movie-rental service via mail than ordering DVDs, don't blame the postal service.

That's basically the conclusion one can make from two recent posts from the FeedFlix blog, which tracks all things Red Envelope.

The blog predicted in February that this would be the year videostreaming would overtake DVD rentals at Netflix and last week confirmed the results: about three videos were being streamed from Netflix's Watch Instantly service for every two DVDs ordered. That ratio was approx...Read More

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