TV on the Internet
At this point, visiting a video store is somewhat akin to smoking a pipe or traipsing around town on a penny farthing—well, unless you live in Williamsburg. But the city’s few survivors have trudged on, against all odds, for so long that it’s not only sad, but weirdly surprising, to see them go.
The latest casualty of the Netflix era is West Village staple Video World, The New York Times reports. After 30 years, the store will close on Saturday. It was one of Manhattan’s few holdouts, after Midtown East’s New York Video shut down its store last fall, reinventing itself as a DVD delivery service.
The Neverending Story
As an increasing segment of the population cancel their cable subscription and subsist on a diet of television and films streamed through their laptops, Internet video sites like Hulu and Netflix have hastily bid on a slew of original series in the hopes that one day soon, nobody will use their televisions unless Roku is involved.
While Netflix is funding series that appeal to a cult fan base–a new season of Arrested Development, House of Cards, Lilyhammer (already renewed for a second season), and Hemlock Grove– Hulu’s recent acquisitions point to a wide-net marketing strategy: accessible shows for an audience of TV viewers who want more of the same.
Today, during Hulu’s upfronts, viewers got a brief glimpse of The Awesomes, an animated series by Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers.
It was only a few years ago that the broadcasting deal at 1 World Trade Center collapsed. The potential tenants, represented under the Metropolitan Television Alliance (MTVA), flat out told developers that the deal for an antenna on top of the 102-story building is dead. After heading back to the drawing board, developers have now proposed a new antenna.
At long last
This morning all the tech blogs were a-Twitter over Amazon’s move into streaming movies.
Netflix fired back this afternoon by announcing a new content deal with CBS.
Some golden oldies are in the mix, including full seasons of Star Trek, Frasier and Cheers.
Netflix is now the only streaming service to Read More
The long delayed union between Boxee and Netflix has come to an end; Netflix is now available on the Boxee Box.
Hang-ups over security requirements hampered the Boxee-Netflix partnership earlier this month. Those were the latest in a series of headaches the firm suffered after a hype-building demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show. Read More
Boxee’s long awaited partnership with Netflix is apparently up and running, but not yet ready for public consumption.
“We’re in a bit of an awkward spot at the moment,” wrote Boxee’s Andrew Kippen on the company blog. “The Netflix app is up and running on Boxee (we watched the intro to Full Metal Read More
As Netflix continues to emerge as a powerhouse in the web tv market, the traditional cable companies are trying to cripple the company by jacking up the price to carry their data.
In a letter to shareholders CEO Reed Hastings made it plain the company won’t take this lying down.
“Tomorrow, we’ll publish Read More
Netflix announced this morning that users can no longer add DVDs to their mailing queue from devices they use to stream Netflix films.
The company offered a lame but honest explanation. “Providing the option to add a DVD to your Queue from a streaming device complicates the instant watching experience and ties up resources Read More
The new rules adopted by the FCC today are supposed to protect what has become the central tenet of the web, network neutrality. It’s a compromise, said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, designed to encourage companies to invest in broadband infrastructure, while preventing them from favoring one website or service over another.
But the Read More
Over the last year Netflix has emerged as the dominant force in the world of streaming video, accounting for 20% of all the internet data consumed in the U.S. during primetime.
But Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes isn’t worried about Netflix’s growing presence in the media landscape.
“It’s a little bit like, is Read More