Netflix Explains How It Comes Up With Its Recommendations

Netflix Explains How It Comes Up With Its Recommendations

Sometimes Netflix is able to peek deep into your soul and tell you exactly which movies you’ll want to watch next, and other times it suggests Power Rangers Samurai. The company is now offering a behind the curtain to explain how it plays matchmaker with you and all the lonely movies out there. [More]

Illinois Attorney General Twists AMC's Arm, Makes It Accommodate Disabled Moviegoers

Illinois Attorney General Twists AMC's Arm, Makes It Accommodate Disabled Moviegoers

It took pressure from the Illinois Attorney General, but AMC Theatres agreed to make adjustments that allow blind and deaf people to enjoy movies in more of the chain’s theaters in the state. The chain agreed to add captioning and audio-description features to 460 screens. Before the deal, only a couple dozen AMC theaters in Illinois offered the technology. [More]

Amazon Instant Video Hitches A Ride On PS3 To Hit More TVs

Amazon Instant Video Hitches A Ride On PS3 To Hit More TVs

Access to Amazon Instant Video’s streaming library has been a nice perk to signing up for Amazon Prime. But the service was never particularly useful to many customers who like to sit back on their couch and watch stuff on TV rather than stare at a computer screen. Now Amazon has cut a deal with the PS3 that draws it closer to competitors Netflix and Hulu Plus, which both stream on the Wii and Xbox 360 in addition to Sony’s console. [More]

Cineastes Bicker Over Virtues, Drawbacks Of Darker, Grainier New Casablanca Blu-ray

Cineastes Bicker Over Virtues, Drawbacks Of Darker, Grainier New Casablanca Blu-ray

Since the dawn of home video, movie lovers have debated the implications of screwing with old movie prints to make them look better. The advent of Blu-ray has drawn a line between traditionalists who adore the rough-hewn, old-school look of grainy images and those who prefer technicians to buff out the grain in favor of sharper, smoother visuals. The latest battlefront in the debate pits the new dark-toned, supposedly more true-to-the-original Casablanca Blu-ray release, which follows a brighter, cleaner-looking 2008 edition. [More]

2 Big Studios Won't Float In Apple's Movie Cloud

2 Big Studios Won't Float In Apple's Movie Cloud

Drowned out in all the hullabaloo over Apple’s unveiling of the next iPad was its announcement that its cloud storage of movies had gone live. Those who have bought movies from iTunes can now stream their films onto their Apple devices. Two studios, though — 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures — aren’t letting their films come out and play for now. [More]

Report: Netflix Wants To Piggyback On Cable Services

Report: Netflix Wants To Piggyback On Cable Services

If reported deals between Netflix and cable giants go through, the company’s streaming service will be offered as a bonus to cable packages. Netflix is said to be negotiating with several cable companies to add its service as a possible premium on-demand option. [More]

Starz Movies Fall Off Netflix Streaming This Week

Your Netflix streaming queue is probably about to get a bit lighter. As we noted back in September, Netflix and Starz did not renew their deal, meaning about 800 movies will be leaving Netflix’s streaming service by the end of the week. [More]

Look For Blockbuster Express Kiosks To Be Replaced With Redbox Stands

Redbox parent Coinstar is in a grabby mood this week, not only teaming with Verizon to create a streaming service to compete with Netflix, but buying Blockbuster Express kiosk-operator NCR’s entertainment vision, meaning all its rival kiosks will probably be taking on a reddish hue. [More]

Verizon Wants To Take On Netflix In Entertainment Streaming

Verizon Wants To Take On Netflix In Entertainment Streaming

Dipping its toes into the waters inhabited by Netflix and Amazon, Verizon is planning to launch its own streaming video system. The company’s aggressive plans call for its service to potentially reach 85 million households. [More]

Turn Couch Potato Time Into A Workout

Turn Couch Potato Time Into A Workout

Being a sports fan requires you to spend several hours a weekend in front of your TV, and three-hour commitments every Saturday and Sunday to cheer on your favorite college and NFL teams can make it tougher to squeeze in weekend workouts. No matter how much the pathetic teams to which you’re devoted make your blood boil, you’re still not burning many calories when you’re watching TV. [More]

Netflix Loses 800K Subscribers In Third Quarter

Netflix Loses 800K Subscribers In Third Quarter

While no business likes to lose 800,000 customers in the span of a few months, such a drop could pass for good news in the Netflix halls in these post price-hike days. [More]

Report: Disney Blocks Johnny Depp From Talking To ABC Stations About "The Rum Diary"

Report: Disney Blocks Johnny Depp From Talking To ABC Stations About "The Rum Diary"

Things get weird and ugly when journalism collides with the inelegant demands of outlets’ corporate masters. A Houston TV reporter alleges Disney prevented reporters from ABC affiliates from interviewing Johnny Depp at the Austin Film Festival because he was there to promote the upcoming movie The Rum Diary while his film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has just come out on home video. [More]

McDonald's Serves Up TV To Go Along With Your Burger, Fries And Regret

McDonald's Serves Up TV To Go Along With Your Burger, Fries And Regret

The McDonald’s corporate types must think the ambiance of their dining rooms may be a little lacking. Perhaps that’s why they are testing the McDonald’s Channel, a roundup of news and entertainment segments, tailored to each community, that will play as you succumb to the siren song of empty calories. [More]

Netflix Lands Deal To Stream Old Seasons Of CW Shows

Netflix Lands Deal To Stream Old Seasons Of CW Shows

The revolving door that is Netflix’s streaming service has lined up another entrant. The company nailed down a deal to stream previous seasons of scripted CW TV shows starting the year after they air. [More]

Disney To Run 3D Re-Release Idea Into Ground

Disney To Run 3D Re-Release Idea Into Ground

Never afraid to exploit a good idea for all its worth and more, the studio that brought you Bambi II announced it will capitalize on the success of its 3D theatrical re-release of The Lion King by using its cattle prod to jolt four more golden geese back to life. [More]

Netflix One-Ups HBO By Snagging DreamWorks Deal

Netflix One-Ups HBO By Snagging DreamWorks Deal

When Netflix started upped its prices for subscribers by splitting streaming and disc rentals into separate subscriptions, the top brass said it would use the additional funds to secure streaming deals. Now the company has something to show for the promise, having secured a deal with DreamWorks for programming that currently goes to HBO. The agreement goes into effect in 2013. [More]

Report: Dish Will Launch Blockbuster-Branded Streaming Service Next Month

Report: Dish Will Launch Blockbuster-Branded Streaming Service Next Month

The likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon will reportedly face some new competition, when Dish Network finally justifies its purchase of Blockbuster by starting a video streaming service in October. [More]

Starz Won't Renew Netflix Deal When It Expires In February

Starz Won't Renew Netflix Deal When It Expires In February

Come March, Netflix’s array of video streaming options could be considerably thinned. Starz announced it’s stopped negotiating an extension with Netflix and all its movies and TV shows will vanish from the service when the current deal expires February 28. [More]