Apple Stops Renting TV Episodes, Now Only Sells Them

Apple Stops Renting TV Episodes, Now Only Sells Them

By renting and selling TV episodes via iTunes, Apple presented an a la carte alternative to subscription TV. Now it’s funneling viewers toward the more expensive option by eliminating the 99-cent rental option and only selling episodes, mostly in the $2-$3 range. [More]

Facebook Adds Miramax Films To Stable Of Movie Streaming Rentals

Facebook Adds Miramax Films To Stable Of Movie Streaming Rentals

Facebook is lining up deals with movie studios to put their films online for streaming rental, making agreements with Universal last week and Miramax this week. Using special apps for the services, you pay 30 Facebook credits — $3 per film — and have a 48-hour window to watch the movies. [More]

8 Simple Rules For Sitting Near Me In A Movie Theater

8 Simple Rules For Sitting Near Me In A Movie Theater

Ringing cell phones, incessant texting, screaming kids and chattering neighbors can all make moviegoing a harrowing experience. There’s an unwritten social contract that anyone in a theater should know to adhere to, but too many people seem unaware of its existence. [More]

Fewer Kids' Movies Featured Smoking Last Year

Fewer Kids' Movies Featured Smoking Last Year

Anti-smoking groups have long pressured Hollywood to decrease smoking in kids’ movies, and studios have apparently listened. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says there were 72 percent fewer smoking incidents in kids’ movies in 2010 than in 2005 levels, dropping from 2,093 instances to 595. Smoking in PG or G-rated films plummeted 94 percent (from 472 instances to 30) in that span. [More]

Do DVD Rental Store Closures Make Summer Road Trips Tougher?

Do DVD Rental Store Closures Make Summer Road Trips Tougher?

Now that spotting an open Blockbuster location is a novelty that merits a double take, and scores of other video rental chains have vanished, movie fans who want to rent some DVDs for the road have had to change the way they operate. Redbox remains an option for nightly rentals, and Netflix will still ship out discs via the mail, but gone are the days you can stop by a rental store, browse and pull some discs off the shelves and not have to return them for a week or so. [More]

Despite Blu-ray Price Cuts, Video Disc Sales Are Dwindling

Despite Blu-ray Price Cuts, Video Disc Sales Are Dwindling

Home entertainment studios seem to have gotten over the whole “let’s try and charge $30 for all new Blu-ray movies” thing, with prices generally closer to the $20 range. But general price cuts still haven’t sparked the Blu-ray bonanza Hollywood was hoping for. [More]

Time Warner Plans Flixster-Based Cloud Service That Lets You Upload Your DVDs

Time Warner Plans Flixster-Based Cloud Service That Lets You Upload Your DVDs

When cable company execs unwind at home, probably in front of Netflix-streamed videos like most everyone else, they no doubt daydream about ways to seize some of Netflix’s market share-gobbling momentum. After all, it seems the old “overcharge for hundreds of channels no one really wants so they can get the few that they do” plan is losing steam. An idea cooked up by Time Warner Cable, though, seems so promising it must be too good to be true. [More]

Analyst: Box Office Shows Customers Are Tired Of 3D, High Ticket Prices

Analyst: Box Office Shows Customers Are Tired Of 3D, High Ticket Prices

An analyst says the lower-than-expected box office performance by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is a sign that the 3D gimmick and its accompanying higher ticket prices may be coaxing customers to stay home rather than cough up more dough. [More]

Install Netflix On Nearly Any Android Device

Install Netflix On Nearly Any Android Device

A Netflix app finally came out last week for Android, but due to the complications of the plethora of devices running Android, it only came out for a few of them. Netflix says they’ll slowly but surely roll out the app to other devices, but if you don’t feel like waiting you can do a little cellphone hackery and get it on your phone now. [More]

Netflix Releases App For Some Android Devices

Netflix Releases App For Some Android Devices

(Some) Android users can now finally get in on the instant-streaming candy train with the long-awaited release of a Netflix app on their platform. For now the app is only available for a relatively thin number of phones, HTC’s Incredible, Nexus One, Samsung’s Nexus S, Evo 4G, and G2, but the company says they’re working diligently to roll it out to more phones. There’s just damn many of them. [More]

Well, At Least Netflix Is Being Realistic

Well, At Least Netflix Is Being Realistic

Say what you will about this exit survey for unsubscribing Netflix customers, but at least it’s realistic about why people cancel Netflix. It’s especially thoughtful of Netflix to include the addresses of still-functioning torrent sites for those users who aren’t yet familiar with them. (Thanks, MedicallyNeedy!)
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Boy Dies In Roller Coaster Fall

Boy Dies In Roller Coaster Fall

A 3-year-old Chicago-area boy died after he fell off an indoor amusement park roller coaster. [More]

Sheen To Heckler: "Sorry Dude, Already Got Your Money"

Sheen To Heckler: "Sorry Dude, Already Got Your Money"

According to a newspaper report, disgruntled actor Charlie Sheen’s “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option” tour started in Detroit Saturday night with a thud, leaving a dissatisfied audience and an unfulfilled request for a refund. [More]

Netflix Pays $100M To Make A TV Show Of Its Own

Netflix Pays $100M To Make A TV Show Of Its Own

In a risky yet inevitable move into original programming, Netflix is shoving a massive stack of chips onto the table, betting it can hang with the likes of HBO and Showtime. The video streaming and DVD rental giant is committing an estimated $100 million to buy and develop two 13-episode seasons of House of Cards, a drama produced and directed by David Fincher, starring Kevin Spacey. [More]

Ticketmaster Settles Class Action Lawsuit

Ticketmaster Settles Class Action Lawsuit

If you bought a ticket from Ticketmaster between Oct ’99 and May ’10, get ready for some bucks/ticket discounts coming your way. Ticketmaster has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought against it in 2003 that alleged the ticket giant’s processing fees were just a “profit component” and didn’t recoup any actual costs of doing business. [More]

Ebert Says 3D Will Never Work Because Our Brains Hate It

Ebert Says 3D Will Never Work Because Our Brains Hate It

The massive 3D gimmick the entertainment industry is trying to foist on all of us is going to be about as successful as “Smell-O-Vision,” says film critic Roger Ebert. No, he’s not just just being cranky or “anti new stuff.” Rather, it’s that our brains and eyes are simply not wired for viewing an extended series of 3D images. All the technology improvements and marketing won’t ever beat biology. Here’s why. [More]

Guitar Center Customer Loses Fight With Elmo

Guitar Center Customer Loses Fight With Elmo

Who would punch Elmo in the back of the head? A disgruntled customer at a Guitar Center in Florida, that’s who. The Elmo performer was working a gig at a toy store next door, then wandered over to Guitar Center. That’s when a customer came in, played some drums, behaved aggressively toward other customers and staff, then punched Elmo. [More]

Harry Potter Theme Park Modifies Ride To Accommodate Larger Visitors

Harry Potter Theme Park Modifies Ride To Accommodate Larger Visitors

The “Forbidden Journey” ride at Universal Studios’ Harry Potter park just got a little less forbidden, at least for some obese tourists. The park has added new larger sized seats to the ride, so at least some of those who were turned away in previous months might have better luck now. [More]