Call Of Duty Subscription Service Will Cost $50 A Year, Include Downloadable Maps

Call Of Duty Subscription Service Will Cost $50 A Year, Include Downloadable Maps

Activision Blizzard has managed to pump up Call of Duty to a Goliath-like status in online gaming for the past several years, so it was only a matter of time until the publisher thought of a way to sap more money from dedicated players. Its answer is Call of Duty Elite, a service that offers stat-tracking, group management and social features for $50 a year. The fee also covers downloadable map packs that non-members will have to buy individually. [More]

Netflix Will Start Treating Americans As Well As Canadians 'Over Coming Months'

Netflix Will Start Treating Americans As Well As Canadians 'Over Coming Months'

Making an about-face after stirring up a hornet’s nest of discontent by saying Americans were too self-absorbed to notice his company was providing cheap, streaming-only access to Canadian customers, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said he was joking and that Americans would get a similar service soon. [More]

Give Sony $50 A Year, Get Very Little In Return

Give Sony $50 A Year, Get Very Little In Return

Sony unveiled the specifics of its Xbox Live-like PlayStation Plus program on its PlayStation Blog, revealing an underwhelming set of features for the $50 annual fee. Bear in mind that Sony already gives away online play — something Microsoft charges for. [More]

Sony Wants To Sell You Enhanced PS3 Online Access, Motion Controller

Sony Wants To Sell You Enhanced PS3 Online Access, Motion Controller

Sony’s two biggest announcements at video game summit E3 were of copycat efforts. By the end of the month the PS3 will start PlayStation Plus, a $50-a-year tier of its currently free online service that gives gamers a grab bag of free downloads and the ability to talk with other players online regardless of what game their playing — provided they’re also PlayStation Plus subscribers. It’s the company’s answer to pay-to-play Xbox Live. The first three months of PlayStation Plus are free. [More]

Dish Customers To Get Their Tetris On For $3 A Month

Dish Customers To Get Their Tetris On For $3 A Month

You can either buy Tetris for $10 or less on a billion different platforms, or you could decide to shell out a $3 monthly fee for the old standby if you’re a Dish Network subscriber, Industry Gamers reports. [More]

TiVo Restores Service, Refunds Gift Card

TiVo Restores Service, Refunds Gift Card

TiVo may not have treated Lee right, taking him for granted and unfairly billing him while cutting off his lifetime service. Maybe it even slept around with cocktail waitresses and D-list reality show stars. But TiVo stopped dragging its feet once Lee told us his story. [More]