Netflix Wants To Charge Extra For Multiple Video Streams, Swim In Piles Of Cash

Netflix Wants To Charge Extra For Multiple Video Streams, Swim In Piles Of Cash

Netflix was sitting around looking at its money when it realized that it didn’t quite have enough to do the whole Scrooge McDuck swimming maneuver, so the video giant has come up with an idea: “family plans” that allow you to stream more than one program at once. [More]

Time Warner CEO Is Talking $#!% About Netflix

Time Warner CEO Is Talking $#!% About Netflix

Who isn’t scared of Netflix? Jeffrey L. Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner, that’s who. The NYT says that although Netflix has been a successful business partner to the major studios for the past few years — the deals are expiring and they won’t get such an easy ride next time. [More]

Netflix "Watch It Now" Service Gets Access To Paramount,
Lionsgate and MGM

Netflix "Watch It Now" Service Gets Access To Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM

The NYT is reporting that Netflix has cut a deal with start-up pay-TV channel Epix that will give it exclusive rights to steam Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films. What does this mean for you? If you have Netflix, you’ll be able to stream movies like ‘Iron Man 2′ three months after they appear on pay television. [More]

Redbox Randomly Charges $1.25?

Redbox Randomly Charges $1.25?

Reader A. says Redbox randomly tried to charge him $1.25 for a $1 normal DVD rental. What’s up with that? [More]

Make Sure Someone Hasn't Punched Your Redbox Kiosk Before Reserving A DVD

Make Sure Someone Hasn't Punched Your Redbox Kiosk Before Reserving A DVD

Reader G is a little ticked off at Redbox because he reserved a new release using Redbox.com, headed over to the kiosk to pick it up and found that some angry person had smashed the touchscreen. No big deal, he’d just call and get a refund, right? Apparently not. Redbox only offers “free rental codes” that G says he can’t use on reserved DVDs. This kinda bugs him. [More]

Netflix Is Mysteriously Down And Bored People Are Increasingly Bored

Netflix Is Mysteriously Down And Bored People Are Increasingly Bored

Are you kinda bored? Want to watch movies on Netflix’s website. Nope. Can’t. It’s mysteriously down. [More]

Netflix Agrees To Delay Warner Bros. New DVDs For 28 Days

Netflix Agrees To Delay Warner Bros. New DVDs For 28 Days

Netflix has agreed to terms with Warner Bros. that will delay rentals of new DVD releases for 28 days. Warner Bros. has unilaterally imposed the same restriction on Redbox — and those negotiations were apparently much less friendly and involved more lawyers. [More]

DVD Price War: Harry Potter, Star Trek For $10

DVD Price War: Harry Potter, Star Trek For $10

Walmart announced yesterday that it will be slashing prices to below wholesale on 10 of the most popular DVDs that will be released soon, says the LA Times. Target announced that it will be matching Walmart. Amazon has not yet responded.

Streaming Movies: Best Buy Preparing For A World Without DVDs

Streaming Movies: Best Buy Preparing For A World Without DVDs

Best Buy announced a “a Best Buy-branded offering, available starting early next year,” that will stream “first-run DVDs” online directly to consumers, says the NYT Bits Blog.

Yeah, Blockbuster Is Pretty Much F*#$%$

Yeah, Blockbuster Is Pretty Much F*#$%$

Back in the day there used to be these things called VHS tapes. They used to cost a lot of money — so there were these places you could go to rent them. The last surviving relic of this bygone era, Blockbuster Video (also known as the company that was almost stupid enough to buy Circuit City), announced in a regulatory filing today that it plans to close over 800 stores by the end of next year. This is nearly twice the number they previously announced.

Inside A Netflix Shipping Center

Inside A Netflix Shipping Center

HackingNetflix was invited to tour a Netflix shipping center where 50 employees process as many as 90,000 discs a day. Pretty cool.

Soderbergh Subverts The Theater Experience Again

Soderbergh Subverts The Theater Experience Again

One of the hotter indie flicks of the summer, Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, debuted on Amazon’s rental service this week, way before the movie opens in theaters May 22. At $9.99 for a three-day rental, the movie is also cheaper to rent than it will be to see at many theaters.

http://consumerist.com/2009/01/26/hey-guess-who-isnt-broke/

Hey, guess who isn’t broke? Netflix. [Bizjournals]

Netflix Screws Up, Makes Thousands Of Customers Happy?

Netflix Screws Up, Makes Thousands Of Customers Happy?

We’ve had no less than 20 people email us to congratulate Netflix for apologizing after their shipping system experienced some delays. Here’s the email and some comments from Netflix’s customers:

Yikes: Blockbuster Dumps Plan To Buy Circuit City

Yikes: Blockbuster Dumps Plan To Buy Circuit City

Blockbuster has finished snooping around Circuit City’s medicine cabinet and the verdict is in: Blockbuster has changed its mind.

Does The World Need A Blockbuster Digital Download "ATM?"

Does The World Need A Blockbuster Digital Download "ATM?"

At their shareholders meeting Wednesday, Blockbuster announced that they would soon begin testing a “ATM”-style machine that consumers could use to download movies “on the go.”

IFC Seals Devilish Pact With Blockbuster

IFC Seals Devilish Pact With Blockbuster

IFC has inked a “devilish” multi-year exclusive distribution deal with Blockbuster, says Chicago Sun-Times blogger and editor of RogerEbert.com, Jim Emerson.

"Why Blockbuster Will Never Survive"

"Why Blockbuster Will Never Survive"

Reader and commenter Salviati writes in to share his personal experience with Blockbuster and his theory for why they will never survive fierce competition from Netflix and the new Apple video rentals.