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1:00 PM on 01.06.2014

Netflix has 76,897 unique ways to describe movies

Alexis Madrigal over at the Atlantic went a little insane and decided to figure out just how many of those insanely precise genres Netflix has. The answer he came to, after some truly diligent work, was 76,897. In an interest...

Matthew Razak


10:00 AM on 11.27.2013

Inside the Xbox One Launch Event in LA, is it just games?

Now when anyone thinks of a console launch, they think videogames. That is their primary function, but with technology making everything easier and simpler, consoles do far more than just play games. You can start to see thi...

Michael Jordan

6:00 PM on 06.24.2013

Sony and Disney stream movies still in theaters

Disney and Sony have begun testing what is basically an anti-pirating measure regarding their films in South Korea. What they are doing is testing an on-demand service which offers the ability to rent movies while they are st...

Logan Otremba

7:00 PM on 03.22.2013

Two dozen Akira Kurosawa films free on Hulu this weekend

If you're sitting at home wondering exactly what the hell you're going to do with yourself for the next 48 hours, you may want take Hulu up on its offer this weekend. In celebration of the acclaimed director's 103rd birthday ...

Thor Latham



Criterion Collection is free on Hulu this weekend photo
Criterion Collection is free on Hulu this weekend
by Hubert Vigilla

That's right, guys and gals. If it's a Criterion release and if it's on Hulu, you can watch it free starting now and lasting through Sunday.

You know how you (meaning me) wanted to get work done over the weekend and hang out with people? You (meaning me) wanted to be social? It ain't going to happen anymore. You (meaning me) know why? Because In the Realm of the Senses, The Night Porter, Sword of Doom, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and The Cars That Ate Paris are free. (And so are Seven Samurai, lots of Bergman and Godard and Fassbinder and Ozu, and so on.)

To check out all the free Criterion fun, visit Hulu's Criterion page here.

[Via /Film]

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Listen to Jonny Greenwood's score for The Master photo
Listen to Jonny Greenwood's score for The Master
by Hubert Vigilla

With Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master coming out this week, a treat just popped up online. You can now stream Jonny Greenwood's score for The Master in its entirety. Greenwood previously scored Anderson's There Will Be Blood and also plays guitar for some obscure British band called Radiohead. (I think I might have Pablo Honey on cassette somewhere, and I'm not kiddding.)

Check out the stream of The Master soundtrack after the cut. (You need to have Spotify, just so you know.) The Master will be out in select theaters this Friday. I am excited to see the film beyond words save for the words that I have typed just now.

[Via The Film Stage]

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Amazon Instant Video lives on PlayStation 3 photo
Amazon Instant Video lives on PlayStation 3
by Geoff Henao

Yesterday, Amazon announced that their online video service, Amazon Instant Video, had gone live on the PlayStation 3. Amazon Prime members, in addition to getting a few benefits like free 2-day shipping, are able to take advantage of Amazon Instant Video with their membership. As if Netflix didn't already have their hands full with their subscription shifting and the rise of Hulu, Amazon has come around to take a bite out of the pie.

I took a quick glance through Amazon's library, but didn't find anything really great; there's a lot of overlap between shows and movies with Netflix. However, what Amazon does have over Netflix is the ability to rent same-day new releases directly from the app as opposed to waiting for Netflix. Granted, such rentals go for as much as $5, but if you're too lazy to find a Redbox, this could be big news.

To commemorate the PS3 by being the first gaming console to support Amazon Instant Video, Amazon has made the first episode of more than 100 TV shows free for the week. You can read more directly from Amazon's front page.

[via Destructoid]

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8:00 AM on 02.22.2012

Comcast launches Netflix/Hulu rival Xfinity Streampix

Comcast has been offering their Xfinity TV app on Apple products for a while, and now they're going a bit bigger. Xfinity TV is basically TV on demand on a mobile device for people who already use Comcast. Tomorrow, Comcast w...

Alex Katz



PSA: Starz Play leaves Netflix Instant next week photo
PSA: Starz Play leaves Netflix Instant next week
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

You may recall that, many moons ago, there was a bit of a spat between Starz and Netflix. Well, now it's finally coming to a head. In one week, on February 28th, 2012, Netflix Instant subscribers will no longer be able to access the Starz Play catalog of films. The majority of people probably won't notice the difference, because the overall quality of the Starz selection was, frankly, pathetic. That being said, there were some diamonds in the rough. Check out our list of the 10 movies to watch before Starz leaves Netflix, and you can feel content that you have gotten everything out of Starz that you can.

That being said, I would like to point out that, since that list was posted, one final movie worth a damn has hit Starz Play. A swan song if you will. That film? Shaolin Motherf*cking Soccer. So enjoy that while you can, and when you have, say goodbye and good riddance.

So long, Starz. It was nice knowing you, but we've already found someone better. He's probably going to win a lot of Oscars, and he totally deserves at least a couple of them. Seriously though, The Artist is better than pretty much every movie on Starz Play combined. 

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3:00 PM on 02.06.2012

Verizon and Redbox combine forces to rent & stream movies

We knew that Verizon was planning some sort of streaming video service, and now the communications giant has shown its hand. Rather than purchasing Netflix as some rumors suggested, Verizon is teaming up with Coinstar, Inc.'s...

Bob Muir



Terry Gilliam on The Wholly Family; watch it online 1/23 photo
Terry Gilliam on The Wholly Family; watch it online 1/23
by Hubert Vigilla

Terry Gilliam has been playing the waiting-for-money game on two features: an adaption of Paul Auster's Mr. Vertigo and a second shot at The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Rather than sit still, he's kept busy by directing the opera The Damnation of Faustus in London and doing a short film called The Wholly Family, which won a European Film Award in December. The 20-minute short was financed by Garofalo, an Italian pasta company, who gave Gilliam the freedom to do whatever he wanted. (But even if it was a commercial, at least his Nike ads were pretty cool. Can't say the same about that Hallowdega energy drink short.)

In the interview above, The Guardian's Xan Brooks talks with Gilliam about making short films late in his career, projects waiting in the wings, being on Facebook, and Monty Python. It's good to see Gilliam's still spry at 71 and that he's still somehow able to laugh.

Best of all, you'll be able to watch Terry Gilliam's The Wholly Family online on January 23rd. The film will be preceded by an interview and followed by a Q&A with Gilliam. (The actual screening/event at the Guardian offices sold out quickly since they only had a handful of tickets.)

After the cut and just for kicks, I've included the two World Cup ads that Gilliam did for Nike back in 2002.

[Via The Guardian]

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12:00 PM on 01.06.2012

HBO doesn't like Netflix, refuses to sell DVDs

HBO, get over yourself. It's bad enough that you refuse to make a deal to stream your shows on Netflix. You insist on making your own service, HBO Go, that you can only access if you're buying the cable channel, stubbornly ig...

Bob Muir



Rumor: Verizon may want to buy Netflix photo
Rumor: Verizon may want to buy Netflix
by Bob Muir

On a day when the stock market is generally down 2%, Netflix's stock is actually soaring. The rental service's shares shot up 6.8%, a big difference considering that its market value has been steadily declining for the past few months due to some stupid decisions. What is causing the increase? DealReporter thinks that Verizon is considering purchasing the ailing company.

While there is no hard evidence to support the claim, it is certainly within the realm of possibility. Just last week, we heard that Verizon had plans to start their own streaming service for movies and TV series. While there are also rumors that Verizon is working with Coinstar's Redbox and is planning to launch as soon as May 28, 2012, there's no reason why Verizon couldn't be exploring all its options.

Analysts, however, question whether buying Netflix would be a good deal. The service is worth $4 billion -- $4.5 billion when you factor in Netflix's commitment to continue licensing new content. It might be cheaper to lure away Netflix's subscribers than attempt to buy them. Fans of the company may be optimistic about this because takeover rumors are "the simplest and easiest way to say, 'maybe the stock has bottomed,'" according to Janney Montgomery Scott analyst Tony Wible.

Personally, I don't care who owns Netflix as long as they step up their game when it comes to new content. Losing the Starz catalogue is going to be a major hit to Netflix's library, no how little they say it is being watched. If a buyout from Verizon means more things to watch, I'm all for it.

[Via Deadline]

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Verizon launches movie/TV streaming service photo
Verizon launches movie/TV streaming service
by Alex Katz

Verizon is planning on rolling out a web-based television and movie streaming service sometime in 2012. The service will be available outside of their regular FIOS television and internet service, though I'd imagine current FIOS subscribers will have some sort of integration into the new system. Verizon has not officially announced this service as of yet, though, again, the word is that the service will be available during 2012. It will focus on a more limited selection than, say, Netflix, which will likely remain the undisputed champion of streaming content for some time, but there seems to be a wish for more targeted bundles of programming, specifically handling streaming for Disney Channel, for instance.

Now, this seems like a longshot, but consider this. FIOS already has five million subscribers. If less than half of those can be convinced to pick up this service, that's an install base of one to two million people. That's a lot of ducats, son. Additionally, if Verizon can acquire rights to a lot of programming that Netflix is missing, like Disney movies or the soon-to-be-lost Starz content, they could establish themselves as a legit contender to the throne pretty quickly. 

[Via Reuters]

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