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Jan 09 2012

News - Netflix officially announces UK, Ireland launch

On the cusp of the PS3 Netflix news, Netflix has officially announced Netflix for the UK and Ireland. Available for 5.99 pounds/6.99 euros a month, but starting today for those of our UK readers can join Netflix and use the service for free for one month. 

While it was already live for manyNetflix has made its launch in the United Kingdom and Irelandofficially official, streaming its catalog of entertainment for 5.99 pounds / 6.99 euros a month. Residents can queue for a one month free trial at the website right now, and at launch it works not only on PCs, but also the usual suite of game consoles, Blu-ray players from LG, Samsung Smart TV, iOS and Android phones plus smart TV adaptors from Philips, Western Digital and Roku. As for content, it's sourcing from All3Media, the BBC, CBS, Channel 4's 4oD, Disney UK & Ireland, ITV, Lionsgate UK, MGM, Miramax, Momentum Pictures, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Viacom International Media Networks. Like the Latin American service, it also includesOpen Graph Facebook tie-ins that are apparently held back in the US due to regulatory concerns. Check the official press release for more details on what's currently available after the break, or just hit Netflix to sign up and give the streaming a shot no matter which side of the pond you're on.

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Jan 04 2012

News - Netflix Set to "Air" it's Original Programming Feb 6th

Netflix has slowly been acquiring exclusive content to stream via its online service which is to begin next month. On February 6th Netflix will make available its first original production, Lilyhammer. Netflix has also commissioned a new series called House of Cards, and a new season of Arrested Development. 

While I don't subscribe to Netflix myself (Lack of true HD quality, and 5.1 audio) this is a good sign of things to come. Once studios realize they can distribute content directly and bypass conventional mediums we just might start to see content the way we want it. 

While Netflix has already announced original productions like House of Cards and a new season ofArrested Development it has commissioned for its streaming video service, the first to debut will beLilyhammer next month. Starring Steve Van Zandt of the E Street Band and The Sopranos, it follows a mobster in witness protection who moves to Lillehammer, Norway, chasing dreams of clean air and gorgeous women. Naturally, it doesn't quite work out like that, but in an interesting twist Netflix will let you find out how it does work out all in one shot. Unlike most linear channels, and even Hulu's original programming efforts like The Confession, Netflix will post the entire season all at once (and in all of its territories -- US, Canada and Latin America) just like it does with older material. 

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Oct 25 2011

News - United Kingdom and Ireland to Get Neflix Early 2012

Netflix seams to be in the news a lot lately, mostly for the bad news, however for our international readers, Netflix has announced it will be expanding its online streaming service to the UK and Ireland in early 2012. While the exact details on pricing, availability, movie selection, and device support, it is still great news for those looking to add additional content to their entertainment needs.

Netflix announced this morning that it’s ready to share the streaming love with consumers in the UK and Ireland starting in early 2012. Like the company’s other international launches, this expansion doesn’t appear to include the DVD-by-mail service, but for the moment, further details on Netflix’s first excursion across the pond are scarce. The company says pricing, content and supported devices will be announced closer to launch.


Oct 19 2011

News - Streaming Video Watched in 42 Million Homes

This comes as to no surprise that streaming media is on the rise. The actual number on the other has is pretty impressive. 42 Million Homes throughout the United States and Europe are using connected devices (Media Streamers, Connected TV's, Game Consoles) to stream TV, Movies and other video content.

One interesting thing to note is that Europeans prefer to connect a HTPC to theirs displays where as the US prefers game consoles more than any other connected device. Not sure how accurate that is, but still some interesting facts all together.

A new report from Strategy Analytics, Multiscreen Connected TV: Assessing Device Usage and Ownership, found that connected TV usage is twice as popular in the US as in Europe: 20 per cent of US respondents have watched internet content on their TV screens in the past month, compared to only 10 per cent of Europeans.

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Oct 19 2011

News - Amazon Adds PBS to Instant Streaming

It looks like Amazon is making more and more content deals.  Added to what they already have available on Prime Instant Video is now have PBS content.  I know that with small kids in the house we watch a lot of it.  Maybe it's time to take another look at our streaming service around here...

We've now licensed TV programs from PBS including day-after broadcast shows like Frontlineand NOVA, more than 1,000 episodes of shows likeMasterpieceAntiques Roadshow, and popular Ken Burns documentaries The Civil WarBaseballJazz, and, for a limited time, the first episode ofProhibition.


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