Buy ASIC Bitcoin Miner
Gadgets For Geeks
Add This Feed
Subscribe in Bloglines

Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to My AOL
Add to netvibes
Add to The Free Dictionary

Add to Excite MIX
Add to netomat Hub
Add to fwicki
Add to Webwag
Add to Plusmo
Add to Google Reader or Homepage
Categories

Archive for the ‘dvd’ Category

postheadericon Zediva mashes up Netflix and Redbox for $1.99, four hour-window DVD streaming rentals

Netflix and Redbox have been the new hotness in rentals for the last few years but both have significant drawbacks. With Redbox, it’s the box and the morons who are constantly standing in front of it paging through every single movie in the thing and for Netflix’s Watch Instantly it’s a lack of new releases available for instant viewing. Now there’s a new startup, Zediva, that takes on both of those issues by sticking with DVDs, but instead of shipping them to customers or placing them in kiosks, just streams them on demand from one player, to one viewer (unlike Netflix, sometimes movies are “rented out” if there are no copies available at the moment — renting a flick gives you control of the DVD player, with fast forward and reverse, for four hours) for $1.99 a rental or 10 for $10.

Apparently it’s been in beta for a year but is now available to all and is currently offering new release DVDs the same day they go on sale by simply purchasing them at retail. There’s no HD content yet but it claims Blu-ray titles will be offered soon. The Associated Press talked to a copyright lawyer who points out the case of a hotel that implemented a similar system but was sued into oblivion before calling Zediva “cute, but illegal” so if you decide to check it out, we’d recommend getting through that 10-pack of rentals with haste.

Update: We did recommend haste, didn’t we? Zediva’s registration is now listed as “temporarily full” and prospective users are being asked to join a waiting list. Thanks, Ialo!

Zediva mashes up Netflix and Redbox for $1.99, four hour-window DVD streaming rentals originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink Multichannel News, THR  |  sourceAssociated Press (NPR), Wall Street Journal, Zediva  | Email this | Comments

postheadericon BlockBuster Express to distribute Warner Bros DVD rentals 28 days after release

It was only a couple of weeks ago that BlockBuster Express and Warner Bros were trialling the release of DVD titles into the former company’s rental kiosks on their day of commercial release, but it seems like that’s a future we’re not going to see any more of. The pair have now announced a partnership whereby NCR’s Blockbuster Express will offer WB’s new DVD titles for rent 28 days after launch, matching Redbox and Netflix who are also subject to a four-week delay. This follows similar deals being concluded by NCR with Universal Studios and 20th Century Fox, with the major benefits being lower acquisition costs and a direct relationship with the studio.

Update: We initially conflated Blockbuster with Blockbuster Express-branded DVD kiosks operated by NCR. The post has now been updated to rectify this unforgivable misguidance.

Continue reading BlockBuster Express to distribute Warner Bros DVD rentals 28 days after release

BlockBuster Express to distribute Warner Bros DVD rentals 28 days after release originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Dec 2010 03:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink Gizmodo  |  sourceNASDAQ  | Email this | Comments

postheadericon Blockbuster Express kiosks test $2.99 per night new release rentals, Redbox looks unimpressed

28 days. It’s more than an unappreciated flick from the turn of the millennium, it’s also driving the executives at Redbox, Netflix and a smattering of other unorthodox rental companies mad. Movie studios have been hellbent on keeping their new release DVDs and Blu-ray Discs out of instant-rent hands for 28 days after release, noting that dollar-per-night rentals could drastically reduce DVD / BD sales in the all-important launch window. Now, however, it seems that at least a couple of ’em are willing to bend. Starting this week in four major cities (Atlanta, Miami, Phoenix and San Francisco, for those curious) DVDs for Warner Bros.’ “Inception” and 20th Century Fox’s “Knight and Day” are being slipped into NCR’s Blockbuster Express kiosks. The catch? It’ll be $2.99 per night to rent either of them, a nearly threefold increase in the nightly rate that Redbox charges. Additional details on the trial are few and far betwixt, but it’s safe to say that Redbox isn’t any closer to nabbing fresh flicks sooner, and unless you’re down with a 3x price hike, neither are you.

Blockbuster Express kiosks test $2.99 per night new release rentals, Redbox looks unimpressed originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 07 Dec 2010 23:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |  sourceWall Street Journal  | Email this | Comments

postheadericon Kaleidescape releases Cinema One DVD movie server, appeals to the toddler film buff set

Despite the legal hoopla related to its DVD ripping practices, Kaleidescape is still releasing high-end media servers designed to save the rich (and now their spawn) from the hassle of opening a movie box. The Cinema One is its latest and most affordable creation to date, but still costs a hefty $4,999. For the most part, the server is just a cheaper replacement to 2009’s Mini System, that can store up to 225 DVDs or 2,500 CDs for instant access. It also sports the same hassle-free setup, but adds a new wrinkle in the form of kid-friendly features. Specifically, a junior remote is included in addition to the standard version, which triggers a simplified system UI anytime it’s used. While we’re all for toddlers being able to watch their favorite content too, at this price we’d have rather seen support for Blu-rays and dare we say Netflix streaming. Then again, we aren’t in the best position to judge the value of a digital babysitter. For more shots of the kiddo UI and remote check out the gallery below, otherwise read the full PR after the break.

Continue reading Kaleidescape releases Cinema One DVD movie server, appeals to the toddler film buff set

Kaleidescape releases Cinema One DVD movie server, appeals to the toddler film buff set originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 05 Dec 2010 10:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink Electronista  |  sourceKaleidescape  | Email this | Comments

postheadericon Kaleidescape releases Cinema One DVD movie server, appeals to the toddler film buff set

Despite the legal hoopla related to its DVD ripping practices, Kaleidescape is still releasing high-end media servers designed to save the rich (and now their spawn) from the hassle of opening a movie box. The Cinema One is its latest and most affordable creation to date, but still costs a hefty $4,999. For the most part, the server is just a cheaper replacement to 2009’s Mini System, that can store up to 225 DVDs or 2,500 CDs for instant access. It also sports the same hassle-free setup, but adds a new wrinkle in the form of kid-friendly features. Specifically, a junior remote is included in addition to the standard version, which triggers a simplified system UI anytime it’s used. While we’re all for toddlers being able to watch their favorite content too, at this price we’d have rather seen support for Blu-rays and dare we say Netflix streaming. Then again, we aren’t in the best position to judge the value of a digital babysitter. For more shots of the kiddo UI and remote check out the gallery below, otherwise read the full PR after the break.

Continue reading Kaleidescape releases Cinema One DVD movie server, appeals to the toddler film buff set

Kaleidescape releases Cinema One DVD movie server, appeals to the toddler film buff set originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 05 Dec 2010 10:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink Electronista  |  sourceKaleidescape  | Email this | Comments