Netflix “Watch Instantly” movie streaming for Intel-based Mac is out of
beta and now available to all Netflix subscribers who own Macs. Netflix
emailed Mac subscribers earlier today to announce that the service is
now open to all Mac users who wish to try it out. Watch Instantly still
features only a small portion of Netflix’s library, but users are
promised that they will be able to stream more than 12,000 movies and
TV shows by the end of the year.
Opinion – There is no other game title that is as important for the
Playstation 3 as Gran Turismo 5 (GT5), yet it appears to become a title
that may seal the console’s fate as the losing platform of the
current-gen console battle: A Spanish Sony executive recently said that
GT5 will finally be launched in the Christmas time frame – that is the
good news. The bad news is that it will be Christmas 2009.
Opinion - Blockbuster and 2Wire today announced a small set-top box that is
designed to stream movies from Blockbuster directly to your TV. Would
you choose this service over Netflix? I doubt you will.
Negotiations between the Beatles and EMI, which releases the Beatles
music catalog under the Apple Corps label, to make titles of the
legendary band available on iTunes have “stalled”, Paul McCartney told
the BBC earlier today. He said that EMI was demanding “something: the
Beatles “are not prepared to give.” Welcome to a new round of
iTunes-Beatles speculations and why the band’s music is not available.
Our bets are on DRM.
Opinion - Microsoft’s New Xbox Experience (NXE) announced yesterday is
much more than a simple update to the software’s dashboard. It
transitions to a completely new look and feel of the interface. Oh, and
yes, there are several new features as well. Here is our first
The Batman sequel The Dark Knight was a smash hit at the box office,
with $400 million in U.S. ticket sales in its first 18 days after
release and more than $1 billion in sales globally so far. But the
title achieved another significant milestone: It amassed over one
million illegal downloads on BitTorrent in less than seven days.
Ok, we admit it, there are ways to get Half-Life for free, you may even
have a copy in a graphics card box in your closet (at least I do in the
box of the original ATI Radeon AIW), but we felt it was worth noting
that Valve’s Half-Life game turned 10 today and the company is
celebrating the birthday with a 98 cent edition of the game.
Microsoft updated its Xbox firmware and upgraded Xbox Live service
today. The new software+service combination, called the New Xbox
Experience, is released in 26 countries and is available in 11
languages. The software maker considers the product a milestone release
with the hope to make the firm’s game console the center piece of home
entertainment, replacing rival consoles and set-top boxes. A
cornerstone of this strategy is the unlimited Netflix HD streaming
feature. However, early user reports indicate that Netflix streaming
did not work for at least a certain portion of users who updated their
Making video games is serious business, but creating the
world’s most popular MMO, World of Warcraft, is a monumental feat
requiring hundreds of developers, programmers, artists and
videographers. It’s easy to forget these people because they usually
aren’t publically recognized, but today you’re getting a special treat
that we’re pretty sure has never been done before. During last night’s
launch of the World of Warcraft expansion: Wrath of the Lich King at
the Electronic Fry’s store in Anaheim, we snapped photos of 140 WoW
developers and you can see all of them in the three slideshows below.
Google Earth remains one of the most impressive 3D applications
available today. A new highlight for Earth is a layer visualizes
ancient Rome as it is believed to have looked like in 320 A.D. It
includes buildings that have withstood test of time, like the famous
Coliseum, in addition to objects that no longer exist, as well as roads
and terrain. Users can experience a breathtaking Rome in 360 degrees,
fly though streets and even see the detailed interior of some
My thumb is numb from taking hundreds of photos and I
can't even feel my feet anymore. But that doesn’t matter because I own
the newest World of Warcraft expansion pack Wrath of the Lich King.
After interviewing the first people waiting in line at the Anaheim
Electronic Fry’s store on Tuesday, I headed back Wednesday afternoon to
capture the launch.
We knew people were going to line up for the next World
of Warcraft expansion, but we didn’t think it was going to be this
early. On Tuesday November 11th, we headed over to the Anaheim Fry’s
Electronics and saw several people already in line. In fact, these
folks are pros at this sort of thing and were also one of the first
people in line for the initial launch of World of Warcraft and the
Burning Crusade expansion pack.
YouTube may be the world’s most popular video sharing site and it even
may be the world’s second largest site in terms of search traffic, but
there is no doubt that YouTube completely missed the boat on hosting
full-length movies. Now, the service seems to be catching up with
ad-supported movies and TV episodes. Just don’t expect current
It appears that Microsoft had a blockbuster title in stores just in
time for Christmas once again. Gears of War 2 could not quite match
Halo 3, but 2.1 million boxes sold on day 1 means that Microsoft’s game
studios and Epic received an early Christmas present and the Xbox 360
should see a nice bump in unit sales.
About a year ago, Google implemented video filtering on YouTube in an
effort to prevent the uploading of unauthorized content and to aid in
the monetization of videos. ZDNet reflects on this anniversary with a
15 page PDF (available only to registered users), in which Rick Cotton,
NBC Universal Chief Counsel, discusses the filters on YouTube. Cotton
states that monthly the filters are improving and are now capable of
capturing 75-80% of all of the uploads that are not legal.
In its seemingly never ending quest to make YouTube profitable, it
appears that Google has landed a deal to start offering feature films
on the site. According to an executive at a major entertainment
company, we could see movies appearing within the next months.
Microsoft seems to have a real good handle on introducing critical
features and content for the Xbox 360 when it counts. Gears of War 2
will be released to 20,000 retailers this week and should also have a
positive impact on Xbox 360 and should help jumpstart Christmas sales.
Entertainment is going to make its first careful steps in cloud
computing as Half-Life creator Valve is rolling out a free cloud-based
extension to its Steam network that will enable players to store their
game settings and controller configurations online.