Xbox 360 to stream Netflix movies in HD

Starting November 19, Microsoft will be coming a lot closer to its goal to turn the Xbox 360 into the universal home entertainment most of us will ever need. Microsoft’s deal will open up the Xbox 360 to an all-you-can-eat video streaming fest that covers more than 10,000 movies and TV shows. What is unique about the Xbox-Netflix relationship is the fact that the console will get HD content, which not only pitches it against Apple’s hobby project Apple TV, but also against Blu-ray.

World of Warcraft population grows to more than 11 million

Blizzard said that the subscriber base of its massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft has surpassed the 11 million mark, which is about the same as the population of New York City and Chicago combined, the population of Ohio – or more than the entire population of Greece.

New Wal-Mart MP3 store challenges iTunes with lower prices

Wal-Mart relaunched its MP3 store with more than 3 million DRM-free songs in a much cleaner layout and new store navigation features. As Wal-Mart’s overall music sales are falling behind Apple’s iTunes, the company knows it will not be able to compete in terms of content selection. Conceivably, pricing will be the next battlefield – an area where Apple is vulnerable and possibly the only opportunity for one Wal-Mart to score wins in the near future.

Silverlight opens Netflix to Macs

When Netflix rolled out the “Watch Instantly” functionality to its subscribers, Apple users were left out in the cold. Now, utilizing Microsoft’s Silverlight, Netflix plans to roll out online TV streaming to all of its users by the end of the year.

Sling.com going live on November 10

Russian man turns Eee into car PC

Oprah pitches Amazon Kindle

Five products Apple should build

Feature - Watching Apple announce and market products - or not announce and market products some people expect from the company - can be a highly interesting process. All new Apple products rolled out in recent years seem to share a handful of common ideas: They never try to create an entirely new product segment, but are placed into an already developing market, they improve on obvious mistakes others made, they always complement other Apple products and they take advantage of the company’s software platform. So, with that in mid, which products could we expect from Apple next? Here are five ideas. 

Samsung netflixes Blu-ray players, LG player in stores now

Netflix today said that some of Samsung’ Blu-ray players devices are now capable of playing streaming Netflix video via the web. Additionally, LG’s BD-300 Netflix Blu-ray player is also on sale through major retail chains in the U.S. now.

Battle of the Bands: Rock Band set list vs. Guitar Hero sequel

They have been two of the biggest video game franchises launched in recent years - and both Rock Band and Guitar Hero are in the news again: The former with a new set list and the latter with a new sequel.

Microsoft to delay Xbox Live Primetime

When Microsoft announced at E3 2008 that it would be introducing Xbox Live Primetime for the Xbox 360, the company suggested that it would launch in the fall along with the revamped Xbox Live service. But according to a report by Forbes, Microsoft will delay the launch in order to ensure a smooth launch for the new user interface.

Lala's music service tries one more time

Tonight, LaLa will go live offering individuals a fresh new way to not only expand, but also easily manage their personal music collections: the new service will allow users to stream music they store on their home PC to any other device they own, as long as it is connected to the Internet.  

Hands-on SlotMusic: How not to introduce a new music format

Review – Sandisk has been capturing headlines with a new music format called SlotMusic, pitched as a microSD card-based replacement for audio CDs. I have been patiently waiting for the first SlotMusic and today found it at a local BestBuy. I had no reason to believe that it would not work just like any other digital music, but I was wondering how far the “No DRM” promise goes. Read my first impressions here.

Best Buy drops Blu-ray player price below $100, sorta

Last Friday we reported about average Blu-ray player prices nearing the $200 market. This week we have what we could consider – with some tolerance for marketing messages - the first sub-$100 Blu-ray player – the Insignia NS-BRDVD at Best Buy.

Wii, Xbox 360 leave the PS3 behind

Market research NPD firm released its latest game console shipment estimate for the U.S. Both the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360 showed sharp upticks, while the PS3 gained significantly less – and has not gained any ground on Microsoft Xbox 360 since its launch almost two years ago. Extra: CHARTS and SLIDESHOW

iTunes receives a truck load of HD shows

Following several content deals that significantly expanded the iTunes movie and TV catalog, Apple said it is now offering popular television shows from all four major networks in HD. The company accelerates its efforts to move Tunes Store video content to HD to push its broader living room initiative centered around its Apple TV set-top box.

EA says 99.8% of gamers don’t care about Spore DRM

EA Games CEO John Riccitiello, speaking in a Q&A session at the Dow Jones/Nielsen Media and Money Conference, noted that 99.8% of gamers really don’t care about DRM. 

Sharp announces first LCD TV with integrated Blu-ray player

The Sharp DX series is the first LCD TV family with an integrated Blu-ray player. Set to go on sale November 20 in Japan, the sets are planned to become available in the U.S. by the end of the year.

Sandisk announces $15 SlotMusic albums, $20 player

Sandisk today revealed more details about the upcoming SlotMusic, which appears to be an attempt to replace the traditional audio CD as a physical music storage format. Stored on 1 GB microSD cards without DRM, SlotMusic is an option for those who do not want to download their music, but purchase entire albums and play them in devices such as cellphones.

Blizzcon multiboxers – dinner with the most hated people in World of Warcraft

“I hate you guys!”  “You people have no life!” – When it comes to being hated, World of Warcraft multiboxers are in their own league.  These players, who control more than one character at a time, face criticism heaped upon them from online forums to slurs uttered in person.  How do these multiboxers deal with the criticism?  Quite easily actually and many of them simply don’t care.  And after having dinner with the multiboxers from the dual-boxing.net forums, I can happily report that these people do indeed have lives, heck they even have girlfriends.