288w ago - Wedbush Morgan Securities has speculated about a possible Netflix deal to stream movies through Xbox 360 consoles.
The conclusion, made by the investment banking firm, came off the back of comments made by Netflix management. If true it would allow the online rental service to stream movies directly into consumer's consoles.
"As we have speculated in the past, we believe that one of Netflix's partners is Microsoft. We arrive at this conclusion based upon Netflix management repeatedly mentioning 'Internet enabled video game consoles'," said a Wedbush Morgan statement.
"While there are three such consoles, only one - Microsoft's Xbox 360 - has a sufficiently large installed base to make sense from a streaming partnership with Netflix."
"The competitive advantage of such an alliance is clear: Netflix customers who are Xbox Live members will have the ability to stream online content through their Xbox 360s directly to their televisions. The ability to do so is available without the Xbox 360, but requires a measure of technological sophistication and a high tolerance for failure," it added.
Earlier this year, Netflix had surveyed subscribers on the possibility of streaming movies via the Xbox 360 console.
293w ago - Apple is set to announce on Thursday that it has struck a deal with some of the major movie studios (including Fox, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal, Sony Pictures, Lionsgate and New Line) to give them the right to distribute new release movies via iTunes on the same day as the DVD's are released.
This is obviously going to have a major impact on high street retailers as well as online stores.
To quote: Apple is expected to announce Thursday that it has struck a deal with a wide array of movie studios to sell new releases at its iTunes Store.
The move would allow a broad slate of top-shelf films to be offered day-and-date with home video releases, which risks cannibalizing DVD sales. Such a move would also put significant pressure on iTunes competitors ranging from Amazon's Unbox to Microsoft XBox Live Marketplace.
298w ago - According to PC World, PS3 Firmware update v2.20 that is expected to be released in late March will expose the ability to "Portable Copy."
The say that "Portable Copy" will enable PS3 users to copy a standard-definition version of a Blu-ray movie to a PlayStation Portable (PSP).
However, this is not mentioned in the Firmware update v2.20 Press Release (below), only that you can you can transfer music and photo playlists from the PS3 to the PSP.
PS3(TM) Owners Will Soon Enjoy Downloadable Movie Content, Games And More With Blu-ray Disc(TM) Profile 2.0; PS3's Interoperability With PSP(R) Will Also Be Enhanced
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced that the next system software update for PLAYSTATION¬®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system, slated for release in late March, will add Blu-ray Disc(TM) (BD) Profile 2.0 or BD-LIVE, enabling PS3 owners to experience interactive features, such as downloadable video content, ringtones, games, and more. In addition to BD-LIVE, the system software update (v. 2.20) will enable photo and music playlists on PS3 to be copied to PSP¬®(PlayStation¬®Portable) handheld entertainment system, among other new features. These updates demonstrate how PS3 continues to evolve as a home entertainment hub...
300w ago - We've been through the production lists of Hollywood again, and uncovered a wealth of console and computer games coming to the big screen....
Yesterday, we dug up 38 old films that are currently in the process of being remade. Today? Here are thirteen computer games coming to the big screen...
The huge online role playing game is currently in the hands of writer Michael '300' Gordon, who is penning a screenplay for a potential 2010 film.
Personally, I love the Max Payne games, and consider it a blight on the face of gamers everywhere that they weren't more popular. But they're very movie friendly, and that's why filming has now commenced on a movie that may yet re-start the gaming franchise, too. Mark Wahlberg is starring, and John Moore (not the one who writes for us, rather the one who remade The Omen) is directing.
Kane & Lynch
Eidos's 2007 game seemed to be made with the big screen in mind, and thus Lionsgate has picked up the tale of two Death Row inmates on the run. Jieho Lee is in negotiations to direct the film, which could move into production this year.
Gears of War
Underworld and Die Hard 4.0 director Len Wiseman is being linked with a live action version of Microsoft's Xbox 360 hit game. Stuart...
309w ago - Major adult movie studio Digital Playground has announced eight titles it will be releasing on Blu-ray in February. The studio had initially backed HD DVD but the eight titles it will be releasing on Blu-ray deals a further blow to HD DVD.
A representative for the studio said they were contacted by many PS3 owners who wanted Blu-ray movies for their console. they say however they will continue to support both formats until there is a clear winner.
To quote: Joone says that he was influenced by PlayStation 3 owners asking when their content would be available on Blu-ray.
"A lot of people were emailing that bought a PlayStation and they were basically saying, 'When are you guys going to release Blu-ray?' They really have no preference in format yet because it's so new. When it comes down to image quality, there is no difference between the two," he told CE Pro last month.