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YouTube to add 3,000 streaming movies to rent

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2011

Good news movie lovers. YouTube has confirmed that starting today it will add rughly 3,000 new movie titles for rental in the US, as well as reviews and behind the scenes extras. NBC Universal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. are the new studios that YouTube is partnering with to add these new and catalog releases. It will double the amount previously available.

Pricing is $2.99 and $3.99 for movies viewed via your PC or Google TV. There was no mention of other devices supported. And though YouTube supports resolutions up to 4K, “most” of the new additions are in SD, which is kinda sad. Still, at least you have more choice than you did before.

Amazon to buy UK movie streaming and rental service Lovefilm

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2011

Amazon has announced that it has some spare change and has agreed to buy up all the remaining shares of Lovefilm that it didn’t already own. The British company is a subscription-based movie rental and streaming service for the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Looks like Amazon might have the final piece in place to battle Netflix. The acquisition is expected to be complete by the end of Q1 of this year.

Developers told of PSP rental plans at GDC

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2009

Developers told of PSP rental plans at GDCApparently Sony’s been thinking of doing a PSP games rental service for a while. A recent consumer survey that Joystiq discovered yesterday gauged interest in a PSN-powered games rental service for the PSP. The theoretical service would have PSP owners pay a monthly fee for access to a library of new and archived games on the PlayStation Store.

According to a report by Develop, Sony unveiled plans of a rental service to developers at GDC last March. A PSN-centric PSP would be far more attractive to developers who have shied away due to piracy or other concerns. This news re-enforces that rumor regarding music downloads for the PSP.

Blockbuster releases MediaPoint Player set-top box

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2008

Blockbuster releases MediaPoint Player set-top boxThis isn’t really a surprise, but if you like you can put your hands on your face and feign shock. Just last week, we were speculating that Blockbuster might launch its video-on-demand (VOD) solution before the holidays. Here it is.

Since the Blockbuster set-top box is official, here are some specs: There are 2000 movies available for a 1.99 rental price. You have 30 days to watch a movie after the order. You have it for 24 hours once the movie has been started. It sports WIFI connectivity and is HD Capable. No word on pricing for the box itself.

NetFlix raises Blu-Ray rental fees by a dollar

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on October 8th, 2008

NetFlix raises Blu-Ray rental fees by a dollarEarlier in the year, Netflix announced their plan to increase Blu-ray titles and even hinted the possibility of raising fees on monthly subscribers with the Blu-ray renting option. They’ve done it. Users are receiving e-mails confirming the fee. The company notified its customers of a fee increase of $1 plus tax per month for subscribers with unlimited Blu-ray movies. While the increase sucks at even $1, I don’t see those wanting BD content going back to DVD. Of course in this economy a dollar is worth hanging onto. Netflix e-mail below.

Hotel to rent Wiis for $120 an hour

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Hotel to rent Wiis For $50+ an hour
Looks like the Wii is still immensely popular. Don’t think so? Well, the Westin chain of hotels obviously does. They recently announced that they’ll be offering Wii rentals at their 150 locations. If Manhattan’s Le Parker Meridien is any indication of what they will charge, it will be expensive. They charge $50 to rent the $250 console for an hour.

If you have money to burn and want it projected onto a wall with a personal trainer in the gym, you’ll pay $120 an hour. If you have to pay that much to play Wii sports with someone, it might be time for you to get a new hobby. It’s not like you’ll be playing Wii golf with Tiger Woods after all. Don’t be a sucker. Take your damn Wii with you, people.