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Here Are All The Ways I’m Going To Miss Blockbuster

To no one’s surprise, Blockbuster announced this week that it’s closing its last 300 stores. At its high point, Blockbuster had about 9,000 stores and you could hardly drive more than 15 minutes in any town without seeing one. One of the remaining 300 stores was about a mile from […]
Here Are All The Ways I’m Going To Miss Blockbuster
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Now Your Facebook Friends Can See What You’re Watching On Netflix

[credit provider=”Screenshot”] Netflix is finally letting its subscribers link their Facebook accounts to the streaming movie service.Starting today, you’ll have the option to share everything you watch on Netflix with your Facebook friends. It’s similar to the way you can share what you’re listening to on Spotify.
Now Your Facebook Friends Can See What You’re Watching On Netflix
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The 11 Best Alternatives To Paying For Cable

[credit provider=”Marco Bellucci / Flickr, CC” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcobellucci/2502521781/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Now that most American workers will see 2 per cent more of their take-home income disappear this year, it’s as good a time as any to find ways to trim household costs.By far, the simplest place to start is with your cable or […]
The 11 Best Alternatives To Paying For Cable
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Why Blockbuster’s Streaming Collapse Won’t Hurt Netflix

After backing out of plans to compete with Netflix, Blockbuster is all but done. That’s not great news for the streaming-video space, and Netflix is in a rough spot. But Blockbuster’s latest stumble toward oblivion isn’t necessarily the final nail in NetFlix’ coffin.
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This Is Huge: Amazon’s New Instant Video App For iPad Offers Offline Viewing

[credit provider=”Screenshot”] Amazon’s Instant Video launched today with support for both streaming video and for watching it offlien, as first reported by 9to5Mac.This means that Amazon Prime subscribers can not only get free 2-day shipping for $80 per year, but they can also use the Instant Video app to download […]
This Is Huge: Amazon’s New Instant Video App For iPad Offers Offline Viewing
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Louis C.K. Is Taking A Huge Gamble To Give Fans Affordable Tickets To His Tour

[credit provider=”Screenshot”] Louis C.K. is once again proving he’s in his fans’ corner when it comes to ticket sales.Rather than using a traditional ticketing agency like TicketMaster, the comedian is peddling tickets to his Fall/Winter comedy tour directly from his website. They’ll cost a flat $45––tax included and minus the […]
Louis C.K. Is Taking A Huge Gamble To Give Fans Affordable Tickets To His Tour
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Here’s Why Google Music Might Never Launch

At last May’s Google I/O conference, engineering vice president Vic Gundotra demonstrated an upcoming service that would let users buy music online and stream it to any device they owned.The service was supposed to launch by the end of 2010, but was delayed because of conflicts with record labels. Around […]
Here’s Why Google Music Might Never Launch
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Here’s What Happened When This Guy Tried To Watch 400 Hours Of Netflix Films In 30 Days

[credit provider=”Image courtesy of Mark Malkoff” url=”http://markmalkoff.com/blog/?p=643″] When New York-based comedian Mark Malkoff comes up with his wacky personal challenges, he’s nothing if not committed. Malkoff’s wife, Christine, visited him while he famously occupied an IKEA store for a week in 2009, and the couple spent their one-year anniversary dining on the […]
Here’s What Happened When This Guy Tried To Watch 400 Hours Of Netflix Films In 30 Days
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NBC Is Partnering With YouTube To Stream Every Single Second Of The Olympics

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanwest/3295645703/”] NBC will stream every second of the Olympics for the first time starting with the 2012 London Games. Before you get giddy, it’s not quite what it appears when you glance over it at first. A partnership with YouTube is nebulous for the moment, since NBC has their own […]
NBC Is Partnering With YouTube To Stream Every Single Second Of The Olympics
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One Tweak Later, This 28-Year-Old Entrepreneur’s Startup Is On An Absolute Tear

[credit provider=”Flickr / miss karen” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/misbehave/466813834/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] Justin.tv has finally found its calling.After rebranding as Twitch.tv, a site that streams video game matches like those in Starcraft and Warcraft live to millions of users, its traffic has more than doubled in six months.
One Tweak Later, This 28-Year-Old Entrepreneur’s Startup Is On An Absolute Tear
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Verizon Is Taking The First Steps Toward Launching Its Netflix-Killer

[credit provider=”DeadZones.com” url=”http://www.deadzones.com/2011/04/verizon-can-you-hear-me-now-actor-fired.html”] Up until now, Netflix’s only real competitors in the content-streaming field have been Hulu and Amazon.rumours of a Verizon entry into the streaming business have been popping up, though, and it looks like Verizon’s taking preliminary steps toward making this a reality.
Verizon Is Taking The First Steps Toward Launching Its Netflix-Killer
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Here’s Why 200+ Record Labels Just Vanished From Spotify

[credit provider=”Matt Lynley, Business Insider”] Music distributor STHoldings has yanked songs from more than 200 of its record labels from Spotify over concerns that the service was not delivering enough money to record labels.NPD Group conducted a study that suggested subscription streaming music services like Rdio and Spotify are discouraging […]
Here’s Why 200+ Record Labels Just Vanished From Spotify
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How 125 Days With Spotify Have Changed My Music Habits

[credit provider=”Matt Lynley, Business Insider”] This post originally appeared at SplatF. For more like it, follow @SplatF on Twitter.Now that I work from home and don’t commute as frequently, I have been listening to more music on my main computer. Not a lot, but for at least 5-15 hours per […]
How 125 Days With Spotify Have Changed My Music Habits
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Deezer Will Go Global With A 100+ Country Launch

[credit provider=”Flickr user Lorena Biret” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorenabiret/5432236827/”] The French music streaming service Deezer is set to expand its business to over 100 countries in the coming weeks, reports Reuters.CEO Axel Dauchez said he will avoid the US market due to the high costs required to get started and the huge competition […]
Deezer Will Go Global With A 100+ Country Launch
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Rdio Goes Free And Ditches Ads At The Same Time

[credit provider=” via TheGate ” url=”http://www.thegate.ca/spotlight/interviews/09768/rdios-carter-adamson-talks-music-in-the-cloud/”] In a bid to catch up with Spotify, music streaming service Rdio is now free to use and won’t have ads.Those subscribing to the free plan will have a meter at the top of of every Rdio page showing how much music they have […]
Rdio Goes Free And Ditches Ads At The Same Time
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LASERDISC SUCKED: The Evolution Of Watching Stuff At Home

[credit provider=”Dylan Love”] This whole Netflix/Qwikster debacle got us wondering about how people first started watching media at home.Sure, they watched television, but what about video? When did this idea of inserting a movie into a device and watching it on a screen at home become normal?
LASERDISC SUCKED: The Evolution Of Watching Stuff At Home
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The Best Alternatives To Paying For Cable

Cable TV has gotten expensive, but breaking up is hard to do when you’ve committed to your favourite programs. Still with cable companies screwing over their customers, Netflix splitting into two and confusing everyone, and Hulu Plus not offering much bang for your buck, we’ve been having second thoughts about ditching […]
The Best Alternatives To Paying For Cable
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Netflix Splits In Two — The DVD Business Will Be Renamed Qwikster

Netflix is renaming its traditional DVD-by-mail business Qwikster and will run it as a separate business.Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced the change on the Netflix blog on Sunday night. Andy Rendich, who has been running the DVD business for the last four years, will become CEO of Qwikster.
Netflix Splits In Two — The DVD Business Will Be Renamed Qwikster
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Dear Netflix: It’s Been Fun, But…

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/_tar0_/4902899843/in/photostream/”] Dear Netflix,I thought we would be together forever, but things have changed. You know it, I know it, and I don’t think this letter will be a big surprise.
Dear Netflix: It’s Been Fun, But…
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MLB Takes Another Crack At Live Streaming On Facebook

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prince_Fielder_%28929557698%29.jpg”] Major League Baseball will live stream the Home Run Derby on its Facebook fan page tonight.This is a first for the Home Run Derby, but not a first in streaming through Facebook for the MLB. Earlier this year it tested out Facebook streaming for spring training […]
MLB Takes Another Crack At Live Streaming On Facebook
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RDIO: Here’s How We’re Going To Beat Spotify When It Comes To The States

[credit provider=” via TheGate ” url=”http://www.thegate.ca/spotlight/interviews/09768/rdios-carter-adamson-talks-music-in-the-cloud/”] Spotify, the music streaming king of Europe, is coming to the US very soon.We sat down with Carter Adamson, COO of Rdio, one of the premier music streaming services our side of the pond, to hear how they plan to respond.
RDIO: Here’s How We’re Going To Beat Spotify When It Comes To The States
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Sony’s Music Service Puts The Pressure On Google

[credit provider=”Sony Ericsson”] Sony’s subscription music service is finally coming to mobile phones, filling a big gap versus services like Rhapsody, Rdio, and (in Europe) Spotify.It should also provide welcome competition to Google’s own music service by giving users access to their music collection from any Android device.
Sony’s Music Service Puts The Pressure On Google
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More Proof That Netflix Is Killing Blockbuster’s Business

[credit provider=”Joseph P. Pasaoa”] Blockbuster just drastically lowered prices on its movie rentals, cutting older movies to $0.99/day, new releases to $1.99 for the first day (with $0.99/day for each day after that), and “just released” movies to $2.99 for the first day (with $0.99/day for each day after that).Really, […]
More Proof That Netflix Is Killing Blockbuster’s Business
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Google Music Is Live In Beta Now! Here’s What You Need To Know

[credit provider=”Google”] Google announced its cloud music service, Google Music Beta, at Google I/O in San Francisco today.The service launched in Beta and is invite-only in the US to start. Invitees will be granted space for 20,000 songs on Google’s servers, and will be able to access them remotely from […]
Google Music Is Live In Beta Now! Here’s What You Need To Know
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Some Thoughts On The Music Business

Over the past week, I’ve had several conversations with friends in various parts of the music business and there are a number of recurring themes that I thought I’d blog about. This post is about the recorded music part of the business, not publishing, not touring, not movie or video […]
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MLB Ends Live Streaming On Facebook After Short-Lived Trial

UPDATE: I was contacted by someone at MLB Advanced Media who informed me that there is still a free “Game of the Day” available via Facebook, but instead of using Facebook’s embedded video player, it takes the view to the HD MLB.tv video player.
MLB Ends Live Streaming On Facebook After Short-Lived Trial
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14 Innovations That Changed Sports Broadcasting Forever

[credit provider=”Sports Design Blog ” url=”http://sportsdesignblog.typepad.com/.a/6a01127953797128a401156fb7247b970c-200wi”]  There’s some debate about who was the first to broadcast a sporting event over the airwaves and into people’s homes.It’s as if as many entities as possible want to claim that they were the ones who brought you a Jack Dempsey fight before someone […]
14 Innovations That Changed Sports Broadcasting Forever
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Squrl For iPad Acts As The Instapaper For All Your Online Videos

[credit provider=”Squrl”] Ok, so we’re kind of getting tired of services that help us remember one individual type of thing. To Do lists, articles to read later, a Netflix queue for movies to watch later, and more.Until the day when some genius releases an app to remember all of these […]
Squrl For iPad Acts As The Instapaper For All Your Online Videos
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Google Employees Are Testing A Secret Android Music System

[credit provider=”AndroidCommunity.com” url=”http://androidcommunity.com/honeycomb-music-player-syncs-to-the-cloud-20110307/”] Google has begun internal testing of its new online music service, which lets users store their collections on Google’s servers and then stream songs to any Internet connected device.CNET’s Greg Sandoval received the reports that Google is “dogfooding” the service from music labels, who are negotiating with […]
Google Employees Are Testing A Secret Android Music System
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Netflix’s Streaming Costs Are Dropping Rapidly

In 2009 I wrote a post detailing what Netflix’s direct costs were for streaming movies and TV shows over the Internet. Since then, Netflix’s cost to stream two-hours of video has dropped by about half and I estimate the company will spend about $50M this year with third party CDNs […]
Netflix’s Streaming Costs Are Dropping Rapidly
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Hot Online Video Companies To Watch This Month

[credit provider=”Brett Hammond via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/bihammond/2643824068/”] By my count, there are more than 1,000 vendors in the online video industry. Some of them are quite large and get a lot of publicity in the media but most of them are smaller, don’t have as much visibility in the market and […]
Hot Online Video Companies To Watch This Month
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Netflix Content Boss: “Nobody Goes To Facebook To Watch Movies”

[credit provider=”Flickr/Droidman” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/droidmaker/289872749/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos is shrugging off the idea that Facebook could become a destination for people watching movies saying, “Nobody goes to Facebook to watch movies.”Sure, they don’t now, but if big movie companies start putting more and more movies on Facebook, it would […]
Netflix Content Boss: “Nobody Goes To Facebook To Watch Movies”
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No Way Do Amazon Or Facebook Flatten Netflix

[credit provider=”JD Lasica/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdlasica/2957099880/in/photostream/”] Now is the time to buy Netflix stock, says Bank of America/Merrill analyst Nat Schindler in a report this morning.After investors saw some noise around Facebook movie streaming, and Amazon’s instant streaming announcements, the stock dropped 22% from its high giving investors a chance to buy […]
No Way Do Amazon Or Facebook Flatten Netflix
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Google’s Secret Web-Based Android Music Service Discovered By Hackers

[credit provider=”AndroidCommunity.com” url=”http://androidcommunity.com/honeycomb-music-player-syncs-to-the-cloud-20110307/”] Hackers have uncovered Google’s long-awaited online music locker service for Android, which will let users store all their music on Google’s servers and then stream it to any device.The service is a nice selling point for music fans who can’t fit all their tunes on their phones, […]
Google’s Secret Web-Based Android Music Service Discovered By Hackers
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Amazon Is Still A Paper Tiger In Online Video Subscriptions

[credit provider=”Flickr/Andrew Hyde” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/bouldair/5220968210/”] Since Amazon introduced a streaming video benefit in its Prime service almost two weeks ago, there have been plenty of people suggesting that the move was a game-changer in online video subscriptions. Eventually that may be the case. But for now, Amazon’s streaming video strategy appears […]
Amazon Is Still A Paper Tiger In Online Video Subscriptions
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No More Wires: Apple Finally Catches Up With Zune (Kind Of)

[credit provider=”dhvraju” url=”http://twitpic.com/45egne”] Apple just eliminated one of the hassles of using the iPhone and iPad to consume content — you either had to buy it directly on the device, or connect the device to your PC or Mac periodically to sync it.But with iOS 4.3, coming on the iPad […]
No More Wires: Apple Finally Catches Up With Zune (Kind Of)
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Crazy Investors Are Pouring Money Into Digital Music Again

[credit provider=”Anirudh Koul via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/anirudhkoul/3735171010/”] Despite declining user interest in digital music and the threat competition from giants with deep pockets like Sony, Apple, and Google, investors are pouring money into digital music companies.VCs have already put at least $57 million into digital music in 2011, according to the […]
Crazy Investors Are Pouring Money Into Digital Music Again
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Amazon Downgraded By UBS Because Of Instant Streaming

[credit provider=”AP”] Amazon’s new instant streaming service is a nice bonus for Prime customers, but it might not be so nice for shareholders.UBS analyst Brian Pitz downgraded the stock to neutral with a $180 price target (down from $195) on concerns that the streaming service will raise costs, and hit […]
Amazon Downgraded By UBS Because Of Instant Streaming
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YouTube Wants To Spend $100 Million To Stream Movies And Beat Netflix

[credit provider=”YouTube: Miley Cyrus” url=”http://www.youtube.com/user/mileymandy”] YouTube wants to start a subscription service of streaming movies a la Netflix and Amazon‘s new streaming service for Prime customers, the Post reports.They’re planning to launch it first in the UK and Europe where there’s less competition and they can test it, before rolling […]
YouTube Wants To Spend $100 Million To Stream Movies And Beat Netflix
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Amazon’s Prime Streaming Will DEFINITELY Disrupt Netflix: Here’s How

[credit provider=”AP”] Over the past 24 hours, I’ve read a lot of blog posts about Amazon’s new Instant Video streaming offering available to Amazon Prime subscribers, yet there are a bunch of really important aspects about the service no one seems to be discussing.When detailed it is clear that over […]
Amazon’s Prime Streaming Will DEFINITELY Disrupt Netflix: Here’s How
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