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30 Jul 2010 02:38


Biz, Tech: Netflix slowly but surely becoming a movie studio cash cow

  • 20
    the number of people who use Netflix, which has only been around about 12 years
  • 24
    the number of people who use Comcast, which has been around over 40 years
  • $9M the amount Netflix paid studios for streaming films in the second quarter of last year
  • $66M the amount Netflix spent on acquiring movies for its streaming service this past quarter
  • $116M the amount the company paid to movie studios for in the first six months of 2010 source
  • » A win-win relationship? While the relationship clearly favors the film studios at this point, the success of Netflix’s streaming model has proven fruitful, especially since it hasn’t come at a higher cost to the consumer. While Netflix has pushed more money into streaming distribution, they’ve had to put less into their DVD budgets, meaning that money is shifting from one platform to another. Oh, and it helps that they’ve nailed streaming movies better than anyone else. (Hat tip to Jeff Greco for finding this.)

16 Mar 2010 11:11


Culture: “Avatar” comes to DVD April 22, but it’s missing something

  • yes The “Avatar” DVD will come out on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which nicely dovetails into the plot.
  • no The DVD will not be in 3D. Not in 3D? What’s the freaking point? Now it’s just another movie. source

20 Jul 2009 08:34


Tech: The last Blu-Ray holdout, Toshiba, stops holding out

  • Now if they could only convince more people to buy Blu-Ray. The most recent format war, between Sony’s Blu-Ray and Toshiba’s HD-DVD, ended with Toshiba on the losing end last year due to a lack of big-media support. The company has finally given in to the tide, and will have a player on the market by the end of the year. Now, the goal is to get people to buy them – uptake is a little slow, but it helps that prices have fallen significantly over the last year or so. source

18 Jun 2009 21:06


Culture: Pixar gives 10-year-old girl her dying wish: To see “Up” on DVD

  • When I watched it, I had really no idea about the content of the theme of the movie. I just know that word ‘Up’ and all of the balloons and I swear to you, for me it meant that (Colby) was going to go up. Up to heaven.
  • Lisa Curtin • Whose 10-year-old daughter, Colby, was able to see “Up” thanks to some really awesome Pixar staffers who hooked her up with a copy of the DVD. Colby, who was diagnosed with vascular cancer three years ago, died seven hours later. Sad story, but awesome in a heartbreaking way. • source

24 Apr 2009 23:52


Tech: MPAA: Lock the doors, kick the public out. Judge: OK!

  • The RealDVD trial takes a sketchy turn. The Motion Picture Association of America and another group, concerned that trade secrets about DVD encryption technology would be revealed during a trial against Real, asked the judge to close the courtroom. Judge Marilyn Patel agreed. RealDVD, if you don’t know, allows people to save DVDs onto their computer and legally watch them later. Just days after releasing the software, Real was sued by the MPAA. The closed courtroom does not bode well for Real’s case, by the way. source