Another week, more news. It’s like it never ends. First up is the Roku 2 announcement, which I’ve covered elsewhere. And now, into the rest of the news.
More on the Netflix price hike:
The Hulu acquisition dance is taking up significant mindshare. The Apple rumor consumed an outside chunk of the chatter here because, well, it’s Apple. Everything they touch turns to gold. But as for factual reporting, there’s one Bloomberg article that kicked it off followed by 100 “Guess what Bloomberg just said” write-ups and then several layers of conjecture on top of it. No one is adding new information beyond the original article.
And everything else:
- Netflix Also Expanding into Australia? – And in 2014, world domination
- Netflix to stream natively from HDMI-equipped tablets – This is just cool
- Fanhattan app selects best in video entertainment – Fanhattan is almost amazing. Almost…
- Connected TVs Will Crush Set-Top Boxes, says CBS Interactive – I replace my TV every 10 years, but my set-top boxes every 2-3. This makes no sense.
- App TV: 2011 Internet services on TVs compared – Good table of TVs that can stream video
- iTunes Store to Offer Some Neat Stuff Later This Year; Apple TV Still A Hobby – Apple promised something interesting coming later this year. Fetch my smelling salts, I feel like I’ll faint.
- Amazon Steps Up Netflix, Hulu Rivalry With CBS TV Accord – Amazon is growing their Prime video offering. Pundits are inferring that Amazon isn’t as interested with Hulu because of this.
- Netflix app on Android updated to work on 24 models including Galaxy S, Droid 3 – Android appears to be a tough platform to deploy to
- Net Neutrality Calls for Balance of Interests – how Net Neutrality plays out will affect streaming video well into the future
- Orb Live update adds Hulu streaming – Orb continues to be the most interesting up-and-comer that’s on my radar.
- 20th Century Fox Aims to Bring Digital Copies of Blu-ray Titles to Android – Nothing says HD like a cell phone
- Dish Network vs. Netflix: It Could Be a Blockbuster Battle – arguing that Dish may try to supplant Netflix
- Cisco Wireless Video Client hits the FCC, targets Roku? – Another Roku upstart. Watch for channels when it’s releases.
- With Competition Like This, Does Amazon.com Need Partners? – Generally arguing that Coinstar (owner of Redbox) is run by idiots
- Charter Gets HBO Go, Viva HBO vs. Netflix – Cable companies are dabbling as well. Should get interesting.
- The Roku 2 Review – From the guys who broke the Roku 2 release story first
- Netflix Said to Be in Talks on Streaming Rights With DreamWorks Animation – Netflix wants to go exclusive. Everybody say cha-ching.
- Apple Chasing Global Content For Tipped 55″ OLED TV – Rumors abound for the end of 2012, which is forever in the consumer electronics business
Another Sunday afternoon news drop. Most notably was Netflix’ price increase, which has been chattered to death quite successfully outside of my link lovin’. Here’s what else is out there.
HDMI cables continue to be a racket. Cables are way overpriced and the average user should buy the cheapest one they can find. One company has an interesting solution to this. They’re giving away free cables to their competitor’s customers:
Kogan is offering TV buyers a free HDMI cable with proof of TV purchase from one of its competitors, to prove that its £4 cable is as good as the £20, £50 and £100 alternatives on sale at rival stores. It may even extend the offer to PC buyers.
“An HDMI cable is an HDMI cable,” Kogan added. “It’s a digital cable. You either get a picture or you don’t. Don’t get conned into buying a ‘fancy’ HDMI cable because it will make no difference!”
Since HDMI cables are heavily used in streaming video setups, I’ll keep beating this drum. There is no reason to waste money on more expensive cables. If you’re doing a commercial setup with 100 feet of cable, then we’ll talk. That isn’t a living room setup.
Spotted via Slashdot, which is always good read for the comments. This one sums it up well:
There are various grades of HDMI cable for different task. If you’re running a 1920×1440 monitor or a 3D telly then you should get the high-speed flavor rather than bog-standard but you can still get those for a fiver from reputable online suppliers. The problem is not stores telling people that they need a $10 high-speed HDMI cable rather than a $5 normal speed one, they’re telling people that a $100 super-deluxe high-speed cable will give them a better picture and sound than the $10 high-speed HDMI cable. Which is BS.
…and the victims of this are usually people wanting 6′ cables to connect their BluRay to their TV, not slashdotters wanting to run 60′ cables past their homemade van-der-graff generator, in front of their Pringles-can long distance WiFi link, under the Farnsworth fuser and down to their experimental video wall.
Another week of news. Right now, the video world is aswirl over the Hulu buyout.
There’s also the Apple TV-in-a-TV rumor mill that’s churning like crazy
And then there’s everything else
Whenever I take some time off, the news goes crazy. In this week’s round-up, the FCC reveals the new Roku box, everyone fights over Hulu, MediaMall introduces PlayLater, and other random nuggets.
- The Coming Commercialization of Hulu – More ads. Can’t wait.
- HTC Evo View 4G with Netflix: An evidence of Android “fragmentation”? – Problems rolling Netflix out to all Android platforms
- Take that Netflix, HBO Go app sees big growth – HBO won’t license to Netflix, does streaming on it’s own
- Comcast has no say as Hulu considers sale – Interesting terms apply from the NBC purchase anti-trust agreement
- The ways we watch: Various TV and film viewing options bring freedom and frustrations – Streaming video isn’t the promised land.
- Review: Orb TV helps you cut cable cord, watch any Hulu content on your TV – PlayOn with dedicated hardware
- Hulu: as TV landscape shifts, it’s pass the potato – who get’s stuck paying the bill
- Report: Hulu courting a ‘range’ of potential suitors – anybody’s a buyer
- Will ‘Ultraviolet’ Save the Home Video Market? I Doubt It. – Ultraviolet = iCloud for MPAA
- Netflix Offers Different Streaming Options – You can control your bandwidth
- Hulu’s owners are gutting the service: More commercials and longer delays ahead – It’s becoming like cable.
- Who Will Buy Hulu? Most Likely an Internet Giant with Cash – ok, well, not anybody. Just the ones with money.
- Can Apple’s iCloud Save Hollywood? – Ask a question, don’t get a clear answer
- Should you spend $20 on Orb’s PS3 streaming disc? – Better deal than PlayOn
- How Apple could sell millions of Apple TVs this fall: the iPad 2 – Apple TV is the ultimate iPad accessory
- Introducing PlayLater, the DVR for online video. You can record and watch your favorite shows anytime, anywhere, even offline – Streaming DVR. Finally.
- PlayLater Service, DVR For Online Video, Will Surely Be Sued – And the lawyers will love it
- How Netflix handles all those devices – yeah, how do they do that?
- Disney Having Second Thoughts In Unloading Hulu Stake: Analyst – Ok, now folks are just making stuff up
- Netflix Sticks to the Basics to Keep Growth Steady – Give people what they want. Very basic.
- OMFG: Google wants to buy Hulu after all (sorry, Yahoo) – Shock.
- New Roku 2 Models Going Through FCC Approval Process – FCC keeps spilling all the beans
- Sneak Peek: Roku 2 Series Players – Surprise!
A bit more linky to the world wide web:
- Netflix Inc. pulls Sony movies from online service – Nothing like a contract dispute between friends
- Is It Finally the End of the Road for Netflix? – Netflix appears to be one of the stock market’s fixations at the moment
- Netflix Site Down, Hackers To Blame? – 4 year olds can do a great denial of service on DVDs as well
- APIs Power Netflix’s Move to Cloud, Enabling World Domination – For those times when Netflix itself isn’t cool enough, you can learn how it works
- Apps for controlling your Roku player – $100 set-top box, $550 remote control
- Usage-based Internet billing fight continues – Especially if bandwidth is crazy expensive
- Hulu Plus for iOS complies with Apple’s subscription rules, removes Web link – Crisis averted
- Netflix’s rough weekend: Sign of things to come through October – $200M for the Starz contract?!
- Media streams spark piracy row over copyright – that’s right, VPN is the new copyright boogyman
- Netflix Users Say They’ll Cut The Cord But Reality Differs – Easy stuff is hard to give up
- Give up cable TV for Internet TV? A couple shows how – call the cable company and ask them to disconnect it?
- Is Netflix Beyond Reproach? TV Everywhere Doesn’t Think So – More Netflix investing topics
- Fanhattan: 4 Channels Cover a Lot – Find what you want to watch on your iPad
- Apple Television Set Rumors Revived, To Launch in 2011? – Odds are low, but wackier things have happened before.
- Apple TV vs. Roku – This person’s solution – have both
- COMCAST CEO: Netflix Won’t Kill Us – In Fact, It’s Good For Our Business! – After all, We sell broadband too!
- Dish Network Trying to Lure Away Disaffected Netflix Users – Go for it!
- Yahoo approaches Hulu about possible acquisition – This is a good thing
- Interactive TV News Round-Up: BBC, SeeSaw, HBO, Hulu, Rovi, Suddenlink, Cogeco, Shaw – A link to a bunch of links. How novel.
- Zediva: We’re just like DVD rentals from Netflix – Our well paid lawyers fully agree with our statements
- Hulu Valuation Seen at 50 Times Earnings – I love the smell of stock bubble in the morning!
- Amazon is Getting Serious About Streaming: 300+ Devices & Another 1,000+ Titles – Amazon doesn’t usually do things half-way
- Is Hulu news being leaked to jack up sale price? – Step right up, pick your theory. Everyone’s a winner.
- INSIDER SCUTTLEBUTT: Here Is What’s Actually Going On With Hulu – Their guess is that Hulu is being a tease.
- What Are Hulu’s Owners Really Selling? – The article doesn’t answer the question, but I’ll fill in the gaps. Hulu needs long term content agreements or any deal is toast.
- Why Microsoft should buy Hulu (or at least think about it) – Because, you know, why not?
- SAICAST: No One Wants To Buy Hulu Because It’s An Empty Shell Of A Company – Now say what you really feel about it
- Disney Programming Deal With Hulu Would Transfer In Sale – Wait, you mean a Hulu sale might be viable?