Netflix is pretty serious about becoming your #1 choice for streaming entertainment. Serious enough that they're locking horns with Hulu by offering up $100k per episode for new TV shows, which would allow them to compete more directly.
Comcast has plenty of reasons to not like Netflix's popular streaming service. Not only does it compete with Comcast's own video on demand services, but it does so using Comcast's internet services. But them charging an extra toll for delivering Netflix doesn't seem right.
OnLive's vision of streaming video games right into your home using cloud-based rendering is ambitious. Theoretically, it means you can play a graphic-intensive game on a netbook without needing a high-end graphics card to render it. Realistically, it won't be in HD or play as well on a tiny keyboard. OnLive is planning to bring its video game streaming service to your HDTV with its new console box.
$10 is too much for Hulu Plus. Hands down. You know it, we know it and apparently the brass at Hulu does, too. At long last Hulu Plus has officially launched, and the service arrives with a welcome drop in price.
Netflix's streaming service is flat-out awesome. It lets you stream movies and TV shows to your TV, computer, phone or iPad, all for a pretty cheap monthly fee. The problem? It may be too awesome. We knew that they sucked up 20% of internet traffic, but did you kow that it's a mere 2% of Netflix customers accounting for all that bandwidth?
As it stands, when you throw down $10 for Hulu Plus, you get access to an expanded catalog as well as the ability to stream the service to devices other than your computer. Well, that offer must not be as enticing as the service hoped, because sources close to Hulu are saying that a price cut could be in the works. But is $5 still too much?
Last week, Netflix announced that streaming video on demand to a PlayStation 3 would no longer require a special disc be sitting in the disc tray at all times. Today, the same goes for the Nintendo Wii, which also ditched the disc requirement. Progress, certainly, but why did anyone ever have to use an optical disc to access network content at all?
The idea behind OnLive — that you can stream console, PC and portable games to a wide variety of devices — shows so much promise, and yet the execution has left a lot to be desired. The worse offense was an odd subscription fee you had to pay on top of buying or renting games. Thankfully, that's gone.
We love us some Netflix, we really do, but having a current selection isn't really what its known for. Thanks to a new deal with NBC, hopefully that will change. Another thing to change? I may start watching SNL again, now that I can watch it Sunday instead.
So you want to stream music from your computer to another room. Congratulations, you've realized what century this is. First, you're going to need some kind of wireless receiver in that room. You could get an unnecessarily expensive system like the Sonos, or go with a cheap and easy streamer like this Orb, just $69. But, yep, there's a catch.