Posts Tagged: ‘Netflix’

Sometimes I work in a little Netflix Streaming over my morning coffee. It’s how I’m slowly watching Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist” in tolerable 5 minute intervals and how I somehow watch “Barbarella” once a month.

This morning, I chanced upon the influential 1970 documentary “Chariots of the Gods,” based on the 1968 book by Erich von Däniken. Naturally, ancient alien theories remain the domain of conspiracy theorists and new age wonkery, but the documentary is still thought-provoking in its own way — and wonderfully fossilized in the mire of its time.

So sit back and imagine a world where extraterrestrials visited our ancestors — complete with futuristic jazz, spacey synth, excessive Andean flute music and predictions that man will step foot on Mars before the year 2000. If you’re not a current user, it’s a good use of that free trial.

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Online retailer Amazon.com is in negotiations with publishers to create a digital library service for customers of its Amazon Prime service, according to Stu Woo and Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg of The Wall Street Journal. The authors compared the service to the movie-rental and video-streaming service Netflix, where people would be able to access electronic books as part of the $79-per-year service that includes unlimited two-day shipping and streaming video.

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There is no question about it – this new anti-piracy ad produced by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau is brilliant: It seems completely right – it seems like the ad presents a bullet-proof, unassailable argument against piracy. But then, if you think about it, you realize that the ad really is completely wrong. […]

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If you happen to find yourself fumbling for something to watch on Netflix Streaming this weekend, might I suggest giving “Independent Lens: Between the Folds” a whirl? I know 56 minutes might seem like a lot of screen time to devote to paper folding, but this PBS documentary takes you past all the breathtaking beauty of the craft and into origami‘s place amid theoretical mathematics and cutting-edge technology. Watch the trailer inside.

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It started with this press release: Level 3 Communications Issues Statement Concerning Comcast’s Actions “On November 19, 2010, Comcast informed Level 3 that, for the first time, it will demand a recurring fee from Level 3 to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast’s customers who request such content. By taking this action, […]

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It was only a few weeks ago when Google announced it was launching its Google TV product, which enables people to bring the Internet to their televisions and manage their televised content as well — depending on what type of hardware you have in your home entertainment setup. For a couple of days, the media went wild comparing and contrasting it to other similar products, such as Apple TV, DVRs of all stripes and boxes that allow streaming of Netflix and other online content.

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Though pay-per-view (PPV) video has been available for many years as part of cable and satellite television packages, people are getting into the habit of streaming PPV movies and TV shows over the Internet, and a couple of recent items in the news highlight the changes going on.

One of these was published just yesterday in The Financial Times by Matthew Garrahan and Richard Waters. According to their piece, YouTube is working on deals with the major Hollywood studios to offer digital PPV distribution over its site.

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This Saturday, I was extra excited about my weekend ritual of doing laundry and watching TV on Hulu. Last week, I got an invite to Hulu Plus. I also have a PlayStation 3. With this combo I could, in theory, watch my shows on my TV instead of my laptop screen, with a minimum of muss and fuss. What I got was a little different from what I expected.

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As I looked around the Web this morning, I happened to see a post Leslie Grandy wrote on Technorati about the possibility that Apple might choose to acquire DVD- and video-stream-rental company Netflix. She’s not citing a rumor from an in-the-know source, but she’s made some connections that seem to make some sense.

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Maybe I’m strange, but one of my favorite diversions on Netflix.com (besides the movies, of course) is the nifty little feature that tells you about the rental habits of your neighbors. You won’t learn that your landlord’s a fan of French New Wave, but if you enter your ZIP code, you’ll get a listing of that area’s most popular movie choices.

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