Amazon may soon be going toe-to-toe with Hulu and other video streaming services in a whole new way. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Amazon plans on offering an alternative to paying $99 per year for Amazon Prime that would allow video content to be streamed without any subscription. The service would be backed by advertisements. On the surface, this competes directly with Hulu, but there is much more under the surface.
Normally, sharing your password to a streaming site is frowned upon. Netflix, Hulu, you name it; it’s not allowed in the terms of service and the companies generally don’t like it. HBO has taken the opposite stance, however. CEO Richard Plepler has publicly stated that account sharing is really just a marketing tool for building a newer generation of viewers. Account sharing allows more viewers to be exposed to HBO’s programming, which HBO hopes will get them “addicted” to their content. That means in the future, those viewers that were borrowing account passwords may eventually turn into paying subscribers.
It’s a bold stance, but it takes advantage of the nature of the way things work on the internet. People that just don’t want to pay for content will always find a way around it, but many users will eventually pay for a service if they see the content is worth paying for. HBO is embracing that, and I imagine it’ll pay off for them in the long run.
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Sources in a WSJ article indicate Amazon has several hardware projects in the works that are collectively referred to as the Alphabet Projects. Perhaps most intriguing among them is a smartphone that reportedly will have a screen that can produce 3D images without the use of special glasses. Combined with complex eye-tracking software, the phone’s screen will produce the 3D images at almost any angle, producing a holographic image effect with items seeming to float above the screen. Another benefit of the technology will be the ability for users to navigate content on their phone using just their eyes. The high-end phone is just one of several devices that may signal a new strategy for Amazon in getting content into the hands of consumers.
If you’ve ever run into Netflix’s cap of two simultaneous video streams on your account and wished you could increase that cap, Netflix has an answer. Today the company announced that there will be a new pricing tier to allow a single account to deliver video to four separate devices simultaneously, up from the current cap of two. The pricing is just a tad higher than their current plan at $11.99 per month. You won’t be forced to move to that tier, and Netflix expects only about 1% of their subscribers to use the new tier, but having options is always nice.
Personally, I’ve never hit the current streaming cap, even sharing an account with family members. I can see how it might be an issue for larger families who rely on internet streaming exclusively for entertainment, though. What are your thoughts? Are any of you going to move up to the new subscription price?
VUDU is a popular streaming app for movies and TV shows. Now VUDU has launched an application for everyone’s favorite new video streaming device: Android tablets. The app has a very clean, nicely designed interface that really utilizes all of the screen space on tablets’ larger screens. It’s worth mentioning that 1080p streaming isn’t supported on tablets (yet) so that may be disappointing for owners of super high-res tablets. Either way, more video streaming apps are never a bad thing. Hit the source below for the download links.
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The Redbox/Verizon streaming partnership is one step closer to Netflix competition. Redbox Instant is now available for download from the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, the app won’t do much on its own as it is in private beta. Fortunately, invite requests are being accepted! It will cost $8 a month for unlimited streaming plus 4 physical DVDs from the kioks. Just make sure you guys steer clear of this 7-11 when you’re out hunting for a Redbox for your DVD. No sign of the $6 unlimited streaming plan we heard about last month but we may eventually see them go to tiered pricing as Netflix has. The service will offer a free one-month trial to new subscribers when the beta is over.
Keep in mind, despite the name Verizon, you don’t have to be a Verizon Wireless subscriber to participate. You do, however, have to be running an unrooted phone. Or try this workaround anytime you feel like watching a movie on your rooted device: With SuperSU, by developer Chainfire, as your superuser app, you can deselect “Enable Superuser” in the settings.
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Hulu has been pretty content with their Android app lately as it hasn’t seen much of an update in quite a long time. But in the shadow of some looming competition, it looks like Hulu is trying to improve the experience with a few new features on their Android application. The biggest new feature in Hulu’s latest update is kid-friendly; there’s a new section dedicated to things younger viewers want to watch, as well as the ability to lock out some of the more mature content. If you let your children watch videos on your phone or tablet, this is going to be a pretty useful feature. They’ve also added in some new discovery tools, which makes it easier to find something to watch if you just can’t decide on a movie or show. Overall, a nice update to the application. Hit the break for the download links.
Not too long ago Verizon and Redbox announced a partnership to create a video streaming service to give some competition to Netflix. Details have been somewhat scarce as it’s currently being tested in a private beta. However, in what is probably an oversight by Verizon and Redbox, a help section is publicly available on the web with some pretty big details.
We’re fast approaching a time where physical storage for your favourite movie or latest album will be a distant memory, cassettes and records have already been confined to the museums and CD’s and DVD’s are sure to follow before long . My 3 year old daughter already thinks it’s absurd to have to dig a DVD out of the collection and load into the player as opposed to simply clicking a button and waiting for your content to play.
The challenge we have now is that a lot of the video providers each have exclusive content. You can’t quite remember whether season 3 of Breaking Bad was on Netflix or Hulu and you find yourself launching them all until you find where it is. Thankfully it looks like Verizon has recognised this problem and is offering up a solution.
Rumors of a joint venture between Verizon and Redbox can finally be laid to rest as the pair have announced today a streaming media and Blu-ray/DVD rental service. The newly partnered dynamic duo will be looking to take the fight to current streaming and DVD mailing leader Netflix.
The service is expected to be available on all major platforms from smart TV’s and game consoles through to handheld mobile devices. It isn’t clear at this time if the service will only be available to Verizon customers. There’s no word on price or a solid release date confirmed as of yet but keep tuned to Talk Android as dig a little deeper to keep you informed.