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Google Adding 'Channels' to YouTube, Looking to Compete With TV

Google is looking to make some major changes to YouTube in an attempt to keep up with the expansion in services that allow users to stream content directly to their TVs. Sources close to the matter told the Wall Street Journal that YouTube is planning to introduce new channels on the site, featuring both professionally produced, original content, as well as content that already exists on the...

Netflix to Stream 'Mad Men' Reruns, Ease Our Withdrawal Symptoms

Netflix has obtained the rights to stream 'Mad Men' reruns in the U.S. as part of a new deal with Lionsgate, the show's producer. The agreement allows Netflix to stream all seven seasons of the series, including the four that have already aired, and the three final seasons. That's 91 episodes in total, at a price of nearly $91 million. Unfortunately for everyone, this doesn't change the fact...

More Fox Shows Coming to Netflix, Including 'The Wonder Years'

The Netflix library just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Today the company announced that it struck a deal with Fox to bring older shows like 'The Wonder Years' (huzzah!) and 'Ally McBeal' (meh) to the streaming media service, as well as more recent titles like 'Glee' and the FX series 'Sons of Anarchy.' Fox will also be bringing "library" movies to Netflix after their pay-TV licenses expire....

Starz Follows Suit, Withholds From Netflix

Oh Starz, you saucy minx. Just days after Showtime announced some pretty dispiriting caps on Netflix content, Starz has announced similar intentions. Starting April 1st, a 90-day delay will be applied to all original shows and movies that are currently airing. Starz says that older shows and movies won't be touched, but still this is terrible news for you folk just dying to see what this...

Showtime Puts Up Dukes, Plans to Pull New Shows From Netflix

So long, 'Dexter.' We hardly knew thee. Just days after Netflix announced its first foray into the content business (a political drama starring Kevin Spacey), Showtime said it would not be renewing streaming rights come summer for its shows that are currently on-air, such as 'Dexter' and 'Californication.' It's a little tit-for-tat; Showtime will be offering these shows on its own online service....

Netflix Taking on HBO With Original Programing?

Rumor has it that Netflix, no longer content as a mere outlet for streaming video, is making a serious run at becoming a producer and distributor of original content. The company previously helped bankroll and distribute independent features through its Red Envelope Entertainment division (including the stellar and depressing 'Born into Brothels'). But the division has been largely quiet since...

Fandor Wants to Be Netflix for the Indie Film Crowd

Netflix has a reasonable selection of independent films, but it only represents just a tiny fraction of the indie movies that get made every year. Many more may draw critical acclaim or wow audiences at festivals, but there are only so many distribution deals to be signed. A site called Fandor is interested in those movies that don't get picked up by studios or shown in theaters around the...

Nintendo Announces Netflix on the 3DS

At the Game Developers Conference earlier today, Nintendo announced that everyone's favorite movie-streaming service, Netflix, will make its way to the 3DS this summer. Subscribers will be able to watch videos over Wi-Fi on the handheld's higher-resoution top screen, which happens to be the same display with the funky 3-D effect. Might there be streaming 3-D movies in Nintendo's future?...

FyreTV: A Streaming Pornucopia, For a Lonely Valentine's Night In

There's another streaming media box on the market, but you won't be able to find the 'Scooby-Doo' movie on it. Oh, wait -- yes, you can. That is, if you're looking for the version that features Shaggy and Fred double-teaming Velma inside Old Man Withers' haunted dildo factory. Those meddling kids! But seriously, the FyreTV streaming porno box (NSFW link, obviously) is perhaps the best gift...

Boxee Box Finally (Finally!) Gets Netflix

Boxee Box early adopters, your long and arduous wait is over: Netflix is here! Boxee will begin pushing automatic updates later this week, but you impatient types can force the update by going to 'Settings' under the 'System' page. The app is all new, and much slicker than the hacked-together version on the desktop Boxee software. So what are you waiting for? Go get that update....

Feature Film Downloads Skyrocket, Surpass TV Streams

In 2010, sales and rentals of feature-length films online climbed a stunning 38-percent, with U.S. consumers spending a grand total of $385 million on downloadable and streaming movies. By contrast, only $366 million was spent to purchase or rent television shows online, marking the first time that movie downloads have surpassed that of TV. As the market has grown, Apple's dominance has started...

Shocker: Consumers Prefer DVD Rental Kiosks to Their Local Video Stores

It's no secret, or surprise, that subscription-based DVD rental services like Netflix are eating up the market share of retail outlets like Blockbuster. In the third quarter of 2010, subscription plans accounted for 41-percent of DVD rentals, while in-store transactions only accounted for 27-percent. What is slightly shocking is that, according to NPD, rental kiosks (like Redbox) outperformed...

Netflix Tech Tips: Finding the Right Movie for That Right Moment

Sometimes the sole impediment to a relaxing evening spent with a bowl of popcorn and the comforting glow of the TV is deciding on a movie to watch. Whether you're trying to satisfy a specific mood, or looking for that one Werner Herzog movie you haven't seen yet, Netflix's movie recommendations leave a lot to be desired. No, we're not interested in yet another cerebral, witty, foreign film with a...

Netflix Tech Tips: Tricks and Hints for Getting New Releases

Considering the number of times we've uttered, "I'll watch it when it comes out on DVD," it's no wonder we're such hounds for new releases. Sadly, we've become used to the new movies in our Netflix queue being perpetually stuck at "Very Long Wait." It's bad enough that we have to hold off until we can watch something of merit. (Damn you, New York movie ticket prices!) But having to wait...

How to Put Your Netflix Account on Hold

There's a little red envelope that's sitting on our coffee table, and in it is a DVD. We haven't opened that envelope since it arrived, and it's been lying there, gathering dust and staring at us accusingly, as if to say, "Will you ever make it through all of 'Lawrence of Arabia'?" We tell ourselves we'll get around to it. Days go by, then weeks. Seasons change, time passes, we grow old. And...