The 20 Best Movies Disappearing From Netflix Tomorrow

When the clock strikes its last midnight in 2013—or somewhere around there, anyway—dozens of movies will disappear from Netflix streaming. Fortunately, you've still got some time to churn through the ones you'll miss the most. Here's a list of the very best of the movies that'll be gone in 2014. » 12/31/13 9:58am 12/31/13 9:58am

RIP Blockbuster (Or: Why Can't I Watch Indiana Jones?)

It's a near-guarantee that you haven't been to a Blockbuster this year, or possibly this decade. And after today's announcement that the company is shutting down its 300 remaining stores, you likely never will again. But that doesn't mean that video stores have outlived their usefulness—or, especially, that streaming… » 11/06/13 2:26pm 11/06/13 2:26pm

Why I Pay for Content (And Why That Makes Me Feel Like a Sucker)

In 2001 I downloaded five songs by a now-defunct "folk rock duo" from the internet. The band was obscure, its albums not stocked at the small-town music stores nearby or the Walmart 25 minutes up Route 1. iTunes didn't exist yet. Amazon was still a bookstore. So I fired up LimeWire and snapped them up for free. » 8/31/12 12:20pm 8/31/12 12:20pm

Hulu Will Offer Four Brand New Original TV Shows in the Next Year

Hulu pitched its TV show ideas to advertisers this week during the "upfronts" that are usually the preserve of national TV networks. During those talks, it revealed that it is planning to offer up seven of its own original shows in the next year—four of which are brand new. » 4/20/12 5:04am 4/20/12 5:04am

YouTube Pays $100 Million to Channel Hollywood Star Power

In its bid to compete with traditional cable offerings on even footing, YouTube has reached agreements with more than 100 producers to provide exclusive video content to the site. YouTube is aiming to create dedicated, broadcast-quality channels from these providers—including Reuters, the WSJ, Slate, The Onion, Ashton… » 10/28/11 10:24pm 10/28/11 10:24pm

Why Netflix Just Cut Itself in Half

Last night, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to the internet to explain why his company transformed its DVD business into (the unfortunately named) Qwikster. But here's why he really did it, what happens next, and why it matters. » 9/19/11 10:42am 9/19/11 10:42am

Fox's 8-Day Content Delay on Hulu Starts... Now

Late last month, Fox made the announcement that they're blocking new streaming shows on Hulu for 8 days after the initial broadcast. And, unless you're a Hulu Plus or Dish subscriber, that lockout started yesterday. Time to start pushing providers to pay up. [Multichannel] » 8/16/11 11:01am 8/16/11 11:01am

Are People "Cutting the Cord" Just People Who Can't Afford Cable?

193,000 people quit their paid television plans last quarter. Sounds like a lot, and it is! But as any horse-breeder will tell you (I would guess?): it's about quality, not quantity. And the people leaving cable behind, GigaOm reports, aren't the ones the cable companies care about. While high-value consumers—the folks … » 8/10/11 11:02am 8/10/11 11:02am