BitTorrent Wants To Be Hollywood's New Best Friend

Torrenting, it's the tool of thieves and pirates, right? The evil protocol no honest person should ever dare touch? Not quite, but it's got that reputation with some, and it's trying hard to shake it. According to BitTorrent's executive director of marketing Matt Mason, they plan to take it all the way in the other… » 12/01/12 10:00am 12/01/12 10:00am

Netflix: Rental-by-Mail Has Five Years Left (Subtext: Discs Have Five…

At Netflix Investor Day, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed their timeline for the end of the rental-by-mail biz, and why they're digging so hard into digital distribution: It "will probably peak in the next five years." Taken more broadly, it's more or less predicting that the real end of physical media is in T minus… » 5/28/08 4:10pm 5/28/08 4:10pm

Comcast Would Like to Remind You It Does Same-Day VOD, Too

Not content to let Cablevision steal all of the same-day VOD thunder today, Comcast made an announcement reiterating they do same-day movies on-demand as well, but they don't send you a DVD. They've also got whole trilogies of movies! Ooooo. Sorry, like Randall said, there is but one trilogy. [Comcast] » 2/04/08 5:50pm 2/04/08 5:50pm

Digital Distribution Tangling Up Writers Guild of America Talks, Strike…

In case you were unawares, the contract between Hollywood producers and the Writers Guild of America was supposed to expire a few hours ago, leading to a possible strike, meaning bad things could happen. One of the major issues is digital content and distribution—after getting screwed over by the terms of how they… » 11/01/07 3:15am 11/01/07 3:15am

Straight From Sam Walton's Mouth: New Details on Wal-Mart Movie…

We have a lot of new details about Wal-Mart's movie download service—it is, as some feared, not as full-featured as we would have hoped, but it was repeatedly emphasized throughout the conversation that the service is very much in the "early beta stage," so they're "primarily focused on... improving what [they]… » 2/06/07 6:00pm 2/06/07 6:00pm

Breaking! Wal-Mart First to Offer Digital Movies From All "Big Six"…

Click to view Interrupting my sleep and scoring a major coup in digital distribution—one not even his Jobsness has pulled off (yet)—Wal-Mart has become the first (and thus far, only) digital distributor to go into business with all six major studios: Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony, 20th Century Fox and… » 2/06/07 3:30am 2/06/07 3:30am