The Sneaky Trick Crappy Movie Studios Use to Rack Up On-Demand Views

Movie studios are betting you're crazy impulsive when it comes to picking what movie you want to watch. Apparently, many movie titles are selected purely on alphabetical prioritization, so that they'll pop up higher on your on demand menu. If your movie isn't good art, you've got to make an art out of the business… » 7/31/13 12:46pm 7/31/13 12:46pm

The Future of Apple TV Is Every Episode of Every TV Show On-Demand…

We heard yesterday that Apple has been struggling with the big bad cable companies over what it wants the future of Apple TV to be (an a la carte streaming future) and what the cable companies want (more of the same). Now we get details on what Apple's vision for Apple TV was from the WSJ: a cloud-based DVR that lets… » 8/16/12 8:57pm 8/16/12 8:57pm

Blockbuster OnDemand Download Service Coming to Blu-ray Players, Soon

Netflix streaming has been making waves with its wide, fast integration into just about anything that'll have it, and the reception has been generally positive. As has been the pattern for the last decade, Blockbuster is slightly but embarrassingly behind: according to company Chairman Jim Keyes, we'll be seeing… » 12/01/08 7:26am 12/01/08 7:26am

Netflix Streaming Will Always Be Subscription-Based, Never Pay-Per-View

Subscribers hoping that Netflix would get into the pay-per-view space will be slightly disappointed, as its CEO reiterates that they will always be in the subscription business. Reed Hastings says, "We don't plan to enter the pay-per-view segment, where Apple, Amazon, Sony and others focus, or the ad-supported… » 7/28/08 5:20pm 7/28/08 5:20pm

Akimbo Execs Hit Eject, Shutter Company For Good

The polymorphous life of Akimbo came to an abrupt end this week, as the embattled video-on-demand turned white label video service was shut down for good. The surprising move went down just four months after Akimbo was given an additional $4 million to fund its video services venture. Now the extra cash will go… » 5/25/08 8:00pm 5/25/08 8:00pm