Giz Explains: Every Video Format You Need to Know

Once upon time, video codecs and formats were really only the concern of AV nerds, anime freaks and hardcore not-so-legal movie downloaders. Now, even the most part-time of geeks has to deal with them, whether they're trying to stream a flick across their house with an Apple TV, dump some video onto their phone or… » 11/20/08 2:15pm 11/20/08 2:15pm

Warner Bros. to Offer DivX Downloads

Already the format of choice for, ahem, somewhat clandestine distribution of digital video files, DivX has now officially partnered with Warner Bros. to distribute video in the format. Sony beat WB to the punch » 10/14/08 9:00am 10/14/08 9:00am by about 9 months, and we'll have to wait even longer for Warner to come around to HD DivX, which won't be…

Giz Explains: How Broadband Usage Caps Will Kill Internet Video

NBC's scheduled coverage of the 2008 Olympics is absolutely breathtaking in its scope: It's broadcasting over 3,600 hours of the world's greatest athletes performing feats that reveal how shapeless and amoebic the rest of humanity is-that's 1,000 more hours than the last 12 Summer Olympics combined. The internet is a… » 8/06/08 3:00pm 8/06/08 3:00pm

Wal-Mart Kills Video Download Store Before Christmas, No One Notices

Honestly, if we hadn't been tipped to this, we probably would've been none the wiser—same as pretty much everybody else on the planet apparently—but it looks like Wal-Mart's video download store caught pneumonia and died on Dec. 21. » 12/27/07 4:20pm 12/27/07 4:20pm

Hurray, as long as you keep the same computer .

Apple Pushing Networks to Cut iTunes TV Prices to 99 Cents a Show

Apparently, Apple's feeling pretty generous "aggressive" lately price-wise. Citing "three people familiar with the proposal," Variety's reporting that Apple's "mulling" chopping the price of TV shows down to 99 cents an episode. Naturally, the networks aren't exactly thrilled with the less-than-modest proposal. So why … » 9/07/07 11:32am 9/07/07 11:32am

Sony Planning Video Download Services, Company-Wide DRM

Days after announcing the imminent death of its Connect service, the WSJ reports that Sony's planning to leverage the PS3, PSP and their Bravia line to jump into the video download market. In fact, Connect was probably killed in order to concentrate on the IP video market—and the article implies that the move was just… » 9/04/07 9:51am 9/04/07 9:51am

Blockbuster/Netflix Blood Rivalry Gets Bloodier: Blockbuster Buys…

Blockbuster's acquisition of Movielink makes it a bit late to the IP VOD party, but we get the feeling the goal isn't so much to break new ground as it is to plant their feet more firmly in their showdown-to-the-death with Netflix. » 8/09/07 5:23am 8/09/07 5:23am