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BROADCAST/CABLE by Marauder
November 3, 2009, 11:34 PM
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BROADCAST/CABLE

Viacom’s quarterly profit breezed past expectations as consumers set aside money worries to scoop up the new Beatles video game and buy tickets for box-office hits like “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe.” (Reuters 11/3)

Viacom

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MISC

Film flops threaten to leave Disney in last place at the box office among its Hollywood peers for the second-straight year, as movies featuring television stars Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers disappoint. Also: Indie filmmakers fear Disney will dump its Miramax Films unit. (Iwantmedia 5/18, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aXbZJx0NdNz4 5/18)

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News Corp.’s 20th Century Fox is signing up Oliver Stone to direct a sequel to his 1987 hit “Wall Street.” Michael Douglas will reprise his role as Gordon Gekko, in a “timely story ripped from today’s headlines.” (Iwantmedia 4/29, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090428/ap_en_mo/us_people_michael_douglas 4/28)

As I watch the morning news filled with swine flu warnings and the recent toddler’s death, it’s nice to see something which warms the cockles of my heart.  Gordon Gekko is back but looking at this picture below, I’m pretty sure the technology will be a bit newer.  Prepare for an uptick in gel sales at a pharmacy near you.

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MISC by Marauder
March 11, 2009, 6:11 PM
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MISC

Sony Pictures Entertainment, the movie studio subsidiary of the Japanese electronics maker, is laying off nearly 250 people and eliminating nearly 100 open positions in an effort to cut costs. The studio cites declines in television syndication, DVDs and advertising sales. (Iwantmedia 3/11, http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090310/ap_on_hi_te/sony_pictures_cuts 3/10)

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DreamWorks made a new seven-year distribution deal with Universal Pictures reports Variety. The arrangement includes six films per year giving Universal an 8% distribution fee for releasing DreamWorks’ films. The pact technically can begin next year, although the first film in the new collaboration will likely be released in 2010 since Paramount Pictures is set to distribute DreamWorks films through the end of 2009. (Cynopsis 10/14)

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DROP IT LIKE ITS HOT: ROKU MAKES ME HAPPY by Marauder
June 23, 2008, 6:39 AM
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DROP IT LIKE ITS HOT: ROKU MAKES ME HAPPY

I finally got the Roku out of the box and took it for a test drive. After 1 minute connecting to my wireless network and Netflix account, I was on my way. The hardest part of the entire process was probably upgrading my Netflix package to accommodate for the device (I was one of those people on the next-to-nothing plan).

The device immediately searched through my queue of 100 titles to pull out the 10 that were available instantly to watch.

The What

I’m assuming you’ve heard about the Roku but if not here’s the skinny. The device allows you to watch titles in your Netflix queue (available to watch instantly) on your television screen rather than just your computer screen.

In Use

The Roku is exceptionally easy to use. The interface is simple in the vein of Apple interface design. The only choice the user is allowed to make is which title to watch from those available. No searching or adding titles is allowed. I’m down with that especially being that my computer is always seconds away. Here’s my only request: Allow viewers the ability to watch trailers for those titles available.

Selection of Titles

Roku’s site boasts 10,000 titles but in searching for titles which mattered to me, I was a little disappointed. That said, I’m sure selection will improve over time.

Quality of Video

Connections exist for both HD and SD even though Netflix only currently offers titles in SD quality. That’s bound to change. I connected my HD TV to the HD component video cables in hope of a brighter tomorrow. . .

Speed

When I selected Super Size Me, the title began within seconds. Easy breezy. BTW, recommend this documentary. Thoroughly convinced me that when faced with a fast-food-only selection, kiddie size is the only way to go.

Price

$100

Buck Stops Here

It’s a great little device at just the right price. To get one of your own, click here.

Alternative Netflix Viewing Options: On Your XBox

Instead of buying a Roku to watch your Netflix movies, you can install a plug-in for free on your XBox and watch for no additional charge. The XBox plug-in may be a little buggy and slow but it does allow you to edit your queue and search through all titles available to watch instantly.  The Roku only allows you to watch titles already in your queue.  If you have an XBox, this is the way to go.


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THE WB.COM: A LOT TO LIKE BUT A LITTLE TOO LATE by Marauder
June 19, 2008, 6:27 PM
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THE WB.COM: A LOT TO LIKE BUT A LITTLE TOO LATE

Finally got access to the WB.com site and am overjoyed by endless hours of OC watching. Californiaaaa…

Above, is the video player screen which allows full screen mode, clipping, mash-ups, and sharing.

Here’s what I like:

  • Access to The OC, and some other WB shows
  • Searchable video directory
  • A link to TMZ for celebrity photos/videos with a highlight on the stars from the WB-showcased shows.
  • Easy, simple and fun-to-use interface (A+ here)
  • And best of all: media-mash-ups allowing remixing of your favorite shows to come (below)

In Short

Here’s a vertical site that seems to be doing most things right. I still don’t think vertical sites will win in the end. Users want a consolidated place to find all of their online content needs (could be Hulu) rather than separate destinations per series. Still, a great site with really simple and fun functionality.

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