Monthly Archives: September 2011
Star Trek: The Next Generation is finally headed for Blu-ray Disc release, according to an official announcement from CBS Entertainment. The 178 episodes of the Star Trek series spanning from ’87 – ’94 (a total of 7 seasons) will release sequentially throughout 2012, starting with a “sampler” on January 12 which will include several popular episodes. The Blu-ray sampler, pictured above, will be called Star Trek: The Next Generation — The Next Level, and include the pilot episode “Encounter at Farpoint,” as well episodes “Sins of the Father” and “The Inner Light.”
October is finally here! There are eight postseason MLB playoff games scheduled for this weekend. Starting tonight at 5:07 PM ET, the Tampa Bay Rays will face the Texas Rangers to head off the first American League Division games. Following at 8:37 PM ET, the Detroit Tigers will play the New York Yankees. The National League postseason games kick off tomorrow at 2:07 PM with the Arizona Diamondbacks facing the Milwaukee Brewers. Later, at 5:07 PM ET the St. Louis Cardinals will play the Philadelphia Phillies.
The recent random rumors about live TV programming finally landing on Xbox Live have now been legitimately upgraded. Via a “person with knowledge of the situation,” Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft plans to offer online pay television service from Comcast and Verizon through the console, with many other content providers also potentially in the mix. If you’re thinking this news mean you can cut the cable cord, think again: The Comcast and Verizon FiOS applications would require that users prove they are pay-TV customers to use the service. An announcement on the matter could come as soon as next week.
A sampling of the multiplayer goodness that Battlefield 3 is promising to bring in full October 25 is now available for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Download it here.
Yesterday, Jeff Bezos of Amazon introduced a new line of Kindle eReaders including the Kindle Fire — a first step into the tablet market which Apple has dominated since the release of the iPad in 2010. The Kindle Fire is more like a tablet with it’s 7″ color touchscreen, Android-powered system, and dual-core processor. From the outside, the Fire’s display makes the biggest difference with 16 million colors at 1024 x 600 resolution (169 ppi) and in-plane switching capability.
In memory of the death of Andy Whitfield, Starz will run the entire series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” starting on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9:00 pm. The re-broadcast will begin with Episode 101 – “The Red Serpent,” when the Thracian warrior first faces death in the gladiator arena.
The latest “Transformers” film ‘Dark of the Moon’ hits shelves today on Blu-ray Disc and the edition includes the hi-def Blu-ray along with DVD and digital copy for your PC or smartphone. The classic Charlton Heston film “Ben-Hur” celebrates 50 years with an Ultimate Collector’s Edition on three discs which include a ton of special features such as a full length documentary, featurettes, screentests, and the 1925 silent version among other extras. And, a great little movie from the late 80’s, “Heathers,” starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater gets released on Blu-ray. Those are just a few mentions this week. Check out our picks below or click here for all new Blu-ray Disc releases this week available at Amazon.
Finding a movie or TV show on your PlayStation 3 will now be a slicker and more intuitive process with today’s release of the “Video Unlimited – preview” application. Available for download right now for PlayStation Plus users, and all users within a few weeks, the interface lets you browse through the PlayStation Store’s video content by genre, actor, setting, studio, and more. You can find and download the app in the Media section of the PlayStation Store.
Tonight FOX premieres “Terra Nova,” a post-apocalyptic vision of a dying Earth where scientists attempt a re-population by going back in time. The show follows the Shannon family as they join Terra Nova, the first established colony, which will hopefully save the planet. “Terra Nova” stars Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gods and Generals), Jason O’Mara (Resident Evil: Extinction) and Shelley Conn (TRON: Legacy). The show was executive produced by Steven Spielberg among others. FOX will broadcast the two-hour premiere tonight in both standard and high-definition at 8pm Eastern & Pacific/7pm Central.
Entertainment channel EPIX will host Justin Bieber and Usher “back to back” on Sunday, October 9 starting at 8pm ET. The Justin Bieber program titled “JUSTIN BIEBER NEVER SAY NEVER Director’s Fan Cut” tells the story of Bieber’s rise to fame, with the world premiere version on EPIX including new songs, performances and fan footage.
Amazon has just announced a deal that will add FOX titles to their Instant Streaming service this fall. TV shows from the FOX library include The Wonder Years (available in digital form for the first time), Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, and 24. Movie titles include Office Space, Speed, Mrs. Doubtfire and Last of the Mohicans, as well as some older titles such as 9 to 5 and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Dish Network formerly announces a streaming service to compete with Netflix and Amazon…but for Dish TV customers only.
Dish Network has taken the antiquated movie rental company Blockbuster and turned it into a completely relevant multi-service provider. Their newest announcement, Blockbuster Movie Pass, will provide streaming content to subscribers much like the service Netflix provides. Not to be undone, Blockbuster’s Movie Pass package will also include discs-by-mail (with no added charge for Blu-rays), video games-by-mail, in-store exchanges, and access to premium movie channels such as MGM, Epix, and Sony Movie Channel.
In New York, FCC orders Cablevision to provide high-definition feeds to competitors.
Great news for sports fans in the New York area. Yesterday, the FCC ordered Cablevision to start providing HD feeds of its MSG and MSG+ sports channels to competing service providers. That means that Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse subscribers will finally be able to get high definition feeds of MSG Network (Madison Square Garden Network) games including the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, and New York Giants, among other teams.
Microsoft and Harmonix are sweetening the pot for potential rug-cutters this fall by offering
400 Microsoft Points ($5) when you pre-order Dance Central 2 through participating retailers.
The embarrassing-to-play, hysterical-to-watch smash hit was one of the critical darlings (82 on Metacritic)
of the Kinect launch last year going on to sell more than 2.5 million copies worldwide.
Fellini’s 1970 film I clowns (also known as “The Clowns”) is headed for hi-def Blu-ray Disc on October 18. The film stars Federico Fellini as himself as he explores his own childhood fascination with the circus.
The question of “No Amazon Instant Video for PS3?” is a topic found on Amazon.com’s discussion forum, a subject that has been one of frustration for PlayStation 3 owners. Why can’t you watch Amazon Instant Video through your console, when some Blu-ray players and other devices support the streaming service? Well in a way you can, if you use an application such as PlayOn. Unfortunately, PlayOn must be purchased first ($39.99 per year or $79.99 one time) and requires a network-connected PC to get Amazon Instant Video to run on the PS3. The software also works on Wii and Xbox.
Netflix stock might get a much needed boost with the announcement that Discovery Communications and Netflix have signed a two-year non-exclusive agreement. The deal includes streaming of programming from Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet Investigation Discovery, Science and Military Channel.
Activision’s Call of Duty Elite has launched in beta mode. The service enhances multiplayer modes allowing you to connect with players at your level and with your interests. You can create Private Clans, join Public Groups, a
DISH Network may finally put Blockbuster in the streaming business to compete with Netflix. Although representatives for Dish have been quiet about the launch (apparently referred to as “A Stream Comes True), industry publication Home Media Magazine reports the service will be announced in a press conference on Friday, Sept. 23. H