Verizon is in the midst of launching their new Flex View solution for viewing content like movies, TV shows, photos and videos. The free application essentially lets you access purchased, rented, or personal stuff anywhere – on your TV, smartphone, laptop, or fancy new tablet. Although it’s hard to say whether Flex View will give Netflix a run for its money given its a-la-cart nature and current lack of Apple support, Flex View certainly looks promising.
Blockbuster has added more accessibility to its BLOCKBUSTER On Demand service by partnering with six new electronics distributers that include Onkyo, Sylvania, Yamaha, Integra, and Western Digital. A total of seven new devices are now capable of utilizing the service — most of them Blu-ray Disc disc players with the exception of Western Digital’s TV Live Hub media box.
Time Warner Cable launched their Remote DVR Manager service in five markets this week, with more areas being added soon. The service allows TWC subscribers to manage DVR recordings via browser-enabled mobile devices or PCs. The service was launched in the Carolinas region, Northeast region, New York City region, San Antonio, Texas, and San Diego/Desert Cities.
Check your “What’s New” section of the PlayStation Store to find a free app to run Netflix on your PS3. The app is only available for PS3 systems in the US and Canada. Just like the streaming disc, it will allow you to watch as many movies and TV shows as you want streaming over the internet.
PlayStation 3 has added a Netflix app which will stream video directly to your HDTV via software. Now you can toss away that streaming disc you’ve been using for a year now. The interface has been redesigned to allow easy scrolling of categories, genres and user-based suggestions. The new app is also based on PS3 code so you can use your controller’s analog sticks to quickly browse, add titles, organize queues, and search (with live search suggestions). The Netflix app will launch Monday, Oct. 18. You’ll be able to find the app under the Video Icon or What’s New Icon in the PlayStation interface.
Sony Pictures’ free app for the Android platform called Crackle will now stream full-length movies such as Taxi Driver, La Femme Nikita and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as well as TV shows such as “Married with Children” and “Charlie’s Angels.”
If you have a Panasonic HDTV or Blu-ray player with Viera Cast you’ll be elated to know you can now get movies and TV shows streaming from Netflix. Panasonic officially announced the news today — adding the service to Panasonic plasma televisions that include the VT20 and VT25 (3D TV) series, GT25 (3D TV) series, and G20/G25 series.
Samsung Electronics is reported to be reviewing the possibility of using Google’s Android software in their LED, LCD and plasma HDTVs. Apparently, Samsung doesn’t want to fall behind manufacturers such as Sony and Apple who are loading software on their displays which can access everything from television and TV show content, to music, games and focused applications.
AT&T has launched a new app which allows you to control your account right from your TV screen. The app, called “U-verse Account Manager,” will allow you to add channels, view channel lineups, compare packages, and view account information. The account manager is located on U-verse Channel 9910.
You know you want to walk around the house watching live TV on your iPad. Sometime next year Verizon FiOS TV subscribers will be able to do just that, using an app for the iPad which will stream whatever content you have going into your receiver. Verizon CIO Shaygan Kheradpir gave a demonstration of the app this week from his home. The app will be free (for now) and launch at first for the iPad, but other platforms are in development. Verizon says the app will launch next year, but Kheradpir did not rule out a launch in 2010.
If you own a Panasonic HDTV with Viera Cast you’ll now be able to access your Twitter account and send and read messages. With Twitter, you’ll be able to send text messages up to 140 characters through your TV. Viera …
Whether or not Netflix will actually build an app to run on Android devices, the company has posted an open position for an Android Video Playback Expert on their website. An apparent Netflix employee on Reddit has also posted responses to comments saying “the way Android is blowing up it would be stupid of us to ignore that.”
Wrigley field never looked so good. A new AT&T U-verse app lets Chicago Cubs fans choose from 7 different WGN-TV Chicago angles as your main picture, and up to four different cameras placed at home plate, third base, first base and center field at one time. Dan York, president of content at AT&T said, “It’s like you’re sitting in the production booth and calling the shots.” (See screenshot below.)
Dish Network has launched a free app for Apple’s iPad that will allow remote scheduling of most Dish SD and HD DVR receivers — including the ViP 922 with built-in Sling technology. The application, called DISH Remote Access, is similar to the iPhone and iPod touch apps built for recording Dish programming.
A Netflix application for PlayStation 3 will become available this October, potentially replacing the streaming PS3 disc Netflix subscribers currently use. This news was revealed in a Netflix Q&A session last week, when Q2 earnings were released. But will the application require a subscription to Playstation Plus, a membership which costs $49.99 per year? Most PS3 owners would probably opt to use a software app rather than a cumbersome disc. However, if a subscription is required (as is with Hulu Premius Plus) some Netflix subscribers may just continue using the disc if Netflix doesn’t make any changes.