Eyebrows were raised last week when IndieWire reported that Martin Scorsese’s (no stranger to prominent eyebrows himself) next film, The Irishman, featuring both Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, had been picked up for distribution by Netflix.
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Amazon Prime Instant Video is producing a pilot to the movie, Zombieland, along with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the creative minds behind one of the top-grossing zombie movies ever made.
Amazon.com announced plans to publicly test a monthly pay option for its Amazon Prime services for customers that have avoided Prime due to the annual fee. While it remains to be seen how this development will affect current monthly pay subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu, it seems to be the kind of bold strategic move that will definitely put other video-on-demand (VOD) streaming services on notice.
For $79.99, you can bring 1080p streaming content into your living room. The flagship Roku 2 XS is being discounted 20% off its normal price today at Amazon. See the deal here.
The 2 XS features over 350 entertainment channels, including Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, and Netflix. The XS remote also has motion sensors built-in, letting you play games with it, like the included full version of Angry Birds.
We knew Amazon was planning a subscription-based streaming service for a while now to compete with Netflix. Now, via Engadget, screenshots have emerged from a user tip showing the product in action. The screenshot shows the hot movie “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” available for $0.00 under an “unlimited streaming” option.
Amazon frequently lets customers download free content via their video-on-demand product. You can watch the video through your browser or download for viewing on your PC. Right now you can get a 51-minute National Geographic behind the scenes episode of “Great Migrations” in HD — no charge. The original air date of the episode was November 14, 2010. (Note: This is not the full 3-hour episode.) We watched the title via the Amazon player and the 720p rez video looked pretty darn good on a 20″ Apple display.
“Resistance is futile.” Amazon is offering Star Trek VIII: First Contact as a digital download purchase today for only $3.99 (normally $9.99). The eighth Star Trek motion picture, ‘First Contact’ sends the ‘Next Generation’ crew back in time to save the Earth against the cybernetic race called the Borg.
Amazon has started their On Demand Plus program. Now when you decide you want to buy a title you have rented, you’ll get $4 credit towards the purchase of that movie, or $5 credit towards the purchase of a TV …
Amazon is offering Star Trek V: The Final Frontier as a digital purchase today only for only $3.99 (Reg. $9.99). Paramount’s 1989 film stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and the rest of the original Star Trek cast as they are …
Netflix subscribers reached 15 million by the end of June this year, an increase of 4.5 million from the same time last year. A large percentage of those subscribers, 61%, had tried streaming movies and TV shows to their computer, internet-connected Blu-ray player or TV. Recently, Netflix apps were added to Apple iPad and iPhone devices making viewing movies even more mobile. Now, other companies want a piece of the action.
According to The Wall Street Journal retail giant Amazon.com may challenge the Netflix streaming product with a service of their own. Apparently the company has been in talks with NBC, Time Warner, News Corp. and Viacom to get content distribution rights to TV shows and film titles. If things fall into place, Amazon hopes to get the service launched this holiday season.
For a limited time (3 days only), Amazon is discounting digital downloads of the three Matrix movies. The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions will be available on Aug. 3, Aug. 4, and Aug. 5, respectively at a discounted price. The single titles normally cost between $6.99 and $9.99 for digital purchase.
“Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series” is now available for download on iTunes, Amazon Video on Demand, Xbox Live and the Sony PlayStation Network. The series uses real time computer animation from the “Terminator Salvation” videogame as a platform for the original story written by Andy Shapiro.