Netflix has made all 13-episodes of House Of Cards available for streaming today. The series, produced by David Fincher, Spacey, series developer Beau Willimon, writer Eric Roth, et. al., follows Majority Whip, Rep. Francis “Frank” Underwood as he attempts revenge on the President of the United States for not elevating him to a plumb cabinet post as Secretary of State.
Amazon’s overseas company LOVEFiLM is now streaming in high-definition (HD) in both the UK and Germany, the company announced this morning. The service is similar to Netflix and Amazon’s Instant Video, offering unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows on demand to supporting devices.
HBO Go is a hot ticket these days, and Time Warner Cable subscribers are not getting left at home. TWC has launched a beta test of the HBO Go and MAX Go services, giving subscribers access to HBO and Cinemax content online. SignatureHome customers were invited via email to try out the services during the beta period which should last for several days. (See below for links to the beta tests.)
Cablevision and HBO have partnered to offer HBO GO and MAX GO to iO TV customers who subscribe to HBO and/or Cinemax. The new agreement between the two companies means that subscribers will soon be able to access HBO and Cinemax content on a PC, Apple iPad, iPhone, or iTouch device, as well as supported Android tablets and smartphones. Cablevision didn’t give an exact date, but indicated the added service would roll out in the next few months.
Whether you’re a native speaker or want to learn some español, Hulu has made it easier by launching a new library of current and classic content in the Spanish language dubbed “Hulu Latino.” The new library is available to Hulu Plus subscribers and in addition to previous titles offers the entire current season of primetime TV shows from Univision, Galavision and Telefutura.
There couldn’t be a bigger contrast in genres of TV shows but Amazon has added both Glee and Sons of Anarchy to their Prime Instant Video service. That means if you’re a Prime member you can instantly stream seasons 1 & 2 of both hit television shows to your computer, supporting tablet or TV set at no extra charge.
Starting this month Verizon FiOS TV subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold account will be able to download a free app to access live television. The app (developed by Verizon) will give subscribers 26 channels to choose from via Kinect interface, without any need to use a remote control. The channels will be pulled from the subscriber’s service package, although exactly which 26 channels will be available hasn’t been revealed. Microsoft did, however, mention several networks in their press release last month including Bravo, Syfy, EPIX, ESPN and HBO. The Xbox app will also deliver multichannel streaming in HD quality.
Regardless of whether Internet service is wired, wireless, or a mobile broadband, there are numerous reasons why it might not perform as well as it should. You can use services online to perform a broadband speed test to see if your connection is as fast as it should be; if it’s not, there are a number of things you can do to improve it. If you are actually using a computer to access the Internet (instead of a mobile device), one of the first things to do is to “clean up” your computer, for instance by making sure there is no malware running (viruses, adware, trojans, etc.), de-fragmenting the hard drive, and deleting old or unneeded files and applications.
Netflix has announced their “Just for Kids” instant watch section is now available on the Wii system. The Wii interface addition may ease some parent’s fears that their kids might accidentally start streaming a rated “R” or questionable “Unrated” film from the Netflix library. You can also set Parental Controls in your Account Settings to block mature movies, but there is no way to unlock a title above the allowed rating once you set it.
VUDU will soon have five films boasting Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound, when Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides gets added on Nov. 15. Yeah, it’s a modest number. But, you’ve got to start somewhere. The 7.1 audio is available in VUDU’s HDX 1080p “True Digital” format, a superior digital video running at 24 frames-per-second.
Wanna take a look at Amazon’s HD quality video? Amazon has several sneak peeks and trailers available to view for free. The video clips are typically short, but you can get an idea of the quality without paying. Once the title is added to your Video Library you can play on your PC or compatible device. We checked out “Terra Nova” trailer which was streaming at about 1300kbps. Make sure you click on HD (720p) otherwise they might just feed you 480p. The streaming player also indicates your connection speed – which for this particular test the speed was “Medium.”
Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 with UltraViolet digital copy will be a true test of the format when the Blu-ray Disc releases on Nov. 11, 2011. UltraViolet is a cloud-based digital library that allows you stream or download movies you have license to. You’ll be able to tell which movies or TV shows are eligible by the UltraViolet logo on the product, online and in stores.
As Google revealed Android 4.0 (dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich) for smartphones and tablets, Netflix announced support for tablets running Android 3.x. The new Netflix app version 1.5 is available free-of-charge to download in the Android Market. The company also announced Android support for customers in Canada and Latin America who want to stream content on their smartphones and tablets.
Hulu is no longer for sale, after spending weeks on the auction block. Early interested parties included Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Dish Network and even South Korea mobile giant SK Telecom was interested (which turned out to be a rumor). Now it appears Hulu owners will keep the company for themselves, with a renewed focus on making the company successful rather than selling it off.
The Sony Tablet S will now stream movies and TV shows from Sony’s “Video Unlimited” library, according to a press release today. The video service provides over 40,000 titles for rent or purchase. Rental prices from Sony Network Entertainment start at $2.99 for SD, while purchase prices start at $9.99.
By the far the cheapest streaming player to hit the market will be the $50 Roku LT expected early November. The device streams 720p HD video over built-in wireless and is compatible with services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, EPIX, Crackle, and Disney. Roku also announced a partnership with HBO GO to offer over 1,400 titles such as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood and The Sopranos. The HBO GO app will be available on all Roku players at the end of this month and access to content is free for HBO subscribers. Roku also sells the Roku 2 line, available in three models which include: Roku 2 HD ($59.99); Roku 2 XD ($79.99); and Roku 2 XS ($99.99).