Roku is moving past its set-top box competitors by moving past the set-top box altogether. The company announced this weekend that it will release a new line of HDTV sets with the Roku software built right in. Attendees at International CES this week will get the opportunity to preview the new televisions, with an official rollout set for this fall. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Briefly: Some of the best director commentaries out there are from David Fincher, whose discussions about each of his films are super-detailed and free of the “you had to be there” stories that make some commentaries little more than a genial hangout session with the filmmakers. Hanging out is great, but if you want a commentary you might learn from, Fincher is a good bet.
So it’s great that Netflix has added director commentaries to the first season of House of Cards, which Fincher produced, and which features him as director of two episodes. There are also commentaries from James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross), Joel Schumacher (The Client), Charles McDougall (The Good Wife), Carl Franklin (Homeland), and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos).
This is all a promo, more or less, for the second season of House of Cards, which will be available in its entirety on February 14. As promos go, it’s a great one. Get to the commentaries through the subtitle option on your Netflix portal of choice.
Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Among the Netflix faithful, the service’s hyper-specificity is something of an affectionate joke. Just about any movie database will differentiate between, say, drama and comedy, but Netflix comes up with categories like “Critically-acclaimed Witty Independent Comedies” or “Imaginative Time Travel Movies from the 1980s.”
Just as you’d imagine, those microgenres add up — to 76,897 unique descriptors, as counted by one journalist. And they reveal some interesting information about what exactly we’re all watching on Netflix. Hit the jump to see what he found.
Posted on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
At $7.99/month, Netflix‘s basic streaming package isn’t a bank-breaker for most folks. But if you really want to cut your entertainment expenditures to the bone, you may be in luck. The service is now testing a standard-def $6.99/month option for certain users.
If, on the other hand, you’d like to do more with your subscription and don’t mind paying a little extra for it, the company is also trying out a $9.99/month package that’ll let users stream to more devices simultaneously. Hit the jump to get the details on these potential new options.
Posted on Friday, December 27th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Netflix Instant has thousands of great movies available to watch, but due to contracts with studios, sometimes they are only available for a limited time. On January 1, a ton of movies will be coming off the streaming service.
If you were planning on watching Miller’s Crossing, Do the Right Thing, Braveheart or any of a few dozen others, you better do so soon. You can check out the full list below. Read More »
Briefly: As the holiday season comes to a close, many of people are enjoying brand new televisions. And in researching those televisions, buyers probably realized the next big thing is 4K delivery. While 4K TVs aren’t yet affordable for the general consumer, the distributors have slowly begun to embrace the format, looking ahead to the future. Without content, there’s no way to sell a new (and expensive) spec.
Amazon will soon start shooting all of their new shows for 4K and now Netflix announced the second season of House of Cards, which premieres on February 14, will be available in 4K. It’s the beginning of the company’s slow push towards the format. Who else will follow suit this year? [CNet]
Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s hard to believe that it was just over a year ago when Barack Obama’s re-election to the White House dashed Mitt Romney‘s hopes of becoming the next President of the United States. While his former running mate Paul Ryan has remained a vocal presence in the House of Representatives, Romney himself has almost completely faded from public view.
But Netflix is taking a look back at the man with Mitt, Greg Whiteley‘s documentary about Romney’s lengthy battle for the presidency. While we all know the eventual outcome, it’s still a fascinating inside look at a side of the politician we never go to know — probably to his detriment. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
From the director of Cinema Paradiso, featuring the music of Ennio Morricone and starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland, The Best Offer hits theaters and video on demand January 1.
The film follows an art dealer (Rush) who is asked to sell the possessions of a woman who refuses to be seen. While researching her incredible collection, he falls deeper and deeper into a mysterious puzzle. The latest by Giuseppe Tornatore won a ton of awards in Europe and sounds like it has passion and intrigue we’ve come to expect from the director, with that award-winning cast to boot.
/Film is proud to debut the first poster for The Best Offer, which opens in New York and comes on demand January 1. Check it out below. Read More »