Excitement over last month’s announcement that iTunes-purchased movies would now be available on iCloud was hampered somewhat by the caveat that Universal and Fox weren’t on board with the new arrangement just yet. Though all of the other major studios were participating, Universal and Fox weren’t able to join in due to licensing conflicts with HBO. The pay cable network promised to work something out, however, and now it’s starting to make good on its word. As of this week, Universal titles are now available to re-download on iCloud. More after the jump.
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Streaming Bits: Hulu’s Player Grows 55%, Cablevision Launches HBO Go, Amazon Signs Discovery Deal, iTunes 1080p Almost as Good as Blu-ray
Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Watching movies on your computer has long been a convenient option that comes at the cost of quality. But as Hulu’s video player gets a size upgrade and iTunes launches 1080p videos, digital media is looking better and better. After the jump:
- Hulu unveils a shinier, cleaner new UI
- Cablevision subscribers can now sign up for HBO Go and Max Go
- Discovery Communications brings 3,000 more titles to Amazon
- The difference between 1080p and Blu-ray may be smaller than you think
You probably have heard that Apple announced a new iPad and new Apple TV box this morning. But you might not know what this means for you the media-consuming film geek — that is where we come into play.
Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
As it has been widely known and rumored for a while now, Apple has been working to revolutionize the television set. Steve Jobs’ final project was trying to create a product that would change the tv world, the same way the iphone changed the world of mobile smart phones. Jobs told Walter Isaacson in his recently published biography that he had finally “cracked it” after years of trying to solve the problem:
“‘I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,’ he told me. ‘It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.’ No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. ‘It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.’”
The recent release of the iPhone 4s has gotten some to believe that the voice powered Siri software might be part of the solution, which may be true, but I believe it is much more complex than that. Now Sony has come forward and announced that they have also been developing a “different kind of TV set” in their race to beat Steve Jobs to the new television revolution.
Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
This week marked the launch of UltraViolet, a new digital locker system that would allow users to purchase content in one physical or digital format and access it across all platforms via a cloud-based system. The service came about through years of negotiation and collaboration between major studios, manufacturers, and retailers, but not everyone in the industry was on board — Apple and Disney were among the two biggest holdouts.
We’ve now learned why Apple declined to participate, and it’s pretty much the same reason Disney did. Apple has quietly been working on its own cloud service, expected to launch in late 2011 or early 2012, and has been working out deals with studios to allow videos purchased through iTunes to be streamed on any Apple device including iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV.
The good news for UltraViolet is that Apple is reportedly considering allowing UltraViolet users to access their libraries via apps on their Apple products. As the company accounts for a whopping 66% of digital movie sales and rentals — not to mention a sizable share of the market for both tablets and smartphones — this could be a big help to UltraViolet. However, in an effort to encourage customers to continue buying Apple electronics, iTunes purchases would only be playable on other Apple devices. [LA Times]
After the jump, read about a new deal between Netflix and The CW to bring all the Gossip Girl and Supernatural you could possibly want to your streaming account.
Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
One of the killer features in Apple’s new iPhone 4S is a virtual personal assistant program named Siri. The new software, which is built into the core operating system, allows users to ask questions or create tasks using natural speech. The engineers at Apple have also included a bunch of cool Easter eggs in the results.
For example, when Siri is asked “What’s the best phone?” it says, “Wait… there are other phones?” or when a person says “I love you” to Siri, she responds, “I hope you don’t say that to those other mobile phones, [NAME]“. When you ask her what her name is, she responds “My name is Siri, but you already knew that.” If you ask who made Siri, she responds “Like it says on the box, I was designed by Apple in California.” And this is only the beginning of a list of funny responses that has been uncovered pre-release.
But best of all, Siri responds to, and references, Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Douglas Adams‘ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Details after the jump.
Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 by David Chen
It has only been about one week since Apple released Final Cut Pro X, but the response has been fast and furious: many professional editors have found it totally inadequate for their needs, and some surmise it will never become the industry standard that Final Cut 7 was, regardless of how many updates it receives.
Apple has finally issued an official response in the form of a FAQ page. But does it sufficiently address the concerns of industry professionals?
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Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2011 by David Chen
I’ve been closely following the recent release of Final Cut Pro X, and I’m sure many of you have been as well. I have never edited any video professionally, but having recently purchased some DSLRs with solid HD video capabilities, I was excited that Apple would be releasing a new version of Final Cut Pro that not only simplified and expedited the video editing process, but also only cost $300 in the Mac App Store. However, the recent critical firestorm surrounding the release of Final Cut Pro X has given even me pause about clicking that “Buy” button.
Hit the jump for more details and to share your thoughts on Final Cut Pro X.
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