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Wednesday, 12 December 2012 ,  Written by Dick Ward
Redbox Instant Runs $8.00 a Month - $9.00 with Blu-ray
The folks at Redbox have finally revealed all of the details of their disc and streaming subscription service and it's looking good, especially if you're a Blu-ray fan.  The service will cost $8, which is the same price that Netflix charges for its streaming service.  It's coming to iOS and Android devices as well as TVs and other gear from Samsung and LG as well as Google TV, with more almost certainly on the way.  The streaming doesn't seem to give you much that Netflix doesn't, but Redbox more than makes up for it with the disc rental component of the deal.
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 ,  Written by Dick Ward
New Netflix Encoding Promises More Detail at Lower Bitrates
High definition streaming can be confusing to some, mainly because the traditional 1080p and 720p labels don't mean as much as the bitrate at which they're encoded.  Typically, higher bitrate means higher quality.  Netflix says that they've changed things up with their own streaming service though, and are offering a new streaming quality that they say offers higher quality at a lower bitrate.
Monday, 10 December 2012 ,  Written by Dick Ward
Verizon Plans a DVR That Watches You Back
Alright, let's start with the obvious.  No, nobody watches you back through your TV, no matter what conspiracy theorists say.  Well, the CIA is planning to, but that's not the point.  The point is that Verizon has plans for a DVR that will pack both a camera and a microphone to allow for better targeted advertisements.
Thursday, 06 December 2012 ,  Written by Dick Ward
Redbox Instant Delayed to 2013, Netflix Signs a Major Deal with Disney
Two big pieces of news came in from the world of streaming video delivery, both of which weigh in the favor of Netflix.  Firstly, Redbox Instant has been delayed to the spring of 2013.  The company says that they're still doing private beta tests within the organization and will be conducting a public test of the service in January.  The second bit of news is that Disney has signed a significant deal with Netflix that includes pay-TV window streaming rights to feature films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and their most recent acquisition – Lucasfilm.
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 ,  Written by Dick Ward
The RED Redray 4K Cinema Player is Up for Preorder at $1,450
If you're picking up a UHDTV or projector, you're going to want something to watch on it.  Upscaled Blu-rays and TV shows are a start, but for native UHD content, you don't have a lot of choices.  The folks at RED, better known for their cameras, have announced the new Redray player, which is capable of playing back 4K video files, and of handling HFR 3D – the same tech being used in theaters for screenings of 'The Hobbit.'
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