Everyone’s least favorite Beatle is being sponsored by Apple for a live streaming concert Feb. 9th @ 7 p.m. PST - all this is for Paul McCartney’s new album, Kisses on the Bottom, which was released Monday and is available on iTunes for $9.99. Since Apple is sponsoring the live event, they are also making it free – all you have to do is download the new Apple Live App and tune it.
NetFlix has taken the first steps towards becoming content independent, creating its very own original content, starting with the mob drama Lilyhammer. All eight episodes are now available for streaming on Netflix – so if you’re the type that loves to “marathon” series, now is your chance. Lilyhammer:
Frank Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt), is a former member of the New York mob. After testifying in a trial in the United States, Tagliano is relocated to Lillehammer in Norway through the FBI’s witness protection program. Frank Tagliano was intrigued by Lillehammer when he saw television images of the Winter Olympics in 1994, and therefore chooses to start his new life there. The transition from being a feared and respected gangster in New York, to become an unemployed immigrant in Norway, is not simple. Frank discovers that to get up and in the Norwegian rural society, he must resort to the old, ruthless methods.
According to TheVerge (by way of Netflix), Lilyhammer is watched by 1.2 million viewers/per week – the highest number for any TV series in Norwegian history. Let’s hope this is just the beginning – becoming content independent will allow Netflix to grow and will allow them more freedom from Hollywood’s archaic mindset.
LoveFilm, you’ve been put on call! Today, Netflix has launched in the UK and Ireland – offering everyone one free month of their services at no cost. If you like what Netflix has to offer and want to stay with their services, it’ll cost you £5.99/€6.99 per additional month – not bad.
Today we’re bringing Netflix to the UK and Ireland. I am Neil Hunt, chief product officer at Netflix. I’m proud to have led the product team that brings Netflix to the country where I grew up, after spending most of my career in California.
In terms of media or catalog of shows/movies – that we’ll have to browse through but I’m sure they’ll have popular American and Uk series, with more to come on the way. Also, you’ll be able to watch Netflix on multiple devices: Computers (mac/pc) – Tablets – Smart TVs – Smartphones - Blue-ray Players and Game Consoles. Enjoy.
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Looks like Qualcomm is working on adding Netflix streaming (DRM) to its future chipset lines (Snapdragon), which would be a massive thumbs up for future Android devices. See how I said “future” twice – yea, present devices are out of luck. Additional inhancments will include better battery life and enhanced video decoding – very nice. NEXT!!
News Corp’s “The Daily” has gone live and is available on itunes after a lackluster press event. So, what is the daily? Well, Mr. Murdock let us know that it will be the best of all media: pictures,HD video,tweets,facebook and 360 deg images – so that’s good. In fact, as lackluster as the press event was, the little they did show of the application was impressive and I’ll have to try it out.
Pricing: $.14 a day and $.99 a week or $39 a year – you pick your poison. There will be a new issue everyday, with new content and as breaking news stories happen, they will be pushed to the app (for better or worse). Sounds good so far but we are leaving out one crucial aspect: the content.
News Corp and its collection of publications tends to be right winged – will “The daily” be of a similar voice? Creating an app that has a beautiful UI and that takes advantage of the hardware it’s on is only the beginning. Like traditional media, it’s the content that will bring people back – not the endless cool swipe functions. Do you want to give Murdock your pennies or wait for another publication to step up? NEXT!!
Will the real Mark Zuckerberg please stand up.