Media & Entertainment

Mozilla’s Chromecast Alternative ‘Matchstick’ Hits Kickstarter for $12

Mozilla’s Chromecast Alternative ‘Matchstick’ Hits Kickstarter for $12

Mozilla is expanding beyond its Firefox browser and trying its hand in the suddenly hot streaming video business. Its take: the MatchStick HDMI streaming stick, which will sell for a limited time through Kickstarter at a starting price of $12 before it goes to retail. It's final price of $25 sets its sights on the ...

Netflix Will Pay You to Instagram Famous Movie Locations

Netflix Will Pay You to Instagram Famous Movie Locations

Ever felt that your Instagram photography is so good that you should start charging for it? Now's your chance to prove your worth. Netflix is looking for three professional Instagram shooters (aka "Grammasters") that will travel across the continental US snapping square photos of "iconic" movie and TV show locations to drum ...

Comcast Rolls Out a Cloud DVR to San Francisco Customers

Comcast Rolls Out a Cloud DVR to San Francisco Customers

Comcast customers in the San Francisco Bay Area can now stream their DVR recordings to their iOS or Android devices, no matter where they are. The Sling-like feature requires one of the company’s newer X1 set-top boxes — for now. Under the hood, it’s already powered by Comcast’s cloud DVR, which could eventually ...

Top Movie Theaters Refuse to Show Netflix’s ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel

Top Movie Theaters Refuse to Show Netflix’s ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel

The nation's top theater chains are not bowing down to a new Weinstein Co. deal with Netflix and IMAX. On Monday night, Weinstein Co. announced it will simultaneously debut a "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel on Netflix and IMAX theaters on Aug. 28. Weinstein Co. Co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement that ...

FCC Ends 40-Year-Old Sports Blackout Rules

FCC Ends 40-Year-Old Sports Blackout Rules

Federal officials killed the nearly 40-year-old rules Tuesday that kept some football fans from watching local teams on TV when stadiums don’t sell out. “It’s a simple fact the federal government should not be party to sports teams keeping their fans from viewing the game,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Tuesday, ...

Netflix to Produce and Stream ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel

Netflix to Produce and Stream ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel

Netflix has reached a deal with The Weinstein Co. for its first original movie — a sequel to Ang Lee’s 2000 martial arts pic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” — set to hit IMAX theaters and the streaming-video service simultaneously next summer. The film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend,” is ...

‘Authors United’ is Siding With Hachette Against Amazon

‘Authors United’ is Siding With Hachette Against Amazon

The authors are uniting. Last spring, when Amazon began discouraging customers from buying books published by Hachette, the writers grumbled that they were pawns in the retailer’s contract negotiations over e-book prices. During the summer, they banded together and publicly protested Amazon’s actions. Now, hundreds of ...

Thom Yorke Releases Surprise Album as a ‘Paygated’ BitTorrent Bundle

Thom Yorke Releases Surprise Album as a ‘Paygated’ BitTorrent Bundle

BitTorrent says it’s ready to help musicians and other creators start selling digital content. On Friday, the company announced a new “paygate” feature for Bundles, which are promotional packages of content shared through BitTorrent by publishers or the artists themselves. Even before officially launching the Bundle ...

Study: Netflix Subscribers Watch 90 Minutes of Video Per Day

Study: Netflix Subscribers Watch 90 Minutes of Video Per Day

Netflix subscribers around the world watch more than 90 minutes of video from the streaming service every single day on average, according to new estimates from The Diffusion Group, which also reported this week that the overall amount of Netflix streaming has increased 350 percent over the last ten quarters. The Diffusion ...

Microsoft’s Chromecast Competitor Costs $60 and is Powered by Miracast

Microsoft’s Chromecast Competitor Costs $60 and is Powered by Miracast

Google clearly landed on a fantastic formula when it built Chromecast, and that product's standout success has led other companies to push out their own HDMI dongles in recent months. Roku's got its $49.99 Streaming Stick, and now Microsoft is trying to create a worthy competitor with the brand new Wireless Display Adapter. ...