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downloadThe evidence continues to pile up that consumers are becoming less and less enamored with cable and turning increasingly to online solutions. Consumer research firm Experian recently conducted a survey that found households with a Netflix or Hulu subscription were almost three times less likely than the average household to pay for a cable subscription.

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Third Person Preview and Trailer

downloadIn our never-ending quest to keep you informed and up-to-date on movie and home entertainment happenings, Inside Redbox regularly takes a look at major films coming out in the near(ish) future that are already generating buzz and anticipation. This time around, we’re spotlighting Third Person.

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Netflix Scam Alert

175_90_NetflixIn the midst of all the fun industry news, movie previews, and other content we offer you, we also occasionally need to bring you important warnings. There’s currently a major Netflix scam out there that you should be aware of.

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175_90_NetflixComplain as it may about having to pay Comcast for direct access to its high speed internet service, Netflix can’t deny that its customers are getting a better streaming experience out of the deal.

Netflix has released its Speed Index for March, and the report shows average Comcast speeds for streaming subscribers rapidly increasing.

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imagesIt’s a jungle out there when it comes to set-top streaming hardware, with Roku and Apple TV as entrenched players, Amazon’s hot-selling new Fire TV just out, and every major gaming system also capable of running streaming apps. Should Netflix, whose app is already a must-have on all of the aforementioned devices, leap headfirst into the fray with its own box?

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download (20)After several scary years for proponents of physical media in the home entertainment industry, it’s looking like things have stabilized for now. While just about everyone agrees that digital sales and rentals are the inevitable future of the industry, DVDs and Blu-ray discs still seem to have some life in them.

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downloadIn the fiercely competitive world of streaming video, Amazon has passed several major rivals to secure its second place standing behind Netflix. Online research firm Quilt is reporting that Amazon Prime Instant Video has nearly tripled its video streams this year compared to last, and has now surpassed Hulu and Apple TV in terms of bandwidth usage.

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download (4)No longer content to sit on the sidelines and watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and others launch successful original series, Microsoft is jumping into the fray with several new shows from its Xbox Entertainment Studio (XES).

Microsoft has pitched its new Xbox One console as an all-in-one living room box first and a gaming console second, and this move toward original content would seem to back up that intent. Read the rest of this entry »

images (2)Fighting to dispel perceptions as a Hulu also-ran, online streaming site Crackle has signed a multiyear content licensing deal that will enable it to stream movies from NBC Universal.

Crackle is owned by Sony Pictures Television, and runs a similar business model to Hulu’s, streaming ad-supported movies, TV shows, and original series. Read the rest of this entry »

downloadAs rumored, Amazon threw its considerably large hat into the set-top streaming box fray today with the Fire TV. The small device will compete with the Apple TV, Roku box, and other similar devices in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

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