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With internet speeds constantly increasing, more and more people are able to stream music and videos online reducing the need for CDs and DVDs. Add in the lower cost of streaming options versus the alternative of going out to a theater or purchasing DVDs and you can see why, for the first time ever, the amount of online movies streamed legally will outpace the number of DVDs sold.
IHS Screen Digest is predicting that 3.6 billion movies will be streamed in 2012 with only 2.6 billion DVD and blu-ray purchases occuring. This is the first time that online streaming has out-paced DVD purchases. But, I must now call into the question the study, just for our readers. When you purchase a DVD, you get to keep a copy of the movie in question. However, some of the main providers of online streaming are more akin to Blockbuster where you are renting a video and don't get to keep a copy.
I stumbled upon this video on my trawl through Reddit today between posting news, and it completely blew me away. It's a short 8-minute video, set in a post-apocalyptic universe that has been taken over by vegetation, trees, and... robots.
The video above is absolutely stunning, the animation is amazing for what seems a small-scale project, but big-scale plans. The team at OddBall Animation have pulled off an absolutely wonderful looking piece of animation, in a world where it makes me want to see more. I was left wanting so much more at the end.
A game in this universe with next-gen graphics would be so amazing. My hat goes off to everyone involved in this, and I thought it would be good to share around and our readers would enjoy it. Be sure to let the creators know, or comment on this news, retweet it, share it on your Facebook or Timeline!
I'm a huge fan of the Alien movies, with James Cameron's outing, Aliens, my favorite. But, it all started with Alien, that was the grand daddy of these movies, and cemented them as an amazingly detailed, intricate world.
Ridley Scott was given another opportunity to visit the universe, with "Prometheus". With this outing, Scott creates a groundbreaking mythology, where a team of explorers discover a clue to what they think is the origin of mankind, but in reality, it is not. From there, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
That sounds just a little exciting, doesn't it? The previous teasers and trailers have not excited me as much as this one. The only thing I can say after watching that, is I have goosebumps.
AnandTech have tackled something I haven't had the time to test yet: iTunes gear in 1080p. They've tested the iTunes 1080p downloads to the proper Blu-ray Discs (BRD). The only issue is they were forced to take actual photos of the screen, versus screenshots, because of the hardware and DRM-based limitations, boo.
The screen used was identical in both tests, a Dell U2312HM monitor with a 1920x1080 resolution, a MacBook Air connected through the DisplayPort port, and a Panasonic DMP-BD65 Blu-ray player that was connected with a HDMI-to-DVI cable. AnandTech then used the movie 30 Days of Night, which was filed in the common Super 35 film format, and transferred itno the 2k digital intermediate, which means it was edited in the digital domain.
Now, considering that the BRD version of the movie is a dual-layer BD 50 disc that sports both the Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS-HD tracks, the iTunes version is not very big at all. The iTunes version is just 3.62GB, and contains the stereo AAC track as well as the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. AnandTech have a few photos showing the difference between the versions, so you should check the rest of the story out here.
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Apple has just started talking about Apple TV changes at its iPad event that's happening right now and one of the first announcements regards Apple TV.
It is getting an update to support 1080p TV episodes and the user interface is also getting an update to 1080p as well. The new Apple TV will be going on sale next week for $99 and you can order it today, well once the Apple store opens again, probably shortly after this event finishes up.
We'll post more as it comes in.
Boxee has slowly been making their Boxee Box more awesome, but I think today's change will catapult it into the hearts, souls and pants of many more. Boxee has just teased they're nearly ready to introduce Pornhub.
Yes, Pornhub. Pornhub is considered the YouTube of porn, where it offers user-generated video, as well as professional-grade content. Yes, it's porn, but porn is a multi-billion market, and Boxee are smart for entering that arena. Boxee are also not new to offering adult services, such as Fyre.
Pornhub will make its ad-free debut, free to watch is a great way to get customers interesting. It also claims its the first, official free adult app on Boxee to do so. This marks the first move of Pornhub being made available on TVs. Right now, Pornhub's bread and butter (I was going to use a pun, but I'll keep it clean!) is still the web, where they enjoy an insane 100 million page views per day, with 25 million visitors and 3 billion page views per month.
You can now see this is serious business, which will mark a change in Boxee Box. Hopefully users of Pornhub won't hear about Boxee Box and think it's an up-and-coming porn star.
I've just watched the new trailer to The Avengers, and holy crap it is amazing. The first trailer was good, but this had the hairs on the back of my neck well and truly standing.
The trailer shows off some insane action, and the scope and scale of the movie is shown much better in this trailer. I'm loving that they have crammed so many characters into one movie, something that could've only been dreamt of 20 years ago.
There are tonnes of tracking shots in the movie, one-liners should be rampant, too. I just love Robert Downey Jr playing Tony Stark. Chris Evans plays Captain America amazingly, too. It's also good to see the soon-to-be new Bourne playing Hawkeye, too.
One of the comments from "epicecho91" on YouTube sums it up pretty well:
brb, need new pants.
I was a teenager when the first American Pie movie came out, and it made me want to be growing up in America, going to their high schools. The movie was a smash hit and turned some of its stars into big-time Hollywood actors. The time has come for another sequel, which actually looks great.
In a weekend, the gang catch up and rekindle that bond they had from the summer of 1999 when they began their quest to lose their virginity. In the years since 1999, Jim and Michelle have married, and had a baby, while Vicky and Kevin have said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, and Finch still has his heart set on Stifler's mom.
In American Reunion, all of the characters we've come to know and love reunite for their high-school reunion. The trailer looks great, and seems to be more down-to-earth with its characters, but still includes all the jokes we've come to know from American Pie. The last line of the movie has Jim's Dad say "you'd be surprised what you can do with a well-placed thumb", which is just a perfect line from his character.
Samsung spins off display business, calls it Samsung Display, will begin rolling screens out on April 1
In an interesting move, Samsung have just confirmed rumors that were floating through the industry over the past few days or so that they were going to be spinning out their core LCD business. This is now true and the new group will be renamed to Samsung Display, and given $667.3 million worth of working capital to begin, as long as it passes approval on April 1.
The decision comes after Samsung have had trouble with their traditional computer monitor and TV division, but on the flip side, have enjoyed great success with their OLED-based panels. The OLED-based panels are successful in great products such as the company's Galaxy Note, and new OLED TV lineup set to debut this year. You know, the one that I want 3 of.
Apple are set to feel this move, as they rely on Samsung for display manufacturing work. We won't know the full effects of this until it begins to roll through the industry. One thing Samsung have confirmed with this news is that the OLED division is staying with Samsung, and not moving over to the newly-formed Samsung Display.