Most Arrested Development fans know that Netflix has commissioned two more seasons of the hit TV show to be produced before they make a movie. The production has been put on pause and is set to resume in late January. But, the good news is that Mitch Hurwitz has reportedly shot more material than originally planned.
Netflix originally ordered 10 new episodes, but Hurwitz and the producing studios have reportedly approached Netflix and gotten them to increase the order to 12 to 15 episodes. Filming was originally scheduled to end before Thanksgiving, but with the increased order, they have filmed for an extra few weeks.
Hurwitz has taken the existing footage and is reviewing it to figure out just who he will need to film in January and how to incorporate the extra ideas. Netflix is planning to release all of the episodes at one time in spring, so they still have time to finish up production without delaying the planned release.
"We are thrilled with the direction of the show, with the footage we have seen and with the relationship between Mitch, Imagine, 20th and Netflix," a Netflix spokeswoman said. "At this time, we are not confirming or announcing the final episode count but we are sure fans will be thrilled when we do."
Sony is pretty happy with some recent findings by Netflix that place the PlayStation 3 as the number one TV-connected device used for streaming the online video provider's content. Netflix even said that, on occasion, the PlayStation 3 actually surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix enjoyment and made it to number one overall.
Impressive. Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, had the following to say:
PS3 is our largest TV-connected platform in terms of Netflix viewing, and this year, at times, even surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix enjoyment to become our number one platform overall. PS3 is a natural fit for Netflix in terms of developing and first deploying our most advanced features. We can transparently update our application with new features on a daily basis, and through the free PlayStation Network, people around the world can sign up for Netflix directly from their PS3.
Sony then, in their announcement post, goes on to brag about how all of the improvements that Netflix later debuted on consoles started off on the PlayStation 3. Really, it is just a post with them bragging, but it is interesting that the PS3 has the most subscribers. Maybe people are using the money they would have spent on Xbox Live on a Netflix subscription instead?
The Hobbit will be released in theaters on December 14th and we absolutely can't wait to revisit The Lord of the Rings in an all-new adventure. But it's not going to be all fun and games for everyone in The Hobbit, which is made evident in this parody video which shows just how rough a time Bilbo Baggins is going to have.
Even before his grand adventure takes place in The Hobbit, Bilbo finds himself in a peculiar situation as Gandalf and a group of dwarves make themselves comfortable at his home. What results is a long night of drinking, drinking and more drinking.
In the world of online streaming video platforms, Netflix is still king even though it hasn't exactly had the greatest time with its customers in recent months. I mean, there's no way you forgot about Qwikster, right? That's why any new online streaming video service needs to be aggressive and offer as good as a service as Netflix currently does. If today's report turns out to be true, it looks as though Redbox may have quite the service in store for those looking for an alternative to Netflix.
According to GigaOM, it looks as though when Redbox's "Redbox Instant" is launched, it'll charge its customers $6 a month for its online streaming video service, which is $2 cheaper than Netflix currently charges. Not only will it offer unlimited video streaming, but it will also give its users some optional perks like paying $2 extra a month to keep their DVD rentals for four nights, instead of the usual $1.20 per night cost. Redbox also plans on offering on-demand rentals of newer movies at $.99 a pop.
One of Pixar's most iconic figures, its desk lamp, has been seen in a number of the company's films. Nearly every opening credit for Pixar has included its desk lamp bouncing around, but Adam Ben-Dror has created a real-life lamp that can easily have us considering adding it to our work desk.
Ben-Dror's lamp is called Pinokio and looks nearly identical for Pixar's desk lamp and, even more important, moves and reacts to its surroundings in a similar fashion. Pinokio is powered by six servos, a webcam and a bunch of other tech mumbo jumbo to have it aware of its surroundings, although Pinokio will always lose in a game of hide & go seek.
I'm not a bike owner, but I can imagine trusting your main form of transportation to a combination lock and an old tree might be nerve wracking when you're heading into a shop to purchase various items a bike rider may need. The last thing you want to return to when you're done shopping is a cut lock and your bike gone. Wouldn't the world be better if there was a bike locker of sorts where the user can deposit and retrieve their bike with the wave of a card? That's exactly what the Japanese have done.
In a video published by YouTube user acdcasic, we can see him using one of those fancy, shmancy automated bicycle underground parking garages we've all been dreaming of. The user waves his card in front of the sensor to have their bike retrieved and when the bike is deposited, the push of a button allows for the garage to grab your bike and park it underground.
PSY's Gangnam Style has been nearly everywhere as the song just can't seem to stop its momentum to completely taking over the entire world. Gangnam Style's dominance in the music scene has just taken another victim as it has now become the most-viewed video on YouTube ever.
Before Gangnam Style became the most-viewed video on YouTube, that "honor" went to Justin Bieber's "Baby," which on Nov. 24th, reached a whopping 803 million views and countless hearts of tween girls. But on Nov. 24th, Gangnam Style overtook that video as it reached 805 million views with approximately seven to ten million views taking place in a single day.
When a movie series does as well as the recent Dark Knight movies, Hollywood tends to go the prequel route in order to tell another side of its blockbuster movies that couldn't be told before. Before something like that happens to this beloved franchise, movie clips TRAILERS decided to take it upon themselves to not only provide a gag prequel trailer to the Dark Knight series, but to make a really good one set in "Gotham High."
The mock trailer includes all of the notable characters from the Dark Knight series. You'll see Bruce Wayne, The Joker and even a 30-year old looking Harvey Dent. All of the footage has been taken from the earlier works of the actors who played those roles, and thankfully, many of them happened to come up the same route as you'll see a lot of school-related material here.
It was just a few weeks ago when the first official Iron Man 3 trailer hit the Internet to which many comic book and action film fans probably thought, "Boy! There sure are a lot of nifty special effects in this trailer. I wonder what it would look like if it received a low budget remake?"
For the twenty-seven of you that thought a low budget remake would be cool to see, you were completely right as Dumb Drum put together a video that accurately replicates the original Iron Man 3 trailer, just without all of those fancy special effects.
If you ever attend a convention like a Comic-Con, one thing that will definitely get you the ladies is cosplaying as different characters. After watching Stealth Cosplay's video of his War Machine costume, I can tell you if he didn't already have a girlfriend, women at Comic-Con would be throwing phone numbers at him as if he was the guest of honor at a ticket-tape parade.
The suit took approximately one month to complete from start to finish that features the ability to open & close its face mask, blinking lights on the inside of his arms to simulate War Machine's machine guns and his shoulder-mounted mini-gun that spins when in use.
Laina's "Overly Attached Girlfriend" character made its debut this summer, and it seems like she's already started to sell out the character to companies who are willing to pay her to look all crazy while adding her own lyrics to karaoke tunes. One of the first "commercials" I've seen for the character just hit YouTube today promoting Samsung's SSD 840.
The video starring Laina's "Overly Attached Girlfriend" character has her speaking on behalf of your computer. It's been a long time since you've layer your Doritos-covered mitts on your computer and it wants you back. Bad. And it's willing to do anything to get you back, like threatening to release all of those quarantined viruses onto your system or deleting all of your pirated music downloads.
Netflix is a massive bandwidth hog, or at least a new report from Sandvine would lead you to believe that. The data that they collected shows that Netflix use contributed 33 percent of downstream traffic in North America during peak hours. From 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., Netflix dominated the competition in data usage.
Amazon, by comparison, only accounted for 1.8 percent, and Hulu only managed to use 1.4 percent. During this time period, roughly 65 percent of non-cellular data was composed of audio- or video-streaming services. This means that Netflix accounts for over half of all streaming during the peak hours of usage.
Sandvine is predicting that Netflix will, by 2015, generate "two times the bandwidth of YouTube and 10 times that of competing services." Sandvine's numbers are created by collecting data from over 200 customers worldwide over a period of one month. Sandvine is in the business of selling Internet traffic-management systems.
Halo 4 was officially released yesterday and will most likely take up permanent residence in many Xbox 360s for the next few weeks and months. If you were able to pry yourself away from the siren call of Halo 4, you're probably going to want to jump right back in after watching this music video The WarpZone published yesterday in honor of Halo 4's release.
The Wanted's "Glad You Came" has been playing on the majority of Top 40 stations across the U.S., but The WarpZone gave it a new meaning in its version of "Glad You Came." In their version, they tell a story of some infantry who are being completely overrun by the Covenant. Then, when things look their worst, Master Chief shows up and does his usual butt-kicking.
Google has been mapping the world for years now, but we should not be surprised if one day they decide to offer a "House View" mode in its Google Maps service. That inevitable concept was brought to life in a satirical YouTube video.
The Kloons put together a video showing what exactly we could expect when it comes to using Google's House View mode in Maps as they explore the inside of their home.
It should no secret by now that Disney purchased Lucasfilm a few days ago, which have left many Star Wars fans clutching at their lightsabers in either worry or excitement. Either way, big changes are bound to happen with everyone's favorite sci-fi series in the coming years.
With the recent news, Disney decided to take it upon themselves to show fans of Lucasfilm need not worry so much as they invited everyone's favorite Sith Lord, Darth Vader, to its Disneyland theme park. What results from the experience is a pretty funny video showing Darth Vader actually having fun.
In my circle of friends, I'm the only iPhone user, so the daily assaults I receive from them on how much Android is better than the iPhone is as expected as waking up in the morning. The "S*** People Say" videos have been popular ever since the iconic "S*** Girls Say" was released earlier this year, but finally, someone has made a "S*** Android Users Say" and it's extremely on point.
The video highlights many of what non-Android users hear, that group mainly being made up of iOS owners since Android users don't really care about Blackberry or Windows Phone users. Screen size, reception and how highly configurable Android is are just some of most discussed topics that non-Android users have heard on a regular basis.
If you're not an Apple fanboy or at least have a somewhat interest in Apple products, then today probably was not the day to be following the Internet as all everyone has been talking about all day have been sprinkled in Apple praise or disdain.
Regardless on what side of the fence you're on, it's always entertaining to see what Apple has up their sleeves and that's exactly what we saw today as a slew of new Apple products like the new Mac Mini, 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display and, of course, the 4th generation iPad and iPad Mini.
One of the biggest streaming services across nearly everyone's mobile devices has got to be Pandora, although I'm a bigger fan of Spotify. The extremely popular music streaming service has nearly never had any sort of hiccups, but in a skit on Saturday Night Live that aired this weekend, Pandora ran into a little bit of trouble.
The skit started with just another flawless day in Pandora's HQ, but a power outage caused the serious hiccup in its online stream throughout a number of its artist's channels. Thankfully, a lowly intern, who was played by SNL host Bruno Mars, came to the company's rescue as he was able to mimic a number of of artist's iconic sounds like Green Day, Aerosmith and even Katy Perry.
Without looking into the absurdity of one of Pandora's employees being able to karaoke their way through a song without the listeners noticing, the skit was actually pretty good and Bruno kept it together through his performances of other artist's music.
Google has struck a deal with Twentieth Century Fox that will see Stewie Griffen and family coming to YouTube and Google Play. And it's not only Family Guy that is coming, Google will be adding over 600 other TV shows and movies to the collection that is available to rent or buy through YouTube and Google Play.
For example, today you can buy Prometheus in HD. Prometheus isn't due out on Blu-ray, DVD, or on-demand video for another three weeks. According to Google, "over the next few weeks you'll be able to rent or buy your favorite Fox movies like X-Men, Ice Age and Black Swan, and TV shows like 'Glee,' 'Modern Family,' 'New Girl' and many more."
Google is continuing to work on expanding as a content provider instead of just a content indexer. Google is now reportedly working with all six of the major film studios and many independent studios to bring you your favorite content. These new titles will be available in the US at first and Google will work to bring them to other countries.
37 billion. That's the number of online videos watched by Americans last month. In the United States, ComScore found that 181 million users watched 37 billion online videos last month. That means that 84.5% of United States Internet users watched at least one video last month. Incredibly, the average person watched 21.8 hours of video during the month.
Of course, Google grabbed the large majority of the viewers with 157.7. Second place went to Yahoo with only 53.6 million. Beyond that was Vevo, Facebook, and Microsoft with 49.5, 44.3, and 42.8 million viewers respectively. Hulu was even further down the list grabbing only 28.2 million views yet they came in just behind Google in terms of total time spent by the average user at 3.8 hours.
Video ads were also shown quite a few times in order to pay for the videos. 9.5 billion video ads were shown to users last month with Hulu showing the majority of those ads. This fact isn't surprising as viewers have to sit through the ads in the middle of their favorite TV shows. Video ads also accounted for 20.5% of all videos watched last month.
Netflix took a pretty big hit last year when it announced pricing changes to its plans. However, today a Netflix executive has come out and said that he believes they have taken the brand hit from those changes. Netflix has rebounded in the first quarter, but scared off investors slightly with talk of its competitors.
Netflix CFO David Wells spoke at the J.P. Morgan Technology Media and Telecom conference and talked about customer satisfaction, churn, and overall feeling towards Netflix. As Netflix nears the one year mark of the changes that consumers hated, CFO paints a bright future through the fact that one third of new customers are actually returning customers:
I think we're feeling really good about the brand, the progression that we had from last year. We think there's room to grow, but the improvements in retention and our growth in Q1 and Q2 since Q3 and Q4 of last year make us feel pretty good. Rejoined or folks rejoining the service still remain about a third of our new subscribers that are coming in. So that is an encouraging stat. We think, we've said before that the brand hit will take years to recover from and I think that's still true, with the bulk of the recovery coming in the full year and I think we still feel that way.
A customer falls into the category of a returning new customer if they rejoin within a year. As new customers sign up, Netflix compares the address and credit card data to previous customers.