Showing posts with label movie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label movie. Show all posts

January 21, 2010

Streaming movies

There is a growing trend in what we used to call Video on Demand (VoD). Now that broadband internet is ubiquitous (in the modern West) and people have a growing sense of "I want that and I want it now!". Movies are spread over torrents and usenet newsgroups. Music videos are often first on YouTube and recently even in HD quality. While torrents are (mostly) free, newsgroups require monthly payments. For that money ($5-10/mo), you get lighting-fast access to download servers that get you (an illegal copy of) a movie in about 5-10 minutes. And that's at DVD quality.

The increasing popularity and capabilities of gaming consoles (and the money gamers spend) have drawn in a new kind of distribution: streaming. Just like Internet radio sends a stream of low-resolution sound packets to a listener while you listen to them, movie streaming does the same to viewers.

YouTube pioneered video on the web. Many popular TV series were offered to fans in countries that had never heard of them before. Similarly, the BBC pioneered its iPlayer to British people living abroad. iPlayer gave them access to past episodes, series and news programmes ;) from home. Then gaming console like the Wii, XBox360 and the ps3 were included. The Dutch NOS also followed late last year.

The gradual increasing use of these web or gaming platforms to view content, have given systems and software time to mature. Facts about subscribers, viewers and revenue have made key people of movie companies aware of the possibilities. Now, many web companies are appearing offering legal movie downloads or streaming movies - sometimes even in HD quality - to anyone with a fast enough Internet connection. Netflix is a prime example. But there are many. All support Windows PCs, and Apple's OS X is often a quick second. The early market is still pestered by a lack of standards. Each company uses its own player, own format and many use encoding or encryption to protect against illegal copying. But often, Adobe Flash or MS Silverlight is the only plug-in you need. And that is free and ubiquitous too!

January 4, 2010

Divorce can be funny

Just browsing Dave's Trailer Page and ran into 2 trailers right after each other that made me think "Uh Petra should watch this." followed by "Uh! I so need to watch that!"
What am I talking about, check out the trailers for "The Back-Up Plan" (48 MB, hers) and "The Bounty Hunter" (50 MB his). ROFLMAO Just glad I didn't lose my sense of humor in the divorce :P

September 30, 2009

Cool animated movies coming up

While in Funan, world's largest IT dept store, I walked past some laptops showing off graphics using some new upcoming computer animated movies:
* 9 (amazing)
* Planet 51 (hilarious)
* UP (outstanding)
* Avatar (breathtaking)

August 31, 2009

T3: LG set to unveil 15-inch OLED HDTV

The fight for OLED TVs is on with LG announcing an 15-inch OLED HDTV, 4" wider than Sony's biggest to date.

OLED is different from current LCD TVs in that they are significantly more efficient, much brighter and last much longer. However, they are more difficult to manufacture (in larger sizes) so far. Usable 30" screen is expected by 2012 from LG, Sony, Kodak and others in this race. Oh and when you think this upgrade is not for you coz you just bought a new TV, believe me: when you see this you *will* want one! They are absolutely stunningly gorgeous. I'd trade my wife for one, oops, got no wife. Heck, would have made a good trade. ;)

August 13, 2009

Dexters Laboratory on DVD


Don't know if this has been around long already. I used to search for this regularly and then gave up. but now it is finally here! Dexters Laboratory on DVD. Seasons 1-4, all 220 episodes! Woohoo! Gonna try TPB first and if I like it, buy it!

June 15, 2009

Horror Movie Shower Curtain & Bath Mat

Too bad I have a fixed glass shower booth, otherwise I'd really love to get the Horror Movie Shower Curtain & Bath Mat. ROFL!

June 10, 2009

Pixar sequels

Whether it's godo ro bad, I'll leave up to you to decide, but I always welcome a new computer animated cartoon. Sequel or not. Granted, they are usualyl not as good. But given that these will be made several years after the first part, I give them the benefit of the doubt.
Which sequels? Read so where’s Pixar heading? - Den of Geek

May 30, 2009

First Early Teaser Trailer for Toy Story 3!

W00t! Toy Story 3 is coming in 2010! Thnx, MrVanes for the link!

April 17, 2009

The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty

The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty from TorrentFreak. 1 Year prison and $900,000 in fines. They're appealing of course.

December 9, 2008

YouTube - Fast and Furious Cars: Pixar Drift

Seems Pixar is coming with sequel to Cars: Fast and Furious Cars: Pixar Drift. Looks a funny spoof on "Too Fast and Too Furious" and although I don't expect a lot of new stuff, I'm eager to watch it

December 2, 2008


Woow, so many new animation films coming out! Bolt being one of favorite, but astroboy also looks to be interesting. The cast is very promising, at least. Not much to see yet though. Keep checking Dave's Trailer Page! ;)

Monsters vs Aliens

Woohoo! Dreamworks is also working Monsters vs. Aliens, a wacky funny animation picture about Aliens that invade Earth and they call for captured Monsters - caught through the years - to fight for them and free from the Aliens. ROFLMAO
Calls for some great characters again! It reminded a bit of Monsters Inc, but also Men in Black and Incredibles. :) You'll see, just watch the featurette!

Ice Age 3 trailer

Saw a very funny little teaser for Ice Age 3 on Dave's Trailer Page. ROFL
Really funny! Very curious to see what they come up with next... ETA for the Netherlands, July 1st 2009! booohoo

October 29, 2008

Movie: Last Chance Harvey

I am a sucker for a romance movie, especially if it makes you feel good about things. Last Chance Harvey is one of those kinds. Bitter and sweet, but I love the feeling of seeing two people twirl around each other in denial of love and then getting together! :D aaaah, so cuuute, BUT IT'S WRONG! ROFL

October 21, 2008

Movie: Bolt (2008)

BoltSpeaking of dogs, Disney (Pixar?) has a new one coming out soon too: Bolt (2008). It's the adventures of a stunt dog who thinks he has super powers and tries to rescue a befriended cat from the pound. And it has a hilarious cast of characters. Especially the hamster... Check the chase!

Movie: Marley & Me

I'm not one for sentimental, feel-good, tear jerking romantic girly movies... OK, so I am. :) Sue me!
But Marley & Me (2008) is about a dog, a Golden Retriever, and puppies and naughty dog doing things he shouldn't but get away with it and did I mention Jennifer Aniston? Oh well, check the trailer!

July 6, 2008

One-Woman Pixar's Animated Film, 'Sita Sings the Blues,' Premieres at Tribeca

Amid the documentaries and live-action features at this year's Tribeca Film Festival is a first for the event -- a feature-length, computer-generated animated film rendered entirely by a single animator, working out of a home office: 'Sita Sings the Blues'

July 3, 2008

WALL-E teasers, featurettes and previews

Dave's Trailer Page has a ton of WALL-E material now that Pixar's latest has been released in the US. I have to wait another month, not quite, before it's coming out here in the Netherlands. But meanwhile I truly enjoy the sneak peeks I get! Brilliant movie!
Marleen found me WALL-E ringtones too... hilarious! Thnx Mleen!

TVs to become 16:9 as well

While movie makers have been driving widescreen formats of 16:10 (or worse), PC and laptop makers went for 16:9 instead. That explains why most of the time, you'll see a black bar when watching movies on your PC even though both the movie and the screen are widescreen, in case you were wondering. Tom's Hardware reports the Transition To 16:9 Aspect Ratio Unstoppable. So it seems numbers do matter. My guess is that there are more computer screens than TVs and manufacturers are getting tired of having to make two formats...

June 2, 2008

iTunes movie downloads in two weeks?

I think I said it before, but Apple seems to be adding real (new) movie downloads for iTunes... At least, T3 reports now: "Hold tight, movie fans - Apple is expected to announce its movie download service soon. And with a keynote planned for June 9th, our breath is well and truly bated. Unless it's that toast we had this morning.

It's believed to reveal deals with Disney, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, and Warner Brothers, according to the Times. That would mean The Matrix, Indiana Jones, and Pirates of the Caribbean could be making their way to our PCs via iTunes in a few days. Which has us rather excited indeed."