Archive for the ‘Internet video-on-demand service’ Category

IPTV faced challenges and opportunities in 2010

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Consumers in 2010 staged a mini-revolt, if you believe some sources, to redefine their TV viewing habits. Just as TiVo and all the DVR iterations that followed ushered in the era of time-shifted TV viewing, consumers began to experiment in TV place shifting as well, looking for ways to watch–and pay for–only the content they wanted, when and where they wanted it. Bundles? Increasingly coming under fire and even Hollywood–which jealously guards the gate to its content kingdom–is starting to take notice. FierceIPTV (12/21)

Netflix Goes Live On Sony’s Bravia HDTVs, Blu-ray Players

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Netflix’s video-streaming catalog is now available directly through Sony’s Bravia HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players.

Netflix on Sony Bravia HDTVThe Netflix “Watch Instantly” streaming feature, available for no extra charge to most of the company’s 11.1 million DVD-by-mail subscribers, now provides some 17,000 titles on demand. Content partners include Starz Entertainment, MTV Networks and ABC and Disney Channel.

Separately, last month Netflix and Sony Computer Entertainment America announced a partnership to enable the streaming feature available on the PlayStation 3 gaming console.

Netflix’s Internet video-on-demand service is available on an array of other devices, including Microsoft’s Xbox 360, TiVo DVRs, LG Electronics televisions and Blu-ray players, and the Roku Internet set-top box.

The Sony Bravia US models now available to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix include the W5100, Z5100, XBR9, and XBR10 series in 40-inch, 46-inch and 52-inch screen sizes, which are priced from $1,100 to $5,000. Sony’s N460 Network Blu-ray Disc Player, listed at $250, is also able to access the Netflix service if connected to the Internet.