Apple TV now features a full lineup of Australian catch-up services — SBS On Demand, ABC iview, PLUS7, tenplay, Stan and recent addition Channel 9's 9Now.
Here's a quick run down on which shows you can can on each of the services.
Looking for something a little more interesting than a YouTube playlist of cooking shows? We've had a revolution over the last couple of years in streaming video services on the 'net, and that means it's easier than ever to sit Here's a list of every major TV catch-up service, and every subscription streaming website or app for movies and TV, available to Aussies.
Netflix lets you set up a maximum of five different logins on your account, and this typically lets you grant access to someone else in the family or means you can keep the kids' viewing history (and recommendations) separate from your own. However, even if you're the only person who uses your Netflix account, these extra user logins can still come in handy.
No one ever needs a live pet fish, 11 litres of water, a fish tank, a heater, food and various fish home accoutrements at a moment's notice. And yet, at 11am on a Tuesday, I texted a stranger and told them I needed all of this, and yes, I needed it today. Three hours and $US200 later, my new friend arrived.
Movie studios are betting you're crazy impulsive when it comes to picking what movie you want to watch. Apparently, many movie titles are selected purely on alphabetical prioritisation, so that they'll pop up higher on your on-demand menu. If your movie isn't good art, you've got to make an art out of the business side of filmmaking.
In Australia, government-funded TV services do a much better job of meeting the needs of viewers. Echoing similar moves by the ABC, SBS has released an iOS app for viewing its On Demand catch-up service.
We've known for some time that Amazon is planning to make original TV content. But now Bezos and Co have announced that Amazon is turning its back on the US, instead choosing to develop a centre in London to spearhead its move into media.
The 3D hype train keeps thundering along, but the number of content passengers riding it can still be counted on a single hand. But there's good news for anyone looking for more 3D to watch on their new TVs, with Foxtel today announcing that the Universal animated hit Despicable Me will be available in 3D On Demand from January 27.
On the list of tech companies in need of mouth-to-mouth, Blockbuster and Motorola are pretty up there. So we can't exactly believe that their new partnership is going to turn it all around.
We knew TiVo was beta testing Amazon HD VOD,so it's not a huge surprise it's actually official today. TV shows and Movies will be available in HD with most videos supporting 5.1 surround sound.
Blockbuster said today that getting the company's OnDemand content to TiVos wasn't the last step—they're aiming for Apple devices as well. The Senior VP didn't clarify or expand on this statement.
Roku's Netflix box is currently a one-trick pony, but it's getting Amazon's Video on Demand later this year, meaning you can soon buy or rent and instantly stream movies and TV shows from Amazon's service.
Netflix streaming has been making waves with its wide, fast integration into just about anything that'll have it, and the reception has been generally positive. As has been the pattern for the last decade, Blockbuster is slightly but embarrassingly behind: according to company Chairman Jim Keyes, we'll be seeing Blockbuster's download-to-rent service in a Blu-ray player by Q1 of next year. It's not clear if this will come in the form of a firmware update for existing hardware or as part of a new player, but it'll need to be fairly ubiquitous (and probably lower its rental prices) to have a fighting chance against the 'Flix.
AU: Important to note that here in Oz where we don't get Netflix, BlockBuster is partnering with TiVo for their video on demand service which is already running in limited form and is set to expand in May next year.
The polymorphous life of Akimbo came to an abrupt end this week, as the embattled video-on-demand turned white label video service was shut down for good. The surprising move went down just four months after Akimbo was given an additional US$4 million to fund its video services venture. Now the extra cash will go towards former employees' severance packages. Let us reflect on the tumultuous past of Akimbo, after the jump.