Movies and TV shows come and go on Netflix on a regular basis, which means you might be half way through your favourite flick when it gets yanked from the service. The solution? Buy all your own content and set up your own private cloud-based streaming service you can get at from any computer or device.
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Marvel does it, DC is doing it, so why not Valiant? The indie comic company recently announced they're doing an online series called Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe which will introduce the company's popular comic book characters into live action for the first time ever, creating what they hope will be their own shared, cinematic universe.
The streaming video on demand game in Australia just got a little bit tighter. Australia's third-placed streaming service Presto will be closed by January, after news that part owner Foxtel has bought out its joint venture with Seven West Media, with likely plans to move all subscribers onto Foxtel Play.
If you've got a lot of movie and TV files floating around your computer you're doing a disservice to your free time by not installing Plex. It's a gamechanger app that lets you instantly stream all your media to any phone, computer or TV in your vicinity. Originally an offshoot of the popular XBMC (now Kodi) media player, Plex operates as a server that delivers your content, be it downloaded TV shows, ripped DVDs of movies or old family videos, to clients that operate on every single device that plugs into your TV or has a screen. It's simple to use, available on everything and ridiculously handy for people with large media libraries.
Starting today, Amazon Prime users in the US will have free access to Amazon Video Direct. Which is... what exactly? According to the landing page, Direct will be "helping content creators and visual storytellers reach millions of Amazon Video customers." Uh huh.
The past 24 hours have been a tortured 24 hours for YouTube professionals and their fans. The famously free video site announced a new paid service called YouTube Red, and nobody's really sure what it means. But some YouTubers are already making end-time predictions.
Looking for one device to sit in your home entertainment unit, sending catch-up TV and streaming video on demand straight to your telly? Telstra's competitor to the Apple TV will be out at the start of next week, and you'll pay $109 for the privilege of watching Presto, Netflix, Stan and other Australian catch-up television services -- as well as any downloaded movies or TV shows you might have on a hard drive or your home network -- on your big screen TV.
YouTube doesn't want to give you a reason to turn on CNN. The Google-owned video hosting site is trying to legitimise eyewitness accounts of breaking news by launching YouTube Newswire, a special feed for footage it verifies as accurate.
So it's a lazy day and you just wanna Netflix a movie. But what kind of movie? A "visually striking Latin American comedy?" Maybe a "critically-acclaimed emotional underdog movie?" Suddenly, you're locked in option paralysis, and as The Atlantic figured out, you've got a ridiculous 76,897 unique genres to blame.
Presto is now a formal, official joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media -- two of Australia's largest media companies. Each of the partners has a 50 per cent stake in the service, and they're planning to use their considerable marketing might and the depth of their war chests to make a huge play. They want Presto to be the best streaming video on demand service in Australia, and they're not afraid to spend a bit of money to get there.
I think that 360-degree video is going to be a big deal. Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg agrees! He just announced that Facebook will be able to embed spherical videos right in your News Feed, much like YouTube 360.
Netflix is launching in Australia in a couple of weeks, so it's good timing for Optus to get on board with streaming video. If you're a new or re-contracting Optus customer -- whether it's for home broadband, or for postpaid or prepaid mobile or mobile broadband -- you can pick yourself up a free Netflix subscription.
A streaming video on demand service can have a massive library of movies and TV online, but just as important is actually guiding you to easily find and watch that video. For my $10 per month, the experience of actually using the just-launched Stan is every bit as good as, and in some cases even better than, Netflix.