entertainment

  • Given the worrisome financial climate, how do you convince folks to subscribe to Sirius XM?

    You may have woken up to news that we’ll all be standing in bread lines in just a few short weeks—I’ll be back in the US of A in just about a month to witness the country’s unraveling in person—so credit to Sirius XM’s Mel Karmazin for trying to keep the company afloat. Sirius XM is, after all, a luxury expense; when there’s proper bills to pay… Read More

  • Trends in rich media consumption and delivery

    Here’s an interesting Q and A session with a panel of experts in the rich media industry — mostly online video – that took place last Tuesday at the Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum in Vail, Colorado. The members of the panel: Ron Bloom, CEO, MEVIO Mike Hudack, CEO, Blip.tv Steve Liddell, CEO, Panther Express Joy Marcus, General Manager, DailyMotion U.S. Perry… Read More

  • Movie industry now feeling the effects of transition away from high-margin disc media

    Now you’ve gone and done it. “It” being, maybe, freaking out the entertainment industry by not buying as many DVDs as you used to. (That, incidentally, sorta gibes with a study that come out today.) One of them there Lehman Brothers analysts downgraded numerous industry stocks yesterday because he doesn’t like how people are now downloading movies more and more often. Read More

  • FlyTunes expands to terrestrial radio: Regular radio on your iPhone

    FlyTunes continues to expand its entertainment offerings, having announced a deal today with terrestrial radio corp Entercom, one of the biggest “regular” (as opposed to satellite) radio corp in the U.S. Users of the free service will be able to listen to content from all Entercom-owned radio stations, though initially limited to Seattle and San Francisco stations. FlyTunes lets… Read More

  • Nokia's new direction in the entertainment business

    Meet the new Nokia, completely different from the old Nokia. Well, that’s what its executive vice president for entertainment and communities wants you to think. See, while Nokia is content creating genuinely good cellphones, some inside the company think it’s time to move in a different direction, namely entertainment. Hence, services like Ovi and deals with records labels. No… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Go!View on-demand video store for the PSP ready by summer

    No need to overanalyze, but Sony has teamed up with Sky in the UK to create an on-demand video store for the PSP. Go!View, as the marketing folks have named it, will lets users download and watch all sorts of entertainment, from hilariously dry comedy to infamously drab sporting contests—yesterday’s dire Manchester United-Barça game comes to mind. The service doesn’t appear… Read More

  • Microsoft readies entertainment content for Xbox 360

    Microsoft has reportedly inked a deal with Hollywood producer Peter Safran to produce entertainment content for Xbox Live. Safran’s been tapped to produce genre-specific short episodes (less than 10 minutes) that appeal to 14- to 34-year old males. His client list includes Sean Combs, Nia Vardalos, and filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. I know — I’m excited too! Read More

  • Hulu opens up to the public tomorrow

    Hulu, which has been throwing me the above 500 error all morning as I try to log in with my beta credentials, will be open to the public tomorrow. It’s tallied up about five million viewers in the past month, which is impressive for a site that hasn’t been open to just anyone yet. It’s got a pretty broad swatch of content partners, too, including Fox, NBC Universal, MGM… Read More

  • Family Guy 'Cleveland' spin-off in the works?

    Wow. Apparently Seth MacFarlane and company are working on a spin-off from Family Guy tentatively titled Cleveland, starring the slow-talking walking stereotype Cleveland Brown. It’s unclear whether the series would be set in Quahog and/or if Loretta, Cleveland, and Cleveland Jr. would continue to show up on Family Guy as part of the storyline. I’d hope they’d still be part… Read More

  • American Idol performances will be on iTunes

    [photopress:idolitunes.jpg,full,center] Aren’t American Idol ratings way down this year? That’s what the Drudge headlines read, I think. That might explain why you’ll soon be able to download Idol performances on iTunes. The show’s creators/rpducers/hangers-on have cut a deal with Apple that will put on iTunes audio of the 24 semifinalists on iTunes and video+audio of… Read More

  • Writers Guild strike might help online entertainment?

    If you hadn’t heard by now, there’s a strike brewing in Hollywood. The Writers Guild of America wants higher home video residual payments and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers isn’t giving in. The guild is meeting at 7:00 tonight in Los Angeles to further discuss how the strike’s going to go but its website already has the 2007 Strike Rules in… Read More

  • Pioneer AVIC-HRZ009G spruces up your car, fails to impress women

    The Pioneer AVIC-HRZ009G is a sweet all-in-one GPS and entertainment solution for the drab center console in your Civic. In case you can’t tell by the catchy name, the system sports some awesome features like DivX playback and iPod compatibility. The AVIC also packs a 40 gig HDD, analog TV tuner, and a standard DVD disk drive . Don’t hold your breath if you’re in the… Read More

  • Apple Prepping a Fully Developed Media Center?

    If this recent patent filing is to be believed, then Apple is working on an actual media center solution, not some half-hearted Front Row attempt. The patent, which was originally filed back in late 2005 but was unearthed today, depicts a central “module-controller” that appears to lie at the heart of the media center. Apparently it’s a piece of software that sits between… Read More

  • LCD Board Game Wows Mr. Monopoly

    Speaking of social gatherings of the future, Phillips has developed the Entertaible, a concept board game made from a 32-inch horizontal LCD, a touch screen and sensors with multiple-object detection. The board game allows players to have “dynamic playing fields and gaming levels with the social interaction and tangible playing pieces, such as pawns and dies, of traditional board… Read More

  • Watch Porn in Your Visor

    GadgetUniverse has an interesting product up. It’s a visor mounted DVD player with FM transmitter and apparently allows your bored passengers to enjoy red hot work-out porn from the comfort of your Impala’s bucket seats. At $299.95, it seems a little iffy but the 7-inch device can play DVDs, VCDs, and MP3 disks as well as SD cards. It also has a TV tuner and a touch screen. Read More