Netflix says its DVD-by-mail customers get to keep their final shipment of discs

Netflix has one final surprise for customers of its 25-year-old DVD-by-mail business (yes, it still exists!) ahead of its September 29th shutdown. They get to keep their last shipment of DVDs without

Amazon kills its European DVD rental biz, Lovefilm

Amazon is getting out of the DVD rental business with the closure of Lovefilm, the so-called “Netflix of Europe” that Amazon bought in 2011 for a reported $312 million valuation. The comp

Netflix “Returns To Profitability,” Reports Gain Of $0.11 Per Share On $889M In Revenue

Netflix has just <a target="_blank" href="http://ir.netflix.com/results.cfm">released its second quarter 2012 earnings report</a>, in which the video rental veteran outpaced estimates, improving on la

Throw away those Baby Einstein DVDs

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Baby-Einstein.jpeg">Bam. If you've ever had to sit through a modern educational kids movie, you've realized they're garbage. Junk like Di

And now Redbox will have to wait 28 days for new Warner Bros. DVDs

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/redbox.jpg" />Warner Bros. has agreed a new deal with Redbox that will give Redbox access to its DVDs, but only 28 days after the retail

The surfeit of content: Life in the post-optical world

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/0.jpg">As William Gibson said, "The future is already here - it is just unevenly distributed." A few years ago I thought streaming video

Netflix to stop selling DVDs

Know that little button that pops up that lets you buy DVDs on Netflix. It’s going away. They’ll probably sell all their old DVDs to wholesalers and save on the cost of shipping unwanted D

MPAA sues Real over RealDVD – the fools

In yet another ridiculous and short-sighted move, “the nation’s top movie companies” have filed suit against RealNetworks due to the release of RealDVD. Oh my god. Every time I think

Time to stop and smell the scented DVDs

I know I start a lot of posts by saying that I’m skeptical about this or that, but this time I’m serious. The people attempting to popularize the scented DVD will, I think, encounter same

Dell to offer legal download-and-burn DVD drive

Dell is apparently getting ready to offer a Qflix-compatible DVD burner as a $120 add-on to some of its computer packages. The technology works by burning DVDs with CSS copy protection so that they’

Big Lebowski 10th anniversary set drops September 9

In the sheer hopes that The Dude does, in fact, abide, Universal Studios will be releasing a 10th anniversary edition of The Big Lebowski. You can pre-order it from Amazon.com for a measly $24 if you

Are airline passengers a market for disposable DVDs?

Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny! recently took a disposable Flexplay DVD for a spin and, although he’s “publicly poo-pooed the idea of disposable DVDs,” Zatz found that disposable DVDs might be able

Unreasonable Stance: Downloads can never replace optical disks

Welcome to the Unreasonable Stance, where our own John Biggs takes the minority opinion on a tech matter and defends it with convenient data, spun numbers, fanboyism, and insults until he proves, with

Legit DVDs in China to cost $3, combat piracy

In China, if you want to buy a legitimate DVD of a movie made by Paramount or Warner Brothers, it’ll soon cost you only $3 and will be available two weeks after the movie’s theatrical rele

The Format War Is Over: 9 Out of 10 Thieves Prefer Blu-Ray

Thieves broke into Silver Platters, a Seattle video store, and made off with their entire Blu-ray selection. That’s right. They ignored the HD-DVD stuff completely. That’s basically the en

Huzzah! Pirates Share Video Rather Than Rip DVDs, Rarely Ride in Helio-Copters, Never Use Hair Pomade!

Well, now we’re getting somewhere in the war against piracy. Analysts at NPD have cracked the code to a pirates mind-set and discovered that people rarely “rip” or remove video from

Help Key: Burning Discs, Not Coasters

As I was thinking about this week’s Help Key topic, I tried to remember a few things that really made me angry when I first started using computers and when I first started using a Mac. My bigge

Colored Barcodes Hitting DVDs And Video Games

Don’t worry, your precious UPC code isn’t going anywhere. You’ll still be able to clip out coupons from the Sunday circular. This new color-based barcoding system developed by Micros

Media Demagnetizer for the Rich

In the odd world of high-end audio, everything is a factor. Take this little device, for example. It’s a media demagnetizer that allows you to demagnetize everything from your vinyl to your priz

BarterBee: Silly Name, Good Site

I’ve been unloading a ton of old CDs and filling in holes in my collection through a site called Lala.com, a cheap-and-easy CD-trading site. Along the same line as Lala.com is BarterBee.com, whi