If It’s Free, Youtube Dominates, But Netflix The King Of Paid Video Streaming

Did you know that you can finally stream online content, like movies or you tube videos to your large screen TV without using a computer or having to buy some special box designed to do this? The internet TVs are out now as well as a new line of Blu-ray players that will do this for you as long as you have a broadband fast connection.

The Xperia Z got attention when it was announced in January at the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas. It has been sold overseas, but hasn’t been available in the U.S. until now. It’s one of the first major phones that No. 4 carrier T-Mobile is getting exclusively in the United States. T-Mobile US Inc. will start selling it next week, though you can get it right away from a Sony retail store.

Possibly named One Box, Google looks to be partnering with iLike and LaLa (possibly others) to bring a US (at least) based music service. The details are not clear exactly what will be offered, if it’s a free Best Premium HD Streaming Service or music store, but the service is supposed to differ from the search-and-download music option Google created for China in 2008.

The information that has been leaked hints at doing a normal Google-like search that will turn up information about the artist, albums, and cover art (all information currently available on Google). The real difference will be some form of widget or player that will allow you to listen to the music from the search results.

An innovative feature that goes along with the teenie bopper crowd that this device is apparently aimed at is the ability to share stuff. There is a little blue button at the bottom of every screen. This is called the Kin Spot. All you have to do is drag something to it and you can share it with your pals. It can be a file, a Website, a picture, a video, a tune, an email, a text message, whatever you want, however you want to send it. This is nice.

But DVD rental… now that’s a differnet matter. There is a choice. Hello Blockbuster my old friend. Turns out Blockbuster was excited about this Netflix debacle and had a special program. This was going to be easy… keep Netflix streaming and switch to Blockbuster for DVDs. It didn’t work though.

It’s all in part of the film’s 70th anniversary. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is celebrating the occasion by selling a special edition of the movie on Blu-ray and DVD beginning Sept. 29.

The blog post, released late last night, already has nearly 5,000 comments. Many of these comments echo the public’s displeasure and are quick to criticize the continued lack of communication. Hastings respectfully continues to answer comments, questions, frustrations, and feedback in a timely manner, signifying that Netflix has learned its lesson about the importance of open communication.