Netflix has been the dominate force in streaming movies and TV for a long time, but companies such as Amazon are looking to take that business from Netflix. Well, another company is going to be jumping into the fight. Redbox, the disc-based movie rental service that is in nearly every grocery store, is getting ready to launch its own streaming service, and some new details have emerged on its service.
Amazon's cloud services seem to be struggling a bit today, as our friends at SlashGear are reporting that a failure has brought down a number of huge sites like Netflix, Reddit, Pinterest, and Foursquare. The outage, according to Amazon's own Web Service Dashboard, looks to be the fault of Amazon's EC2 services, but we're pleased to say that things are getting better. Whereas before, EC2's status alerted that "new launches for EBS backed instances are failing," at the moment, the status is "Degraded EBS performance in a single Availability Zone."
Netflix would be bringing a new tablet-like user interface to its Android app, and it looks like that's officially a go. Netflix detailed the new interface on their blog, mentioning that the new UI borrows heavily off of their tablet UI that they released last year.
Netflix has been a powerhouse movie-streaming service for a while now, and its mobile apps have served as vital tools for watching movies and TV shows while on the go. However, Netflix's mobile interface really isn't anything to write home about, but it looks like that might change.
Netflix for Android has received a rather minor update this evening. While the update is pretty small it does promise an "enhanced playback experience" for phones and tablets, and even an additional installation method for those that might be having issues. Check out all the details after the break.
Netflix for Android has just received another update today. We aren't seeing much regarding changes to the phone interface but the tablet UI has improved a little, especially with volume controls. I guess the first attempt for on-screen volume adjustment wasn't sitting well with the folks from Netflix.
been flying for a while now, but it just became official. Big Red announced a partnership with popular vending machine rental company RedBox, with the aim of creating a "New Consumer Choice For Video Entertainment". Details are thin on the ground, but the new service will be subscription-based (as opposed to RedBox's current pay-per-play model) and is scheduled to launch in the second half of this year. Language in the press release hints at an online video service complimented by access to RedBox's kiosks scattered at locations around the United States.
Android Market and it only shows a few small bug fixes and ICS support. This is just in time because I'm sure many are picking their Nexus up at this very moment.