A source at Hulu confirmed to EW that the site has “no current plans” to create a non-Flash version of the site to work on Apple’s upcoming iPad. The recently announced tablet computer, like iPhones and iPod Touches, does not support Flash, the Adobe platform needed to use the popular streaming video site. “We’d have to consider the investments necessary and the return on a possible expanding user base. To date, there have been no definitive decisions on this yet,” the source said.
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Netflix’s instant streaming library will soon be available through Nintendo Wiis, according to a joint statement released today from the two companies. Wii owners will need a special disc to access the library, and the popular console will not be able to stream HD content. The functionality is expected to roll out this spring. Instant Netflix is already available through Xbox 360, PS3, some TiVos, and several Internet-enabled televisions and Blu-ray players.
Disney announced that this year it’ll be releasing its iconic movies—beginning with A Christmas Carol and followed by Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3—in a 3D Blu-ray version, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Yesterday, Sony also announced that its first 3D Blu-ray title will be Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Televisions quipped with 3D have made the stir this week at the Consume Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Polaroid announced that Lady Gaga will become a “creative director and inventor of specialty products” for the company. “The Haus of Gaga has been developing prototypes in the vein of fashion /technology /photography innovation,” Gaga said in a statement to People. “I am so excited to extend myself behind the scenes as a designer and to – as my father puts it – finally, have a real job.” Gaga is expected to make an appearance at CES today.
In an unusual distribution plan, Sundance Film Festival selection Bass Ackwards will be available nationwide on multiple platforms one day after the festival closes. New Video and Zipline Entertainment will release the film via digital retailers, cable VOD and DVD on demand on Feb. 1, followed by a larger DVD release in spring 2010. Actor Linas Phillips stars in and directs the story of a man travelling cross-country after ending an affair with a married woman. Mark Duplass (The Puffy Chair) is one of the film’s executive producers.
Google released its Nexus One phone today, which runs Android 2.1 and was designed by Google and HTC. Smaller and lighter than an iPhone, the Nexus One includes a 5-megapixel camera and sports voice-enabled typing for all text fields. The phone is available now for $179 with a new T-Mobile contract, or, in an unusual official option, for $529 unlocked. It will be available with Verizon and internationally with Vodafone later this year.
ESPN and Discovery Communications will, independently, each launch 3-D networks in the near future. According to a press release, “ESPN 3D will showcase a minimum of 85 live sporting events during its first year, beginning with the first 2010 FIFA World Cup match on June 11…. Other events to be produced in 3D include up to 25 2010 FIFA World Cup matches, Summer X Games, college basketball, and college football, which will include the BCS National Championship game.”
Discovery Communications will join forces with Sony and Imax to broadcast a 24/7 3-D channel starting in 2011. The company said in a statement that programming will focus on”natural history, space, exploration, adventure, engineering, science and technology, motion pictures and children’s programming.”
Both networks are intended to “drive consumer adoption” of 3-D televisions.
Movie social networking site Flixster has acquired the movie rating site Rotten Tomatoes from IGN Entertainment, Dow Jones Newswires report. The two sites will still be available as separate entities, but their combined reach will total 30 million visitors. Their merged databases will include 250,000 movies, 2.3 billion user-generated reviews, half a million critic reviews, and more than 20,000 trailers and video clips.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Apple will offer a new multimedia tablet device for sale to the public in March. Rumors have been swirling about the Apple tablet for months, but the company has so far remained silent on the subject. The Journal reports that its sources say the device will finally be unveiled later this month and will feature a 10- to 11-inch touch screen.
Twitter was hacked last night, directing users who tried to log on to a site sporting a green flag and the proclamation, “This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army,” according to CNN. The website was reportedly down for nearly an hour. The company responded to the flap on its official Twitter feed, saying at about 2:30 a.m. ET on Friday, “Twitter’s DNS records were temporarily compromised but have now been fixed. We will update with more information soon.”
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