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Trailer: Orange is the New Black!

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Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, from Jenji Kohan (Weeds), is based on the Piper Kerman memoir detailing the year she spent in jail.

Piper Chapman has a pretty nice life – complete with fiance´ (Jason Biggs) – until a favor she did for her drug smuggling ex-girlfriend (Laura Prepon) catches up her and she finds herself in a federal women’s prison. Check out the first trailer for the series after the jump. All thirteen episodes of Orange is the New Black will premiere on Netflix on July 11th.

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Vote for House of Cards: The Complete Season One On June 11!

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House of Cards, Netflix’s first in-house drama series, is coming to DVD, Blu-ray and UltraViolet on June 11th. The complete first season will be released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The acclaimed political series (with a MetaCritic.com score of 76/100) – which stars Kevin Spacey as powerful but slighted Democratic House Majority Whip Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife/partner in political revenge – is based an equally well-received series of British miniseries that starred Sir Ian Richardson.

Check out the press release following the jump.

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First Look: Eli Roth’s Hemlock Grove Brings Series Horror to Netflix!

A young girl is killed and the prime suspects are a gypsy kid (Landon Liboiron, Terra Nova) and a rich kid (Bill Skarsgard, Anna Karenina). That’s the basic premise behind Netfilx’s new horror series from Eli Roth. The impressive also includes: Famke Janssen (X-Men Trilogy),  Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under), Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica) Freya Tingley, Penelope Mitchell and Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica).

Hemlock Grove’s first season – 13 episodes – will premiere in its entirety on April 19, 2013.

First Look: House of Cards!

Netflix has released the first trailer for its ambitious drama series, House of Cards. Starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, the series revolves around Rep. Francis Underwood (Spacey) and his wife Claire (Wright), who will do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. Kate Mara and Cory Stoll also star. Spacey and David Fincher are Co-Executive Producers.

The series has completed two seasons (twenty episodes) and the entire first season will be available on Netflix on February 1/, 2013.

Netflix Licenses The CW’s Addictive Dramas in Multi-Year Deal!

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Beginning  Saturday, October 15, fans of The CW’s dramas – including Ringer, Hart of Dixie, The Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Supernatural, 90210 and Nikita – will be able to catch up with them on Netflix. The same day, fans of The Vampire Chronicles, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and Nikita will be able to marathon their way thought those shows’ past seasons – with previous seasons of Supernatural and 90210 coming available in January, 2012.

The full press release follows the jump.

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Why and how streaming/subscription TV and movie services work

Watching videos online used to be a hassle. Speed could be affected by a slow Internet connection like dial-up, which also influenced the rate at which data was being transferred across phone lines. Thankfully, streaming technology has seen many improvements. As more and more of the world becomes Internet-based, it’s no surprise that services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant are growing in popularity. Here’s a look at how streaming video and subscription services work.

Netflix

All online video content makes its way to a viewer’s home from a server. That computer network works with a plugin, a piece of software that decodes the information and results in the ability to watch the television show or movie the viewer has requested. Netflix relies on online file storage to handle their expanding catalog of streaming content, which includes both movies and television shows. Though the company has come under fire for its limited selection of new releases available instantly, not to mention its recent price hike, it is arguably the most accessible service, available through numerous services including game consoles like the X-Box.

Hulu

Not yet poised to offer consumers a wide range of movies, Hulu is better suited to viewers looking for television programming. The site offers a wide range of programming from major networks, like Fox and ABC, but does not currently offer shows from CBS or pay channels like HBO. Much of Hulu’s programming is available without having to subscribe to Hulu Plus. Often, the last five episodes of a show are available to watch, allowing viewers to catch up on or discover new shows. Those who take the ‘Plus plunge’ pay $8/month (the same as Netflix’s instant service) and gain access to a wide range of services, such as a backlog of episodes of shows that are no longer on the air, like “Lost.”

Amazon Instant Video

Amazon Instant Video is quite similar to Netflix, although its programming cannot be watched on game consoles or handheld devices. The service is included with the annual cost of Amazon Prime, a members-only plan that offers shoppers free or deeply-discounted shipping on their Amazon.com purchases. Though the service currently offers fewer titles than Netflix, Amazon is busy building their catalog so as to offer customers a selection of the newest releases. Customers also have the option to buy or rent the television shows and/or movies they watch, capitalizing on the growing popularity of streaming content and shoppers’ natural tendency towards impulse purchases.

With a growing demand for instant entertainment, similar services are making their debuts, all of them anxious to occupy the number-one slot when it comes to home entertainment. Look for subscriber services being rolled out by companies like Comcast and Dish Network and online movies offered by Blockbuster, as well as continued changes to older services like Netflix. Considering there are only so many ways you can package the same service and call it different, success will likely visit companies who offer their customers the newest releases possible, all while keeping their prices competitive.

Netflix Gets Busy Today with Star Trek, Godfather, G.I. Joe as Paramount Jumps on Board!

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In all the hoopla over Apple’s boring, lame, pointless “Music Event” today “Ooh, .99 Cent TV Downloads, iOS Update, OMFG!!!” Don’t forget Netflix’s new deal with Paramount Pictures kicks into gear today, now on Instant Watch you can watch all the Paramount Hits including:  The Godfather Trilogy, G.I. Joe, Star Trek, The Transformers and more coolness. But when are we going to get Paramount TV Shows like Numbers, Ghost Whisperers, NCIS?  I’m still waiting for the day users get the supposed benefits from the Warner Home Video screw job from earlier this year. Remember the line at the time was Netflix signed the deal to delay DVD/Blu-ray releases because it meant more Content from Warner Brothers would be available for Instant Streaming?  I’m waiting……..

Hulu Plus Official! Coming to iPad, iPhones, PS3 in the next Few Months, Xbox 360 Next Year

I don’t understand the appeal of Hulu. I find their website to be terrible and can never find a full length show to watch, just dumb promo clips. But fans of Hulu rejoice, the long rumored pay version of the service is official. For $10 a month you can subscribe to Hulu Plus. The service will be available on the PS3, iPad, iPhones later this year and next year they are creating a custom experience for XBox Live Users.  I’m not sure if this is a compelling enough offer to make me switch from Netflix Instant Watch as it seems to contain a lot of the same content. But I’m all for these new streaming services.  Full Press release after the break.

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Netflix Instant Streaming Now on the Wii

Netflix’s Instant Streaming Discs are arriving in people’s mailboxes this week.  I know a lot of folks think that streaming Netflix on the Wii is pointless because it’s not an HD platform, but really I can’t remember the last time I received an HD Stream from Netflix and I have a Fios Fiber Optic connection. So I’m guessing it’ll be perfectly acceptable on Nintendo’s little platform. Heck this will give me a reason to turn it on – since I haven’t in 11 months. I hope it still works. I love the PS3 Interface but it’s such a hassle to keep up with this dumb disc, since I don’t use my Wii any longer I can always use it as a dedicated Instant Queue box.