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Plex is establishing an on-line content closet system that would make it possible for individuals to view videos on the road without the need to have a server left on at home. Plex cloudSync will work by hooking up to a storage service like Dropbox, letting you stream video anywhere you go without having to pull it from your domestic setup. Naturally, the digital locker would preserve all the Plex features you know and enjoy, including making use of PlexSync to flag content that you want automatically formatted and minimized your mobile device. The company isn’t in a position to introduce the service just yet, but we got to see a very early build in action right here at CES.
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Google has as soon as again showed its interest in on-line purchasing and distribution with its purchasing of Canadian fledgling BufferBox today. The two-year-old, Waterloo-based company offers locker storage space solution very similar to Amazon Closet, allowing consumers to have items shipped and stored in a device at colleges and other main places. Sources inform TechCrunch that Google paid over $ 17 million for the business.
Niether BufferBox nor Google exposed much about exactly what the acquisition will certainly lead to, however an engineering director at Google stated BufferBox’s ten individual group, branding, and services would remain to function for “the foreseeable future,” according to the Financial Post. Google, of course, has greater hopes than …
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Google has once again demonstrated its interest in online shopping and delivery with its purchase of Canadian startup BufferBox today. The two-year-old, Waterloo-based company provides locker storage service very similar to Amazon Locker, allowing customers to have products shipped and stored in a unit at universities and other central locations. Sources tell TechCrunch that Google paid over $ 17 million for the company.
Niether BufferBox nor Google revealed much about what the acquisition will lead to, but an engineering director at Google said BufferBox’s ten person team, branding, and services would continue to function for “the foreseeable future,” according to the Financial Post. Google, of course, has greater aspirations than…
Google has actually simply snapped up BufferBox, a Waterloo, Ontario-based fledgling that offers short-term lockers for online acquisitions just like the ones lately set up by Amazon. Instead of 7-Elevens and RadioShacks however, the reasonably young startup has only just began a deal to put in parcel kiosks in Canada’s Metrolinx GO Transit stations. The Mountain View company wishes to keep BufferBox alive with the acquisition, with plans for 100 kiosks in Greater Toronto and Hamilton in the next year. Of course, we can’t assist but think this could all be part of Google’s master plan for a rumored same-day delivery service that may make Amazon a touch stressed. Hopefully this suggests future Nexus shipments will be a just little faster, eh?
UltraViolet might sound too good to be true, but the service is growing. More Blu-ray titles are featuring the digital media option and consumers are at least trying the movie industry’s alternative to, well, piracy. iSupply just announced that there are now more than 800,000 household accounts, up from 750,000 at the beginning of 2012. But so far it seems most of those accounts are just testing the waters, as iSupply notes that the average account has 1.25 titles. That results in over 1 million digital films for UltraViolet but also paints a picture that consumers aren’t too sure about the service.
“One million may not sound like much compared to the 504 million movie discs sold in 2011,” noted Tom Adams, principal analyst and director, U.S. media, for IHS stated in today’s announcement. “However, we have projected that only 19 million digital film files were sold during the entire year of 2011 by electronic sell-through (EST) vendors like iTunes, Xbox Live and Vudu. This suggests that if UV can continue to gain momentum this year, it could encourage consumers to buy more movies. Movie purchasing represents an important priority for movie studios, which have seen their film sales dwindle in the face of growing physical and digital rentals and streaming services like Netflix.”
UltraViolet is the movie industry’s first major push into digital media. Rather than relying on a 3rd party like Netflix, UltraViolet is run by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), a consortium of major Hollywood studios, CE makers, retailers and DRM vendors. These companies came together in 2008 and proposed the digital locker service now called UltraViolet that lets consumers store and share digital media. Originally these movie titles were only to be bundled with physical media but Paramount started selling UltraViolet titles seperatly late last month. With UltraViolet, consumers can watch media on up to 12 devices and share between six members of the household. Content can either be downloaded or streamed from the cloud.
So far the UltraViolet selection is still very limited. Paramount has about 60 titles from their online store. UVVU.com keeps a running list of new UltraViolet releases. But in order for people to ditch Netflix (and illegal downloads) UltraViolet needs to have content. Once again, content is king.
Now that UltraViolet has a growing user base, the next milestone should involve seeing the average amount of titles in the digital lockers increase. Sign-ups are easy (and free), retention is hard.
We interviewed DECE’s president Mitch Singer at CES where he explained UltraViolet in detail. Watch the interview below.
The first UltraViolet-enabled disks wont actually appear on shelves till tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on migrating to DECE’s buy once, play anywhere platform. The digital locker is now open for business (sort of) and consumers can go sign up for an account right now. Sadly, there isn’t much you can do just yet. Though the Flixster app for PCs and iOS was updated to add UltraViolet support, there doesn’t appear to be anyway to link your various accounts (like iTunes or Netflix) with the service just yet. An account can have up to six different users associated with it, and you can control what content they will have access too — a feature sure to be welcome by families with children. If you want to be able to purchase your flicks once and take them anywhere, right now your only hope is UltraViolet and Blu-ray discs bearing its logo — a slow trickle of titles which begins October 11th with Horrible Bosses.
As we’ve suspected for a long time, Apple is very close to launching an online music service which may go by the name iCloud. The basic idea is that it will mirror your iTunes collection online so that it is available on any device without clunky cable syncing.
While getting rid of those cables will be a big step forward, if iCloud is nothing more than a music locker service it won’t go far towards transforming digital music, as BusinessWeek proclaims. Apple’s iCloud will be iTunes online, with a few features that make it slightly better than Google’s Music Beta—namely, I won’t have to spend hours uploading my music collection and I will get better quality audio files for some songs. That’s all great, but I am not sure it is enough for me to pay a monthly subscription. If it’s bundled with MobileMe, it certainly would make that service more appealing, but I wouldn’t pay for iCloud as a standalone service if that is all there is to it. And certainly, this could turn out to be only one part of a revamped MobileMe service. Depending on what else will be added, iCloud could help push more MobileMe subscriptions overall.
While the producers of Hurt Locker have been quick to sue anyone they can find that’s downloaded the film, they’re not following the typical pattern of movie producers. Typically, after the producers start suing everyone they can find that downloaded the movie, they send out cease and desist orders. Not in this case.
Of course, everyone has heard the story about the movie, the Hurt Locker. The movie pretty much failed at the box office, so the producers have decided make their money back by suing everyone who downloaded a copy of the film. This of course has been met with some derision amongst film viewers, since the film was considered to be of less then stellar quality. Of course, most companies immediately go after the bittorrent sites and tell them to cease and desist. Instead, the Hurt Locker people haven’t done that. It’s really not a stretch to suggest that they are doing this in order to get more people that download the movie. I guess they have to try and make money in some way.
Props to CrunchGear