Entries in Streaming Video (4)


Netflix Users Hit with Streaming Outage on Christmas Eve

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Several Netflix users who were looking to stream their favorite holiday movies online on Christmas Eve were out of luck.

The company experienced a blackout that knocked out its streaming video service to many of its customers.

In a tweet Monday, Netflix said: "We're sorry for the Christmas Eve outage. Terrible timing! Engineers are working on it now. Stay tuned to @Netflixhelps for updates."

The outage lasted over 10 hours and wasn't fully resovlved until Christmas Day.

"Special thanks to our awesome members for being patient. We're back to normal streaming levels. We hope everyone has a great holiday," Netflix tweeted on Tuesday.

The company blamed Amazon, its Web service provider, for the issue.

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Netflix Most-Used, Least-Liked Streaming Service

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Netflix is by far the biggest video streaming service, but users like it the least of all the services covered in Consumer Reports survey out today.

Just over 8 in 10 in the CR survey who used a streaming service the previous month subscribed to Netfilx, but  rival services Vudu, Apple iTunes, and Amazon Instant Video all scored higher in overall satisfaction in the consumer group’s first ratings of video services.

“Our survey revealed that a healthy selection of titles is one of the biggest factors in overall satisfaction with video services, which is why disc rental services and pay-per-view streaming services scored the highest in our Ratings,” Jim Willcox, senior electronics editor, Consumer Reports, said in a statement.

“Streaming video content directly from the Internet is emerging as the preferred choice for video viewing,” according to the magazine. “Fifty-two percent of the 15,277 subscribers polled said they used a streaming video service in the previous month, compared to 47 percent who saw a movie at a theater, 43 percent who rented a DVD or Blu-ray disc, and 32 percent who used their cable provider’s video-on-demand service.”

Netflix users griped about its limited selection of movies, especially new ones. Fewer than one in five survey respondents said that they were highly satisfied with the unlimited-use services’ choices of titles including those who rated Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus.  Pay-per-view streaming services including Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Vudu did get high marks from more than 60 percent of users, the group said.

“Netflix’s disc-by-mail service and independent video stores were judged to have a more satisfying selection of titles, including current ones, than even the best streaming services. Redbox kiosks were neck-and-neck with Netflix and independent stores in overall satisfaction, but fell short on selection. Survey respondents were not as impressed with Blockbuster stores, Blockbuster Express kiosks or Blockbuster Total Access disc-by-mail,” according to CR.

The full report is available online at

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Feds Bust Illegal Streaming, Bogus Sports Merchandises Websites

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Since New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watched a live stream of Super Bowl 45 while vacationing in Costa Rica last year, it stands to reason that all NFL fans should be entitled to do the same.

Not so, said the federal government, which went on the rampage Thursday by seizing 16 websites that offer illegal live streams of sporting games and pay-per-view events in what was dubbed as "Operation Fake Sweep."  It's alleged that 28-year-old Yonjo Quiroa of Michigan operated nine of these sites.

There's a pretty good chance that Brady was watching the game from one of the sites that these websites provided links to.  This Sunday, he'll be trying to lead his Pats to victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl 46.

The bust was necessary, according to prosecutors, because "These websites and their operators deprive sports leagues and networks of legitimate revenue, forcing spectators and viewers to bear the cost of this piracy down the line."

In other words, when the NFL and other leagues get their products ripped off, they pass the losses down to sports fans in the form of higher ticket prices and cable costs.

NBC, which is broadcasting the Super Bowl this year, is also live streaming the game to mobile devices, the first time any network has done this.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also announced that it closed down 291 sites that sold counterfeit sports merchandise.

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Level 3: Comcast Put “Tollbooth” on Streaming Video

Photo Courtesy - Netflix, Inc.(PHILADELPHIA) -- Just as Netflix announced it would make streaming videos cheaper for customers, Internet provider Comcast has announced it will charge more to stream such content to its customers.

After Netflix announced they would use the service of Level 3 to help stream movies, Comcast countered by announcing they would charge Level 3 a fee to send that video to Comcast Internet users.

Level 3 has called the move an Internet “tollbooth” that is counter to the spirit of an open Internet.

“Comcast is putting up a tollbooth at the borders of its broadband Internet-access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity-delivered content,” Level 3 chief legal officer Thomas Stortz said. 

Comcast – which has a bid to own NBC – denied the claim, saying the fee followed a move by Level 3 that would nearly double traffic sent through Comcast.

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