Entries in Video On Demand (2)


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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Blockbuster Announces New 'On Demand' Options Amid Bankruptcy

 Photo Courtesy - Blockbuster Inc.(DALLAS) -- In an attempt to reinvent itself after filing for bankruptcy in September, Blockbuster has announced the addition of seven new devices as part of Blockbuster On Demand.

The company now provides consumers with the ability to watch video content on more than 100 electronic and mobile devices, according to a company news release. The struggling video rental giant also announced the addition of six new consumer electronics partners.

"We've launched with half a dozen new CE partners in recent weeks and continue to expand organically with existing partners," said Bruce Anderson, Blockbuster On Demand's senior vice president and general manager.

Blockbuster On Demand and similar services, such as Netflix, allow users to select and access video on demand from their televisions or personal computers.  Blockbuster's inadequate response to competition from Netflix and others in this arena in large part led to the company's bankruptcy.

Anderson said that the technology allows seamless integration across different devices. Customers can stop movies and resume play from a different TV and have the option of watching their movie on a smartphone, Blu-ray player or computer.

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