Hollywood’s UltraViolet offers an alternative to iTunes

UltraViolet is Hollywood’s first real effort at breaking the Apple stranglehold. The idea is that by implementing a digital rights locker, the studios involved will enable viewers to purchase a piece of content once and watch it on any device. And it’s finally available now.

Looks like HTML5 is gaining momentum

If recent news from Twitter, Pandora, Google and Amazon is any indication, it seems that a set of technologies collectively known as HTML5 are finally starting to gain a lot of momentum, and to me, that’s a good thing — especially for the mainstream users.

UltraViolet is ready. Now Hollywood needs to make it work.

The DECE has finally completed the backend work needed to roll out services based on its UltraViolet initiative. Now Hollywood needs to spread the word to consumers about what UltraViolet is, how it works and most importantly, why they will want to buy movies again.

PlayStation Network Outage Bad News for Netflix and Hulu

Want to watch videos from Netflix or Hulu Plus on your PS3? Well, you’re out of luck: Sony has taken the PlayStation Network offline after suffering a serious security breach last week, and both online video services are closely tied to the game console’s network.

Vudu Launches Browser-Based Video Streaming Service

Vudu has rapidly expanded the number of devices that offer its video on demand service. But the one place you couldn’t find it was in your web browser. That changes today, as full video streaming of all titles will now be available on

iTunes Tops Online Movie Sales, But Competition Is Heating Up

Apple’s iTunes is #1 when it comes to movie sales and rentals online, but Microsoft’s share is growing quickly due to sales of its Kinect motion controller. While Sony ranks third now, it could soon be overtaken by Walmart’s Vudu if that service continues to grow.

Boxee Box Finally Gets Vudu

Boxee Box owners, the wait is over: No, you’re not getting your long-promised Netflix app quite yet. But you will finally be able to rent and purchase major Hollywood movies, in HD and 3D, thanks to the official launch of the Vudu app on Boxee.

Vudu’s Streaming Service Lands on the PS3

Vudu announced today that it will launch on Sony’s PlayStation 3 game console, giving it access to the PS3’s 30 million users in the U.S. In addition, it’s rolling out a new design that provides an improved user interface and personalized recommendations for Vudu users.

Disney’s Iger: DVD Sales Drop Is Sobering

On Disney’s earnings call yesterday, CEO Bob Iger said the decline in DVD sales is not necessarily due to a down economy, but a shift in how users consume content and entertainment choices available to them. That’s particularly true for titles like Toy Story 3.

Vudu Brings Hollywood Fare to Boxee

Boxee users will soon be able to enjoy Hollywood blockbusters as VOD rentals, thanks to a new VUDU application that is coming to Boxee soon. The Boxee Box will be able to play VUDU’s titles in 1080p, but the desktop client will only get SD versions.

Vid-Biz: Hulu, Vudu, Youku

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Vudu CEO Vu-Done

It looks as though Vudu, the troubled movie delivery set-top box maker, is in need of a new CEO. Valleywag reports that…

Moviebeam To Shut Down, Again

It is not for us to gloat in others failures, but seriously, this one? Again? Moviebeam, the movie datacasting service which had been shut d…