If you’ve been enjoying watching Netflix on your iPad, and your Netflix app has suddently stopped working, read on. The excellent – and free – Netflix app for the iPad allows you to instantly stream and watch both movies and television shows to your iPad, for nothing more than the cost of an $8.99/month Netflix membership. But some users are finding that after enjoying the Netflix iPad ‘Watch Instantly’ experience for a while, suddenly the ‘watch instantly’ option stops working. After selecting a show to watch, the Netflix application just hangs and hangs. After a great deal of testing, we have determined that a problem with Netflix ‘watch instantly’ is almost always caused by the same thing. Here’s how to fix it. (Bonus: We also explain what the Netflix “six digit phone service code” is.)
Ever wonder how to make picture videos? How about how to make picture videos with music? You can make videos for free online with Animoto! Animoto is a program to make videos from pictures, or combining picture and videos into one movie, and in three easy steps you go from a virtual pile of pictures and videos on your hard drive to a finished video, complete with music and cool transitions! It’s so easy to make videos with pictures that you supply – just upload them, pick your theme and music, and voila! You not only get to make videos online for free, but it’s easy as pie, and you can share them with your friends, post them on YouTube, or embed them in your website, all for free!
One of the more frustrating things about the iPhone is how darned big the .mov video files are, and that there is no native way to change that. Here is a step-by-step tutorial, with pictures, as to how to both make your iPhone record your videos in a smaller format, so that your iPhone movies are saved to a smaller file, and also how to reduce the size of the .mov files that you may have already taken.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could watch something on your Mac, and capture and record the streaming video while you were watching it? Well you can, and you don’t even need a special program! Here’s how to capture streaming video on your Mac.
While this year’s Superbowl ads did not disappoint, one of the clear winners was the Dodge Ram truck commercial which pays homage to farmers. Perhaps the most poignant part of the ad was the recording of Paul Harvey’s 1978 speech called, “So God Made a Farmer.” It got some wondering as to where to listen to all of Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story shows online? Well the good news is that, even though Paul Harvey died in 2009, his voice and stories do indeed live on.
YouTube (or “Utube” for those who are too lazy to type “Yo”) is preparing to launch channels with paid subscriptions to its video lineup. Channel owners can apply to have a premium channel, and YouTube is hoping that channels with specially designed content will draw more users. It looks as though premium channel subscriptions will cost somewhere between $1 and $5, with the first channels launching as early as the second quarter of this year.
Twitter released their new video sharing service, Twitter Vine, Thursday, which allows Twitter users to film and share small, six-second-long looping video clips. Twitter says that these small little snippets are in line with its model of Tweets being limited to 140-character-or-less model for Tweets. Michael Sippey, Twitter’s vice president for product, wrote about Twitter Vine on Twitter’s blog on Thursday, “Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity. Now that you can easily capture motion and sound, we look forward to seeing what you create.”
Want to watch the Colorado presidential debate online? We have you covered!
Fans of the performance of Michael Jacksons’s Thriller by the inmates of Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Phillipines will be delighted to hear that their favorite dancers are back. Dancing to the song “Gangnam Style,” by Internet sensation and Korean rapper, Psy, 1,000 inmates performed for a wildly cheering audience.
If you liked Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa and his “I’m on a horse” commercial (and hey, who didn’t?), you may like the new interactive video from Old Spice in which you get to make music with new Old Spice guy Terry Crews.
It is being hailed the “Instagram of Video” and, much like Instagram, has taken off like wildfire in the mobile and social media communities. Socialcam, a free video-sharing app, is quickly becoming a worthy adversary for YouTube on account of the fact that it is strictly a mobile app, and is tailored to be such. Many complain that uploading videos to YouTube from their phones is kind of a pain and being able to do so is a mere side product of YouTube’s focus on a computer-based user experience.
In one of the fastest corporate about faces in history, Netflix has just announced that they will not make customers subscribe to two separate services – streaming and DVD – and they are dumping Qwikster. While many will breath a financial sigh of relief, this also leads many to wonder: “Does Netflix have any idea what the fnck it’s doing?”
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced this week, through a direct email of a Netflix letter to all Netflix customers, that Netflix is spinning out their Netflix DVD by mail service into a separate service, labeled “Qwikster” (pronounced ‘Quickster’), while the Netflix streaming video service remains “Netflix”. So now if you want streaming Netflix and the Netflix DVD service, you have to subscribe to two different services – Netflix.com, which is the Netflix instant streaming service, and Qwikster.com, which is what the Netflix DVD service has become. The service will be essentially the same – still with the red envelope and all – but now called Qwikster, and with the Qwikster logo.
Fox Network has announced that next month it will start requiring people to prove that they have a cable or satellite subscription in order to have timely access to online Fox Network content on the Fox website and on Hulu. Those who can authenticate that they have a paid subscription will be able to get past the so-called ‘paywall’ and will be able to access contemporary content the day after it is aired on Fox, just as they can now. However those without a cable or dish account will be stopped at the pay wall, and will have to wait a week and a day (8 days) before they can see the latest episode of their favorite shows.
Retail giant Walmart is now offering streaming video rentals right from its website. Having acquired the VUDU streaming video service last year, Wal-mart is now mainstreaming (pun intended) its streaming service by making it available front and center on the Walmart.com site.