Who’s copying Amazon? Everyone! But especially Walmart . Speaking of which, the retailer giant announced today the launch of its own video streaming service, called Vudu Movies on Us. The service at launch will include thousands of titles, which will be available in HD and can be streamed for free. To generate revenue, Vudu Movies on Us will be ad-supported. While Amazon’s Prime Video is a perk that comes with an Amazon Prime membership, then offers a variety of commercial-free movies and TV shows, including originals, Vudu Movies on Us will not have new releases. Instead, it will more narrowly focus on distributing free blockbuster titles and other classics, the company says. For example, at launch the service will include movies like “Mad Max,” “True Grit,” “Abduction,” and “School of Rock.” All will be available in 1080p high definition, and will support Dolby Digital sound when available, says Walmart. … [Read more...] about Walmart launches a free streaming service, Vudu Movies on Us
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Advertisement Blackhat is the latest in a line of movies that feature hacking as a major plot point, and it paints a pretty scary picture of what nefarious computer geniuses can do. But how accurate is it? Should we be worried? I talked to Jeff Schmidt, founder of JAS Global Advisors and Zurich Insurance Cyber-risk Fellow at The Atlantic Council, about the movie, some of its inaccuracies, and what we can learn from Blackhat.What’s Blackhat All About?To provide some background for this discussion, here’s a quick synopsis of the movie. Spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen it, and you don’t want to know the plot, you might want to come back to this article after you’ve seen it (though the box-office numbers and mediocre reviews suggest that it’s probably not worth the $20 it costs to see it in the theater).In short, a hacker Learn How to Hack From the Best Websites and Tutorials Learn How to Hack From the Best Websites and … [Read more...] about Blackhat Shows Us the Power of Hackers; But Is It Accurate?
My friends, we need to have a talk about Formula 1 in the US. And while I've been down on the quality of racing in F1 lately—as many of you have been—we have a bigger problem: NBC's broadcasts suck. In fact, the terrible job turned in by Leigh Diffey and his crew has done more to turn me off on the series in recent years than any problems with the actual racing itself, which is odd because NBC (and even Diffey) actually do a decent job with IndyCar. The real problem starts with how much of each race we don't get to see thanks to interminable commercial breaks and pre-recorded videos that should have been saved for the pre- or post-race show. Motor races are unlike most other forms of televised sports in that there are no scheduled stoppages like football, baseball, soccer, or basketball. Even domestic racing series like NASCAR and IndyCar don't quite suffer in the same way; those two series have evolved to work better with US broadcasters' love for … [Read more...] about Commercials are killing F1 on NBC
If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit by sitting down with a good ol’ Christmas special, then you are in luck. There are quite a few streaming services to choose from with old and new movies to watch. Amazon Prime Video Amazon Prime Video is a great way to see quite a few Christmas movies without having to pay extra. If you’re already subscribed to Amazon Prime, which is $120 per year, then you won’t have to worry about paying extra for some movies. It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol are some of the Christmas classics that are free with Amazon Prime. There are some more on there, but you may have to rent them through Prime Video. If you don’t mind spending some money to rent or purchase a movie, then you’ll love some of the other Christmas movies and shows you can get with this service: Home Alone A Christmas Story The Nightmare Before Christmas Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown … [Read more...] about Where You Can Stream Your Favorite Christmas Specials
Walmart is teaming up with MGM and others on original content for a free, ad-supported streaming service operated by Vudu . According to reports from Variety, Reuters, and CNBC, Walmart-owned Vudu will license original series created by MGM for this service, which will be based on franchises from MGM’s film and TV catalog. The shows will be family friendly in nature, and exclusive to Vudu. The news follows rumors that Walmart was working on its own subscription video-on-demand Netflix competitor, but Vudu says there’s nothing planned on that front for the time being. However, it’s not being ruled out for the future, the company noted. Instead, the focus for now will be on short-form originals that will debut on Vudu’s “Movies On Us” service. Launched two years ago in October 2016, “Movies On Us” was Walmart’s first foray into ad-supported free streaming. The service today includes 7,000 movies and TV shows that consumers can … [Read more...] about Walmart partners with MGM on original programming for Vudu