Google adds Offline Maps option to Google Maps for Android following complaints
Google has updated the Android version of Google Maps to re-enable offline maps, following complaints. The feature, removed from general view in the app yesterday, was still available to use through typing "OK maps" into the search box, but the revised release of the apps introduces a new button to "Make this map area available offline," as well as a link to explain the removal of Latitude.
Nintendo now offers Hulu Plus on Wii console
Nintendo has made available the Hulu Plus app for US owners of its Wii home gaming console, as expected, though delayed. While the monthly fee to the subscription-based streaming TV show service will be $8 per month, new users will get a free, two-week trial. The service offers over 16,000 episodes from 400 current and classic TV shows from ABC, Comedy Central, Fox, NBC, MTV, and others.
Netflix gets streaming for past BBC episodes
Netflix on Tuesday gave British and Irish viewers access to BBC shows. A new deal will stream all past seasons of key TV shows, including Doctor Who, Spooks, Top Gear, and others. For many, the subscription will act as a way to catch shows after they leave the BBC iPlayer.
Miramax wants to curb potential Apple power
Miramax chief Mike Lang explained to those at the MIPCOM media conference Wednesday night that his studio was trying to prevent Apple from repeating its effect in music on the movie industry. He saw the iTunes operator as having walked in on a digital music business with poor competition and taking a control that persists to this day. With so much influence, he said, labels couldn't set the agenda and showed what could happen if movie studios didn't act faster.
Miramax first with multi-movie Facebook rentals
The latest company to offer movie rentals on Facebook is Miramax, over its Miramax eXperience app. The largest venture of its kind -- Warner offers much less -- it offers 20 titles for rent in the US and 10 each in the UK and Turkey. The rented movies can be watched on iPads through a browser-based player made by Ooyala, along with Google TV devices.
Netflix in talks on exclusive DreamWorks content
DreamWorks is said to be in talks with Netflix on an exclusive streaming content for its movies, Bloomberg maintains. An official deal could be announced as soon as this week, after both DreamWorks and Netflix make quarterly results announcements. Netflix already has similar deals in place with Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate, and Miramax.
Hulu to offer Miramax movies
Hulu gave a major boost to its movie library by adding Miramax titles to its lineup. The multi-year deal lets at least Hulu Plus viewers immediately see movies like Clerks, Pulp Fiction, and Trainspotting in HD when a device supports it. Free Hulu users will get to see a handful of rotating movies starting from mid-June, albeit with ads.
Netflix lands Miramax movies
Netflix started off the week Monday by confirming its often rumored deal with Miramax. The content agreement gives it access to hundreds of movies, including Quentin Tarantino movies like the Kill Bill titles, Kevin Smith movies like Clerks, and Oscar winners such as The English Patient. Most will be available as of June, though dozens will come in later on a "rotating basis," Netflix said.
Netflix tipped near 100m Miramax deal
Tips on Friday had Netflix near a major deal that would give it access to all of Miramax's movies. An agreement that would be "well north of" $100 million would allow streaming for the next five years. The Reuters tip had few other details but was supported by a WSJ rumor corroborating similar terms.
Google movie streaming to get major titles early
Google's planned major movie service through YouTube may have suddenly firmed up, based on a late slip. The service, once stalled, would go live in early 2011 with a focus on major movies. The company would devote a large amount of marketing attention, TechCrunch heard, and dwell both on the content and integration with Google TV.
Google and Miramax rumored in movie store talks
Google has been discussing a deal to get Miramax for its possible YouTube movie service, a rumor suggested on Tuesday. The search firm has reportedly been discussing rights with Miramax's prospective acquirer, Filmyard Holdings, and might get the catalog if the movie studio takeover goes through. The New York Post's sources also put Netflix in talks to get the Kill Bill publisher, but neither is likely to have an exclusive.