Archive for April, 2009 - Free Movies From Sony Pictures Entertainment

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Crackle from Sony Pictures Entertainment

Crackle from Sony Pictures Entertainment

I recently discovered, a really cool website from Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Sony has a vast library of movies and such and rather than let them collect dust in the basement, they are bringing them to you - for free - and collecting some advertising revenue at the same time.  This is a part of the ”great disruptor” that is the Internet.  Sony can now reach consumers directly - without having to use traditional delivery “middlemen” such as cable, satellite and even fiber.  The Internet is quickly changing the way entertainment is distributed.
My wife and I recently watched “The Blue Lagoon” with Brooke Shields (no, I’ve never seen it and yes, I must have lived a sheltered life).  We were so impressed that the following week we watched ”Jumanji” with Robin Williams.  I’m lucky enough to have a new HP laptop with an HDMI output and a 720p Samsung HDTV with an HDMI input so I used our HDMI PC to TV cable.   The video and audio quality was excellent as was both movie streams.  When a major entertainment powerhouse sets out to do something they do it right.  And right they did.  The short once-every-15-minutes-or-so commercials didn’t bother us at all and we were glad to watch in exchange for high-quality entertainment.
There is currently about 60 movies online but I expect that this will grow quickly.  The website title itself says “new every day.”  From Crackle’s website:
Crackle, Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, is a multi-platform next-generation video entertainment network that distributes digital content including original short form series and full-length traditional programming from Sony Pictures’ vast library of television series and feature films. Crackle is one of the fastest growing entertainment destinations on the Internet today, offering audiences quality programming in a variety of genres, including comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, music and reality. Crackle reaches a global audience through its impressive online and mobile distribution network.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2009


There’s been a lot of buzz recently about Boxee - a free software application that makes it easy to find and watch internet content on your PC.  Boxee doesn’t just run on PCs, but also on Apple TV (an expensive box that you connect to your TV).  This fact has come to the attention of the big networks who are now worried that folks won’t need their cable or satellite service anymore.  So they forced Hulu to pull their content from Boxee.   Well, I have news for the big networks - thousands of folks are already getting their entertainment delivered on their PCs.  And with our affordable cables, more and more folks are watching internet content on their TVs.

Last week a company called ZeeVee released a new “internet video browser” called Zinc that’s pretty cool.  It’s a free software application that you download and run on your PC and I’ve got to admit I really like it.  They’ve done a great job of scouring all of the popular internet video sites - Hulu, CNN, YouTube, etc. - and organizing the content.  They don’t have live streaming internet television stations like Zipityzap, but they do offer a lot.  The Flash-based application makes it easy to navigate with your PC’s remote control or you can use your arrow keys or mouse.

ZeeVee sells an expensive box to connect your PC to your TV.  But fortunately you’ve discovered our more affordable PC to TV cable solution.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t use ZeeVee’s new Zinc.  The world is still waiting for the killer internet television application.  Zinc is one step closer to what I’ve been looking for.  Just wait until the big networks find out!

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