Intelliflix, a Netlix competitor, used to differentiate themselves by offering video games and “mature content” – in addition to standard movie rentals… Well, they’ll still offer the adult stuff.

Intelliflix eliminated the game offering for new customers in June of 2007. Due to the continually changing market for games and game consoles, we made this decision in order to focus our resources on providing the highest quality movie rental experience for our customers. Intelliflix customers that had a Premium membership prior to this change will be grandfathered in, and thus still be allowed to rent games as part of their plan.

Gamefly is still a mail order video game rental option, though neither Davis nor I would recommend them. Blockbuster Total Access provides one (or two if you’ve been around awhile) gaming coupon a month, but that requires a store visit. Good thing I’ve got so many Live Arcade and free game demos to choose from on my 360.

As most of you know, TiVo killed the Lifetime Service option because it wasn’t exactly profitable. (Damn that reliable hardware and replaceable hard drive. ;) ) So I find it particularly interesting to see TiVo offering up a Lifetime Service transfer with an 80 hour dual tuner Series2 for $300. I suppose TiVo wants everyone on newer hardware to experience broadband services, receive ads, and to be tabulated under Stop||Watch. You have until July 23rd to think it over.

The fine print:

Qualify current TiVo DVR
Enter the TiVo Service Number of your TiVo® DVR with Product Lifetime Service ACTIVATED PRIOR to June 15, 2003.

See the pretty picture after the break…

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att-remote.jpgWith all of the iPhone hype, AT&T’s taken something of a beating around the quality of its cellular network. Meanwhile, the company’s wireline ventures chug along without much public notice. This week AT&T’s U-verse IPTV service went live in Cleveland and Akron Ohio, bringing the total number of homes passed with U-verse to 3 million. (Compared to Verizon’s 6.8 million locations passed with FiOS fiber)

Additionally, earlier this month AT&T announced it will be moving forward with GPON deployments starting in 2008. What’s GPON you say? It’s a form of optical networking technology that AT&T will use when building out fiber to the home (FTTH). Today AT&T’s U-verse service runs on a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) architecture, but FTTN has limitations, and those limitations are glaringly obvious when compared to Verizon’s all-fiber approach. In new locations (called greenfield) AT&T has decided it will match Verizon fiber for fiber.


Vudu is in town (NYC) and Gizmodo was given a briefing. Back in April I heard the Vudu video-on-demand box would land at a price point competitive with AppleTV ($300-$350). However, Giz now reports the device will be launched later this year “somewhere under $500.”

Vudu will have a few things going for it such as a large library of thousands of flicks, instant playback of content, and a rich yet simple interface. But that $400 – $500 price point (plus the cost to rent or buy movies) will be hard to overcome in a marketplace where everyone’s cable or satellite provider offers video on demand – plus multifunction devices like the Xbox 360, AppleTV, and TiVo also provide movie downloads. Additionally, HD purists (who have the motivation and disposable income needed for this device) will balk at the upscaled 480p content (without even seeing it). And the fact is, the economical Netflix snail-mail DVD rental solution is still working well for most. I may spontaneously order a flick on Xbox or TiVo, but the bulk of my movies (and TV shows) are delivered via Netflix.

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Dave Zatz —  June 27, 2007 — 1 Comment

A periodic roundup of non-iPhone news… coming to you from Amtrak.

  • Growing pains challenge AT&T’s U-verse: Houston Chronicle
  • Comparing Joost, VeohTV, Babgelgum and Democracy: PVRWire
  • Windows Vista Media Center Cumulative Update: Missing Remote
  • PacificNet iMobile broadens TiVo distribution in China: Engadget
  • TiVo CFO lands at LinkedIn: TiVo Lovers