The 5 year wait for the 5th release in the epic
Gran Turismo franchise might very well have come to an end. The game has shipped out to retailers and there is even some online game play footage. But let's not pop the champaign just yet. Anyone who has followed the franchise at all will not be able to kick their Perkaset addictions until it's actually in their PS3 and being played, by them. Especially after the recent release date shenanigans that Sony and Polyphony have pulled. Also, as Scott mentioned to me, we saw footage of Spore 2 years before the game actually released.
To see some of the game play footage and the hilarious Sony commercial hit the break.
Have you encountered a vehicle that has WiFi built-in? We did
last year at CES 2010 but not really in the wild. It seems to be similar to the iPad (have any of you seen one of THOSE in the wild?). The reason is because this year only 174,000 units have shipped worldwide. Not a terribly impressive number.
On the other hand, by 2017, it is expected that around 7.2 million units will ship worldwide, with about half making it to the US. That is an impressive number, no matter what Nintendo thinks. 1.1 million of those units will ship as aftermarket in the US, which means somewhere in the vicinity of 2.5 million will ship as part of a vehicle from the manufacturer.
What does this mean and why is it important? Hit the break.
I don't know about all of you, but we here at the show love the merger of Sirius and XM and all the
cool new stuff they have to offer. But who knew that Sirius Canada and XM Canada didn't merge yet after the US counterparts have merged well over a year ago? I know I didn't. This week, the two companies announced their plans to merge forces to create a super satellite sound alliance!
The $520 million mashup, no
my_____ pun intended, will take two competing companies and align them side by side to make a 1.7 million audience base.
For more on the extraterrestrial squish, hit the break.
With Google TV
taking a big hit this week, they are looking for other ways to bolster their video streaming offerings. They believe that an agreement with Miramax studios would be a quick and easy way to accomplish this goal.
Miramax, currently part of Walt Disney Corporation, is set to be purchased by a holding company and Google's people have been in discussions with the new owners to get the rights of distribution to the more than 700 titles available in the Miramax library, including
No Country For Old Men and Finding Neverland Blu-ray.
How might this affect you? Hit the break to find out.
I know we haven't really discussed Google TV and their happenings, but we figured everyone understood that it could be a really cool product but somehow Google would find another way to "implement now, fix later" and it would fail something epic. Miraculously, big box retailers, the media, the press and everyone else had other plans and have taken Google TV under their wings and tried to make it fly. I guess the word "Google" in Google TV didn't give away that it was made by the same corporation that couldn't even get Buzz to buzz.
At any rate, Google TV's initial ad campaign was interesting and the product was slowly taking off. Well, that simply cannot happen, so the last frontier, the final line of defense, the TV companies have decided to take matters into their own hands and take out Google TV themselves.
How and who, you ask? Well I have that information for you, after the break.
Everyone asked for it and I suppose after Hulu announced its
official price tier for Hulu Plus, it was time for Netflix to make its move.
To compete with Hulu's $7.99/month Hulu Plus pricing, Netflix's new streaming-only package comes in at $7.99/month and includes its Starz Play service. For everyone else, the price is going up. The basic 1 DVD at-a-time package will now run $9.99/month and of course, still comes with Netflix's streaming capabilities.
Want the whole new pricing structure in a fancy chart? Follow the break to get it and to find out about what happens if you are already on a plan.