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Lights! Camera! YouTube!

posted Wednesday Jan 20, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Lights! Camera! YouTube!

I'm going to pretend that I'm not writing about Google or anything affiliated with them again. That being said, YouTube announced in its company blog Wednesday that this coming Friday it will be launching its new rental service. I wouldn't expect another Netflix just yet though. YouTube partnered with the Sundance Film Festival to bring you such independent films as Bass Ackwards, The Cove, One Too Many Mornings and Children of Invention. YouTube is searching for more independent film makers and other partners as well. They have already invited several potential partners and want to keep the content coming.

Neflix Has Disney Seeing Starz

posted Sunday Jan 17, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Neflix Has Disney Seeing Starz

Back in October 2008, Netflix made a deal with Starz that allowed them to stream Disney movies instantly on the Internet. Netflix made out pretty well on this deal, but maybe a little too well.

Disney has decided to renegotiate terms with Starz. Originally, Netflix users were not required to pay a premium for the Starz movies, but now Disney is looking to make more money, hence the renegotiating. With this deal, Starz hopes to have access to Disney films for up to five years, including continued digital rights. What does this mean for Netflix? Well, in 2012, Netflix may lose some of its most viewed content when the contract expires. There is some talk of a new movie rental service, according to Disney Chief Executive Officer, Robert Iger. This may be the motive for the change, but many involved declined comment, including Netflix, who claims,

Where Did Crazy Jack Move to? Apparently Australia

posted Sunday Jan 17, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Where Did Crazy Jack Move to? Apparently Australia

First video games, now movies? Really, Australia? Have you lost your mind? Oh, wait, you mean you didn't really ban the games? You're just banning them without actually banning them? Allow me to reiterate, have you lost your minds!? How much more are the ex-cons of the UK going to take before they overthrow the government with a coupe whose morales represent lessons learned from the things banned?

Turns out, leaving it at Left4Dead Lite, Modern Warfare 2 and the flip-flop decision on Alien vs Predators just wasn't enough. Oh no, now they're going as far as to restrict the viewing on rated-R movies - essentially treating them just like pornography.

This new anti-freedom law will make it illegal to display R-rated movies alongside other movies. If the theater decides to, the cover of the movie must have no markings other than the name of the film and must have this really stupid label:

Iron Man 2... in... IMAX!

posted Sunday Jan 17, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Iron Man 2... in... IMAX!

Good thing Robert Downey Jr. didn't say "elementary, my dear Watson" in his latest movie, Sherlock Holmes. Now Scott and the rest of the PLuGHiTz crew can see Iron Man 2. Actually, they can see it in IMAX! How exciting!

We know that most of you were upset at the lack of a huge climax (that's what she said) at the end of Iron Man, but we think they have laid all the chips on the table with the sequel. With the addition of the War Machine, we think more explosions, fire, destruction and utter chaos is in order. So what better way than to look at a suave, debonair and charismatic man such as Downey Jr saving the world one more time than on a gigantic 72 foot screen? There isn't!

New Records For the Wii and PS3

posted Sunday Jan 17, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

New Records For the Wii and PS3

December is always a big month for video game sales, but this past one was the biggest month the video game industry has ever seen. Unfortunately, this hugely successful month, increasing 4% from last December, didn't make up for the drop occurring throughout the year.

Thanks to December 2009, sales almost caught up to the record breaking sales occurring in 2008, but came up short at $19.7 billion, compared to last year's $21.4 billion. Consumers helped Nintendo Wii hit an all time high, at 3.81 million consoles sold, only 2.15 million were purchased the previous year. Another console making the record books, Sony PS3, with 1.36 million units in 2009. It even surpassed Xbox 360 sales by 50,000 consoles. I never though i'd see that!

IE Vulnerability Leads to Temporary German Boycott

posted Sunday Jan 17, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

IE Vulnerability Leads to Temporary German Boycott

Coming off the heels of the possible Chinese government attacks on 20 major companies, the German Federal Office for Security in Information Technology, BSI, has urged the country to immediately switch from Internet Explorer to a different browser. Users would be advised to switch back only after Microsoft has released a patch for an information leak and vulnerability found in the browser that is still popular, but rapidly losing marketshare.

The reports from Google and McAfee have specified a critical flaw in every version of IE that would allow culprits to "perform reconnaissance and gain complete control over the compromised system." Microsoft has quickly responded, stating they are working on an update. However, even in protected mode potential hackers could still exploit the systems, albeit much more difficult.

I know most of our readers aren't fluent in German, so here is the statement from their website, translated via Google:

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