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Boo! Netflix Prices Going Up…A LOT!

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You are NOT impressing us lately, Netflix!

Last month, the National Association of the Deaf filed a lawsuit against the company for not providing closed captioning for most of their streaming movies.

We were thinking it was bullshiz that the hearing impaired couldn't enjoy the same features as everyone else, and now Netflix is pulling some more bullshiz by raising prices!

The company announced that they'll be raising the price for unlimited streaming/one-out-at-a-time unlimited DVD rentals by 60%! It'll go from $9.99 to $15.98 per month! WTF?!?!?

They'll now be offering plans for unlimited streaming only OR unlimited one-out-at-a-time DVDS only for $7.99/month each, but given the fact that people were previously able to get both for only $2 more, that seems really lame.

Here's what a Netflix exec had to say about the new price options:

"By offering our lowest prices ever, we hope to provide great value to our current and future DVDs by mail members."

And here's what Netflix's VP of Marketing Jessie Becker had to say about it:

"Creating an unlimited DVDs by mail plan (no streaming) at our lowest price ever, $7.99, does make sense and will ensure a long life for our DVDs by mail offering."

It's seriously uncool that they're trying to make it seem like this is a GOOD thing for subscribers. The streaming option is one of the best aspects of Netflix service, and we're thinking that LOTS of people will have to reassess the value of their memberships based on these changes.

What do U think about Netflix's price changes?

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Family Guy Becomes A Comic Book…Next Month

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By now, we've got Family Guy DVDs, t-shirts, boxers, posters, shot glasses, playing cards, soundtracks, and NOW there are comic books too.

The first-ever Family Guy comic hits stores on July 27, and according to editor Steve White, it promises to delve deeper than ever before into the Family Guy characters/world:

"'The Family Guy' universe is an amazing wellspring of ideas to plunder. It's given us a lot of latitude to develop stories ranging from one-page gag strips to more extended full-length scripts and pretty much everything in between."

"We're even looking at recurring one-pagers, but as I said, really, the world is our oyster here."

More on the characters to be featured in the comic:

"There's no way we would want to miss out on using the likes of Quagmire. There's also a wealth of other characters we'd want to include. We're not just paying lip service to the show. We're really immersing ourselves in it."

And more from White on how the comic book came to be:

"We felt that Family Guy TV show to Family Guy comic was a natural progression, but Fox needed a little convincing. In the end, we winged it and did a two-page comic strip off our own back and that actually seemed to do the trick."

And here's White on show creator Seth MacFarlane's potential involvement:

"If Seth ever fancied taking time out to write a comic strip or do a cover, we'd be pretty appreciative."

What do U think about a Family Guy comic book? Will U give it a read?

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Tennessee Takes Netflix Seriously! Sharing Login Info Can Land You Jail Time!

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Maybe we'll seek out a Blockbuster next time we're in Tennessee, just to be safe!

You may THINK you're doing something benevolent by giving your Netflix login info to your BFF so they can catch up on Dexter before the next season premiere, but starting July 1st, you're actually committing a crime if you do this in Tennessee.

The Volunteer State's governor has signed a bill into law which says that using a friend's login for Netflix or the music service Rhapsody can land you up to a year in jail.

According to the law, if you're convicted of stealing $500 or less of entertainment by illegally distributing login information, you can get a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. If you steal over $500 of digital entertainment, the jail time and fines can be more severe.

Technically, the law is aimed at "hackers and thieves who sell passwords in bulk," but according to the Tennessean "its sponsors acknowledge it could be employed against people who use a friend’s or relative’s subscription." Scary!

Here's what the bill's House sponsor, Rep. Gerald McCormick, had to say about it:

“What becomes not legal is if you send your username and password to all your friends so they can get free subscriptions."

We'll just bring some DVDs with us if we want to watch movies next time we visit Tennessee. Our friend can find their own way to get up to speed with Dexter. Ha!

If U live in Tennessee, will U stop sharing Netflix info? To everyone else - do U think this law will expand to other states?

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Comcast Vs. Netflix

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Don't mess with our Netflix Instant Streaming, Comcast! We've got four perfectly good seasons of 30 Rock waiting for us on there!

A central partner of Netflix, Level 3 Communications, has accused Comcast of charging a new fee that adversely affects Internet video companies.

Here's what Level 3 chief legal officer Thomas C. Stortz had to say about it:

“With this action, Comcast demonstrates the risk of a ‘closed’ Internet, where a retail broadband Internet access provider decides whether and how their subscribers interact with content."

Dramz between the two companies started on Nov 19 when Level 3 claims that "Comcast demanded a recurring fee to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast’s customers who request such content.”

Here's what Stortz had to say about Comcast's demands:

“Level 3 agreed to the terms, under protest, in order to ensure customers did not experience any disruptions."

According to a recent study, Netflix accounts for 20% of Internet download traffic in the U.S. Due to that fact, it makes Netflix a threat to Comcast and other cable companies who seek to protect subscription TV and video-on-demand services.

Senior VP at Comcast, Joe Waz, argues that Level 3 and Netflix are sharply increasing Internet traffic with their efforts to ween customers away from DVDs-by-mail and towards online streaming.

According to Stortz, Level 3 will be asking government regulators this week to do the following:

"to take quick action to ensure that a fair, open and innovative Internet does not become a closed network controlled by a few institutions with dominant market power that have the means, motive and opportunity to economically discriminate between favored and disfavored content.”

This could def get ugly! All we know is we would hate to lose our Netflix Instant service, and given the fact that Netflix just went up in price, we're thinking subscribers would NOT be happy if prices went up again so soon!

Work this out, you two! Seriously.

Team Comcast? Team Netflix? Team "I Don't Care I Just Want To Continue Streaming Movies Online?"

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Paris Hilton Returns To TV!


For those of you whose Simple Life DVDs are scratched up and worn from overuse, fear not! Paris Hilton has a new reality show coming soon on the Oxygen network.

Here's what a source had to say about Paris' new show:

"This isn't 'The Simple Life,' where she played a campy version of herself. This show will give viewers a glimpse of the real Paris and her life, which is sometimes quite amazing."

Guess we'll see how this one plays out.

For her next show, maybe Paris can do a Martha Stewart-style show, only instead of teaching viewers how to cook, she can teach them more provocative stuff, like how to properly hide cocaine in your vajayjay.

Are U excited for Paris' new reality show?

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