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Netflix updates Xbox 360, PS3, Roku and Smart TV apps with unified interface

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The Netflix online and App experience has been fragmented for some time now and causing headaches for users who use it on multiple devices as well. This leads to an inconsistent experience across different platforms of the same service. Well Netflix has now done away with that in favor of a unified television experience today.

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GAEMS to unveil G155 Senty at E3 2012

GAEMS, Inc wishes to change the way gamers around the world stay connected to their favorite console, friends and game. GAEMS is creating an entirely new category in consumer electronics.

The GAEMS G155 Sentry is a Microsoft licensed device that will provide individuals and families a completely customizable personal entertainment solution. This solution will allow you to play DVD’s, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and run your console. The company will be showing off the G155 this year at E3 2012 at South Hall booth #247. If you are attending go check them out.

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Comcast Xfinity Streampix to Compete with Netflix Directly

Comcast has announced that it will launch its own streaming service that will compete with Netflix directly. The service will be called Xfinity Streampix. Comcast will bundle the service with its existing cable offerings and will have a price point set at $4.99 a month which is lower than Netflix’s current $7.99 a month offering.

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Redbox Acquires NCR Entertainment Division, the operators of Blockbuster Express Kiosks

We reported previously that Redbox and Verizon had entered into a joint venture to bring a new video rental service option to consumers that could rival Netflix. Well, it looks like Coinstar’s Redbox was not done there as they have purchased the entertainment division of a company called NCR for $100 million. NCR is in the business of operating self-service solutions such as ATM machines, point of sales and retail systems, airline check-in systems, and even the kiosks that are branded as Blockbuster Express kiosks. The purchase will include DVD kiosks, certain retailer contracts, and DVD inventory from NCR’s entertainment line of business. This move will bring Redbox to more consumers nationwide by re-branding all Blockbuster Express kiosks to Redbox kiosks.

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Lovefilm & Disney Bring ABC Instant Content to the UK

Lovefilm, a UK-based movie rental service similar to Netflix, has decided to amp up its catalog to likely compete with the new availability of Netflix service in the UK now. Lovefilm has struck a deal with Disney UK to provide ABC Studios content to its on-demand customers. Content will include titles such as Lost, Happy Endings, Castle, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, and the Ghost Whisperer. All episodes of shows will be available right after they are aired in the UK market.

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