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  • Facebook May Take a Bite Out of Apple with New Streaming Content Push


    Facebook is joining the ranks of major streaming content providers by beginning to offer online movie rentals. Warner Bros. has already been announced as Facebook’s first official partner in the effort, making The Dark Knight available through the movie’s official Facebook page.

    “Every digital heavyweight is making a play for your living room," writes Peter Kafka of All Things Digital. He adds that Facebook clearly has designs on possibly challenging the likes of Apple, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and everyone” in the digital content streaming space. Although only one film will be made available in this initial test run, Wall Street reacted to the news Tuesday as traders began selling shares of Netflix in anticipation of Facebook’s growth in the world of digital video rentals. Shares of Apple, it should also be noted, only rose $0.19 on a day when equities and, particularly tech stocks, were strong, although it would be inaccurate to pin Apple's flat session entirely on the Facebook announcement.

    Regardless, expectations surrounding Facebook's effort are high. For now, the cost of a Facebook movie rental is 30 Facebook credits - about $3. Once a film is rented, users have 48 hours from the time of purchase to watch it in their browser. Facebook still functions as usual - 'poking,' 'liking,' etc. - throughout the the rental period. To that end, Thomas Gewecke, president of Warner Bros., says that “Facebook has become a daily destination for hundreds of millions of people,” said Thomas Gewecke, president of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. “Making our films available through Facebook is a natural extension of our digital distribution efforts. It gives consumers a simple, convenient way to access and enjoy our films through the world’s largest social network.”

    Only time will tell if - and how - Facebook's new venture will impact Apple and its peers in the realm of digital content.

    Source: All Things Digital
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Facebook May Take a Bite Out of Apple with New Streaming Content Push started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      $3.00 a movie. For a 48 hour time period. Not worth it.
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Quote Originally Posted by seann33uk View Post
      because its a social site, not a video site. It should first attempt to fix its pictures, and chat amongst many other failures before it attempts to "branch out"

      They'll be making phones next
      failed on my last post...

      and i agree, id hate to see fb turn into myspace

      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      And Apple were a computer manufacturer, they had "no business" getting in the music, movie, tv show business.

      Guess what, watching movies is a social experience. For the movie studios it's a good and cheap method of trying to reach a 500+ Million install base.



      Haha, yeah. Sure all the $75 Billion valued companies will fizzle out in a few years.



      Just Block the app in your settings

      I have but they still seem to come thru

      Quote Originally Posted by saunupe1911 View Post
      The guy's point is that he shouldn't have to go out his way to modify his notification settings when he never elected to receive game messages etc...

      It's like receiving spam from a site u never visited or shared your email address with. It's annoying and inconvenient
      Thank you! i've been trying to find the words to say that.

      Its very annoying since I do not have a working computer atm (cpu overheats after 10 minutes of use) and i use the facebook mobile site since the app is buggy. my notifications are off the roof and they're really annoying with stupid games. I shouldn't have to receive notifications from games i dont even have installed on my fb!!

      Facebook was made for a social site, not music and crap. It WILL turn into another myspace.

      And the artist feeds and stuff don't really bother me
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by iSteed View Post
      yup... Netflix and apple tv too. Not sure I get this one or even why the Facebook god's feel that his would benefit their site. I think it's weird.... No i'm not gonna watch a movie on Facebook!!...lol
      i wonder if they will team up with a company to have setup boxes
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      It will be called the FaceBox.
    1. djdraco's Avatar
      djdraco -
      I'm good with Netflix.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      One word - "overkilled"

      People like to have options..

      Just because most all the people in the world has it they try take advantage of it..facebook is for social networking that's why it's called facebook..facebook needs to make moviebook
    1. dotFIVE's Avatar
      dotFIVE -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      Mock my words, Facebook will end up like MySpace. Using social sites to push content will be the death of it! People log on to socialize with friends and acquaintance. Not to be bothered with ads and the harassing of artist updates.
      Do you mean "mark my words"?

      I think Facebook is branching out way too quickly. They're beginning to offer everything but being excellent in nothing. They should really focus on improving the quality of their current offerings (like their horrid chat system) rather than spreading themselves out even more. I smell the curse of AOL...
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Quote Originally Posted by dotFIVE View Post
      Do you mean "mark my words"?

      I think Facebook is branching out way too quickly. They're beginning to offer everything but being excellent in nothing. They should really focus on improving the quality of their current offerings (like their horrid chat system) rather than spreading themselves out even more. I smell the curse of AOL...
      I think Facebook should stay Facebook and not turn into myface
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dotFIVE View Post
      Do you mean "mark my words"?

      I think Facebook is branching out way too quickly. They're beginning to offer everything but being excellent in nothing. They should really focus on improving the quality of their current offerings (like their horrid chat system) rather than spreading themselves out even more. I smell the curse of AOL...
      Yes, stay a social network until your really good at it.
    1. Xeno Templar's Avatar
      Xeno Templar -
      They never got a dime from me before & they never will besides, I have Netflix, speaking of I'm watching 8MM as we speak from my 360, too bad for u, FB!


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    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lombardo Joe View Post
      I can't keep up with it these days. Now it's just out of control. Screw you, and screw your farm.
      yeah, but what about pot farm?! that thing is a riot!!
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      I think that if you were going to try and start a streaming s@service though facebook is a great place, I personally don't have a facebook, but everyone I know has one, and that's a great place to start, where's everyones at