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Netflix removes 'add to DVD queue' from streaming devices

Netflix will remove the "add to DVD queue" button from its interface on streaming devices in order to free up resources and "improve the overall streaming experience," the company said in a blog post. The Netflix website, which is still the most popular way users manage their DVD queues, is unaffected by this change. The blog post is vague about what's actually being removed, and which devices...

Handbrake-powered VidCoder gets a native 64-bit version

A while back, VidCoder -- the Windows video disc ripping program -- added support for Blu-ray discs. With Handbrake's engine under the hood, VidCoder offers an easy-to-use interface and simple batch processing of your video files. With the release of version 0.8, there's also now a native 64-bit version for those of you running Windows x64. A number of stability tweaks have also been introduced....

VidCoder now rips Blu-Ray discs, too

VidCoder is a nice, little DVD ripper for Windows -- it provides a simple, streamlined interface, supports encoding presets, and uses Hanbrake's processing engine for the heavy lifting. One feature which was notably absent from the last version we covered was support for Blu-Ray discs. That has been added in version 0.7.0, and VidCoder is now better than ever. One other nice feature VidCoder...

Universal Installer puts Linux live CDs on USB flash drives -- with persistent storage

I play around with a lot of Linux distributions and while I typically just virtualize them using an app like VirtualBox or VMware, sometimes it's nice to be able to test them on bare metal. A nice, pain-free way to do that is with Pendrive Linux's Universal USB Installer. The tool's actually been around for a while, but you may not have heard of it -- it's not talked about as much as other...

ISOBuddy converts and burns disc images -- including DMG, MDF, PDI, and more

If you've ever encountered a CD or DVD image that you just couldn't convert -- except with paid software -- DVD-Ranger's ISO Buddy is a free tool you'll want to check out. It's a disc image conversion and burning program, and it supports more formats than you can shake a spindle at. Apart from more run-of-the-mill formats like Nero's .NRG, .BIN, and .ISO files, ISOBuddy can also handle images...

VidCoder offers a simpler interface for making DVD rips via Handbrake

Handbrake is a great tool for ripping DVDs and it's typically the one recommended by power users. Less experienced users, however, may find the interface a bit too complicated. VidCoder offers a solution to that problem. It's basically a simplified fronted for Handbrake offering only the necessities. Choose a source, a destination folder for your rip, a preset encoding profile, and click...

Netflix will delay Fox and Universal releases for 28 days

If you subscribe to Netflix and watch a lot of new releases, you won't be too thrilled about this news: Netflix just announced agreements with Fox and Universal to delay those companies' new movies for 28 days. Netflix already had this kind of deal with Warner Bros., and it's basically an attempt by the movie industry to shore up slipping DVD sales. Netflix didn't make this deal for nothing,...

MakeMKV offers simple cross-platform Blu-Ray ripping

Software developers basically have DVD ripping down to a science at this point. No matter what operating system you run, you're only a few clicks away from importing a movie from a DVD to your hard drive. Blu-Ray, on the other hand, is a tougher nut to crack. That's why it's exciting to see a cross-platform app that handles both DVD and Blu-Ray ripping: MakeMKV. MakeMKV offers one-click...

Free disc burning app ImgBurn updates to 2.5.1, makes adding files and folders even easier

ImgBurn is an excellent, free application for all kinds of burning tasks. Its developer Lightning UK has built a number of improvements into recent versions -- making an already good program even better. Version 2.5.1 is now available for download and the changelog is a typically lengthy one. Two key alterations are worth noting. First, ImgBurn's disc layout editor view now includes an...

Wal-Mart buys streaming movie provider Vudu, cuts adult content

Against declining DVD sales, retail mega-ultra-giant Wal-Mart is jumping into the digital movie distribution pool by acquiring Vudu. Few details about the acquisition have emerged so far, but our sister site, Engadget, is reporting that Vudu will continue its development operations, including work on Vudu Apps. Not a bad move on Wal-Mart's part, considering that Vudu already had major-studio...

Nine Inch Nails fans turn 400GB of data into downloadable 2009 tour video

Back in March last year, Nine Inch Nails were touring the US with their Lights in the Sky tour - albeit without a professional production team to produce the tour DVD. Given the band's history with making their music readily available to their fans, Trent Reznor and crew decided to make over 400GB of High Definition footage from their tour for fans to remix. Today sees the results of this...

Movie studios starting to push online releases before DVDs

I like to imagine a day when you can download or stream any TV show, movie, or other video before or at about the same time as it's available for viewing on TV. Oh right, the pirates have pretty much already made that possible. But I mean legally, where you either pay for a video or watch ad-supported media. While we're not quite living in my utopian world where cable and satellite boxes are...

Handbrake 0.94 transcodes DVDs even faster

Handbrake, the insanely great multi-platform video transcoder - or "dvd ripper," if you're really being honest - just got its first update in almost a year. The biggest new change is 64-bit support, which means a 10% jump in encoding speed. According to our sister site, TUAW, Mac users don't even need to be running Snow Leopard to get the 64-bit advantage: it also works on OS X 10.5 on 64-bit...

Netflix to introduce streaming-only service -- but not in the US

Netflix have announced their intention to launch a streaming-only video option beginning in the second half of 2010. Currently the only way to stream Netflix movies is to sign up for the DVD-rental-by-mail service. But the new web-only option will only be available outside the US. Why make a streaming service Netflix' first offering outside the US? 'Tricky' postal systems, says CEO Reed...

Microsoft offers tool to burn Windows 7 ISO - or put it on a USB flash drive

If you have already downloaded - or plan on downloading - a purchased copy of Windows 7, you may need a tool to help you turn the bits into something bootable so you can actually start installing your new OS. By some amazing coincidence, Microsoft has a tool designed to handle just such an emergency! Grab the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and follow the on-screen instructions and you'll...