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Movies

Submission + - Uproar over Netflix new instant viewer (netflix.com)

almechist writes: Many Netflix customers are up in arms over the new instant-watch player powered by Microsoft's Silverlight. The official Netflix blog is full of complaints from users who decry not only the new player's quality but also the way it's being distributed, with many claiming they were deceived into downloading it. Once you opt for the new player, the old Windows Media based player won't function, not on any computer associated with the account. The new player is supposedly still beta, but NF members are strongly encouraged (some say tricked) by NF into the so-called "upgrade," which is permanent — there is no way to opt out. The marked decrease in video quality seen by those who have switched is perhaps not surprising, since the old player could utilize bit streams up to twice as fast as the new one, but this information is nowhere given out by NF. So far NF has been answering all complaints with variations on "tough luck pal, you're stuck with it," but many customers are so disgusted they're ready to cancel their NF membership. This could be a public relations disaster in the making for Netflix.
Music

Submission + - Reznor releases new album under CC License (nin.com) 2

Leviathant writes: "Nine Inch Nails has self-released a new instrumental album, Ghosts I-IV. Consisting of 36 instrumental tracks described as "music for daydreams" and released under Creative Commons, it is available in a wide range of formats (MP3, double CD, multitrack audio DVD-ROM, vinyl, 40 page book). The free MP3 download includes the first nine tracks (each with unique artwork), wallpapers, and a PDF of the 40 page book. Available directly off nin.com, you also have the option to torrent it via official NIN profiles on Waffles, what.cd and The Pirate Bay. Absent from this release was any kind of leak of audio or information. Is this the future of music distribution?"

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