Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hulu Adds New Features

Source: Hulu Blog

Hulu has just announced some new features that should make streaming your TV shows and flicks a little more convenient and enjoyable. These new tools allow more customization by the viewer and an in general more streamlined viewing experience.

There are several new features; here are some of the highlights:

  • Adaptive Bit-rate Streaming: This optional feature will allow for the video quality to be adjusted based on the individual users available bandwidth. This should significantly cut down on buffering times, and compensate for any connection problems by smoothing out the video playback.
  • Ad Volume Normalization: We've all been there, watching our show at the appropriate volume and then -BAM!- extra loud commercial comes out of no where! This welcomed new feature will automatically balance out the volume on the commercials, so you can ignore them in peace.
  • Seek Preview: Now when you hold your cursor over any point in the timeline of the video a thumbnail will appear allowing you to see exactly what is happening at that point in the video. This will make it a lot easier to find certain scenes or pick up from where you left off.
  • A Bigger, Sleeker Player: The video dimensions are now 25% larger and all of the buttons only appear now when you mouse scrolls across them. This change is both larger and less distracting then the previous format and looks pretty slick too.

For details on the rest of the features check out the official Hulu blog and be sure to try out the new features when you get a chance. I plan on catching up on my 24 as soon as I am done here.

Forbidden Planet Blu-ray Details

Source: The Digital Bits

For the first time in all of it's 1950's pulpy goodness Fred W. Wilcox's sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet is getting a deserved Blu-ray face lift. Based on Shakespeare's The Tempest the plot revolves around the mysteries happenings at a remote space outpost and an intrepid crew attempts to solve the mystery.

So on September 7th you will have the ability to see a dashing young Leslie Nielson and his robotic sidekick Robbie battle some mysterious extraterrestrial entity. This copy of the essential classic would not complete without some special features to accompany it.

Extras Include:

  • Deleted Scenes and Lost Footage
  • Robby the Robot Guest Appearances on TV
  • TCM Documentary: Watch the Skies! The 1950's and the US
  • Featurettes: Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet and Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon
  • Theatrical Trailers and more!