QuoteUnder the new arrangement, "hundreds" of "Saturday Night Live" episodes from the past 35 years, as well as "day-after broadcast" of the show's next three seasons, will be available on Netflix Instant Streaming. NBC is also offering every previous-season episode of "30 Rock," "The Office," and "Law & Order: SVU." Earlier seasons of those shows already on Netflix will still be available. All episodes of the venerable SyFy series "Battlestar Galactica" will also be available on the service. NBC Universal and Netflix said that "Monk" and "Friday Night Lights," among many other shows, will also be included in the expanded relationship between the companies.
QuoteThe two companies last week each revealed new pieces to their digital living room strategy, aiming to move beyond their core strengths. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates showed off Windows Home Server, a slimmed-down version of its operating system. It's designed to power a new generation of cheap and simple servers that can serve as a central household repository for photos, music, movies and more.
QuoteThe MSN Direct service will cost $9.95 per month with the first month free as part of an introductory offer, or $59 for the entire year. The service will allow consumers to stay informed about news, weather, sports scores, stock quotes, movies listing and local dining spots. Consumers will also be able to receive messages via MSN Messenger and calendar reminders from Microsoft Outlook.
QuoteBesides becoming a communications device, the PC will increasingly function as a nerve center for home entertainment and other consumer-electronics devices, in part because of the storage space provided by computers. By 2005, hard drives will hold up to 500GB of data, while 568GB to 1-terabyte PCs will hit the market in 2007, Gates said.