America’s Radio News Network – Dec. 6, 2012

Every arnnThursday, I join Chris Salcedo and Rick Roberts on the mid-day edition of America’s Radio News Network to discuss trends and news in the technology and video game space. This week’s topics were Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement that the company will begin manufacturing a computer in the United States next year and Blockbuster’s latest plan – selling cell phones in its brick and mortar stores.

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As if Netflix didn’t have enough troubles…

The continuing customer backlash at Netflix is taking on staggering proportions. The company (whose stock, by the way, is down another 7 percent in trading this morning) has lost a quarter of its value in the past month.

Things don’t look to be slowing down, either – and competitors are viewing that as a golden opportunity to swoop in and steal some of those disgruntled customers.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Report: Dish Network targeting Netflix

Looks like Dish Network could be looking to tackle Netflix on its own turf – and it’s bringing a surprise player to the game.

Bloomberg reports the satellite service plans to offer a standalone subscription streaming service that will capitalize on the Blockbuster brand. And, to rub salt in Netflix’s wounds: It might include titles from Starz.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Blockbuster enters the games-by-mail market

Blockbuster hasn’t exactly had a lot of success in their battle with Netflix in the movies-by-mail field, so now the company’s aiming to outmaneuver them.

Starting immediately, customers of Blockbuster By Mail are able to rent video games for all the major console systems. The company says it has over 3,000 titles available. Netflix does not currently rent games.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog