From the Grab Bag: “Beer Wars”

“From the Grab Bag” is written by various members of the DivX team and highlights under-the-radar movies that are available in DivX format.”

So now 2010 is almost over and 2011 will soon be upon us. It is that special time of year when we turn to thoughts of family, traditions and….beer. Specifically craft beer.

The DivX headquarters are located in San Diego, California. Most people know San Diego for its great weather, good surf and scenic sunsets. What you may not know, however, is that San Diego also has a growing (and thriving) craft beer industry. The selections found in our local bars go beyond your basic variety of fizzy yellow beers. The beers here are about as unique as the people who drink them.

So imagine how happy I was when I was browsing through the DivX Video-on-Demand catalog for another “From the Grab Bag” entry and found a documentary titled “Beer Wars.” Check out the synopsis and the review after the break: More…

AHHHHHHH! “Home Alone” is King in Our “Merry Movie Madness” Contest

Sixteen movies, four rounds, two weeks, and a whole lot of votes later, we have finally reached the end of our “Merry Movie Madness”. The dust has settled and “Home Alone” has emerged as the champion of Christmas movies. We have to admit, we did not see this one coming. Intrigued, we decided to look up a few facts about this 1990′s classic:

  • “Home Alone” was written and Produced by John Hughes (“Pretty in Pink”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”)
  • It was the #1 film in the box office for 12 weeks
  • It grossed $286 million in the theaters
  • “Home Alone” is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest grossing live-action comedy ever.
  • The gangster movie “Angels With Filthy Souls” does not actually exist.

Whether it was “Home Alone” or “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”, we hope you enjoyed watching your favorite Christmas movie this holiday season. Also, keep an eye on your inbox because we will be notifying the prize winners shortly.

Hey Microsoft—DivX Already Supports H.264 with HTML5 in Firefox

DivX HiQ provides H.264 support for Firefox on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS

We know not everyone sits around thinking about video formats, but at DivX, we do. This means we’re not much fun at parties—but it also means that we’re always working on solutions to offer the ideal playback experience. For example, HTML5 <video> tag support has been a hot topic over the past year. The problem? Internet browsers support different video codecs and containers and there isn’t a consistent standard that works across all of them. The solution? Install DivX HiQ (which is powered by the DivX Plus Web Player) and get consistent video support on every major web browser, including H.264—even on a Mac.

When we launched the DivX HiQ beta program back in early September at IFA, we never imagined that the likes of Microsoft would pay homage to our HTML5 <video> tag solution with an attempt of their own. We think Microsoft’s approach is pretty cool, but their plug-in only works for Windows 7 users, which poses a bit of a problem for more than 80% of computer users on the planet. More…

Merry Movie Madness

Happy Holidays! This time of year brings good tidings, eggnog-fueled cheer and the age-old question of which holiday movie is the best. Some folks are traditional (White Christmas, Miracle on 34th St.), some love the reminders of childhood (Charlie Brown, Grinch) and others are, well, unique (Santa Claus Conquers the Martians) in choosing their favorite.

The time to speculate is done. Let the holiday movie battle royale begin to determine, once and for all, the king of holiday movies.

Click on this link to check out the Merry Movie Madness bracket and vote for your favorites.

We’re also giving away three devices that play DivX video (LG Blu-ray player with DivX TV, PlayStation®3 and a Seagate media player).

Why are you still reading this blog post? Go vote!