Why You Need DivX Now More Than Ever

Without it, you miss out on the freedom to play your favorite movies where you want

Not long ago, an article came out on Lifehacker called What’s the Difference Between All These Video Formats, and Which One Should I Use?

The article was a largely-useful breakdown of what the layman might need to know (and not know) about portable video formats. It talked about why video files need to be compressed and decompressed, gave a short history of codecs and containers, and pointed the reader toward a likely path to successful ripping and sharing of their favorite movies and TV shows.

But like most simplifications of complex things, it got some parts…well, wrong. And of course we noticed the errors that had to do with DivX.

Allow us to do a little DivX myth-busting!
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I Want My Foreign Films

A moviegoer reveals Oscar’s annual problem


The only three Oscar-nominated films I couldn’t see this year

Back in the ‘80s, a commonly-heard rant was “I want my MTV.” It was, of course, a marketing ploy by MTV to get their channel added to cable systems. We were supposed to rise up as consumers and demand this channel like it was a birthright. But we really did want our MTV, so we asked for it, and before long we had it.

Here’s what I want today: I want my foreign films. More…

Oscar® 2011 Picks and Predictions

A movie fan sorts the best from the rest in this year’s Major Award Movie Sprint


Image courtesy Greg in Hollywood (Greg Hernandez), CC 2.0

I’ve seen an awful lot of movies in the past month, all so I can have an informed opinion on Oscar night. Here’s who I predict will win an Oscar, and who I’d give it to if I could.

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In a perfect world, I would say “Screw the haters!” and choose The Tree of Life. But as innovative as it was, Hugo edged it for pure ingenuity…which will mean nothing in the face of The Artist’s juggernaut. More…

Major Award Movie Sprint – Halfway There

22 movies watched, 24 movies to go, 17 days left!

What’s the Major Award Movie Sprint? It’s my attempt to see every Oscar-nominated movie before the awards are given on February 26. That’s 46 movies in 34 days! Today marks the halfway point, and so far, I’m on pace to see all the films on the list. At the moment, I’ve seen these 22. More…

Major Award Movie Sprint (Completists, This One’s For You)

Follow one brave woman’s quest to watch 46 nominated movies in 34 days

Only a crazy person would try to watch all the movies given an Oscar® nomination in the month before the Oscars are awarded, right?

Well, call me crazy.

It’s true – I’m going to attempt to see 46 movies in 34 days. In fact, I’ve tackled this challenge every February for the past dozen or so years. I used to call this movie marathon The Oscar Run, but since the Academy is a little touchy about folks throwing around the word “Oscar,” let’s call this the Major Award Movie Sprint. More…

Zombie IQ Test: Are You Smarter Than the Undead?

Update: Scroll to the bottom of this post to see all the questions and answers!

Maybe it’s because Halloween is coming, or maybe it’s because The Walking Dead returned to AMC recently, but I’ve got zombies on the brain. They’re so creepy yet funny with their rotting flesh, shuffling gait, and blank expressions. As one zombie-battler said in 2004’s Shaun of the Dead:

“Just look at the face: it’s vacant, with a hint of sadness. Like a drunk who’s lost a bet.”

And what’s with that constant craving for brains? No matter how many people they’ve eaten, they’d kill for one more. You never hear a zombie say, “No thanks, I’m full.”

How many zombie movies have you seen? Would you know what to do if faced with the living dead? Answer our daily zombie trivia question and find out. More…

Summer Movie Bingo

Summertime is here, which means, obviously, big budget movie explosions. Add to your summer movie-going experience by playing bingo with friends to see who will be the first to find a snug superhero costume, angry alien or someone yelling “It’s gonna blow!” (Don’t forget to click on the tiles to find examples for things like “Shia Lebeouf saying ‘No, no, no, no!’”). Check out the interactive bingo card after the break. More…

There’s No Crying in Baseball Movie Trivia

Baseball spring training is upon us. In a few short weeks the league will be in full swing and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Our thoughts turn to the crack of the bat, eating crunchy Cracker Jacks and sitting on our couches watching … well, not actual baseball, but movies about baseball. (Let’s face it, baseball can be a bit slow.)

To prepare for the season test your baseball movie trivia knowledge by seeing how many movies you can name from the quote list below after the break. Remember, there’s no crying in baseball movie trivia. More…

From the Grab Bag: “Freakonomics”

“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.

For a few weeks, friends across the country were living in what had been dubbed: “The Snowpocalypse”. I was seeing daily pictures on Facebook of icicles, blizzards and waist deep snow. Not surprisingly, this “Snowpocalypse” never came to sunny San Diego. Last weekend however, was a different story. It rained for almost an ENTIRE DAY. We even had tiny hail for a minute or two. There was confusion, anger and mass panic. San Diego residents took to Facebook to whine about report the bad weather. As for myself, I took it as an opportunity to stay in with my wife and watch a movie. (SHAMELESS/AWESOME PLUG AHEAD) The convenience of buying the movie online in DivX format meant I could stay inside and, more importantly, stay nice and dry.

I was browsing the DivX video-on-demand catalog and came across the documentary “Freakonomics“. Several friends have raved about the book, but I had never personally taken the time to read it. The documentary described itself as follows: More…

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…