Question by Jacket 12_KST: Why are the classic cartoon network shows not on Netflix instant stream?
Specifically Dexter’s Lab, Cow & Chicken, Johnny Bravo, and the Powerpuff Girls (and even current adult swim shows). Will they ever be on the stream?

Best answer:

Answer by Alicia
Short answer – Licencing.

Long answer – The problem with an instant streaming service such as Netflix is that for every show that they put on their servers, they must pay a license for them so the producers of the shows can get the revenue that they created the shows for. It’s much the same for any television station or network that wants to re-run a show.

And that’s where shows are chosen or not for streaming/syndication. Whether or not the show’s producers can come up with a licencing scheme that the streaming content providers can live with. That they feel that the show itself will help generate the income to both pay for the licencing as well as make a profit for them.

There may be a time when Netflix and Cartoon Network can get it all together, but when that will be, who knows?

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

Google Play and YouTube offer the latest new movie releases and your favorite TV shows to enjoy on your Android phone or tablet and on the web. But you’ve been missing one critical thing…Stewie Griffin. We’re happy to share that Stewie, “Family Guy,” and more than 600 other titles from Twentieth Century Fox will soon be joining the catalog for you to rent or buy on Google Play and YouTube.

Today you can buy Fox’s new release Prometheus in HD, available three weeks ahead of the Blu-ray, DVD and video-on-demand release. And over the next few weeks you’ll be able to rent or buy your favorite Fox movies like X-Men, Ice Age and Black Swan, and TV shows like “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “New Girl” and many more.

These new titles will be available first in the U.S., and we’ll be bringing them to more countries soon. We’re now working with all six of the major film studios and many independent studios to bring you the best new releases and your favorite classics to rent or own.

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Google Maps shows how we spent summer 2012

In the blink of an eye, summer is coming to an end. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was planning out all my summer activities as I eagerly awaited the start of long, sunny days and warm nights.

Before we approach the official end of summer on September 21, our Google Maps team thought it’d be fun to see how those of us in the Northern Hemisphere have spent the dog days. To do this, we reviewed the summer search activity on in several countries between the end of May and the beginning of September. Within each country, a look at some of the top-rising searches and the often-searched landmarks on Google Maps gives us a sense of how people around the world spent their summers.

We’re honored that people rely on the comprehensive and accurate imagery in Google Maps to research, plan, preview and digitally experience distant as well as local destinations across the globe. Take a look and click through for a larger image:

North Americans sought out the best local beaches to help cool off from the summer heat. In comparison, many more people from Spain, Italy and France searched for community swimming pools. In cooler areas of the U.K. the rising Google Maps searches included many indoor activities such as squash, bars and going to the gym. And, as expected, travel was a clear choice for the summer, as indicated by a surge in searches for lodging in almost every region.

Many popular destination searches were located outdoors. National parks and Hawaiian islands were the most popular searches in the U.S., while local parks, zoos, gardens and playgrounds topped Canada’s and Europe’s list. Major landmarks such as the Empire State Building in New York City, Niagara Falls in Canada, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Taj Mahal in India also topped the list of often-searched places in Google Maps. And of course, with the Summer Games drawing in international audiences, Wembley Stadium and the Olympic Stadium were two of the most searched for locations throughout the U.K. this summer.

Check out the destinations that captured people’s attention this summer and see how your interests compared to others around the world. We hope you enjoy this look back to remember the fun places we all went with Google Maps this summer, and we can’t wait to help you find your next adventure!

(Cross-posted on the Lat Long blog)

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Last October, we launched Our Mobile Planet, a resource enabling anyone to visualize the ways smartphones are transforming how people connect with information, each other and the places around them.

Today, we’re releasing new 2012 research data, and the findings are clear—smartphone adoption has gone global. Today, Australia, U.K., Sweden, Norway, Saudi Arabia and UAE each have more than 50 percent of their population on smartphones. An additional seven countries—U.S., New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland—now have greater than 40 percent smartphone penetration. In the U.S., 80 percent of smartphone owners say they don’t leave home without their device—and one in three would even give up their TV before their mobile devices!

We conducted this research to help people to better understand how mobile is changing our world. You can learn about mobile-specific usage trends, use this tool to create custom visualizations of data and more. There’s plenty to discover in the latest research—to dig into new survey data about smartphone consumers in 26 countries from around the world, read our post on the Google Mobile Ads blog or visit

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Back in February, we brought you news of the launch of NVIDIA’s new quad-core Tegra mobile processor, a processing unit that at the time was able to run 1440p content running on a 2560 x 16000 panel, a setup not currently realised by vendors.

The electronics company has returned to demonstrate the capabilities of its processor, this time showing how the Kal-El – with its 12-core GeForce GPU – is able to render real-time dynamic lighting at Computex 2011 this week.

In the demonstration, NVIDIA takes the viewer through its homegrown game Glowball, which is running on an Android Honeycomb tablet. The game requires the user to roll a glowing ball around set levels, crashing it into set locations to progress to the next level. To showcase the processing power of its chipset, NVIDIA creates a light-source within the ball which impacts its surrounding environment in real-time, instead of relying on default animations which may have been used for a single or dual-core processor.

The Kal-El processor is expected to launch in August, coming to market months before it competition. NVIDIA will also make Glowball available upon release, allowing Kal-El tablet owners to get an idea of what their new quad-core tablet (or smartphone) can do.

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