Hands-free is a hit!

Microsoft has sold 10,000 Kinect units PER DAY in less than a month of this new gadget’s release. Can we call this “the thing” of Christmas this year? It has already outpaced Nintendo’s Wii in the first month of it’s debut. Microsoft is forecasting that it will sell 5 million units before the end of the holiday season.

“We are thrilled about customer response to Kinect, and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand,” said Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, in a statement.

Microsoft is offering Kinect bundled with a 250GB Xbox 360 for $399 while the 4GB version is selling for $299. The Kinect sensor bar is also available as a standalone product for $149. But a check of Web sites for major retailers like Amazon and Best Buy showed that supplies are tight, with some bundles on back order.

Have you tried this thing out yet? I’m planning on my Christmas bonus money to purchasing a new Xbox 360 (250gb) bundle with the Kinect. =)

Andre vs Cortland, round 1 – fight!

Yesterday the National Hockey League replaced their ice skates with football cleats as the Houston Texans dominated over the Tennessee Titans – in every possible way. A 20-0 game with a brawl that we have not seen in a very long time, wide receiver Andre Johnson throwing a few punches to a defenseless corner back Cortland Finnegan.

Of course, Cortland while prone for the physical alteration, had certainly been asking for a beating for some time. See the video below.

The NFL fined each player $25,000 (petty change, really) and neither player will miss any game time as a result, past the ejections they both faced. Johnson apologized after the 20-0 win against the Titans on Sunday, during which both players were ejected.

On his Monday evening radio show, Finnegan apologized for the way he left the field on Sunday when he waved his arms in an attempt to stir up the crowd. Titans coach Jeff Fisher had argued against a suspension for Finnegan and said he had “very strong opinions” supporting his belief. Johnson and Finnegan will meet again when the teams play for a second time on December 19th. I can’t wait!

Netflix announces a streaming-only plan

Netflix has announced a streaming-only plan ($7.99), as well as an increase in every other plan they offer (+$1 up to $9.99 for the 1 disc monthly plan, for example).

Streaming is awesome. Moreso on iPads/iPhones, like when I’m at the gym and I’m tired of listening to music all the time, I’ll load up a movie to watch. However, the streaming-only plan would be more attractive if:

  1. Hulu didn’t exist for TV shows
  2. Netflix had a larger selection of movies to stream, and worked out that license issue to have movies and TV shows more immediately

With high-speed online access now becoming a household staple and various gadgets making it easier to connect high-definition TVs to the Web, Netflix is realizing it needs to evolve as Internet streaming goes mainstream. “We are now primarily a streaming video company,” co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement. Netflix is spending heavily to obtain the streaming rights to more movies and TV shows to help lure more customers and shift more of its existing subscribers away from DVDs.

In the third quarter, Netflix spent $115 million on video streaming rights, up from just $10 million at the same time last year. Spending on DVDs dropped 35 percent from a year ago to just under $30 million in the third quarter.