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Disney strikes deal with Paramount Pictures over Indiana Jones rights

Disney strikes deal with Paramount Pictures over Indiana Jones rights

Around this time last year, Disney acquired Lucasfilm for a handful of billions, something that caused more than a bit of surprise and worry. Though the buy out mostly was focused on Star Wars and the effects such a change of ownership would bring, the company also secured the ownership rights for the Indiana Jones franchise. Today it has been announced that Disney has reached an agreement with Paramount Pictures over the franchise's marketing and distribution rights.

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Marvel Comics next TV series heads to Netflix: Daredevil initiates

Marvel Comics next TV series heads to Netflix: Daredevil initiates

Disney certainly isn't letting up when it comes to capitalizing on the likes of one of their most popular brands: Marvel Comics. Today they've announced that they're set to unleash a brand new series of live-action television show episodes with Netflix, the whole lot centered on the section of New York called Hell's Kitchen. As Marvel Comics aficionados well know, this area of New York is protected by none other than everyone's favorite high-flying blind superhero: Daredevil.

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Philips hue adds BR30 and GU10 bulbs plus Disney StoryLight

Philips hue adds BR30 and GU10 bulbs plus Disney StoryLight

Philips promised more focused lighting options for the holidays as part of its hue wireless bulb range, and the company has delivered, revealing not only two new bulb types, but a tie-in with Disney that integrates special Mickey-themed lamps with interactive story books. The hue BR30 is headed to the US first, targeting the popular recessed downlighter fittings found in many American kitchens, offices, and living rooms, while the GU10 will do the same for European track- and task-lighting.

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Human touch speaker system has Disney Research hearing with a finger

Human touch speaker system has Disney Research hearing with a finger

You'll not find another speaker system like the one presented by three designers and scientists working with Disney Research this week going by the name Ishin-Den-Shin. This expression means to communicate with an unspoken mutual understanding, and is humble in the face of the actual electric transmission this system is able to work with. All it takes is a special microphone, a whisper, and a touch with a hand - and the hand and someone's ear become the speaker.

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Paper generator creates power to turn on an e-book display

Paper generator creates power to turn on an e-book display

Researchers at Disney have created something very interesting that could have significant practical impact for the world of electronics. The researchers have created a generator that creates electricity using pieces of paper. Project researcher Ivan Poupyrev says that creating power supplies such as this is a key step in enabling interactivity everywhere at any time.

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Star Wars spinoff films focusing on origins: franchise “evergreen”

Star Wars spinoff films focusing on origins: franchise “evergreen”

Walt Disney Co. chief financial officer Jay Rasulo spoke up this week about the vast possibilities in the near future for Star Wars. Whilst speaking on the assets Disney currently has in tow at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference 2013, Rasulo made clear that there's really no end to the possibilities with where the company could go with the Star Wars universe. In speaking on new licensing deals, rights deals, and everything in-between, Rasulo described Star Wars as a true "evergreen property" whose value does not diminish.

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Disney may offer final Clone Wars episodes exclusively on Apple TV

Disney may offer final Clone Wars episodes exclusively on Apple TV

Disney is said to be working on Star Wars app for the Apple TV. The details are still firmly in the rumor category at the moment, however it is looking like the final episodes of the Clone Wars television series will be amongst the first content available on the app. This is said to be coming during the upcoming holiday season and beyond that, additional content is expected.

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Star Wars TV show a possibility as Lucasfilm chats with ABC

Star Wars TV show a possibility as Lucasfilm chats with ABC

Now that Disney owns both Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm (and Star Wars therein), the company has begun taking liberties with its wares, speaking this week with ABC about the possibility of a Star Wars-themed television show. This is hardly unprecedented, as the Marvel Comics television adaptation of the secret organization behind The Avengers hit the airwaves earlier this year in a show called Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., also with ABC. There's also a cartoon delivery vehicle for Star Wars in The Clone Wars, a show broadcast through Cartoon Network.

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Time Warner Cable reportedly still in talks about Hulu purchase

Time Warner Cable reportedly still in talks about Hulu purchase

The rumored Hulu sale has been the stuff of talk for months now, and earlier today we reported that it had officially been taken off the market, with the company's owners electing to keep it rather than sell. Word has surfaced over at Bloomberg, however, saying that Time Warner Cable is still in talks with those owners over a possible purchase.

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Netflix and Amazon ink DreamWorks and Disney content deals

Netflix and Amazon ink DreamWorks and Disney content deals

Netflix and Amazon's LOVEFiLM are each getting a burst of new content, its been announced, with DreamWorks and Disney each promising fresh on-demand titles for the cord-cutting favorites. On Netflix, a new deal with DreamWorks will see more than 300 hours of new programming based on existing and upcoming franchises such as Turbo added, while LOVEFiLM will get a mixture of new and classic titles like Dumbo, Ratatouille, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

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Star Wars Episode VII production to start early 2014 in London

Star Wars Episode VII production to start early 2014 in London

The upcoming Star Wars film seems to be all set to go, with director JJ Abrams saying that production for the new film will "most likely" begin its preparation stages "at the end of the year." This means that production for Star Wars: Episode VII could officially begin at some point early next year.

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Disney Research Aireal adds real force-feedback to Kinect gaming

Disney Research Aireal adds real force-feedback to Kinect gaming

Next-gen gaming won't be truly immersive until it blows, Disney Research believes, and it has the Kinect accessory to fix that tactile omission. Aireal uses a focused blast of air, fired from a compact cannon designed to sit alongside a sensor-bar like Kinect, to make action on the screen feel all the more realistic; shown off at SIGGRAPH in July, the cannon can track a player around and synchronize with the gameplay.

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