It's no secret that Yahoo is working hard to get into the video content realm. Yahoo has tried to purchase a streaming video company called DailyMotion in the past, but the deal didn’t work out. The search firm is still looking to roll out its own video streaming site to compete with YouTube. Whether that will be done by purchasing an existing streaming site or starting from scratch remains to be seen.
Amazon has clinched an exclusive deal for 24, inking an agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television that will not only see all back-seasons of the Kiefer Sutherland series only streaming through Prime Instant Video, but the new season make its online debut there later this year. The news means that Netflix subscribers who may have been working their way through 24 will be disappointed to discover it's no longer available in the catalog.
This week Amazon has sent out invites to an event that’ll be held in New York City next week. This event will take place on the 2nd of April and will center on what Amazon describes as an "an update for our video business." While it’s possible that Amazon might be speaking about their streaming video content delivery services, it’s also likely they’re speaking about their long-awaited television set-top box.
Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings has posted a long write up on net neutrality on the company's blog today, discussing recent peering agreements and saying "a stronger form of net neutrality is required." This follows a peering agreement the company entered into with Comcast to improve its service for customers.
It seems like everytime that I turn around Netflix is announcing a new original series. I like that the company is constantly adding new original content to its lineup. Netflix has the very popular House of Cards original series. It also recently announced a new series From Dusk Till Dawn and another new series is in the works based on Pablo Escobar.
Word about an Amazon set top box has abounded for many months, with word surfacing in April of last year that a STB was in the works, followed by a more recent tip that the device will launch this month, a change from the previously anticipated holiday season arrival. Now sources have surfaced saying the box will include apps for competitors' offerings, including Netflix.
House of Cards, the popular Netflix original that snubbed HBO for the Internet video streaming service, will soon be available to Comcast Xfinity subscribers who don't have a Netflix account. Such is the result of a recent deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which handles certain elements of the show's distribution.
Netflix has planned a new thirteen-episode series revolving around the legendary drug lord Pablo Escobar. Essaying the Colombian dealer is Wagner Moura and to direct him, RoboCop remake director Jose Padilha has been roped in. As reported in the Brazilian magazine Folha de Sao Paulo, Moura will be shooting the series both in English and Spanish.