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Netflix idea toys with streaming “big” movie same day as theater release

Netflix idea toys with streaming “big” movie same day as theater release

Netflix has been basking in success lately, with its third quarter numbers published last week showing record subscriber numbers, and its original TV shows proving more than able to hold their own against network offerings. Now the company has talked about its latest idea, namely providing subscribers access to a "big" movie the same day it is released in theaters, something that would overhaul the industry's current system.

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Netflix third-quarter report shows record subscriber numbers

Netflix third-quarter report shows record subscriber numbers

It is the time of year when companies' financial reports come in, and the most recent to dish out its numbers was Netflix, which has had a positive experience across the board. In addition to beating out most expectations analysts had for its third quarter, the video streaming service has achieved a new milestone, hitting and exceeding the 30 million overall domestic subscribers mark.

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Apple iPad Event to be simulcast in London and Japan

Apple iPad Event to be simulcast in London and Japan

Yesterday, Apple sent out invitations confirming the anticipated October 22 event, and the expectation is that we'll see the iPad mini 2 and the iPad 5 detailed by the company. Says Apple, "We still have a lot to cover," and to help ensure that coverage is as widespread as possible, the event will be telecast in London, Japan, and in the company's offices.

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Fox Networks’ Mike Hopkins to be next Hulu CEO, says sources

Fox Networks’ Mike Hopkins to be next Hulu CEO, says sources

Since Hulu's former CEO Jason Kilar stepped down earlier this year, the video streaming service has had Andy Forssell serving as acting CEO while a hunt to find a permanent replacement has been underway. Such a time has reportedly come, with sources stating that Fox Network's President of Distribution Mike Hopkins will be announced as the company's new head soon.

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Amazon reportedly to launch set top box by the holiday season

Amazon reportedly to launch set top box by the holiday season

Earlier today, word surfaced that Amazon has a device in the works called the Amazon Firetube, something said to be similar to the Google Chromecast. Following this, the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Amazon has plans to launch a set top box in time for the upcoming holidays, something said to be codenamed "Cinnamon" with functionality akin to that of the Amazon Firetube.

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Intel reportedly in talks with Samsung and Amazon for Web TV backing

Intel reportedly in talks with Samsung and Amazon for Web TV backing

In February, Intel announced plans for a Web TV service, something that would be akin to Hulu and Netflix, but that would also offer live TV broadcasts. The given timeline for the service was later in 2013, a time that is quickly nearing and has prompted the company to seek backers for the service. If such backers willing to distribute and fund Web TV aren't found, the project may fizzle away, says sources.

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Netflix relies on piracy to gauge market interests

Netflix relies on piracy to gauge market interests

The media industry has had a long and adversarial relationship with piracy, and Netflix, who provides legitimate streaming access to content, is no different. So it sounds ironic, and yet at the same time almost unexpected, that Netflix indirectly benefits from piracy by helping it choose which shows to buy.

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CBS no longer allows full online episode streaming for Time Warner Cable users

CBS no longer allows full online episode streaming for Time Warner Cable users

Time Warner Cable and CBS have found themselves embroiled in a bit of a spat, with the cable service provider cutting CBS from many major markets earlier today. In response, CBS has issued a jab back, no longer allowing the provider's subscribers to have access to full streaming episodes on its website. As long as Time Warner continues to leave CBS off its maps, its customers will remain blocked.

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Chromecast to get Vevo, Blip, and Devour support

Chromecast to get Vevo, Blip, and Devour support

Chromecast has scarcely been available for more than a week, and has already seen several video services and companies jump aboard. On July 29, we reported that Vimeo and Redbox Instant were both confirmed to be working on support for Chromecast, and earlier today news surfaced that HBO Go and Hulu will be arriving. Now three more services can be added to the list: Blip, Vevo, and Devour.

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Netflix deal with Cinedigm to bring in new titles

Netflix deal with Cinedigm to bring in new titles

Netflix penned a deal with DreamWorks last week to bring 300 hours of content to the video subscription website, a fair number, but perhaps not enough to assuage some user complaints about inadequate streaming options. That will shift in the coming months thanks to a new partnership between the company and Cinedigm, which will bring in new titles of both the movie and TV show variety.

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Comcast X2 entertainment platform unveiled with preference-learning “experience”

Comcast X2 entertainment platform unveiled with preference-learning “experience”

Comcast has announced the next generation of the Comcast X1, its entertainment platform. According to the provider, this new version offers a "personalized experience" that not only allows users to customize their dashboard, but also keeps an eye on the user's preferences and uses that information to adapt. The platform will be rolling out to Xfinity subscribers "later this year."

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Netflix dominates TV show streaming, Hulu and Amazon catching up

Netflix dominates TV show streaming, Hulu and Amazon catching up

It's pretty obvious that Netflix uses a lot of bandwidth, and it accounts for nearly a third of all internet traffic. Furthermore, when it comes to streaming TV shows, Netflix takes up 89% of it, with Hulu and Amazon's Prime Instant Video trailing behind. However, the two are slowly catching up to Netflix.

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