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Amazon nabs Magnolia Pictures digital streaming rights

Amazon nabs Magnolia Pictures digital streaming rights

The biggest headline to make out of this story is not necessarily that Amazon Prime members can now stream Hobo With a Shotgun. Rather, the real story here is the contrast in the fact that Amazon has added another movie studio to its streaming program within one week of Netflix losing one of its biggest content partners. Netflix recently failed to renegotiate its contract with Starz Play.

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Dish Network’s Blockbuster acquisition paid off

Dish Network’s Blockbuster acquisition paid off

In the most recent quarter, Dish Network managed to add 22,000 new subscribers, a feat it says was accomplished by its acquisition of fledgling retail chain Blockbuster. If you are still living in the 1990s, what you probably picture from reading that statement is a bunch of promotional standees in Blockbuster stores offering a special Dish Network subscription package. Nope, the brick-and-mortar section of Blockbuster is very much dead weight, but Dish's marketing of the company's online service seems to be working.

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Comcast Xfinity Streampix revealed to take down Netflix

Comcast Xfinity Streampix revealed to take down Netflix

If you're a user of Netflix streaming service, HULU Plus, or both, you know that there's a lot to differentiate the two, but that not a lot of ground is left to cover after they've taken their piece of the pie. That's where Comcast comes in with Xfinity Streampix. The group has this week revealed, though not formally announced, their upcoming streaming video service which will take command of its 75,000 shows and films that Comcast already offers and adds deals with several large picture companies.

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Netflix partners with eyeIO to reduce bandwidth pressure

Netflix partners with eyeIO to reduce bandwidth pressure

Netflix has become the first client of a new, ambitious startup that promises to offer streaming video content with a significantly reduced bandwidth requirement. In fact, eyeIO says it will cut the amount of bandwidth needed by Netflix streams by more than 50%. With this, the company could potentially further expand its scope on an international level.

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AOL’s Huffington Post to enter streaming video territory

AOL’s Huffington Post to enter streaming video territory

The Huffington Post, which has blossomed into one of the biggest online news networks in the world, is planning to enter a space it hasn't really delved into before - live streaming video. The site will essentially become a competitor not only to online news outlets but to the 24/7 cable news networks as well. At least, that is the goal. The site plans to offer 12 hours of original programming every day.

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Netflix on over 800 devices, usage on Smart TVs up

Netflix on over 800 devices, usage on Smart TVs up

During Netflix's Q4 earnings call yesterday, CEO Reed Hastings emphasized the importance of mobile devices for the company, namely tablets, Apple TV and other connected Smart TVs. Although he didn't get into numbers, a recent Netflix job posting revealed that the service has been shipping on more than 800 different devices, a bit boost from the 450 or so devices six months ago.

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Netflix Q4 earnings beat estimates, regains 610,000 US subscribers

Netflix Q4 earnings beat estimates, regains 610,000 US subscribers

Despite stumbles last year over price hikes and a short-lived Qwikster spin-off, Netflix is bouncing back, releasing Q4 2011 earnings today that beat Wall Street estimates. The company reported $876 million in revenue or $0.73 per share, beating expectations of $857 million at $0.54 per share. It also managed to regain 610,000 subscribers after having lost 800,000 subscribers last summer when it raised prices.

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Netflix being sued by angry investors over information withheld

Netflix being sued by angry investors over information withheld

The big red envelope at Netflix is about to be full of court-related documents as angry investors have hit them with a class-action lawsuit saying they've withheld information from them just prior to a stock fall late last year. This lawsuits is being filed down in Northern California in U.S. District Court by the City of Royal Oak Retirement System, and is being filed on behalf of "all plaintiffs similarly situated." What they're saying, essentially, is that the Netflix senior management staff didn't let known to their investors that quite a few contracts surrounding online streamed content would be renegotiated at much higher costs than they'd been worked out at before.

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Lovefilm lands UK streaming rights to popular ABC shows

Lovefilm lands UK streaming rights to popular ABC shows

UK fans of Lovefilm that have subscribed will get some new programs from the US to enjoy. Lovefilm has landed the rights to stream past episodes of some of the most popular shows on ABC in the UK. The new programming will be available at no more cost to subscribers on the DVD and streaming plan and the streaming alone plans.

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Hulu seeks funding for new original programming

Hulu seeks funding for new original programming

Video streaming sites started out as places where fans of TV shows could go to catch up on past seasons and episodes that they might have missed on TV. Hulu was mostly a catch up site when it launched. It then added movies to compete with Netflix. As Netflix is evolving into the next logical step with its own original programming, Hulu is looking to do the same.

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