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TV viewership dropped last quarter, online streaming skyrocketed

TV viewership dropped last quarter, online streaming skyrocketed

The latest report from Nielsen shows the growing change in how consumers are watching their favorite shows. Last quarter, the number of people watching traditional television dipped by 4-percent, but those watching shows through online streaming services skyrocketed by 60-percent. This is in comparison to the same quarter (Q3) last year, and it is anticipated the increase in streaming video adoption will impact traditional TV. This news comes shortly after Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings predicted that traditional TV will be effectively dead by 2030.

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Netflix adds Black Mirror sci-fi series to US roster

Netflix adds Black Mirror sci-fi series to US roster

Netflix has begun adding more content to its service, as we noted recently, and with it comes the British science fiction series Black Mirror for users in the United States. The show is bid as an anthology series, and is presented as seasons consisting of three episodes each. Both the first and the second season are now available for streaming in the US, with the first season having been aired back in 2011, and the second in 2013.

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Netflix details new shows and movies arriving next month

Netflix details new shows and movies arriving next month

Netflix has detailed the new shows and movies that'll be arriving next month, as well as the ones that will be disappearing on December 1 (that gives you about two days left to catch up on them). The new content will roll out over the course of the month rather than all dropping at once, and include the series' we already knew were inbound, such as Marco Polo. The first batch of content will be arriving on December 1, and included among it is Troop Beverly Hills, Madison, and A Knight's Tale.

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Netflix CEO talks Nielsen plans, predicts broadcast TV’s death

Netflix CEO talks Nielsen plans, predicts broadcast TV’s death

Earlier this month, news surfaced via the Wall Street Journal that Nielsen will soon begin monitoring viewership numbers on services like Netflix. It was noted in that report the monitoring will take place via audio analysis, but that there isn't yet any solution in place for tracking viewership numbers on mobile devices -- meaning those who primarily watch things like Netflix on their tablet won't be counted. Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings recently commented on the rumored plan, and it was that very issue -- monitoring mobile viewers -- that he pointed toward.

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Netflix scores NBC’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Netflix scores NBC’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Netflix, which just recently announced that it'll be bringing about a fourth season of previously cancelled series Longmire, has another show inbound: NBC's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The show is the brainchild of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and if you haven't heard of it before, that's likely because it hasn't aired yet. The show was set to arrive on NBC (you can see a "Coming Soon" page on the network's website) but it seems that has changed, with it being reported that Netflix has stepped in to take over.

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Netflix’s negotiations for Longmire tipped as successful

Netflix’s negotiations for Longmire tipped as successful

After Longmire's surprise cancellation by A&E, the producer behind it -- Warner Horizon -- began shopping it around in hopes that the large fan base would result in it being snapped up quickly elsewhere. Deadline had reported earlier this month both Amazon and Netflix were primary targets for the series, and that among the two Netflix was in serious talks about taking on the show -- something that wasn't surprising, considering the service offers its past seasons for streaming. Now the same folks are back again with new word from their sources, and if true, it's good news for fans.

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Nielsen tipped in plan to monitor subscription video viewership

Nielsen tipped in plan to monitor subscription video viewership

Nielsen plans to start monitoring video streaming services' viewership numbers, shedding light on figures that have long been hidden from the public. Such information comes from the Wall Street Journal, which reports that it has viewed client documents related to the plan. The plan won't include tracking viewership habits that take place on mobile devices (for now, at least), but will use Nielsen meters to analyze audio for determining what shows are being watched on other devices. The resulting numbers could, among other things, help studios negotiating with the services.

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Netflix will expand to Australia, New Zealand in March 2015

Netflix will expand to Australia, New Zealand in March 2015

Netflix, taking a moment from its seemingly perpetual content revelations, has announced that it'll be getting a big expansion early next year, moving into Australia and New Zealand in March 2015. This follows the company's launch in France back in September -- a place where it hasn't entirely been welcomed -- and will likely in the same way include a mixture of locally-relevant content and the shows that span its global viewership. The video streaming service is remaining tight-lipped about pricing, however, saying it'll announce that sometime in the future.

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Amazon Studios to roll out seven pilots early next year

Amazon Studios to roll out seven pilots early next year

Early next year Amazon Studios will be launching seven pilot episodes for several series that may then go on to become full series productions. As expected, the pilots -- and eventual series -- will be available to Amazon's subscribers via Prime Instant Video. There's a total of six pilots for fictional series, as well as one for the docuseries The New Yorker Presents, which will showcase the New Yorker's history in bite-sized documentary style episodes. We've got a rundown on each pilot for you after the jump.

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TiVo adds Walmart’s VUDU video service

TiVo adds Walmart’s VUDU video service

Netflix and Hulu Plus might be the two best known video streaming services at the moment, but many competitors exist, not the least of which is Walmart's VUDU. Like some other services, VUDU allows its customers to rent and buy digital movies and TV shows, including things like flat-rate season bundles for entire series seasons. The service has long been available on many set top box devices, including various Roku models, and now it has finally arrived for those using TiVo.

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