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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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Hulu will soon have old Nickelodeon shows and more

Hulu will soon have old Nickelodeon shows and more

Hulu is a decent subscription to have if it offers a show you like to keep relatively up-to-date on, but isn't so great when it comes to watching old episodes of long gone shows. Netflix fills that void to some degree, but it is lacking in its own way, which makes Hulu's latest announcement a welcomed one: a new deal is in place with Viacom that will usher in thousands of additional episodes, including ones from older shows like The Ren & Stimpy Show and Nickelodeon's under-appreciated Invader Zim.

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Netflix launches in France, faces legal, cultural hurdles

Netflix launches in France, faces legal, cultural hurdles

Netflix has just launched in France, but it might be getting a cold shoulder. Because of its pride and focus on its local film and TV productions, both French industry players and lawmakers are looking into how they make the video-streaming giant play by the country's rules and give due important to French and European content.

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Popcorn Time refuses to quit, adds AirPlay support

Popcorn Time refuses to quit, adds AirPlay support

A service that is being called "Hollywood's Worst Nightmare" is back with another update and its biting back at the powers that be. It has added support for Apple's AirPlay streaming protocol so that not only will users be able to watch streaming torrents on their iOS devices, they can also redirect those to, say, an Apple TV for the ultimate viewing experience.

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Netflix strikes peering agreement with AT&T

Netflix strikes peering agreement with AT&T

In the same way it did with Comcast and Verizon, Netflix has struck a peering agreement with AT&T to bring subscribers' buffering woes to an end. This news was first rumored earlier today, and later on confirmed by AT&T in a statement saying, in part, "We’re now beginning to turn up the connections, a process that should be complete in the coming days."

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Netflix tipped in launch plans for Australia

Netflix tipped in launch plans for Australia

Living in the land down under comes with some perks -- or frights, depending on your preferences -- but Netflix has never been one of them. Rumors that the video streaming service will be heading to Australia have been around for a while, but it would seem a launch is imminent based on talks Village Roadshow's CEO has had with the company.

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AMC prepping Internet video service (reportedly)

AMC prepping Internet video service (reportedly)

AMC is working on its own subscription video service, according to sources that spoke to Bloomberg. This video service will be streamed over the Internet, and will provide customers with access to "specialized" content, the likes of which are said to include documentaries.

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Chromecast support heading to VLC

Chromecast support heading to VLC

Amidst recent news that Chromecast's support has extended to RedBox among other services, a tidbit of information appeared on the forums for media player VLC late last month letting users know it will soon join the list. When isn't known, but support for all desktop platforms and iOS is in the pipeline.

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Apple seeking streaming TV advantage with Comcast

Apple seeking streaming TV advantage with Comcast

Amidst growing concern over the Internet's scalability in the face of rising online media consumption, Apple is rumored to be seeking a partnership with Comcast. If things go according to Apple's plans, it will gain a huge advantage over other TV streaming rivals by having its content travel over a separate line along the "last mile".

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YouTube is down today, it’s not just you

YouTube is down today, it’s not just you

This morning YouTube went down at approximately 11AM CST, with reports coming in throughout the hour. At the moment it would not appear that collection pages are down, just pages with display information about the videos and the videos themselves. Users trying to access YouTube videos throughout the United States are seeing messages that include talk of "something went wrong" and the always classic "A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation."

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