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Cost to pre-screen YouTube videos estimated at $37 billion yearly

Cost to pre-screen YouTube videos estimated at $37 billion yearly

I think it would be pretty safe to say that most in Hollywood don't like YouTube. Hollywood movie studios have long scorned YouTube as a place where studio content is pirated and copyrights are broken. The system in place today allows copyright holders to file complaints with YouTube, and YouTube will pull the videos down (often with little or no investigation).

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Xbox 360 adds Amazon Instant Video

Xbox 360 adds Amazon Instant Video

After first launching on the PS3, Amazon's Netflix clone is making its way to the Xbox 360. The Amazon Instant Video app launched today over Xbox Live, allowing customers to have instant access to the library of movies and TV shows they've already purchased from Amazon, as well as the full span of streaming videos available to Amazon Prime members.

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Netflix says it single-handedly increased Mad Men audience by one million

Netflix says it single-handedly increased Mad Men audience by one million

The most recent season premiere for the AMC series Mad Men brought in a whopping 3.5 million viewers. That's not too shabby for a basic cable show, especially when you compare it to last year's season opener. That episode pulled in around 2.3 million viewers. So what's the reason behind that explosive growth? If you believe Ted Sarandos, then it's almost exclusively thanks to Netflix.

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Comcast X1 cable box steps up the cable game

Comcast X1 cable box steps up the cable game

So the way the living room market exists now, if you're on the leading edge of electronics, you have a cable or satellite box which you use to watch live TV. But if you want to stream a movie, check in with what's up on your friend's wall, tune into Internet radio, or find out what the weather's like, you have to change your TV to some sort of Internet-connected device like a game console or third-party set-top box. Sound familiar? Comcast wants that to be a thing of the past.

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CinemaNow app comes to Xbox Live

CinemaNow app comes to Xbox Live

As if gamers needed another video streaming platform on the Xbox 360, Best Buy's CinemaNow app has now arrived on the Microsoft console. CinemaNow is a platform that allows users to rent or buy movies and TV shows, just like iTunes, Amazon Video On Demand, and Vudu, but without the brand recognition of any of those other names.

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Netflix Web-based video player gets massive redesign

Netflix Web-based video player gets massive redesign

If you're like me, you remember the day that Netflix's streaming video service first launched. And at that time, you would shut off the TV and spend hours watching movies and TV shows on your computer. Now, though, there are millions of people who no doubt have a Netflix streaming subscription and have never even watched any content from the confines of their computer.

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BBC will stream every single minute of the Olympics

BBC will stream every single minute of the Olympics

One undeniable trend about the Olympics over the last eight years is that its presence in online and mobile platforms has absolutely exploded. In 2004, NBC launched a mobile website dedicated to people wanting to check out the latest medal counts and breaking news on their phone, but it was little more than truncated text and a few tiny images. This year, you'll be able to watch every moment of the international sporting event from your phone.

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Netflix customer satisfaction on the rise

Netflix customer satisfaction on the rise

After Netflix completely shot itself in the foot and announced to the entire world, "We take all of our paying subscribers for granted," the company seems to have played its game of damage control fairly well, as the level of satisfaction that customers have for the streaming service has now gone up from where it was at the end of last year. This is according to the results from analytics group Forsee's annual Top 100 E-Trail Satisfaction Index.

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Comcast Xbox 360 policy questioned by US Senator

Comcast Xbox 360 policy questioned by US Senator

Democratic Senator Al Franken is urging the FCC to start an investigation into the platform that allows Comcast subscribers to stream video content from their Xbox 360. Ever since the service went live, people have been questioning its implications on net neutrality. Comcast lets its existing cable subscribers stream unlimited amounts of video from the Xfinity app on Microsoft's gaming console.

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Viacom, yet again, dismisses Netflix impact on Nickelodeon

Viacom, yet again, dismisses Netflix impact on Nickelodeon

During its most recent quarterly earnings call, Viacom was met with the question of how Nickelodeon's ratings have experienced steep and seemingly inexplicable ratings drops. Inexplicable, that is, unless you think about Netflix and the fact that it is ramping up its children programming. Last month, a study revealed that homes with Netflix or other streaming platforms have shown declines in children's TV viewership.

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