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Uh-Oh, Netflix: Amazon Has Monthly Video Streaming

Company is getting serious about its streaming content

(Newser) - Up till now, Amazon customers who forked over the $99 fee for Prime could also exclusively enjoy its streaming video. Now Amazon is opening its streaming library to the masses with a stand-alone monthly subscription for $8.99—directly competing with Netflix and undercutting its most popular plan by $1... More »

Netflix Has Kept a Mobile Video Secret for 5 Years

It's been throttling video for AT&T and Verizon customers

(Newser) - Notice Netflix isn't as pretty on your smartphone as on your TV? Don't blame your wireless carrier. Netflix says it caps its video streams at 600 kilobits per second—meaning videos are shown at a lower quality—on many carrier networks, including AT&T and Verizon, to prevent... More »

Nielsen Will Use Social Media for New TV Ratings

'Long overdue'

(Newser) - It's too late to save Community, but Nielsen is finally entering the 21st century. The ratings company announced this week it will start taking streaming and social media into account when looking at a TV show's viewership, the New York Times reports. The new system is called "... More »

Hulu Now Offers Commercial-Free Option

For $12 a month

(Newser) - Until today, Hulu's streaming content featured commercials—even if you were a paying subscriber. But as of today, the company announced, you can pay $12 a month for an ad-free version of the streaming service. The move is intended to help Hulu better compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime,... More »

20% of Young Adults Steal Streaming Passwords

Cost to the industry per year: $500M, report says

(Newser) - HBO chief Richard Plepler said earlier this year that people swiping HBO Go passwords from family or friends to watch their favorite shows and movies was not a big deal , but he may want to rethink that business concession. A new report by Parks Associates and cited by Consumerist shows... More »

Users of New Video App Want to See Your Fridge

'Fridging' is Periscope's first meme

(Newser) - Tech analysts are comparing it to the early days of Twitter: users of a new social media app getting acquainted with something fresh—and sharing some incredibly mundane stuff in the process. Freshly launched live-streaming app Periscope (which Twitter recently acquired) has a lot in common with popular rival Meerkat... More »

Report: Netflix Making a Legend of Zelda Live-Action Show

Nintendo has generally avoided TV, movies

(Newser) - Nintendo isn't exactly known for a love of TV and movies—one reason might be the disaster that was 1993's Super Mario Bros. movie. But the Wall Street Journal reports, via a "person familiar with the matter," that the video-game company is planning a new show,... More »

Sports Nuts Score: You Can Now Stream ESPN

Dish Network to offer sports network, others with $20-a-month Sling TV

(Newser) - Sports fans who've been holding tight to their cable TV package so they never miss a game will soon have a new option in their playbook: Sling TV, Dish Network's new streaming-video service that will include ESPN, the Washington Post reports. The $20-a-month service, which was announced yesterday... More »

CBS: Stream Our Shows for $6 a Month

Web subscription service will offer current and classic shows—but no NFL games

(Newser) - Yesterday, HBO announced it's launching a stand-alone Web streaming service. Today it's CBS making that call with CBS All Access, an on-demand service that offers streaming of current and past seasons of popular CBS shows, as well as classic shows, for $5.99 a month, TVLine.com reports.... More »

Coming Next Year: 'Stand-Alone' HBO Subscriptions

Streaming-only service coming in 2015

(Newser) - Finally, the moment many would-be cord-cutters have been waiting for: HBO says that next year, it will offer a "stand-alone, over the top" version of its service. Those are the words used by CEO Richard Plepler at an investor presentation; a press release after the fact called it a... More »

Netflix's Latest Coup: Debut of Crouching Tiger Sequel

Martial arts movie part of deal to shake up movie biz

(Newser) - The sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is set to deliver a high-flying kick to the movie business as we know it with a first-of-its kind distribution deal. The deal with the Weinstein Co. will see the martial arts movie released simultaneously on Netflix and in some Imax theaters next... More »

(Some) HBO Shows Headed to Amazon Prime

Sorry, no 'Game of Thrones'

(Newser) - Soon, Amazon Prime customers will be able to stream HBO shows—but before you get too excited, be warned that the announcement mostly applies to older programs. Game of Thrones isn't part of the exclusive deal, though seasons of shows like Girls and Veep will appear some three years... More »

Amazon Plans to Stream TV, Movies— for Free

And likely launch a Roku-like streaming box next week

(Newser) - YouTube and Netflix, watch your back: Amazon plans to stream video content for free and rise among the ranks of multimedia power players, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . If it happens, the project will include original series like Betas as well as licensed programming that Amazon could tie to... More »

Netflix to Pay Comcast in Speed-Boosting Deal

Video service will have direct route to cable company's servers

(Newser) - If you're a Comcast user, a better Netflix experience may be on its way. After a year of wrangling, Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast for "direct access" to the cable provider's servers, the Wall Street Journal reports. Netflix had been using go-betweens like Cogent Communications to... More »

Netflix Tests Per-User Pricing

Move seems designed to reduce account sharing

(Newser) - Netflix is trying out a new payment scheme that will make users pay for each screen they want to stream to simultaneously. Some new customers are being asked to choose between a one-user, one-screen option for $6.99, a two-screen plan for $7.99, and a four-screen plan for $11.... More »

Netflix Now Has More Subscribers Than HBO

Good news for shareholders

(Newser) - Netflix has passed the 40 million subscriber mark. Dropping its third quarter results today, the company revealed that 29.93 million of those paid subscribers are in the US—a higher number than HBO, which had 28.7 million subscribers at last count, Engadget reports. Netflix added 1.3 million... More »

CBS' Brawl With Time Warner Will Soon Look Quaint

CBS could already cut out the middleman and sell online now, says Holman W. Jenkins Jr.

(Newser) - While Time Warner Cable and CBS fiddle , the traditional TV industry is burning down around them. CBS may still want cable distribution for now, but if it really wanted to, writes Holman W. Jenkins Jr. in the Wall Street Journal , it could cut out the middleman right now and begin... More »

Part of SOPA Could be Back

The part that could send Justin Bieber to jail

(Newser) - Thought SOPA was dead and buried? Its corpse could be reanimated—or at least a body part, anyway. The Washington Post has picked up on a recent government report , which recommends that one part of SOPA be brought back to the table: making it a felony to stream copyrighted works.... More »

Netflix to Become DreamWorks' TV Network

Deal will bring host of Dreamworks shows to streaming service

(Newser) - Netflix made another big splash in its original content push today, announcing a deal with DreamWorks that will see the animation studio create 300 hours worth of original TV shows for the streaming service. The shows will be "inspired" by DreamWorks' existing properties, so get ready for shows based... More »

Time Warner Bribes Partners to Keep Shows Offline

Cable provider even threatens to drop programming in retaliation

(Newser) - Cable companies must be terrified of cord-cutters, because they're playing hardball to try to keep shows offline. Time Warner and other "pay-TV operators" are offering media companies higher payments if they'll keep their content off of web video services, and even threatening to drop networks that don'... More »

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