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YouTube Joins 1B-Users Club

...5 months after Facebook arrived at mark

(Newser) - Five months ago, Facebook announced it had reached a billion users per month—now, you can add YouTube to that exclusive club, Mashable reports. The video-sharing site announced the unique-visitors milestone on its blog , which notes that "nearly one out of every two people on the Internet visits YouTube,... More »

Netflix's Arrested a 'Breakthrough'

Alyssa Rosenberg is excited about the storytelling potential Netflix offers

(Newser) - Netflix's new season of Arrested Development, which will hit in May, could be a massive breakthrough for the service—and not (just) because we're all eager to see the Bluths again. At the Television Critics Association press tour, creator Mitch Hurwitz revealed that this batch of episodes, each... More »

Redbox Streaming Service Doesn't Cut It

Austin Carr: It makes no sense to opt for this over competitors

(Newser) - Austin Carr reviews the new movie-streaming venture from Redbox and Verizon, and about the only positive thing he has to say is that it's still in beta and might get better. The rest of the review of Redbox Instant is on the savage side, with Carr making the case... More »

Redbox, Verizon Launching $6-a-Month Movie Streaming

Netflix competitor expected to open to public next year

(Newser) - Watch out, Netflix, here comes Redbox: The movie-rental kiosk company is teaming up with Verizon, as expected , to launch a Netflix competitor. Redbox Instant by Verizon will offer unlimited streaming for just $6 a month, according to AllThingsD . That's less than the $7.99 Netflix charges for the same... More »

Netflix Scores Landmark Disney Movie Deal

Streaming service beats pay TV to rights to show new releases

(Newser) - In a deal Netflix calls a "bold leap forward for Internet television," the company has scored the rights to show new releases from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm starting in 2016, when Disney's deal with Starz Movies expires. Older Disney films will be available on Netflix immediately... More »

Amazon Instant Video Nabs Big Blockbusters

Because Netflix let its exclusive deal with Epix expire

(Newser) - Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service is getting a shot in the arm, with a slate of blockbusters that include The Avengers, Hunger Games, Super 8, and more, in a deal that signals trouble for Netflix. The movies are all coming thanks to a new deal with Epix, a... More »

Last Place in Airing Olympics? USA! USA!

Comcast rules with iron fist as rest of world streams for free: Susan Crawford

(Newser) - The US may be a top medal earner, but it's among the last-place finishers when it comes to airing the Olympics. As Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee tweeted in the opening ceremony, "This is for everyone." Not Stateside, it seems: While residents of at least 64 territories across... More »

Amazon Now Streams Movies to iPads

Web giant's Instant Video Store debuts on Apple's tablet

(Newser) - Amazon is popping up on the iPad. The massive e-retailer launched an app for its Instant Video Store for Apple's tablet (but not iPhone—yet). The app can stream "Prime content," which is Amazon's version of Netflix Watch Instantly and is included in Amazon's overall... More »

Seinfeld Launching Web Series

It's called 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

(Newser) - Jerry Seinfeld is combining his passions for cars and comedy in a new web series whose title says it all: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The show, which starts July 19 at this site , will feature comedians from Louis CK to Ricky Gervais, not to mention a pair of Seinfeld'... More »

We Spent 1 Billion Hours Watching Netflix Last Month

That is indeed a record

(Newser) - It looks like Netflix's image has handily recovered after last year's pricing furor : Last month, viewers spent more than a billion hours watching content on the site, its CEO says, setting a new record. And "when House of Cards and Arrested Development debut, we’ll blow these... More »

Netflix May Have to Provide Captions Online

Deaf advocacy groups win one round of legal battle over disability act

(Newser) - Netflix could soon be legally forced to offer closed captions on its streaming videos. The National Association for the Deaf sued the company, saying it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide captions for the bulk of its online content. Netflix asked a federal judge to dismiss... More »

Feds Suspect Cable Firms of Stifling Online Videos

DoJ conducting antitrust probe, sources say

(Newser) - Federal authorities suspect cable companies worried about competition from online video have acted improperly to quash their emerging rivals, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The Department of Justice has opened a wide-ranging investigation, and officials have spoken to online video providers and cable companies, including Time Warner and Comcast,... More »

Hulu Moves to Zap Free TV

...Unless you're already paying for cable

(Newser) - Using Hulu to avoid paying for cable may not work for much longer: The TV site plans to implement a new "authentication" model, forcing viewers to prove they're pay TV customers by signing in with their cable or satellite account number, sources tell the New York Post , adding... More »

iPad Catch-22: Video Looks Hot, Eats Data Limit

A few hours of viewing, and those gigabytes are all used up

(Newser) - When it comes to video, the new iPad giveth ... and taketh away. Though the latest model comes equipped with a high-resolution screen and speedy 4G connection—seemingly to enable users to eat up even more video—what's actually being eaten up are users' data limits. The Wall Street Journal ... More »

Netflix Was Supposed to Beat Cable, Not Join It

Atlantic blogger hopes service doesn't join the dark side

(Newser) - Netflix's rumored attempt to bring its content to cable on-demand boxes isn't sitting well with Rebecca Greenfield of the Atlantic , who reads the report thusly: "The streaming service 'of the future' would join forces with the established companies we'd hoped it would help us get... More »

Soon: Order Cable, Get Netflix?

Reed Hastings meeting with cable company execs about proposal

(Newser) - In its latest bid to stay ahead of the competition, Netflix is looking to team up with cable companies. The proposal? Add its online streaming services as another "on-demand" option that cable subscribers could access through their set-top boxes. CEO Reed Hastings has quietly met with senior executives at... More »

Amazon Prime Scores More TV With Viacom Deal

Instant Video selections streamed for free by Prime members

(Newser) - Another blow to Netflix ? Amazon.com announced today that it will increase the number of Instant Video selections that Amazon Prime members can stream for free. The new partnership with Viacom will add TV episodes from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, and more networks, bringing... More »

Verizon, Redbox Team Up to Take Down Netflix

New streaming venture announced, but few details given

(Newser) - Watch out, Netflix: Verizon and Redbox are teaming up. Verizon announced today it will enter the video streaming business in a joint venture with Coinstar, the parent company of Redbox DVD rental kiosks, Mashable reports. Verizon said the new service, which will also include access to DVD and Blu-ray discs,... More »

Netflix Rebounds, Shares Surge

Revenues, subscribers, and share price all up at online video leader

(Newser) - After Netflix's miserable third quarter of 2011—which saw its share price plunge 75% , some 800,000 customers quit , and the Qwikster debacle —the video rental giant reversed much of those losses and posted stronger-than-expected results for the last quarter, reports Reuters . Netflix's revenue jumped 47% to... More »

In 3 Months, We Streamed 2B Hours of Netflix Videos

Company says that's a 'high mark'

(Newser) - Despite the uproar and subscriber exodus over its pricing change, people are still making use of Netflix’s streaming service. And how. The company has announced that it streamed more than 2 billion hours of content to members during the fourth quarter, and while it wouldn’t give specific figures... More »

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