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Netflix and Amazon Accused of ‘Blacklisting’ Fired Content Executive

April 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A former director of content acquisition for Netflix is accusing the streaming service of “blacklisting” him and spreading false claims that he stole company confidential information when he left for a job at rival Amazon. Jerry Kowal’s suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, also names Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, as well... Read more

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Amazon Raises Price of IMDbPro with Addition of Casting Tools

March 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Rates for IMDbPro, Amazon’s database for film and TV professionals, will increase up to 25% with the service’s launch of Pro Casting, a new set of features touted as making its easier for casting directors and directors to find talent and for actors to apply for casting notices. IMDbPro subscriptions will increase to $149.99 per year or... Read more

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Amazon Buys ‘Teen Wolf’ Exclusive Streaming Rights from MGM

February 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Amazon.com expanded its content-licensing agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios to make the e-retailer’s Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription video service for all past seasons of MTV series “Teen Wolf.” In addition, the pact includes several MGM films. “The Usual Suspects,” “Raging Bull” and “Thelma and Louise” are now available to members of the Amazon Prime... Read more

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Studios Won’t Let Netflix Become a Monopoly

January 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix is the big cheese of subscription VOD. There’s no argument that Reed Hastings and company have built a huge lead in the sector, with more than 40 million global subscribers. Now some analysts believe Netflix is on the cusp of cementing its No. 1 position for good with the potential to have monopoly-like control... Read more

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4K Is Great for Everybody Except the TV Networks

January 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Most of it you'll just see in the video, but Michael Bay was not able to make it through the presentation he was supposed to be giving in Las Vegas at CES 2014 because of what appeared to be a problem with the text crawl behind the audience. "The type is all off. Sorry. I'll just wing this," he said, before a brief, valiant attempt to improv his way through the introduction of Samsung's giant 105-inch curved-screen TV. Then he gave up. Video below courtesy of the quick-fingered Joshua Topolsky at the Verge . Bay later apologized, saying he'd skipped a line. He's not an improv comedian, people! Samsung's new TV will probably be the best place to watch the new season of House of Cards, as Netflix said it will definitely be streaming it in the super-duper-hi-def 4K format that was the belle of last year's CES ball. The streaming service announced partnerships with Samsung, Sony, LG and others; Amazon also announced a partnership with Samsung that includes content producers

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The War for Control of Your Living Room

January 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

All right, so you’ve heard CES is about the wearable Internet this year —the gadgets you whip out at a party or over dinner or (God forbid) in the car. But back in the living room, there’s a war being waged for that much-maligned piece of furniture we all end up in front of sooner or later. Call it the Idiot Box, the Boob Tube or whatever you want—the majority of media consumption still happens in front of the television, and whether it’s gaming, movie watching, Netflix or just listening to the stereo, tech giants are fighting tooth and nail for a seat on your couch. Here’s what they’re bringing to the party. The Champion From Kabletown: Comcast What it is:

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Amazon’s Lovefilm Plunders Second Season of ‘Vikings’ in U.K.

January 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Amazon’s streaming service Lovefilm has inked a deal with MGM Television for the exclusive U.K. rights to the second season of Michael Hirst’s Norse epic “Vikings,” which airs on History in the U.S. Lovefilm, which also had the rights to the first season of “Vikings,” will debut the second season Feb. 28. Each... Read more

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You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

This is the last day of the All Things Digital site, which began life in April of 2007 as a year-round extension of the D conference we launched in 2003. Since then, we have published nearly 40,000 posts and attracted millions of loyal readers. Starting January 2, we’ll have an all-new site and suite of conferences, with a different name and Web address, run as an independent company with great investors and partners. It’s likely you’ll hear a lot about it. But before we go — this will be our last post here, by the way — we want to say we are intensely proud of what we did on this tech and media news and analysis site.

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What You Need to Know About Online Gift-Card Exchanges

December 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Chances are you received at least one gift card this week. According to the National Retail Federation, gift-card spending this holiday season was expected to reach an all-time high. Eighty percent of consumers said they planned to buy these oh-so-personal pieces of plastic. But, as we all know, gift cards often go unspent — or half-spent, with a nominal balance left on them for all of retail eternity. So if you’d rather turn them in for cash or another brand-name gift card, this column might help you out. What follows are some possible questions about how online gift-card exchanges work.

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2013 Was a Good Year For Chromebooks

December 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Chromebooks experienced a surge in popularity in 2013, rising from almost nothing to claim about a fifth of the commercial laptop market. This according to NPD Group , who said this week that sales of laptops running Google’s Chrome OS accounted for 21 percent of all commercial preconfigured notebook sales through November 2013. It would seem, then, that Chromebooks have begun to hit their stride. Indeed, Amazon this week said that two out of its three top-selling laptops during the holiday season were Chromebooks designed by Samsung and Acer. The year-over-year growth NPD has charted is significant. And, evidently, it’s coming at Microsoft’s expense, though machines running Windows did account for 34.1 percent of all commercial preconfigured notebook sales during the same period. Said NPD analyst Stephen, “Tepid Windows PC sales allowed brands with a focus on alternative form factors or operating systems, like Apple and Samsung, to capture significant share of a market traditionally dominated by Windows devices.”

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