Posts Tagged ‘digital’

How Chelsea Handler Changes Our Understanding of Netflix

June 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix’s hiring of Chelsea Handler marks the most audacious move the TV industry has seen since “House of Cards” set the benchmark for audacity last year by becoming the first viable premium original series delivered on the Internet. Just in case anyone misinterprets signing Handler as anything less than eye-popping, Netflix made sure to underline... Read more

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‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ Movie Now Streaming to Facebook Fans

June 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Paramount Pictures is offering Katy Perry’s 71 million Facebook followers the chance to rent her 2012 concert-tour documentary, “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” directly from the social site. The launch is timed to promote Perry’s Prismatic World Tour, which will hit 62 arenas in North America starting June 22 after kicking off in the U.K.... Read more

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Twitter Acquires SnappyTV to Bring More TV Content to Social Network

June 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Twitter is snapping up SnappyTV, a startup whose platform lets TV broadcasters clip segments from telecasts to share them on the web. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. SnappyTV’s platform is already widely used by Twitter’s advertisers and media partners to share video clips on the social service, including with the Twitter Amplify ad program,... Read more

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Could an Aereo Victory Be The Kick In the Pants the TV Biz Needs?

June 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

(Palo Alto, Calif.) — A court victory by Aereo would be enormously disruptive for broadcasters, many of whom have not yet found a way to meet consumer demand for mobile video. Yet according to one broadcasting exec, an Aereo victory might be just the prod the broadcasting industry needs to change. “I think it’s one of... Read more

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Amazon Inks ‘Spartacus’ VOD Deal in Germany

June 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Amazon Instant Video in Germany has nabbed rights to action epic “Spartacus” as part of a deal with Starz Digital Media. The first two seasons, “Blood and Sand” and “Vengeance,” as well as the six-part prequel “Gods of the Arena,” are now available as video on demand for Amazon Prime and Prime Instant... Read more

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Amazon Launches ‘Prime Music’ Service with 1 Million Songs

June 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Amazon on Thursday took the wraps off Prime Music, its music-streaming service available to Prime members, touting a library of more than 1 million songs — without any ads. With the launch of the service, the ecommerce company will challenge similar music services from Spotify, Pandora and Apple. Amazon is bundling the music service with... Read more

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Ile de France Film Commission’s Ecoprod Bows Nicolas Deveaux’ Short

June 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ANNECY– The Ile de France Film Commission has selected Nicolas Deveaux’ two-minute animated short, “La girafe et le pique-boeuf” to promote Ecoprod, a collective whose goal is to reduce the environmental footprint of productions. Produced by Paris-based Cube, the short was unveiled today by Ile de France Film Commission’s managing director Olivier René Veillon at Annecy... Read more

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Digital Home Entertainment to Exceed Physical by 2016, Study Finds

June 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Box office and digital revenue will climb steadily over the next five years, but rentals and sales of DVDs and other discs will fall sharply, according to a report released Wednesday by PwC. In a sign that the future will be streamed and downloaded, the study projects that electronic home video revenue will exceed that... Read more

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Abel Ferrara’s ‘Welcome To New York’ Scores VOD Hit for Wild Bunch

June 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS– While French industryites are still caught up in a seemingly stalled debate to shake up the country’s digital-phobic release schedule for movies and implement a new anti-piracy law, Wild Bunch ruffled feathers with its masterfully-orchestrated VOD release of Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York.” Premiering on May 17, the movie – described by Variety’s... Read more

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Los Bragas, Neymar Jr. Explore Online Off-Field Soccer Realm

June 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MADRID — Los Bragas, run by actress-producer-turned-director Alice Braga (“Elysium,” “I Am Legend,” “City of God”) and writer-director Felipe Braga (“Trash,” “Latitudes”), is seeking international broadcast TV outlets for “A Vida Fora dos Campos,” an intimate web/TV portrait of Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. which marks Alice Braga’s directorial debut. As the... Read more

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