After a rough couple of months Netflix is trying to get some positivity going in the form of a deal with AMC Networks to bring a slew of content exclusively to the streaming video provider. The multi-year licensing agreement reached between AMC and Netflix this week will bring prior seasons of certain shows exclusively to Netflix streaming and make new seasons available to customers right before the next season airs.
Radiohead has embraced P2P once again, this time offering the "For Haiti" DVD boxset to music fans with a very interesting catch. The performance can be downloaded online (with monetary donations accepted) -- and money doesn’t directly go to Radiohead -- as a charity group collects proceeds.
The 3D TV craze may not be spreading as quickly as content providers and hardware manufacturers would like, but according to a new report the global consumption of similarly high-brow web-connected TVs have not been met with buyer apathy. And surprisingly, it's not the U.S. leading the charge into the realm of internet couch surfing.
Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes recently spoke with FastCompany about the company's current issues, strong points, and long-term business goals. Also in the interview, Keyes describes why he admires Netflix but still think the economy is a culprit in the company's struggles.
Rob Levine, author of "Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business Can Fight Back," is no fan of copyright theft - in case the name of the book didn't already give that away. A new NBCUniversal video has Levine espousing the perils of piracy, taking a stroll through New York City to illustrate a point.
The upstart company Zediva started its unique DVD rental service in April. Users selected the movie they wanted to watch and gained access to an online feed that streamed off a singular physical (and lawfully acquired) copy. The model drew immediate criticism, but the company held its ground. Zediva founder Venky Srinivasan compared it to Blockbuster. Movie execs didn't bite. Not long after, several studios banded together and filed a complaint alleging the company was sidestepping copyright laws. In response, the company has hired several lawyers - several of which are seasoned veterans of copyright litigation.
Sony's Blu-ray format is taking a pounding in China at the hands of the homegrown China Blue High Definition disc format.
In February, NCR said it would install 3,000 new Blockbuster Express movie rental kiosks by the end of 2011. Despite a new lawsuit with Dish Network over the use of the Blockbuster name, the company is apparently moving forward with the plan: in the past week, it's promised 1,000 kiosks to various supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the U.S.
Home 3-D setups have lived in relative obscurity so far, but Panasonic hopes James Cameron's upcoming film Avatar will spark interest.
Last week Judge Beryl Howell filed a 42-page opinion on why movie studios like those previously involved in a copyright infringement case surrounding the illegal distribution of the film "The Hurt Locker" and others should be free to lump together a group of defendants instead of filing against each individual John Doe. The approval of mass litigation was certainly a blow to the defendants and the lawyers who represent them as it falls squarely on the side of prosecutors. Reports soon surfaced of a possible conflict of interest in regards to Judge Howell's ruling. Are they serious accusations, or just baseless knee-jerk reactionaryism?
Canadian Internet users will likely be outraged, as Voltage Pictures expands the biggest BitTorrent lawsuit in history (which in May of 2011 was at 24,583 BitTorrent users sued for abusing the “Hurt Locker”) to go north of the border.
Dish CEO Charles Ergen had stated explicitly that he didn't believe his company could compete with Netflix, citing the "formidable and insurmountable lead" held by the online streaming content leader. Not soon after, Ergen announced he would be handing over control to Joseph Clayton, an Ex-Sirius CEO. The new CEO has different plans for the satellite TV company, and they do indeed revolve around going after Netflix's sizable marketshare.
A year ago, film studios and theaters were enjoying an uptick in movie attendance supposedly spurred by a need for people to escape the woes and harsh realities of the recession. This year, attendance is down by an average of 1-2% at major theaters. What are the factors behind this decrease?
The staying power of 3D as a ticket selling technology has been under fire recently and many are pointing an accusatory finger at projection operators. The contention is that 3D movies are not being shown with the extra brightness necessary. It seems that Hollywood is taking this issue into their own hands and attempting to convince projection operators to give more attention to how they display these films.
Redbox, the video rental company known for their prolific $1 per night DVD kiosks, has announced that they are developing an online strategy to compete with major rival Netflix.
The release of Avatar in a couple of weeks could lead to an agreement between 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Redbox, according to analysts, as movie studios continue to find ways to work with the rental kiosk service.

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