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EMMY Noms Analysis: ‘True Detective’, ‘Orange’ & ‘Shameless’ Fare Well Amid Category Brouhaha As Free-TV Slips To New Low

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EMMY Noms Analysis: ‘True Detective’, ‘Orange’ & ‘Shameless’ Fare Well Amid Category Brouhaha As Free-TV Slips To New LowIn the months leading to this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations, a lot of attention was focused on HBO’s decision to enter the eight-episode True Detective as a drama series, Showtime switching Shameless from drama to comedy series after three seasons, and Netflix entering Orange Is the New Black as a comedy after calling it a drama for the Golden Globes.

The moves worked fine for all three. True Detective and Orange Is The New Black each netted 12 noms – a very strong showing for freshman series — to tie veteran Downton Abbey and Seth MacFarlane’s documentary Cosmos as the fourth-most-nominated primetime series. Both landed noms in all major categories they were eligible for, including best drama (True Detective) and comedy series (Orange), best lead actor/actress, best writing, directing and casting.

Meanwhile, after a single Emmy nom for each of its first three seasons competing as a drama series — all for recurring guest actress Joan Cusack — Shameless more than doubled its Emmy tally with three noms this year. That includes a break into the lead actor category for star William H. Macy, joined by Cusack, nominated for a fourth consecutive time, and a mention for stunt coordination. Read More »

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EMMYS: Overall Nominations By Network

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 7:08am PDT

EMMYS: Overall Nominations By NetworkOnce again, HBO led all networks in Emmy nominations this year, and it wasn’t even close. Here’s a look at HBO’s noms haul in the past decade, followed by a breakdown in who got what this year.

Emmy Nominations HBO Chart 2004 to 2014



HBO – 99
CBS – 47
NBC – 46
FX Networks – 45
ABC – 37
PBS – 34
Netflix – 31
FOX– 30
AMC – 26
Showtime – 24
Comedy Central – 21
FOX– 30
Lifetime – 17
National Geographic Channel – 15
Starz – 11
Discovery Channel – 10 Read More »

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EMMYS: Overall Nominations By Show

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 7:07am PDT

EMMYS: Overall Nominations By ShowGame of Thrones led the Emmy nominations race, but not by much, ahead of Fargo, American Horror Story‘s latest, Breaking Bad and The Normal Heart. Below we have charts with all the shows, organized by most nominations and by name. We also have a show-by-show index of what each show was nominated for. Read More »

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Primetime Emmys: Full List Of Nominees

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 5:53am PDT

Primetime Emmys: Full List Of NomineesThe 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. Netflix fared well with Best Series nominations in both comedy and drama categories, with Orange Is The New Black in the former and House Of Cards in the latter. HBO fared well with noms for rookie Silicon Valley and Veep on the comedy side and Game Of Thrones and True Detective on the drama side. Both of that series’ stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson, received nods in the actor category, as did Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. The AMC show is back in the drama race with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey rounding out the category. On the comedy side, the top category includes reigning champ Modern Family, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s Louie.

Here’s the full list of noms:

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions

Modern Family
ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Orange Is The New Black
Netflix • Lionsgate Television for Netflix

Silicon Valley
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment

HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Downton Abbey
PBS • A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production in association with NBC Universal

Game Of Thrones
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions

House Of Cards
Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

Mad Men
AMC • Lionsgate Television

True Detective
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Neon Black, Anonymous Content, Parliament of Owls and Passenger Read More »

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Bill Maher’s Advice For Hillary Clinton: “Go Away, Otherwise You’re Going To Blow This”

By | Saturday June 28, 2014 @ 1:47pm PDT

Bill Maher’s Advice For Hillary Clinton: “Go Away, Otherwise You’re Going To Blow This”Bill Maher called Hillary Clinton out on his HBO Real Time series Friday night, suggesting that she stay quiet for two years so as not to jeopardize her yet-unannounced bid for the White House — even if she’s on a book tour for her tome Hard Choices.  Maher was specifically zeroing in on Clinton’s recent comment that the former U.S. Presidential family was penniless after leaving the White House in 2001.  ”When you emerge from the financial rut that is the U.S. presidency — talk about a red flag on a resume, when they see that, after you ran the world for eight years,” remarked Maher, “Nobody will hire you.” Joy Reid, host of MSNBC’s The Reid Report concurred that the Clintons’ biggest flaws, particularly in the 2008 campaign, stem from their verbal blunders in their “day-to-day slog”.  In the wake of her remarks, Clinton said she was “inartful” in speaking about her wealth, particularly as she vies to empathize with struggling Americans.  Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that Hillary Clinton is facing a backlash in her public speeches as she has been granting a mix of free and paid ones since her departure from the State Department earlier this year.

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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Third Person’, ‘Coherence’, ‘Humshakals’, ‘A Summer’s Tale’, ‘The Last Sentence’

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 2:50pm PDT

Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Third Person’, ‘Coherence’, ‘Humshakals’, ‘A Summer’s Tale’, ‘The Last Sentence’Paul Haggis’ Toronto ’13 debut Third Person will be this weekend’s major counter-weight to the studios’ summer blitz. Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde and James Franco, the film had its NYC debut earlier this week with a fashionable crowd at Manhattan’s Sunshine Theater courtesy of the Cinema Society. Haggis introduced some key cast members and warned everyone to “use the restroom” before the screening began and urged everyone to “watch carefully.” The feature is of course, one of a number of specialties opening this weekend. Among them is Oscilloscope’s Coherence which exploited its low budget roots and made a splash at last year’s Fantastic Fest. Music Box Films is opening Scandinavian discovery The Last Sentence and Big World will finally bow Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale stateside. The weekend’s largest roll out in terms of theater count among the limited release titles comes courtesy of Bollywood. Fox International Productions will bow comedy Humshakals across North America. Noteworthy this week is the upcoming Richard Linklater film Boyhood. The title, made over 12 years, had a boisterous premiere at the opening of BAMcinemafest in Brooklyn Wednesday night with a star-studded event that brought out Darren Aronofsky, Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller and more. Speculation among insiders at the party last night was that the July opener will be a box office powerhouse and a serious awards contender.

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Director-writer: Paul Haggis
Cast: Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Kim Basinger, Maria Bello, Loan Chabanol
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

After Paul Haggis’ The Next Three Days (2010) was completed, he immediately dove into writing a script for what would be Third Person. Set in Rome, Paris and New York, the romantic drama is the story of three interlocking love stories involving three couples. It took me two-and-a-half years to write the script only because I allowed the characters to take me where they wanted to take me,” Paul Haggis said at the Sunshine Theater Tuesday night at the premiere of the film hosted by the Cinema Society and Revlon. Read More »

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Is Time Warner Planning To Buy A Big Stake In Vice Media?

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 3:30pm PDT

Vice logoBritain’s Sky News says that the companies have held “detailed negotiations” that are at an “advanced stage” for a deal that values the upstart news organization at $2.2B. One scenario would have Time Warner — which just spun off its magazine operation — meld its news channel HLN with Vice in return for about half of the combined company. If true, then it would give Time Warner a close relationship with a trendy digital media, TV, and publishing company that has captured the imaginations and financial support of former MTV chief Tom Freston, WME’s Ari Emanuel, WPP, and The Raine Group as well as comedian Bill Maher. 

CEO Shane Smith founded Vice in 1994 as a music magazine; it now offers cutting edge news that critics say too often includes stunts. Supporters and critics feasted last year on Vice’s controversial effort to gain access to North Korea for its documentary series on HBO by arranging an exhibition basketball game featuring Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman and some members of the Harlem Globetrotters. 

Last year News Corp (before it split into two companies) paid $70M for 5% of Vice, implying a value of $1.4B for the full company. Rupert Murdoch once tweeted that the company is a “wild, interesting effort to interest millennials who don’t watch or read established media.” 

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Larry Charles To Pen, Possibly Direct Comedy Remake ‘The Man Who Sued God’

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 2:59pm PDT

Larry CharlesEXCLUSIVE: New Films International has tapped Larry Charles (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) to write The Man Who Sued God, with an eye to direct the reimagining of the 2001 Australian cult hit of the same name. Charles’ last feature as a director was 2012′s The Dictator, which followed his 2006 hit Borat, the 2008 Bill Maher documentary Religulous, and 2009′s Bruno. He’ll put his own spin on the original film’s premise about an ex-lawyer who files a claim against The Man Upstairs after his insurance company dismisses the destruction of his boat as an “act of God.”

Billy Connolly and Judy Davis starred in the Australian version, which opened at #1 at the Aussie box office and spawned a Bollywood remake. Read More »

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Amazon Launches HBO Series Today

By | Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 11:36am PDT

HBO__130417192016-200x200The first wave of HBO content has landed on Amazon Prime. Subscribers can now stream dozens of HBO titles including The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Six Feet Under, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, Flight Of The Conchords, and others. The content is available via an exclusive licensing agreement that HBO and Amazon negotiated last month. Under the multi-year pact, more content will be added in the future, including new seasons AmazonPrimeInstantVideo__140423194249-575x164of current series as well as early seasons of other current shows such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep. Other offerings include miniseries such as Band Of Brothers, The Pacific and John Adams, original movies Mary And Martha, Temple Grandin and You Don’t Know Jack, comedy specials from Louis CK, Ellen DeGeneres, Lewis Black and Bill Maher and documentaries such as When The Levees Broke, Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib and the Autopsy and Iceman series.

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HBO Preps Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Docu

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 8:30am PDT

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar skyhook Quick — name the NBA‘s all-time scoring leader. Hint: It’s not Michael Jordan. Production has begun on an HBO documentary about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the LA hoops legend who won multiple championships with the Lakers and UCLA Bruins en route to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Aside from being one of the most dominant basketball players of all time at the high school, college and pro levels, the gentle giant born Lew Alcindor has been an outspoken defender and critic of political and cultural matters. He also is an author, columnist, part-time actor — think Airplane! and fighting Bruce Lee in Game Of Death — and 2012 appointee as Cultural Ambassador for the United States. Ron Yassen is directing the untitled film HBO Sportsfrom HBO Sports and Mandalay Sports Media, in association with Iconomy Multi-Media and Entertainment. It is being produced by Deborah Morales, whose credits include On The Shoulders Of Giants, the 2011 docu Abdul-Jabbar co-wrote that spotlights the Harlem Rens, a dominant all-black hoops team of the 1930s. Mike Tollin is exec producing. HBO Sports President said of Abdul-Jabbar, “While he has lived so much of his life in the media spotlight, his extraordinary story has never been explored in depth, and we are grateful to Kareem and his team for allowing us to bring his story to life.” The news comes days … Read More »

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HBO Renews ‘VICE’ For Third And Fourth Seasons

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 10:11am PDT

HBO__130417192016-200x200HBO has picked up irreverent news magazine series VICE for two more seasons. A 14-episode Season 3 will debut in 2015 and Season 4 will premiere in 2016. Hosted by Shane Smith, founder of the revolutionary global youth media company of the same name, VICE explores everything from civil unrest and hotbeds of terrorism, to unchecked government corruption and looming environmental catastrophes. VICE kicked off its 12-episode second season March 14, debuting new editions Fridays at 11 PM, following new editions of Real Time With Bill Maher. VICE is executive produced by Maher, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti and BJ Levin; consulting producer, Fareed Zakaria.

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UPDATE: Hollywood Guests At 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 5:06pm PDT

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2ND UPDATE, 5:06 PM: The Atlantic is bringing a number of D.C. players to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — TV D.C. players, this is. The magazine’s guest list includes several cast members from Netflix’s House Of Cards: Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Michael Gill, Mahershala Ali and Molly Parker, along with the show’s creator-writer Beau Willimon. Cynthia Nixon of Amazon’s Alpha House also is on the list.

UPDATE, 1:45 PM: Reuters and CNN have unveiled their guests for Saturday’s shindig, with the former adding among others Unbroken lead Jack O’Connell, The Newsroom‘s Olivia Munn and Revenge‘s Madeline Stowe, and CNN hosting Diane Lane.

PREVIOUS, WEDNESDAY PM: Awards season has receded in Hollywood, but Washington D.C. is getting ready for its biggest party weekend of the year with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It’s an even bigger deal this year as Saturday’s event will be the centennial dinner for the White House Correspondents Association. Joel McHale will be providing the headlining laughs at the self-described Nerdprom this year, but of course it’s President Obama who is the real marquee act. Read More »

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‘The Big C: Hereafter’, ‘Comedy Warriors’, ‘The Fosters’ Among Television Academy Honorees

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 3:40pm PDT

television_academy_logo_masterThe Television Academy today announced this year’s honorees for the Seventh Annual Television Academy Honors. They are The Big C: hereafter, Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, The Fosters, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, Mom, Screw You Cancer and Vice. The recipients are being honored for using the power of television to bring awareness to important social issues. For the first time this year, beginning the week of May 25, the recipients will be celebrated with special daily content on the Television Academy’s digital platforms and on Yahoo TV. Dana Delany will host the awards ceremony set for June 1 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Click over for a description of the honorees: Read More »

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UPDATE: Bill Maher Says CBS Treated Craig Ferguson “Shabbily” As David Letterman Delivers Detached Send-Off: Video

HBO late-night host Bill Maher tweeted this about Craig Ferguson‘s departure from CBS, at the end of the year:

Some wonder if David Letterman‘s name should be added to the Those Treating Craig Shabbily List, after watching Dave’s comments last night on his Late Show. Sure, Dave praised Ferguson’s program, saying, “I’m telling you, to be unique in the world of television – virtually impossible.” But viewers who expected Dave to in some way acknowledge that Ferguson made this show for Letterman’s own Worldwide Pants for many years came away baffled. Dave appeared to be detached, mostly reading from a prepared statement written on a cue card, delivered as if he were unfamiliar with the particulars:

Related: Watch Craig Ferguson’s ‘Late Late Show’ Announcement: Video

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Tonight’s Clippers Playoff Game Expected To Clock Big Ratings After Racist-Ranting Owner Banned For Life

By | Tuesday April 29, 2014 @ 12:08pm PDT

Adam Silver Donald Sterling Press ConferenceTonight’s NBA playoff game at Staples Center on TNT has just been guaranteed a ratings spike after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver today hammered  Clippers owner Donald Sterling  with a lifetime ban from the NBA,  fined him $2.5 million, and asked other NBA team owners to force Sterling to sell the team, adding he will “do everything in my power to insure that happens.” NBAonTNTSilver said it will take a 3/4 vote by owners in favor of forcing Sterling to sell to make it happen. Asked if Sterling could remain owner if 3/4 of the owners do not vote to oust the real-estate magnet, Silver responded confidently, “I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him.”

The biggest TV audience so far for the 2014 NBA Playoffs : 4.73 million viewers clocked Sunday afternoon’s game on TNT. Overall the playoffs are averaging about 3.8 million.

Silver, who’s been commissioner just three months, had been expected to come down on Sterling with the maximum allowable punishment for the racist rant, in which Sterling forbade his mistress from posing for photos with black people or bringing them to Clippers games. ClippersWeAreOneDuring the news conference in NY, Silver apologized to Clippers players and coach Doc Rivers, as well as fans and “partners” of the NBA, saying “the views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful.”

A couple hours after Silver’s news conference ended, syndicated TV show Access Hollywood announced Sterling’s mistress, V. Stiviano, had “spoken out in an exclusive statement” to the program:

“It’s not about Mr. Sterling. It’s about global issues that affects us as a nation as a whole,” she said in the statement, adding, “My story is bigger than racism in sports.”

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TVGN’s 2014-2015 Slate Includes New Series From Donnie Wahlberg & More

By | Tuesday April 29, 2014 @ 11:20am PDT

tvgnTVGN‘s 2014-2015 upfront slate unveiled today includes six new and returning original series and four primetime event specials along with exclusive cable premieres of  event programming airing on CBS. TVGN also announced three new original series in development, including a new project with Lionsgate Television. New series include Rock This Boat: New Kids On The Block, an eight-episode series featuring the hot boy band of the same name as they board a cruise for a week-long party on the high seas with a group of die-hard fans. Band member Donnie Wahlberg exec produces. TVGN will debut previously announced The Sorrentinos, featuring Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino of Jersey Shore fame, whose life came crashing down after a battle with addiction. The docu-comedy follows life after reality as Mike makes a comeback and shares the spotlight with his family—mom Linda (mother), Marc (middle brother), Melissa (sister) and Frank (older brother). Series in development include Soap Town (working title), from the producers of Hatfields & McCoys and Gene Simmons Family Jewels. The docu-series follows a group of former daytime and primetime soap stars as they attempt to produce a new primetime serial drama to star in. Here’s TVGN’s complete slate with descriptions: Read More »

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Donald Sterling Firestorm Drives Clippers Playoff Game To Top Of Twitter TV Ratings

By | Monday April 28, 2014 @ 4:56pm PDT

Clippers jerseys inside outSunday night’s NBA playoff game involving the team owned by Donald Sterling, at the center of a just-erupted and massive racism controversy, generated by far the week’s biggest Twitter audience of any TV programming, according to Nielsen. The Los Angeles Clippers’ lopsided loss to the Golden State Warriors generated a Twitter audience of nearly 8.1 million people, who saw 590,000 tweets about the game during and the three hours before and after it. That was easily the week’s biggest TV-related audience on Twitter, 2 million more than any other show, and nearly 5 million more than any non-sports event. Controversy blew up Friday after TMZ published an audio recording reportedly of Sterling ranting on the phone to his girlfriend about her being seen in public with black people.

Related: Disney Nets & NBA Dominate Weekly Nielsen Social Ratings
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John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ Attracts 1.4 Million, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Hits Series High 6.9 Mil

By | Monday April 28, 2014 @ 12:49pm PDT

John Oliver‘s debut as hostjohnoliver1 of Last Week Tonight opened strong with 1.1 million viewers tuned in last night at 11 PM. A second play lifted the show’s total for the night to 1.4 million. The 1.1 mil is an improvement of 51% over the timeslot’s average. For comparison sake: Last week on Comedy Central, which is available in more than three times as many homes as HBO, The Daily Show averaged 1.5 million viewers for its 11 PM premieres and The Colbert Report averaged 1.2 million viewers at 11:30 PM. LWT logged 1.1 million in its initial play off a Veep lead-in of 922,000 viewers at 10:30 PM (which rose to 1.2 million with an additional replay). Earlier, at 10 PM, Silicon Valley tallied 1.6 million viewers in its initial play and 1.8 million with a second play.

HBO’s biggest crowd of the night, however, came at 9 PM when Game Of Thrones climbed to another series high — 6.9 million viewers. That grew to 8.4 million across its three plays. HBO’s other news-skewering series, Real Time With Bill Maher, is averaging 1.2 million viewers for episode premieres and is grossing 4.1 million viewers per show across multiple plays.

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HBO Signs Exclusive Licensing Deal With Amazon Prime

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 6:07am PDT

HBOTake that, Netflix. Beginning on May 21 the multi-year agreement will enable Amazon Prime subscribers to stream series including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, and later — about three years after episodes initially air — GirlsThe Newsroom and Veep. In addition, by year end Amazon will offer HBO GO on its new Fire TV platform. (It’s already available to HBO subscribers on other devices including Google’s Chromecast.) The shows will still be available on HBO’s platforms, but the companies say that this is the first time the premium pay TV channel’s shows have been licensed to an online-only streaming service. “As owners of our original programming, we have always sought to capitalize on that investment,” HBO EVP Business and Legal Affairs Glenn Whitehead says.

Related: Will HBO’s Deal With Amazon Change The Online Video Game?

Newest Innovations In Consumer Technology On Display At 2014 International CESAmazon shares are up 1.4% pre market, and Netflix is down 2.7%, following the announcement. That suggests investors didn’t fully accept Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ claim on Monday that the streaming video providers can peacefully coexist. “It’s a very much not a zero-sum game and we are building this ecosystem together that’s about Internet video and the more players there are in Internet video, the bigger that ecosystem gets,” he said. “The big theme is Internet video is taking share away from linear video. So we are all participating in that transformation.” He has more mixed feelings about HBO: In January he joked that HBO chief Richard Plepler’s Netflix password was probably: “Netflix bitch.”

AmazonPrimeInstantVideoStifel analyst Benjamin Mogil says HBO probably made its deal with Amazon, instead of Netflix, because there’s less overlap among their subscribers. Still, it’s “clearly a negative for Netflix, given the high profile nature of the HBO content” and could “somewhat limit” the streaming company’s just-announced plan to raise its prices for new customers. He notes, though, that HBO and Amazon released few details about the deal terms and that it doesn’t include all HBO shows.

Here’s today’s announcement from HBO and Amazon: Read More »

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