Apple, Comcast In Talks For Streaming TV Deal: Report

By | Sunday March 23, 2014 @ 7:17pm PDT

apple Apple and Comcast are looking to team up on a deal for high quality streaming TV, “people familiar with the matter” tell WSJ. News of the early talks between the companies comes a month after Bloomberg reported … Read More »

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UPDATE: Netflix Agrees To Pay Comcast For Broadband Access; Public Knowledge Calls For FCC, DOJ Action

By | Sunday February 23, 2014 @ 2:53pm PST

netflix_logo2UPDATE, 2:53 PM: DC-based public interest group Public Knowledge raised its concerns over the Netflix-Comcast deal in a statement Sunday. Said John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge:

“No one on the outside knows what is happening in this market.

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Time Warner Cable Close To HBO Go Deal

By | Tuesday September 27, 2011 @ 9:44pm PDT

The wait for HBO Go is almost over for Time Warner Cable customers. TWC is close to an agreement to offer the popular on-demand service, and an announcement might come in the next few weeks, according to a report. … Read More »

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NBC To Stream ‘Up All Night’ And ‘Whitney’ Episodes On Yahoo Before Original Airings

By | Monday September 26, 2011 @ 5:57pm PDT
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It worked big time for the premiere of Fox’s comedy New Girl, and NBC will now stream the second episodes of its promising new comedies Up All Night and Whitney in their entirety before they air. NBC has struck … Read More »

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Netflix Exec Says Wall Street Fanned Hollywood ‘Paranoia’, But Now Studios ‘Are Coming To Us’

If Netflix’s efforts to acquire content for its Web streaming service was a baseball game, then it would be in the 5th inning for securing TV shows and in the 8th for movies — although there’s a chance to start a new match there around 2013 — CFO David Wells told an investor group on Wednesday. Hollywood studios are less fearful of Netflix than they were in 2009 and 2010. “Wall Street probably had a part in amping the paranoia of doing deals,” Wells told the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Technology Conference. But now studios are willing to experiment, and “it means people are coming to us with deals.” Opportunities may increase in a few years as studio commitments to premium channels such as HBO and Starz expire. For example, he says that Netflix would consider doing a deal directly with Disney or Sony in mid-2015 if they’re unhappy with the terms that Starz offers them to stream their films. Wells says that studios “would love for us to have a competitor” to bid up prices for movies and TV shows — and Netflix considers Amazon, Google, and Apple likely candidates to play that role. “They’re well capitalized and consumer-centric,” he says. Years from now he says that cable and satellite companies could join the fray by introducing their own Internet streaming services. “It will make for good sport down the road on the content side,” Wells says. Read More »

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Lovefilm Signs MGM Distribution Deal

By | Thursday August 26, 2010 @ 2:57am PDT

The British equivalent of Netflix will add 100s of MGM titles to its online streaming service. Lovefilm has 1.4 million subscribers – all of whom have access to streamed movies as part of their membership — making it the third-largest … Read More »

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TOLDJA! EPIX-Netflix Online Streaming Deal

2ND UPDATE: Deal is done. See news release below.

UPDATE: I’ve learned that as soon as tomorrow there’ll be a news release about EPIX giving Netflix exclusive online rights to films from its partners — Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM — for the next 5 years in exchange with $1 billion in licensing fees. Of course, who knows what those 5 years will bring in terms of product? Paramount has been self-financing its limited product and mostly distributing pics, Lionsgate is fighting a hostile takeover, and MGM is a corpse waiting for an afterlife. But all Netflix seems to care about these days is supposedly shaking up the pay channel world with exclusive online streaming deals like the recent one with Relativity Media. And who knows what shape Ryan Kavanaugh’s company will be in a few years.

NEW YORK and BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., August 10, 2010 – EPIX™ and Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] today announced an agreement through which Netflix members can instantly watch an array of new releases and library titles from EPIX streamed over the Internet from Netflix. Movies from the multi-year deal will begin streaming from Netflix on September 1 and include movies from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM.

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