Why Reed Hastings Should be Applauded for Netflix Split

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By now you probably know that Netflix is splitting its business into two parts: its digital streaming business (retains the name Netflix) and its DVD mailing business, which was its original business (to be called Qwikster). Frankly, I’m surprised Netflix doesn’t buy Hulu.

Hulu To Carry Epix After Netflix Falling Out

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Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu scored a major win this weekend, and has inked a deal with television network Epix , after Netflix said it would not renew and existing deal with Epix for its content. Netflix said it will stop carrying Epix movies at the end of September, and said that "now is the time" to stream movies from Epix on its service. movie content hollywood television streaming netflix epix hulu

Big tech companies are looking at Hollywood as the next stage in their play for the cloud

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This week, both Microsoft and Google made moves to woo Hollywood to their cloud computing platforms in the latest act of the unfolding drama over who will win the multi-billion dollar business of the entertainment industry as it moves to the cloud.

Heartbeat Signs Up 3,000 For Influencer Marketing Platform

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Heartbeat says brands using its platform include Amazon, Goop, Sony Music, Netflix, Warner Bros., Venice-based Heartbeat , a social influencer marketing startup which rewards women for sharing information on brands on Instagram, says it has signed up over 3,000 women in Los Angeles as "Ambassadors" for it service. The company said those women have a collected 24 million followers on Instagram.

Netflix Gets Walt Disney Studios’ Approval | Multi-Year Premium Pay TV Window Agreement

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Netflix Inc and The Walt Disney Company have joined hands to give US film lovers high quality animated and live action films. ” According to them, the new multi-year licensing agreement will make Netflix Walt Disney’s exclusive U.S.

Yekra’s Digital Rights Distribution and AffiliateConnect Platform Raises $3M

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Yekra also allows creators to establish an exclusivity rights period and set up distribution to other platforms including Netflix and Hulu Plus. The post Yekra’s Digital Rights Distribution and AffiliateConnect Platform Raises $3M appeared first on TechZulu.

Spotlight On Distribber (Presenting Company At Spotlight: LA Tech)

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Distribber.com isa new-model flat-fee distribution service that places independent films on digital sales platforms such as iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Cable VOD while allowing filmmakers to keep 100% of their revenue. Tags: Arts & Entertainment Business Culture Entrepreneurship Events New Media Startup Video Amazon Distribber Hulu ITunes Netflix Spotlight

Data Elite | First Venture Lab for Big Data Launched by Andreessen Horowitz, Formation8, Ron Conway & Others

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” Daniel McCaffrey, GM Platform and Analytics at Zynga said Data Elite was a novel move to help grow startups in the ever-growing data sciences industry.

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EAT Club To The Rescue! | L.A. Launch Means Better Workplace Lunch

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Since its inception in 2010, EAT Club has scaled its service in the Bay Area, delivering more than three million meals to allow thousands of companies like Netflix , Tesla and Cisco to find their workplace zen.

Silicon Beach at USC 2013 | Entrepreneurial Inspiration

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Sellbot, an e-commerce platform for sellers made by USC graduates Michael and Payam Ahdoot, took home the grand prize of $25,000. Sellbot helps online sellers sell through multiple platforms. Over $50,000 in prize money.

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State of Content | Los Angeles

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Producers, Brands, and Advertisers all share unique perspectives about where we are and where we need to go as new forms of content emerge across digital platforms. Events Carisa Bianchi Erik Flannigan George Strompolous HBO GO Hulu Margie GilmoreState of Content Netflix Talk NYC YouTube

TVSync’s Open API Uses Video and Audio Recognition Across All Four Screens

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The platform allows users to sync content and commands across all four screens — the smartphone, tablet/pad, computer and TV. There was an inkling of the changes to be when interactive TV services like NetFlix, Hulu and On Demand debuted as frenemies to traditional TV viewing.

Can Blip.TV Change The Indie Production Market On The Web?

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Netflix, Hulu, and even YouTube and other content streaming sites have all but obliterated the independent DVD rental business of yesterday. has provided a platform since 2005 for indie producers, distributors and advertisers to provide viewers with this kind of content.

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The Evolution of the App Stores

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At their annual developer conferences, Google I/O, held last month, and Apple’s WWDC, last week they both announced updates to their development platforms. In many ways, Apple and Google are following similar paths.

The Launch of Ultraviolet: Perceiving Digital Film

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The conference brings about panelists from across the platforms in film, television, new media and tech. When Netflix moved their model to more online streaming availability and packaging, away from physical DVD mailing, many panicked.

Hands-On with Nokia’s Lumia 900 and Windows Phone 7

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” I also wasn’t expecting much, if anything, from the Windows Phone 7 (WP7) platform in terms of available apps in their marketplace. Gadgets Windows Bing Camera carl zeiss optics Facebook Microsoft Mobile Netflix Nokia Ovi WP7 Zune

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

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In long-form online video, companies were also broad in nature: Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and Apple TV. In the online world the ecosystem is being fragmented into those that primarily produce content (Mitu, Vice, BuzzFeed) and those who primarily distribute it: YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, Yahoo!,

Hands-On with Nokia’s Lumia 900 and Windows Phone 7

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” I also wasn’t expecting much, if anything, from the Windows Phone 7 (WP7) platform in terms of available apps in their marketplace. Gadgets Windows Bing Camera carl zeiss optics Facebook Microsoft Mobile Netflix Nokia Ovi WP7 Zune

Facebook’s Biggest Mistake?

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Maybe even as big as Netflix’ seemingly permanent mistake of not allowing Netflix subscribers to send a “your friend Arden thought you’d love this movie. Click here to watch it for free” link to their non-Netflix friends.

M-GO's Take On The Digital Entertainment Streaming Market, with John Batter

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As it turns out, as we thought about that, we started looking for partners to help us build a platform. It turns out that Technicolor had already been separately developing a platform for digital media distribution. Talk about that platform strategy?

How to Out Amazon, Amazon

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This has obviously occurred in battles with tech platforms like Yelp vs. Google or Zynga vs. Facebook). Warby Parker produces modern eyewear at affordable prices, Apple produces elegant, premium technology products, Netflix offers an enormous library of binge-worthy, unique video.

Citrusbyte Wants the World to Build Better Software

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They’ve built products that have completely transformed industries, like the AT&T M2X Internet of Things platform. “If Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter have already proven that using API services they can stay ahead of their competition and deliver continuous value to their user base,” says David Kullmann, Partner at Citrusbyte. The turnkey API management platform instantly creates a developer portal with instructions on how developers can integrate with APIs successfully.

When Intent And Content Align, Online Ads Suck A Whole Lot Less

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Along with GoToMyPC, companies like Netflix, Classmates and ZoneLabs were learning from each other. Fast-forward two years – DataPop has not just radically transformed search; its creative optimization platform is now matching all modalities of online ads to consumers’ intent.

There’s No Such Thing as an MCN. It’s a Figment of Your Imagination

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YouTube AND other platforms. The platforms are expanding and fragmenting. And Netflix, Roku and Apple TV. Spoiler alert: MCNs don’t exist. They are a figure of your imagination. 20 months ago we sold Maker Studios to Disney for $500 million in cash plus a large earn out.

VIZIO Adds Hulu Plus, BLOCKBUSTER On Demand

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Vizio said that both video services will be available on its VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) Connected CE platform, available on its LCD HDTV and select Blu-ray players.

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Four Innovative SaaS To Get Excited About

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SaaS – or Software as a Service – platforms are all the rage. Quintype thinks that digital publishing – which relies on platforms such as wordpress, drupal and other CMS platforms – has been stuck in the dark ages.

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The Long Economic Case for Snapchat

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So while some people go mad that I would publish a Snapstorm (a short lesson on startup entrepreneurship) in a platform where it disappears in 24 hours – I actually love it. I have found no better platform in a national event like the Paris bombings to see what is happening on the ground by real people. And unlikely some media platforms it is reported that > 50 of users actually produce content vs. just consume.

Chumby Powers Best Buy Connected TV

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The new Best Buy TV also includes access to Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora, Napster, and other online services, using Tivo's user interface. Chumby, under the direction of Derrick Oien, has been busy extending out its platform to third party devices in the nine months or so. San Diego-based Chumby , the developer of Internet-connected hardware, software widgets, and other related technology, is powering a new television from Best Buy.

The Case For & Against Cryptocurrencies (for those tired of all the noise)

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Distribution of media is tightly controlled by YouTube, Netflix, Facebook, Amazon and a handful of others. In more than a decade of writing about the Internet and tech-enabled businesses I’ve learned that mobs don’t do nuance well.

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What’s Really Behind the Net Neutrality Ruling

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Companies like Google, Facebook, eBay, Xbox Live, Hulu, and Netflix would have been seriously hurt as they hemorrhaged dissatisfied customers who would likely refuse to pay extra to just bid on select items on eBay, or watch “House of Cards” on Netflix.

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The Power of Torso TV (Why Media is Racing to the Middle)

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In the “long tail” you can become enormously valuable if you’re a platform. Netflix, Hulu & HBO Go are coming from the opposite direction – the Head End. Hulu announced $500 million to fund new content and Netflix has, for example, resurrected the hit / cult show Arrested Development. Interestingly Netflix plans to release the entire season all at once. This article originally ran on TechCrunch.

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This Week in VC with Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital

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We talked about the analogies between what NetFlix achieved in movies and whether this is relevant to the book market. Online DSP (demand-side platform) and ad exchange for display advertisers. Revenue model: % of total ad or data buy purchased through platform.

The Future of Television & The Digital Living Room

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So without my weighing into the pro’s / con’s of this I can say that I believe it will capture a large segment of the market but leave room for “open platforms&# to play a big role. I believe that NetFlix has won the battle for the “head end&# of content from films.

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This Week in VC with Jim Armstrong of Clearstone

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Hyper-local, flash marketing platform connecting consumers with local business offers; super majority of offers are restaurant and personal services; competitor to Groupon. One of the first consumer instant messaging platforms; acquired by AOL to augment user base of AOL Instant Messenger.

What Mattered in 2012: Aber Whitcomb, io/LA

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We've also invented and patented a new technology called "MasterKey" that allows people to play our games natively on all relevant social and mobile platforms. The same is true for distribution of content: YouTube and NetFlix are now viable options for releasing original movies and TV Series.

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