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Oct 22, 2013

Netflix CEO ‘hopeful’ for deals with Comcast, others

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc CEO Reed Hastings said on Monday he was hopeful the company would reach a deal with Comcast Corp and other pay television providers to offer his company’s movie and TV streaming service through cable set-top boxes.

“I’m really hopeful we can do that with Comcast and others in the industry,” Hastings told analysts on a video webcast after Netflix released quarterly earnings.

Oct 22, 2013

Netflix customer gains reinforce growth hopes, shares jump

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc gained more subscribers than expected at home and abroad with help from original series like “Orange is the New Black,” impressing investors who sent its shares surging nearly 11 percent to a record high on Monday.

Netflix, the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 in 2013, quadrupled profit in the third quarter as it added a higher-than-expected 1.3 million customers to its subscription video streaming service in the United States.

Oct 21, 2013

Netflix’s outlook, user gains reinforce growth hopes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc(NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research) gained more subscribers than expected at home and abroad, helped by original series like “Orange is the New Black,” and predicted additional growth this quarter, sending its shares surging 9.4 percent to a record high on Monday.

Netflix, the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 in 2013, quadrupled profit in the third quarter as it added a higher-than-expected 1.3 million subscribers to its subscription video streaming service.

Oct 21, 2013

Netflix adds U.S. streaming customers, shares jump 9 percent

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc’s profit quadrupled in the third quarter as it added a higher-than-expected 1.3 million subscribers to its subscription video streaming service, sending shares up 9.3 percent in after-hours trading.

Netflix reported earnings-per-share of 52 cents, beating the average of 49 cents projected by Wall Street analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Oct 13, 2013

Force of ‘Gravity’ foils pirates at North American box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The 3D outer space
thriller “Gravity” kept a tight grip on U.S. and Canadian box
offices over the weekend, eclipsing the debut of Somali pirate
drama “Captain Phillips” in a battle between two Oscar hopefuls.

“Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as
astronauts stranded in space, held the top spot on movie charts
for a second weekend, grabbing $44.3 million in domestic ticket
sales from Friday through Sunday.

Oct 11, 2013

‘Glee’ says goodbye to Finn in tribute to late actor Monteith

LOS ANGELES, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Television musical comedy
series “Glee” bid farewell on Thursday to Finn Hudson, the
hunky, kind-hearted jock played by the late Cory Monteith,
offering up songs, remembrances and plenty of tears while
sidestepping the question of how his character died.

Fans had waited to see how the Fox television show would
address the loss of one of its founding cast members following
Monteith’s death in July from an accidental overdose of heroin
and alcohol at age 31.

Oct 4, 2013

U.S. TV networks tout video on-demand for catch-up viewing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The morning after a new episode of the drama “Sleepy Hollow” airs on the Fox broadcast network, a message on the show’s Facebook page encourages viewers to catch up with the show by clicking on their cable operator’s video on demand service.

Fox and other networks are firing up marketing efforts to steer audiences who miss live episodes to free on-demand viewing. As the new television season gets underway, they are putting promotional spots for video on demand, or VOD, in prime time, on their web pages, and on social media.

Oct 1, 2013

‘Mad Men’ star Hamm ditches suave for macabre in ‘Young Doctor’

LOS ANGELES, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Jon Hamm’s new TV role takes
him far from the stylish 1960s Madison Avenue setting of “Mad
Men” to a dreary, isolated and bloody hospital in a small
Russian village during the 1917 revolution.

The backdrop for “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” a four-episode
series that makes its U.S. debut on Wednesday on the Ovation
cable network, is not a typical one for television, and the show
does not fit neatly into a particular genre. Hamm said he liked
the project for both of those reasons.

Sep 29, 2013

‘Meatballs’ sequel swallows up U.S., Canadian box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The sequel to
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” devoured the weekend box
office competition.

The animated 3D “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” which
tells the story of monster-sized fruits, vegetables and
cheeseburgers that come to life as “foodimals,” earned $35
million at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio
estimates on Sunday, easily beating all competitors.

Sep 23, 2013

HBO, AMC take top Emmy awards, holding off Netflix

LOS ANGELES, Sept 22 (Reuters) – While upstart streaming
service Netflix Inc burst into the Emmy party this
year, it was cable networks with the most to celebrate on Sunday
night as HBO dominated and AMC grabbed the prestigious best
drama prize for “Breaking Bad.”

Premium cable channel HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc,
took home the most primetime Emmy trophies, 27 in total, for
series including “Veep,” “The Newsroom,” and “Boardwalk Empire,”
plus Liberace movie “Behind the Candelabra.” Broadcast network
ABC’s “Modern Family” won best comedy.