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Jan 27, 2014

Comcast adds live streaming to TV for Olympics digital coverage

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comcast Corp will launch its most ambitious digital video and on-demand effort yet for the Winter Olympics, using the games’ vast audience to promote and test its newest viewing features for televisions, tablets and mobile phones.

For the first time, customers with Comcast’s Xfinity TV X1 set-top box can stream live all Olympic sporting events on their televisions, through an app called NBC Sports Live Extra, as well as on tablets and mobile phones. Other pay TV subscribers can access the app only through mobile devices.

Jan 23, 2014

New shows, customer gains give Netflix muscle to hike prices

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc, riding high after another strong earnings report, is in better shape to raise prices for new U.S. customers to its movie and TV streaming service than it was in 2011, when a price hike sent its stock into a downward spiral.

On its side is the addition of award-winning original series like “House of Cards” and an expanded library of TV shows and films that have made it a proven force in Hollywood with 35.6 million U.S. subscribers.

Jan 23, 2014

Analysis: New shows, customer gains give Netflix muscle to hike prices

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc, riding high after another strong earnings report, is in better shape to raise prices for new U.S. customers to its movie and TV streaming service than it was in 2011, when a price hike sent its stock into a downward spiral.

On its side is the addition of award-winning original series like “House of Cards” and an expanded library of TV shows and films that have made it a proven force in Hollywood with 35.6 million U.S. subscribers.

Jan 23, 2014

Netflix adds 2.3 million U.S. subscribers in fourth-quarter; shares surge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc added more than 2.3 million U.S. customers in the fourth quarter, sending its shares up 17 percent in after-hours trading, and said it was testing different pricing plans for its monthly TV and movie streaming service.

The world’s largest video streaming company on Wednesday reported net income of $48 million for the quarter, up from $8 million a year ago. Earnings-per-share were 79 cents, Netflix said in a statement, beating the 66 cents average forecast of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Jan 23, 2014

Netflix adds 2.3 million U.S. subscribers in Q4; shares surge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc added more than 2.3 million U.S. customers in the fourth quarter, sending its shares up 17 percent in after-hours trading, and said it was testing different pricing plans for its monthly TV and movie streaming service.

The world’s largest video streaming company on Wednesday reported net income of 28 million pounds for the quarter, up from $8 million a year ago. Earnings-per-share were 79 cents, Netflix said in a statement, beating the 66 cents average forecast of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Jan 22, 2014

Netflix signs up 2.3 million U.S. subscribers; shares surge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc added more than 2.3 million U.S. households to its TV and movie streaming service in the fourth quarter, pushing its profit above Wall Street expectations and sending its shares up 17 percent in after-hours trading.

The world’s largest video streaming company on Wednesday reported net income of $48 million for the quarter, up from $8 million a year ago. Earnings-per-share were 79 cents, Netflix said in a statement, beating the 66 cents average forecast of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Jan 19, 2014

U.S. network NBC to return to live musicals with ‘Peter Pan’

LOS ANGELES, Jan 19 (Reuters) – U.S. TV network NBC will air
another live performance of a Broadway musical, “Peter Pan,” on
Dec. 4, hoping to repeat the ratings success of last year’s
broadcast of “The Sound of Music Live.”

The musicals are part of the Comcast-owned
network’s strategy to draw audiences to live events, a defense
against later viewing on digital video recorders which is less
valuable to advertisers.

Jan 16, 2014

Sony, Warner Bros. lead studios in nominations for Oscar gold

LOS ANGELES, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Sony Pictures Entertainment
and Time Warner Inc’s Warner Bros. led
Hollywood studios competing for Academy Awards with 21
nominations each, grabbing publicity that could provide a box
office bounce for their contending films including “American
Hustle” and “Gravity.”

The recognition on Thursday from the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences was especially sweet for Sony, which
came under heavy criticism in 2013 from activist investor Daniel
Loeb after two big-budget bombs over the summer.

Jan 15, 2014

Netflix shares drop after court tosses Internet traffic rules

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Shares of video streaming service Netflix Inc fell more than 1 percent on Wednesday, a day after a U.S. court decision that could let broadband providers charge companies for faster access to content delivered over the Internet.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected federal “net neutrality” rules that required Internet providers to treat all web traffic equally.

Jan 14, 2014

New ‘Idol’ highlights harmony among judges to freshen U.S. Fox show

PASADENA, California (Reuters) – The Fox broadcast TV network promises camaraderie among its judges and a focus on the contestants when “American Idol” returns on Wednesday, seeking to reinvigorate the pioneer singing competition after a ratings slump in recent years.

Appearing before TV critics on Monday, this season’s judges – pop superstar Jennifer Lopez, country singer Keith Urban and crooner Harry Connick Jr. – emphasized their chemistry and a shared commitment to focusing on the young singers competing for a chance at stardom.