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Obamas Sign Deal with Netflix

So this is a pretty good “get” for Netflix’s original content team. Former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama have signed a multi-year agreement with Netflix to produce films and shows. The deal, which hasn’t yielded any specific titles or genres yet, includes scripted and unscripted shows, along with docs and feature-length movies.

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Here’s some fun news. There are wild rumors flying around that Microsoft, bereft of its own content and streaming service, is looking to enter the game in a big way. According to industry analyst Porter Bibb, Microsoft is going to skip the usual steps like “create content” and “build a streaming service” by straight up buying the biggest player in the game: Netflix.

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Far from backing down, both sides are turning up the heat in the ongoing battle between Redbox and the Walt Disney Company. The dispute started a while back when Redbox started offering download codes to Disney movies sold at a discount on Redbox’s on-demand service.

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Redbox Adds AR to its App

Augmented Reality, or “AR,” is all the rage nowadays. With some of the most popular smartphones out there available with the feature, Redbox has decided to join the AR party. The company announced today that its app is now fully AR-compatible, which means users will be able to combine the AR features on their smartphone with elements from their favorite movies and TV shows.

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Spielberg Criticizes Netflix

What do you do when one of the most legendary directors of all time disses your business model? If you’re Netflix, you probably just brush it off and keep killing it in the streaming space.

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Redbox Amps Up Loyalty Program

Insiders, your fealty to the almighty Box of Red has not gone unnoticed. Redbox recently rolled out an upgraded loyalty program that offers some pretty sweet rewards for regular renters. Read on for details!

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And the Oscar Nominees Are…

download (1)Hollywood may still be reeling from an unprecedented number of sexual harassment scandals, but it hasn’t relinquished its belief in awarding itself. The┬ánominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced today, and they’re a pretty solid and inclusive batch compared to some years past. Let’s dive in a bit, shall we?

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The bromance between Universal Pictures and Redbox has been percolating for some time now, so it doesn’t come as a particular surprise to hear that the two partners have extended their distribution deal.

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Redbox on Demand in Beta Testing

After getting burned a few years back with an ill-fated streaming partnership with Verizon, Redbox is dipping its toes back into the digital distribution waters.

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Redbox is hitting the big 1-5, and it wants to give you the presents! To celebrate its 15th birthday, Redbox will be having a 3-Day B-Day bash and giving out unique “treats” each day. Read on for more details.

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