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Netflix Going Down Under in 2015

imagesMore and more countries are getting the Netflix treatment as the streaming company becomes increasingly global. Netflix has announced that its next international launches will take place in Australia and New Zealand.

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RedBox-LogoRedbox just launched its Play Pass customer loyalty program, but it’s already planning on sweetening the deal. The kiosk operator has announced that it will reward double points for each movie rental during December, reducing the number of rentals needed for a free movie by half.

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Cable-cordEver wondered how many people are actually watching Netflix hits like Orange is the New Black or House of Cards? TV ratings company Nielsen Media does, and they’re finally going to do something about it.

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imagesThe evidence continues to mount that Netflix, Amazon, and other subscription streaming services are doing harm to the traditional TV business. The latest voice to be added to the fray is from Nielsen, which recently posted a blog about rising concerns in the media that people are losing interest in live television at an increasing rate.

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downloadUnlike rival streaming service Netflix, Amazon will not be charging Prime Instant Video members a surcharge to stream 4K Ultra-HD content. Netflix charges $3 on top of its $9 monthly fee for its small selection of Ultra-HD content.

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download (1)Even though it disastrously raised prices in 2011 and then got some minor pushback on another increase earlier this year, Netflix may not be done upping the cost of its service just yet. Netflix CFO David Wells, speaking at a recent investor conference, said that he thinks the company still has “pricing power.”

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download“Net Neutrality” is a phrase that has been cropping up quite a bit in recent months. After a federal appeals court struck down attempts to maintain equal access to high-speed internet for all last January, internet service providers have started charging companies (Netflix in particular) to keep content flowing quickly. President Obama has now thrown down the gauntlet on the issue.

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imagesNetflix is always looking for its next batch of original content, and the streamer’s next project will be a series based on the uber-popular set of children’s books A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

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download (20)DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group has released its latest report on the state of consumer home entertainment spending, and it doesn’t contain too many surprises. Though disc sales have declined, they continue to contribute the lion’s share of revenue in the home entertainment biz.

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Warner Begins Massive Layoffs

Warner-bros-dvd-rentalWarner Bros. had a rough summer at the box office, and a good chunk of its employees are going to pay the price. The studio’s CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, has reportedly issued a memo to employees notifying them that staffing cuts are taking place.

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