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Feeling a little too sedate and withdrawn as you binge-watch Netflix? The streaming giant is experimenting with ways to increase viewer involvement in the plot lines of its original content.

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Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest movie in the long-running series, hits theaters next week. Redbox has taken the unusual step of partnering with the film’s studio, Paramount Pictures, to market the new release. This partnership is the first time Redbox has made such a move.

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Netflix’s outspoken CEO, Reed Hastings, is never one to mince words. In an interview today, when asked about rising streaming rival Amazon Prime Video, Hastings referred to the Amazon product as “so scary.”

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Since the dawn of time (at least it feels that way) Warner Bros. has always kept Redbox at the end of a 28-day-long leash. This deal, which Redbox reluctantly agreed to, forces Redbox customers to wait nearly a month after Warner movies are released for purchase before they can rent those movies at Redbox kiosks. Those days are now gone.

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download (9)It’s that time once again, Insiders: Redbox’s Days of Deals promotion has returned. Through May 25, you can get a surprise deal from Redbox each day by texting DEALS to 727272. Details are after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Hulu Launches Live TV Service

The day has come: Hulu has launched its Hulu with Live TV streaming service. The new offering starts at $40 per month and includes around 50 channels.

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The Netflix international news continues to roll in. Just a few days after word slipped out that the company is considering making a big move in China, we get word that Netflix might be starting to drop original films into French theaters.

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Netflix Entering China

China, with its restrictive regulatory environment, has been a desirable but tough nut to crack for Netflix. Now it seems that the streaming giant is finally ready to enter the Middle Kingdom, but not under its own flag.

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Netflix recently reported its numbers for the first quarter of 2017, and the biggest news was a whiff on U.S. subscriber growth, with just 1.42 million added. Wall Street had expected Netflix to add 1.59 million subscribers in the first quarter, and Netflix anticipated 1.5 million.

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Netflix_just_rolled_out_a-23308e111c03d9879747487ba767324cNetflix is planning on producing a whopping $6 billion in original content this year alone. It looks like the company’s home state of California will be the lucky recipient of a lot of that dough, as Netflix has announced that it’s increasing its infrastructure investment in the state.

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