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Amazon: No, we won’t release entire TV seasons all at once like Netflix

Netflix has recently been dropping entire season’s worth of episodes all at once — Arrested Development, House of Cards — allowing people to engage in “binge viewing.” Amazon isn’t following suit. While the Seattle online giant released all 14 pilots of its original comedy and children’s series at the same time when seeking customer feedback, the company won’t be using the… Read More

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Amazon inks deal with NBCUniversal to stream Grimm, Smash, Curious George

Amazon signed yet another streaming deal today, this time inking a content licensing agreement with NBCUniversal to stream a bevy of shows exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Shows like Covert Affairs, Grimm and Suits are available today, while Hannibal and Defiance will be released later this year. Through Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, shows like Curious George and Land Before Time will also be available for kids and… Read More

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Amazon’s LoveFilm nabs streaming rights to Vikings

The Vikings are coming to Amazon. LoveFilm, Europe’s leading movie subscription services that Amazon bought in 2011, just gained exclusive streaming rights in the U.K. and Germany for the popular television series Vikings. This marks the first time that a show has been distributed on LoveFilm before hitting the cable networks or traditional broadcast stations. All nine episodes… Read More

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Movie time: Flixster arrives on Xbox Live

If Netflix or any other movie app on Xbox Live ain’t cutting it for you, there’s another option now available: Flixster. Microsoft announced the availability of Flixster for Xbox Live subscribers in the U.S. and you can now rent and buy movies directly from your console by using the app. Some cool features include the ability to… Read More

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Netflix & Facebook, together at last — for better or worse

Netflix this morning launched its long-awaited “Netflix Social” feature, letting its customers connect their Netflix accounts to Facebook to share what they’ve been watching, and to see what their friends have been watching. The Video Privacy Protection Act, dating back to the days of VHS, had prevented the company from enabling this feature, but new amendments… Read More

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Amazon inks deal with Sony to stream FX shows ‘Justified,’ and ‘The Shield’

Another day, another streaming deal for Amazon. The Seattle online giant just signed a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment for the rights to exclusively stream the popular FX show “Justified,” as well as the nonexclusive rights for “The Shield.” Episodes will be available online for Amazon Prime subscribers and others can watch episodes for $1.99 each…. Read More

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Amazon inks deal with CBS to stream ‘Under The Dome’

The content licensing agreements just keep on rolling in for Amazon, as the Seattle online giant just announced another exclusive subscription deal today with CBS. Amazon will become the exclusive provider for Under the Dome, an upcoming series based on Stephen King’s 2009 novel. The show will debut on CBS on June 24 and episodes will be replayed… Read More

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Chart: How Netflix views the streaming competition

Grousing about the selection in the Netflix streaming library may be a popular pastime, but the company is taking new steps to address that criticism by sizing up its top videos vs. the selection from its competitors. After surprising Wall Street with strong results yesterday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings used a portion of his quarterly letter… Read More

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Redbox Instant by Verizon available to public by March

We’ve been waiting and waiting for our Redbox Instant beta access here at GeekWire and are wondering when we’ll receive our invitation. But now we know for sure that the service will be here, at the very least, in two months. Redbox Instant by Verizon CEO Shawn Strickland told reporters this morning at the CES… Read More

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Netflix nightmare explained: Amazon apologizes for outage

What happened at Amazon Web Services to take down the Netflix streaming service for hours on Christmas Eve? It was a combination of human error and flawed access controls: An AWS developer was able to accidentally delete a key data set in the AWS Elastic Load Balancing Service, causing the disruption. That’s the word from AWS in… Read More

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Why did Amazon Instant Video keep going, while Netflix sputtered?

Last month, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings separately took the stage at the Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas and touted the significance of Netflix as a proud customer of Amazon Web Services. Both suggested that the alliance symbolized the importance of how two companies — which compete head-to-head in streaming of… Read More

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Amazon Web Services’ Andy Jassy: The ‘economics of what we’re doing is extremely disruptive’ to the old-guard

Why is Amazon.com going to kick the butt of Microsoft, IBM and everyone else in cloud computing for a long time to come? Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy essentially laid out the case today at the company’s Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, telling some 20,000 attendees that the company’s focus on high-volume, low-margin businesses… Read More

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After Icahn takes Netflix stake, streaming video service looks to fend off unwanted suitors

Shares of Netflix surged last week after billionaire investor Carl Icahn purchased 9.98 percent of the streaming media service, suggesting that it could be a possible buyout candidate by the likes of Amazon.com or Microsoft. But Netflix isn’t in the mood to sell to just anyone. Today, the company, with 30 million members, announced a new shareholder… Read More

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Do you binge-watch TV? 6 ways to justify your habit

You finish a great episode of a great show. You want to watch the next one, but you’ve already seen three of these and it’s getting late. Do you press play? If so, you’ve developed the tech-enabled entertainment habit known as binge viewing. And some people think you’re doing it wrong. “Slow down,” wrote Jim… Read More