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Media Watch: Netflix in Cable Talks, Epix and ABC Family Launch Streaming Apps

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood March 7, 2012 at 1:55PM

Netflix is talking cable partnerships. Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has "quietly met" with some of the largest cable companies in the U.S. according to Reuters. These meetings have prompted rumors that certain cable channels might add movie streaming to their services. It's possible, writes TechCrunch, that within the year cable subscribers could have Netflix access from their cable boxes. Cable is what Netflix needs to survive. Meanwhile, ABC Family and Epix have launched their own streaming applications for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch users. As paidContent writes, this is in direct competition with Epix and ABC Family's distribution agreements with Netflix and Hulu. After Starz stopped supplying Netflix with titles, Epix became one of Netflix's most crucial suppliers.
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Netflix is talking cable partnerships. Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has "quietly met" with some of the largest cable companies in the U.S. according to Reuters.  These meetings have prompted rumors that certain cable channels might add movie streaming to their services.  It's possible, writes TechCrunch, that within the year cable subscribers could have Netflix access from their cable boxes. Cable is what Netflix needs to survive.

Meanwhile, ABC Family and Epix have launched their own streaming applications for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch users. As paidContent writes, this is in direct competition with Epix and ABC Family's distribution agreements with Netflix and Hulu.  After Starz stopped supplying Netflix with titles, Epix became one of Netflix's most crucial suppliers.

Andrew Hunter, general manager of digital media for Epix, said: “We’re happy to have our content on Netflix, and they’re a great partner, but we feel like we need to be in as many places as we can right now."

[Both stories via Media Bistro.]
 

This article is related to: New Media & Technology, NetFlix, Netflix, Television, TV


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.