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Media Watch: Dish Network May Launch Blockbuster Streaming Site, Facebook Real-Time News Ticker

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 21, 2011 at 7:51AM

On Friday, the Dish Network is expected to announce a Blockbuster-branded streaming service. Their program will be a direct competitor to the recently criticized and faltering Netflix.
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Thompson on Hollywood

On Friday, the Dish Network is expected to announce a Blockbuster-branded streaming service. Their program will be a direct competitor to the recently criticized and faltering Netflix.

-Facebook has added a real-time news ticker to its site, combining Most Recent feeds and Top News feeds into one. For a user that checks Facebook frequently, they will see their most recent items, whereas if they check in only occasionally, they will get a view of the top stories - or "important things" posted by friends. [Via Media Bistro]

-At The Wrap's The Grill, new-media mogul Arianna Huffington states that AOL's acquisition of the Huffington Post was great for business:

“Since the integration, the Huffington Post has grown 49 percent and added 24 sections … My dream was to grow in multiple ways at the same time, but we didn’t have the resources available to do that before. All of these new launches we wanted to do would have taken years.

She also stated that AOL will not shut down Patch anytime soon and won't merge the site with Yahoo!

This article is related to: Moguls, Web/Tech, Stuck In Love, Media, Marketing, Netflix, Facebook


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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.