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Media Watch: Netflix Takes a Tumble, Google's Propeller, Viki to 10M International Users

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 16, 2011 at 3:59AM

Google has a social and news reader in its works, according to sources close to the project. Now called The Propeller, the reader doesn't have a launch date planned yet. [Via Media Bistro]
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Thompson on Hollywood

Google has a social and news reader in its works, according to sources close to the project. Now called The Propeller, the reader doesn't have a launch date planned yet. [Via Media Bistro]

-As Viki, the international video site, approaches 10 million unique visitors, the video company has plans to sign deals with BBC and Netflix. The site relies on users and volunteers to translate movies and TV shows into more than a hundred languages. Viki has signed new licensing deals with BBC Worldwide and Netflix to acquire premium content and plans to expand its content to Hulu.

One of Viki's potential new partners, Wall Street success Netflix, does not have such encouraging news. Its shares plunged 19% after 600,000 subscribers left because of the media sharing site's controversial price hikes. This leaves 24 million users in the US rather than the expected 25 million.

[Photo via LA Times, Justin Sullivan, Getty Images / September 16, 2011]

This article is related to: Web/Tech, Daily Read, Media, Netflix, Google


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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.