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The Best In Digital Entertainment Content: What We Would Buy with $100

The digital world offers free content galore, and then there's all that mystery content hidden behind pay-walls. We've sifted through the best of the priced materials to determined what's worth paying for. Inspired by PaidContent, our TOH team picked what we'd buy if we had $100 to spend on digital entertainment content. There's some overlap: clearly a Netflix subscription is something none of us can do without.
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  • December 27, 2012 3:10 PM
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Netflix's Landmark Deal with Disney Revolutionizes Way We Think About TV Content

Following Netflix's landmark pact with Disney on December 4, a three-year output deal that gives the streaming company exclusive access to the live-action and animated features of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, chief content officer Ted Sarandos states that he's eyeing similar deals with Warner Bros., and possibly Sony and Universal.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2012 4:18 PM
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Netflix Gives Raider Icahn Poison Pill, Protects Itself from Buyout Until 2015

Netflix is protecting itself from takeover-hungry Carl Icahn. On November 5 Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that the company has a new three-year stockholder rights plan, allowing it to allocate one "right" to each of its outstanding shares, making Netflix's seizure more difficult by outside parties.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2012 1:52 PM
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President Obama's Favorite TV Shows, And The Movie We Know He Loves: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Ever wonder which TV shows the Obamas have on their DVR? Well, President Obama tells TV Guide that his favorite shows are "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire" ("one of the greatest shows of all time") and "SportsCenter"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 30, 2012 12:53 PM
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Netflix Will Premiere Original Series 'House of Cards' with Kevin Spacey on February 1st

Netflix will premiere on February 1 David Fincher's anticipated original series "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey. And Netflix will make the entire 13-episode series available to its subscribers all at once. Fincher, the executive producer of the series, directs the first two episodes. He is followed by a host of other accomplished directors including Joel Schumacher ("Falling Down"), James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross"), and Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 12:31 PM
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Netflix's Ted Sarandos Talks Original Programming

It is not news that chief content officer of Netflix Ted Sarandos is on the hunt for original programming for the content site, competing for content with the likes of HBO snd Showtime. That's why the DVD rental site, which has been making the transition to online streaming, chased down David Fincher's high-price series starring Kevin Spacey based on the British series "House of Cards."
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • September 20, 2012 5:59 PM
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Media Watch: Looking Back on Netflix's Rocky Year

It was one year ago today that Netflix made a serious misstep: The company hiked its popular $10 DVD and streaming VOD subscription up to $15.98.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 12, 2012 12:55 PM
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Netflix Reports 1 Billion Hours of Viewership in June

Netflix had its best month ever this past June, with subscriber viewership reaching a billion hours of content. This breaks down to 33 million hours of video for each day of the month, and 1.4 million hours per hour.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 5, 2012 12:18 PM
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Blip Online Video Network Gets on the Original Programming Bandwagon

Another day, another web-based company getting into original programming production and distribution, joining the likes of Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Hulu and Crackle. Online video network Blip announces the launch of Blip Studios...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2012 2:43 PM
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Netflix Lures Movie-Going Non-Subscribers with $1 Movie Ticket Offer

Netflix wants non-subscribing moviegoers to give the digital platform a chance...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 22, 2012 6:28 PM
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