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Hulu has eyes set on new cable-style service

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For the cord-cutters of the world, one of the big challenges has been getting around limitations on shows broadcast via traditional outlets and popular cable TV channels. Even when services like Netflix and Hulu were able to get access to some of this traditional programming, they often had to do so via a delay and sometimes through extra charges. Sources familiar with what Hulu has in the works indicate the online platform is planning to roll-out a new streaming service that would provide feeds of broadcast and cable TV channels placing them in competition with pay-TV providers and some other new entrants to the market on the digital, streaming side. Read more

HDR streaming to expand on Netflix in upcoming year

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As television manufacturers continue to push the capabilities of the their devices, like supporting 4K resolutions, content producers are also pushing to ensure their offerings can take advantage of the capabilities of new televisions. With so many devices now supporting 4K video to the point where it is almost a de facto expectation, we are seeing the search for the next big thing getting underway. That appears to be High Dynamic Range, or HDR, content. Joining the ranks of producers of HDR content is Netflix which has announced over 150 hours of programming to be produced before the end of the year that will use HDR technology. Read more

Facebook isn’t bidding on NFL’s Thursday Night Football

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The world’s largest social network will not be the exclusive streaming home of Thursday Night Football for at least the next two years. A person familiar with the NFL’s plans for streaming the weekly Thursday Night Football games told Bloomberg that Facebook has dropped out of bidding for the package. Other companies, though, are still in the mix to stream sports’ most valuable content.

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Amazon Video to carry docuseries following NFL’s Arizona Cardinals

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The National Football League is very selective with its partners who carry content, usually sticking with familiar faces whenever a new deal is being shopped. So it’s surprising to see that the league has reached a deal with Amazon for the company to put a new docuseries on its video streaming service later this year. Fans of the NFL and especially the Arizona Cardinals will get an inside look at what teams go through every week in preparation for games as they race to the playoffs.

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Netflix pays $90 million for film starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton

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Most of the original programming distributed by Netflix come in the form of series, documentaries, and specials. The executives of the video streaming service — now available in virtually every country worldwide — haven’t really focused on films despite its roots suggesting otherwise. Netflix was launched on the premise that you could buy or rent movies by mail without any late fees. When the actual streaming component of the service launched, the company signed deals that bolstered its catalog with shorter forms of content rather than feature films. Studios charge a fortune for films to be licensed out on premium television channels and streaming services like HBO and Netflix. So Netflix’s cheapest option is to keep picking up series and specials or produce content in-house for distribution.

Based on a reported by Deadline, Netflix is seemingly ready to start developing its own films. Netflix is said to be paying $90 million for Bright, a fantasy cop thriller starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton with Max Landis writing the script.

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Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show premieres in May

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In August 2014, Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea Lately seven-year run on E! came to an end. The comedian was offered a massive deal worth $10 million to join Netflix and create different types of programming for the video streaming service. The first show, a documentary series called Chelsea Does, was released earlier this year following the Uganda Be Kidding Me Live standup comedy special from 2014. But the real prize for Netflix in poaching Handler is setting up its very first talk show. Today, after almost two years of being away from a nightly desk slinging jokes between panelists and guests, Handler announced when her talk show on Netflix will premiere.

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