Amazon to Stream Fox Movies and Television Shows

Amazon has inked a deal with Twentieth Century Fox to allow Amazon Prime subscribers to stream Fox movies and television shows, the companies announced today. 

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Netflix Separates DVD, Streaming Services

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced last night that the popular video rental service will now split into two separate companies, one for online video streaming and one for DVD by mail. The announcement comes two months after Netflix said it would begin charging separately for the two services and raise existing prices by 60%, a move that infuriated many customers.

“I messed up. I owe everyone an explanation,” Hastings said on The Netflix Blog Sunday night. “We realized that streaming and DVD by mail are really becoming two different businesses, with very different cost structures, that need to be marketed differently, and we need to let each grow and operate independently.”

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Reading Rainbow Coming to iPad

Reading Rainbow, the popular children’s television show that encouraged kids to read books, was shut down in 2006, much to pretty much everyone’s dismay. It had aired for over 20 years on PBS, but the network’s financial troubles were the nail in the Rainbow’s coffin. Now, fans of the show will be delighted to hear that it’s coming back – although, not on television.

Reading Rainbow will make its return to the media world via iPad app.

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"Extreme Couponing" and Shelf Clearers

September is National Coupon Month, a perfect time for TLC to debut the second season of Extreme Couponing. And though extreme couponers are not particularly popular with cashiers or other shoppers (thanks to the long lines and hassle they bring), there’s one breed of couponer that is particularly loathed: the shelf clearer.

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Starz to End Streaming Deal with Netflix

It’s a pretty big blow to Netflix – users will soon lose access to new movies from two of Hollywood’s biggest studios, Disney Studios and Sony Pictures. In a deal that broke down yesterday, Starz Entertainment said that it will end a distribution deal with Netflix that provided the streaming service with movies from those studios. That news sent Netflix stock plunging 9% overnight.

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The New 52 – DC Comics Go Back in Time

DC Comics, The New 52

Comic books sales have significantly suffered over the past five years so DC Comics developed a plan to save its superheroes from a dastardly demise. The New 52 hopes to gain new readers and refresh the perspectives of former fans by starting all the storylines over at issue Number 1.

73-year-old Superman is whisked back to his 20s, while Batman and Robin become brand new partners. Will this bold move make a difference in the decline?

DC Comics has already received 200,000 pre-orders for the new Number 1 issue of Justice League, but some longtime fans are so far unimpressed.

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Sony Cuts the Price of PlayStation 3

Good things come to gamers who wait. First, Nintendo slashed the prices of Wii, and now Sony’s PlayStation 3 is $50 cheaper.

Gaming guys and gals can now pick up a PS3 160 GB model for $249 or a 320 GB model for $299. Though Sony didn’t give any reason for the cut, Time Techland believes the company wants to get a jump on sales before the holiday season. Sony last slashed prices in 2009.

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Netflix Launches “Just for Kids” Program

Netflix is launching a new program to make it easier for kids and their families to find child-friendly shows and movies on the streaming service. The new program, called “Just for Kids” will help users find content for children 12 years old and younger – including favorite characters like SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Phineas and Ferb, and the Sesame Street characters.

The content will also be presented based on genres such as superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs, and “girl power.”

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EA Announces Return of “FIFA Street”

Fans of Electronic Arts’ (EA) FIFA Street will be pleased to know that EA plans to resurrect the franchise with a new game scheduled to launch early next year.

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Record Industry Braces for Copyright Battles

It seems like the recording industry and record labels are up for a fight, with new information being revealed that may cause artists to take back ownership of their music. Thanks to a little-talked-about provision in United States copyright law, artists whose songs are 35 years old or more are able to utilize “termination rights,” which allow them to regain control of their work.

In the mid-1970s, copyright law was revised to include the loophole that artists could ask for their work back after 35 years, so long as they apply at least two years in advance. Recordings from 1978 are the first to fall under this provision of the law, but in a matter of months, songs from 1979 will also be eligible to be “taken back.”

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