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Comcast to Offer Disney Content via Xfinity

PHILADELPHIA/BURBANK: Comcast Corporation has signed a ten-year multiplatform distribution deal with The Walt Disney Company to deliver content from ESPN, ABC, Disney Channel and other networks through its Xfinity service. The agreement brings Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers Disney’s sports, news and entertainment content to watch on their TV, online and ...

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Netflix Notches Up 2-Billion-Plus Hours Streamed in Q4

LOS GATOS: Netflix members streamed more than 2 billion hours of TV shows and movies in the fourth quarter of 2011. The service has amassed more than 20 million streaming members globally, aided by last year’s global expansion. In 2011 Netflix also added to its content offerings by signing new ...

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Deloitte: Accessibility is Driving Media Demand

NEW YORK: The sixth edition of Deloitte’s State of the Media Democracy survey reveals that the introduction of new platforms has led to increases in American media consumption. In 2009 just 28 percent of Americans reported streaming a movie, today that number has increased to 42 percent. The number of ...

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AT&T to Pay $215 Million to TiVo in Patent Settlement

ALVISO: AT&T has agreed to pay TiVo a total of at least $215 million through June 2018 to settle pending patent litigation relating to digital video recorder technology. AT&T will make an initial payment of $51 million, followed by recurring quarterly guaranteed payments through June 2018 totaling $164 million, which together ...

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AMC Orders More Hell on Wheels

LOS ANGELES/TORONTO: The Entertainment One (eOne)-produced series Hell on Wheels has been renewed for a second season on AMC. The series was developed by Endemol USA and produced by eOne and Nomadic Pictures. Endemol USA holds television distribution rights for the series across Europe and eOne handles rights in all ...

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Liberty Global Appoints Replacement for Senior Exec

ENGLEWOOD: Liberty Global has named Bryan Hall the senior VP, general counsel and secretary, succeeding Elizabeth Markowski, who has retired. Hall will be based in Denver as a member of the company’s executive management committee and will report to Mike Fries, the president and CEO of Liberty Global. Hall previously ...

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IHS iSuppli: Video Retail Business on the Decline

EL SEGUNDO: Sales for physical discs are expected to continue to decline, while electronic sell-through (EST) figures for movies and TV shows increase, though overall purchasing of video content is forecast to dip to $9.9 billion for the year, down 29 percent from its $14.1 billion peak in 2004, according to ...

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Nielsen Reveals Top Shows of 2011

NEW YORK: FOX’s American Idol remains the top prime-time program in the U.S., a spot its held since its fifth season in 2007, according to Nielsen’s Top 10 of 2011 list. American Idol‘s Wednesday run on FOX averaged 23.9 million viewers in 2011, 8.1 percent of U.S. TV viewers over the ...

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Lifetime Movies Licensed Internationally

NEW YORK: Broadcasters in Canada, Europe, the Asia Pacific and the U.S. have signed licensing agreements with A+E Networks for Lifetime movies. Shaw Media in Canada acquired Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, The Bling Ring, We Have Your Husband, Girl Fight and William & Kate. TF1 in France, ...

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