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Netflix CEO blasts Comcast for shredding net neutrality

The CEO of Netflix blasted the nation’s largest cable Internet provider on Sunday for violating the principles of net neutrality by exempting its own online video service from bandwidth caps it recently imposed on other Internet usage. The criticism from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings seems to be in line with…

SOPA supporters await cash infusion from Netflix PAC

Video streaming giant Netflix has recognized the compelling financial logic behind Washington’s anti-piracy efforts. In a recent filing with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), Netflix revealed that it has created its own political action committee called FLIXPAC, designed to support anti-piracy measures in Washington and the candidates that favor them.…

Netflix original program puts New York mobster in Norway

SAN FRANCISCO — Online film and television show titan Netflix will make its original programming debut in February with “Lilyhammer,” a “fish-out-of-water story” about a New York mobster starting anew in Norway. Steven Van Zandt, a guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s famed E Street Band, stars as Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano,…

Movie executives see record profits, salaries despite piracy fear-mongering

Movie industry lobbyists like to say that online piracy costs their clients billions of dollars every year, and it’s getting worse — but that’s doesn’t quite seem to be the case, according to data released this week by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS). The CRS report (embedded below) shows…

Netflix to revive ‘Arrested Development’

In a surprise move, industry-leading video streaming service Netflix said this weekend that it will revive the critically acclaimed Fox television series “Arrested Development” in the lead-up to a feature film based on the show. “Arrested Development is one of the finest American comedies in TV history and its return…

Backlash against Facebook widens with announcement of new changes

Facebook is currently in the throes of one of its recurring seasons of user discontent. The social network has made changes before that left many subscribers vowing to find another source for their networking fix, and every time it has blown over, But the outrage this time may have a…

Two cool things and one irritating thing

Sorry about the dearth of posts—out of town! I was busy enjoying the sights and sounds of lovely Baltimore and couldn't spend time on the computer.  Which means I have a LOT of catch-up to play.  Which means no time for an in-depth scintillating political post today. But I figured…

Netflix starts streaming video to Latin America

MEXICO CITY — US video giant Netflix on Monday announced the launch of its television and movie streaming service to Latin America and the Caribbean. The service started Monday in Brazil and would be made available in 43 countries and territories in the region over the next week, wrote Rochelle…

Telecoms want ‘to put Netflix out of business entirely,’ Sen. Franken tells SXSW

AT&T ‘moving in a direction consumers don’t want to go,’ Netflix tells Raw Story Appearing in a recent panel discussion at the South by Southwest music, film and technology festival in Austin, Texas, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) warned that net neutrality, or the treatment of all data on a network…

AT&T to cap users’ Internet access, impose fees for too much information

Telecommunications giant AT&T said this week that it will join Comcast and other providers in a controversial business model that limits the amount of information subscribers can access, and imposes penalties for overages. The move will see AT&T broadband users forced into a tiered Internet that would limit accounts to…

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