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Netflix Trying To Put An End To Account Sharing

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Synamedia, a software company, unveiled some new technology during CES in Las Vegas that allow streaming companies to use artificial intelligence to detect and flag users who are logged on the account in various locations. This means Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu users are at risk for getting kicked off accounts that don’t belong to them. The software can analyze locations based on who is logged in and where. Synamedia almost 26 percent of millennials share their Netflix account with others.

It’s not clear when the new software will be put into place. Therefore, Netflix moochers should enjoy their free access while they can.

Netflix Phishing Scam

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The Federal Trade Commission has issued an alert about a phishing scam designed to steal personal information.

In a Wednesday warning, the FTC described fake Netflix messages claiming the customer’s account is on hold because the service is “having some trouble with your current billing information.”

Oprah Has A Deal With Apple

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Apple has signed Oprah Winfrey to a multiyear deal for new original programs.

 Apple is now going head to head with the likes of Netflix and Amazon in a war for consumers’ attention.

 

“Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world,” the company said in a statement Friday. “Winfrey’s projects will be released as part of a lineup of original content from Apple.”

Apple did not specify whether Winfrey would appear in any of the shows, but she is expected to have an on-screen role as a host and interviewer. The company also declined to discuss financial aspects of the deal.

Apple said the deal will not affect Winfrey’s contract with OWN, the television network she launched in 2011. Winfrey recently extended her contract there through 2025.

Apple, Amazon and Netflix have been competing to lock-in producers, show runners and performers, and paying unprecedented sums to do so. Apple has made deals for more than a dozen shows with big names like Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, Octavia Spencer and Kevin Durant. 

Netflix recently signed former President Barack and former First Lady Michelle Obama in a multiyear deal that will see them producing and starring in original shows. Netflix also has a show hosted by David Letterman that features interviews with the world’s biggest celebrities.

The Obamas & Netflix

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Netflix states the partnership has the potential to include scripted, unscripted, and documentary series, as well as stand-alone documentaries and feature films. The Obamas created their own production company, Higher Ground Productions, for the announced (and likely future) projects.

The Obamas hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world. Sources close to the deal indicated at the time that the series might focus on inspirational stories or feature moderated discussions of the topics that were highlights of the Obamas’ time in the White House. The report also indicates that some episodes could feature conversations on health care or voting rights moderated by Barack Obama, while Michelle Obama might moderate a show focusing on nutrition, for example.

Executives from Apple and Amazon have also reportedly been in talks with the former president and first lady. Financial terms of the Netflix deal are unknown at this point, but the streaming service’s recent surge in spending on original content could give us a hint.

One thing the Obamas’ content on Netflix reportedly won’t do, however, is directly respond to his current critics in the White House, Congress, or right-wing media.

 

Netflix Buying It’s Own theaters?

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The Los Gatos, Calif., company has explored the idea of buying movie theaters in Los Angeles and New York that would enable it to screen a growing pipeline of feature films and documentaries.

Netflix executives considered acquiring Los Angeles-based Landmark Theatres, co-owned by Mark Cuban, but backed off the idea, said two people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans are private.

One of the knowledgeable people said Netflix decided not to pursue a deal because executives believed the sale price for Landmark was too high.

A deal to purchase Landmark, owned by Cuban and Todd Wagner, would give Netflix a footprint of theaters in major media markets across the country. The privately held chain has 53 theatres comprising 255 screens in 27 markets including New York, Denver, Washington and San Francisco, according to its website. The exhibitor has three Los Angeles locations.

  Netflix pulled in $2.67 billion in revenue last year, including a $66 million profit. Maybe one day it will have its own theater.

 

The Obama s Striking Deal With Netflix

 

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Netflix is in talks with former President Barack Obama for a new series.

 The New York Times reports that the deal would have Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, provide content that would only be available on Netflix. Sources close to the deal indicate that the series might focus on inspirational stories or feature moderated discussions of the topics that were highlights of the Obamas’ time in the White House.

The report indicates that some episodes could feature conversations on health care or voting rights moderated by Barack Obama, while Michelle Obama might moderate a show focusing on nutrition, for example. Other potential show ideas rumored for the deal include documentaries or other projects endorsed by and possibly introduced by the Obamas.

Executives from Apple and Amazon have also reportedly been in talks with the former president and first lady.

Terms of the Netflix deal are unknown at this point.

Facebook Wants It All! Will Compete With Netflix and Amazon

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Facebook will follow the strategy of its (now) competitors, Netflix and Amazon, by paying and claiming ownership for scripted TV shows. The company will pay between $10,000 to $250,000 depending on the length of the shows, which can range anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes long. By 2020, 82 percent of consumer internet traffic will be video. Facebook says that creators will have free reign to stream and sell their content on external platforms after a set period of time. The option to go live on Facebook is still available for news publishers and personal users.

 

 

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