With the animation studio on board, Netflix significantly diversifies the sources of its exclusive and original programming.

By TheStreet Staff Jun 17, 2013 11:16AM

thestreet logoNetflix logoBy Antoine Gara

 

Netflix (NFLX) is teaming up with DreamWorks Animation (DWA) to bring TV series and movies to the streaming video service, in a deal that strengthens the company's hand in winning original content and new subscribers.

 

DreamWorks Animation will create at least 300 hours of original Web-only movie and TV content, in a partnership that further underscores attempts by Netflix and its CEO Reed Hastings to take on the cable TV industry. Partnering with DreamWorks indicates Netflix will be taking a multi-faceted approach to its content library, as the company picks over Hollywood for the right formula to grow its subscriber base of nearly 30 million.

 

In the deal, Netflix will get exclusive rights to new shows from DreamWorks hit franchises such as "Shrek," "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" and exclusive movie rights to movie releases from the Jeffrey Katzenberg-run company such as "The Croods," "Turbo" and "Turbo F.A.S.T.," the companies said in a joint press release.

 

With 'free WiFi' tied to your cable contract, is wireless access still a public service, or a private utility?

By TheStreet Staff Jun 11, 2013 4:31PM

thestreet logo Man with laptop © Ken Seet/SuperStockBy Dana Blankenhorn

 

Four years ago, I was stuck in Chengdu, China, facing numerous deadlines back in the United States.

 

My solution was to turn on my computer's WiFi router, look for open connections among my new Chinese neighbors and piggy-back on them.

 

It worked. My copy made it to where it needed to go. I even wrote a story about it. I suggested that a "side-band" could separate the bits a subscriber was using from those the public could access, and the router could firewall a subscriber's computer from those radio signals. Voila -- free universal access to the Internet!

 

Comcast (CMCSA) is now doing something like that, but without the free part.

 

This little-known company is on the cusp of a sustained uptrend. Tech investors should consider buying the stock at present levels.

By StreetAuthority Jun 10, 2013 6:57PM
 Stock market © Zurbar/age fotostockBy David Sterman                                                               

Investing in semiconductor stocks can be quite challenging. Many of them languish for a long time -- even as operations clearly improve -- until suddenly, investors begin singing the company's praises.

That's why I suggested to investors that they stay the course with memory-chip maker Micron Technology (MU).
 

Popular with cord cutters, Hulu lets people to watch network TV shows over the Internet. Depending on which suitor acquires the service, its business model could be changing.

By TheStreet Staff Jun 6, 2013 3:11PM

thestreet logoPerson looking at the Hulu website © Richard Levine/AlamyChris Ciaccia, TheStreet

 

Hulu has become a hot property in recent weeks, as multiple bids have come in for the company, including one from Internet portal  Yahoo! (YHOO). Now, AT&T (T) is reported to have thrown its hat in the ring. 


The Wall Street Journal's AllThingsD blog reports that AT&T is interested in joining The Chernin Group in a bid for the streaming-video service. Other potential buyers include DirectTV (DTV), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and private equity firms KKRGuggenheim Digital and Silverlake Partners.

 

The major problem with acquiring Hulu is that its content is owned by some media conglomerates -- Walt Disney (DIS), News Corp. (NWSA) and Comcast (CMCSA), via its ownership of NBCUniversal -- and securing the rights to stream their movies and TV shows would likely be very taxing.

 

The fourth-generation processor promises better performance and longer battery life. And it could spell doom for ARM Holdings, Intel's British rival.

By TheStreet Staff Jun 5, 2013 8:49PM
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Intel logoDana Blankenhorn, TheStreet

 

Four years ago my son and I were honored to cover the CompuTex show in Taiwan, which is now the only computer show that matters.

 

Back then we were hunting for "desktop Linux." We finally found it in a corner of a secondary show floor. That was back when Windows netbooks were all the rage.

 

The rage this year is Intel's (INTC) Haswell, its new chip for notebooks and tablets. It follows by just a year the introduction of a similar chip, dubbed Ivy Bridge. Ivy Bridge introduced a new microarchitecture, Haswell a smaller die. The result is a low-power design whose circuit lines are just 22 nanometers apart.

 

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