With the animation studio on board, Netflix significantly diversifies the sources of its exclusive and original programming.
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?
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.
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.
Chris 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 KKR, Guggenheim 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.
Dana 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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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market finished an upbeat week on a mixed note. The S&P 500 shed less than a point, ending the week higher by 1.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (+0.1%) cemented a 1.7% advance for the week. High-beta names underperformed, which weighed on the Nasdaq Composite (-0.3%) and the Russell 2000 (-1.3%).
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