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Amazon gets West Wing, Fringe from Warner

Deal brings the Aaron Sorkin-penned political drama The West Wing and the Fox sci-fi/fantasy series Fringe exclusively to members of Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service, as well as purchasers of its Kindle Fire tablet

Warner Bros. turns to Twitter to promote #UltraViolet

The next step in Hollywood’s effort to educate consumers about its UltraViolet digital rights locker came from Warner Bros., which is taking to Twitter with a promoted trend aimed at getting Harry Potter fans excited about streaming the title to their computers and other devices.

AnyClip ramps up monetization, snags another studio deal

AnyClip is adding another Hollywood studio to its list of content partners, with clips from Warner Bros. films now available. It’s also bolstering monetization opportunities from those clips, by enabling viewers to purchase full-length films directly through its proprietary video player.

UltraViolet’s next problem: It’s popular — on eBay

Hollywood’s UltraViolet cloud locker service is finding some new friends in unlikely places: A German blogger reported that he was able to access the site with a coupon code he bought on eBay. The big problem: Codes trade for far less than studios would like.

Is Facebook the way to go for new web originals?

Last Tuesday marked the premiere of two very different web series — a teen-skewing action comedy produced by a major studio and an independent sci-fi thriller — with one major similarity: They both chose to debut exclusively on Facebook. Could this be the new normal for web content?

Sheen vs. Kutcher: Guess who was #winning?

Comedy Central heavily promoted its Roast of Charlie Sheen on Twitter, and it looks like the bet may have paid off: Twitter users commented more than twice as much about the roast than about the season debut of his former show Two and a Half Men.

Is Facebook the Next MySpace? For Media Sales, Maybe.

The entertainment industry has its eyes set on Facebook, hoping that the site will help to sell VOD rentals for Hollywood blockbusters like The Dark Knight and indie flicks alike. However, history teaches us that social networks can’t help you sell stuff that no one wants.

RapidShare Starts Selling Games. Are Movies Next?

The controversial file hoster RapidShare has taken a first step towards entering the digital content business: The company launched a download store for video games last week, and it is promising its end users to enable the sale of any kind of file soon.

MPAA Goes After DVD Streaming Service Zediva

Surprise! New video rental service Zediva is being taken to court for copyright infringement. The MPAA filed suit Monday on behalf of six Hollywood studios, claiming that Zediva illegally streams their films over the Internet without licensing the content from rights holders.

What Facebook Needs to Compete With iTunes

Warner Bros. made another four titles available for rental on Facebook. But if the social network is going to compete with iTunes or Amazon in the online VOD market, it’s going to need to make changes to the way movies are discovered and paid for.

How Mortal Kombat Accidentally Became a Web Series

This spring, there will be a new edition of the Mortal Kombat video game and an accompanying web series directed by Kevin Tancharoen. Kombat‘s adaptation into a web series, though, is less a story of corporate synergy and more a tale of happenstance.

Facebook Fears Hammer Netflix Stock

It wasn’t that long ago that Jim Cramer was suggesting that Facebook could actually help Netflix’s stock. But this morning, news of a deal b…

Facebook: The Future of Online Video Rentals?

Facebook is a top-10 video destination site, due to the sharing of videos between friends. But can the social network leverage its global audience for video rentals? Warner Bros. will be the first studio to find out, renting The Dark Knight for $3 on Facebook.

@ CES: Studios Host Pep Rally For UltraViolet

Hollywood held a coming-out party at CES on Thursday for its digital-content initiative, UltraViolet, complete with toasts from distribution…

Vid-Biz: Netflix, Disney and Warner Bros., VYou

Today on the Net: Netflix’s average revenue per subscriber continues to decline as it pushes the $8.99 per month plan, Disney and Warner Bros. won a $400,000 judgment against an advertiser on a pirate site and startup VYou enables users to create a video conversation.

Are Apple TV Rentals Too Cheap?

Apple is hoping that $0.99 TV show rentals will kick-start the sale of its Apple TV device, but Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer isn’t having any of it. He simply thinks that those cheap rentals are underpriced, which is why his company stays away from them.

Netflix Adds More Streaming Warner Bros. Content

Netflix has been on a roll lately due to its Watch Instantly streaming service, which has helped drive subscriptions to the rental service ever-higher. And it continues to push the service, announcing today that it has added even more streaming video titles from Warner Bros.

Vid-Biz: NHL, Hulu, Rovi

NHL.com Benches Inaugural Video Player In Favor Of Sleeker, More Social Model; the NHL VideoCenter is a less-cluttered, higher quality, more social…

The Rise of Motion Comics Online

Somewhere between standard cartoon strips and full-blown animated work lies what’s known as the “motion comic.” This emerging style of entertainment is…