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Netflix is going to launch in Australia and New Zealand in March of 2015, the company announced Tuesday. The launch will bring the number of countries Netflix is available in to over 50, and the announcement is not unexpected: Netflix CFO David Wells said earlier this month that the company plans a “sizeable expansion” for 2015, and Netflix has reportedly been preparing to enter Australia by hiring local agencies for a launch campaign.

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Great Stuff Janko. ESPN.com’s redesign already shows up in BETA, and the move toward responsive design gives the desktop feel a much cleaner, less cluttered look (much like Gigaom’s new post page design), and the use of cards on sidebars is a savvy move as well.

Disney Movies Anywhere, the cloud locker service that recently expanded from iOS to Android, is coming to another major retailer: Disney CTO Jamie Voris announced at a company event in Los Angeles Friday that the service will launch with Walmart’s Vudu streaming service next Tuesday. This means that Vudu users who have linked their account with Disney Movies Anywhere will be able to access Disney titles they have previously bought via iTunes or Google Play through Vudu apps, and vice versa. Interestingly, Vudu is also the first retailer that has partnered with both Disney’s cloud locker and the Ultraviolet locker run by most other major studios.

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Pietsch’s quote–“Importantly, the PERCENT of revenue on which Hachette authors’ ebook royalties are based will not DECREASE under this agreement.”–would suggest that while the author might still get their 25% of 70% of the publisher-set retail price, the deal between AMZN and Hachette might give Hachette,…

When Google announced its new music subscription service, YouTube Music Key, it mentioned that subscribers would also get access to Google Play Music’s streaming service. Well, it looks like as if it’ll work the other way, too: Google has started sending notes to Google Play Music All Access subscribers that they’ll get access to YouTube Music Key, and during the beta period to boot. It’s unclear whether Google Play Music subscribers will get a crack at the introductory $7.99 price or if they’ll still pay the $9.99 that Google Play Music charges per month. If you’re not in that boat and want an invite to YouTube Music Key, you can sign up here.

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Now that Apple has an iPhone with full 1080p resolution, Netflix is bringing higher resolution shows to the handset. The online video company says movies, television shows and its own original content is now supported in 1080p on the iPhone 6 Plus, which has a full HD display. Android devices gained the 1080p support with the debut of a refreshed Nexus 7 in the middle of 2013, but until now Apple didn’t have a handset that could natively show the full resolution of 1080p video. The latest version of Netflix for iOS is optimized for the iPhone 6 screen and also brings Chromecast improvements.

Yahoo is acquiring video advertising company BrightRoll for $640 million in cash. Marissa Mayer announced the acquisition with a post on the official Yahoo blog Tuesday, where she said that BrightRoll will help Yahoo in its quest to replace traditional banner ads with “video… mobile, social, and native” advertising. Mayer said that BrightRoll is expected to generate more than $100 million in net revenue this year, and comScore lists Brightroll as the ad platform with the widest reach, serving ads to 52.4 percent of all U.S. internet users in September. (Disclosure: BrightRoll is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media.)

BitTorrent, meet Chromecast: Vuze has added Google Cast support to its Android torrent client, making it possible to beam a media file to the TV right after a download has finished. To my knowledge, this is the first time anyone has integrated cast capability into a BitTorrent app, and it should make the life of Vuze users that also own a Chromecast adapter or one of Google’s new Nexus players a little easier. However, the feature isn’t available for Vuze’s desktop client, because Google hasn’t released a cast SDK for native desktop apps yet.

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