Zediva shuts down DVD-streaming service

Less than two weeks after a federal court issued a preliminary injunction against its DVD-streaming service, Zediva has suspended its operations. The shutdown is a big win for Hollywood studios, which took the company to court earlier this year.…

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Zediva is nuked, Hollywood rejoices

A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction against Zediva, essentially ordering a shutdown of its streaming-DVD-rental service. The decision comes less than six months after the launch of the service, which aimed to avoid licensing fees by renting and streaming DVDs over the Internet.…

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YouTube Seeks to Bring Order to Its Chaos

YouTube has thrived as the undisputed leader of long-tail content, but it could soon begin reining in its content to create specialized channels instead. While YouTube is ready to invest heavily, the initiative marks a departure from its open platform for video sharing.…

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Hollywood Needs to Jump On the Streaming Bandwagon

Now there's even more evidence that Hollywood studios need to embrace alternative business models before they cannibalize their existing business: In-Stat forecasts DVD sales are expected to decline by $4.6 billion over the next five years. Meanwhile, streaming revenues are expected to triple in that time.…

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For Hollywood, The VOD Price Is Right

The Federal Communications Commission handed the major Hollywood studios a significant victory last week, granting their long-pending petition to allow use of selectable output controls (SOC) on cable and satellite set-top boxes to prevent copying of early-release video-on-demand movies. The studios' push for the new early VOD window is of a piece with those other efforts to raise home-entertainment prices. Compared with current VOD offerings, the new early-window movies are likely to carry a very premium price, probably closer to the purchase price of a Blu-ray disc than to a DVD rental.…

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Is Demand Media's CEO Going Hollywood?

Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt, whose company is widely rumored to be headed for a billion-dollar IPO, has added Hollywood movie mogul Peter Guber to the board. Rosenblatt has also been playing tennis with the former studio head, and dining with him and other Hollywood stars.…

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Slow and Steady, Netflix Pulls Ahead in Streaming Video

Soon, it will be nearly impossible to buy any device, whether TV, set-top or mobile, that does not come bundled with Netflix service. Not all of those embedded apps will be activated, of course. But their presence will help create something no Netflix competitor will be able to touch: a de facto interoperability standard across multiple devices and platforms.…

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