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It is Now Legal to Hack a Smart TV

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The bid was approved over concerns by creative groups who worried that jailbreaking would allow the installation of software such as “Popcorn Time,” allowing users to view pirated movies. But the United States Copyright Office concluded allowing tinkering for the purpose of achieving the interoperability of lawful software applications would likely constitute a fair use. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter

Yahoo Loses $42M on ‘Community,’ Other Originals

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[Yahoo] took a $42 million write-down in its video division during the third quarter, CFO Ken Goldman revealed on the company’s third quarter earnings call. He later explained that Community, Sin City Saints and Other Space were to blame, noting that Yahoo “couldn’t see a way to make money over time.” […] The company is keeping the door open for future projects. “We’re not saying we’re not going to do these at all in the future, but what we are saying is, in three cases at least, it didn’t work the way we had hoped it would work,” Goldman said[.] – Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter

Hulu CEO on Shelling Out for ‘Seinfeld,’ Reviving ‘Mindy’ and His Next Moves

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The companies that Hulu licenses content from are now launching their own streaming services. How does that impact you? I’m not sure we know how it’s affected Hulu yet. It’s all so fresh in the last several months. But it’s probably positive because what you’re seeing is people learning that they can get access to content on the very same devices that we’re available on. If you fire up your Apple TV, we’re right there along with a lot of other folks. In many ways, we’re out ahead of a lot of people with respect to our distribution footprint. – CEO Mike Hopkins, Hulu via Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter

HBO Gives Series Order to Comedy From YouTube Star Issa Rae

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Issa Rae stars as Issa Dee opposite Yvonne Orji (Love That Girl!), who will play Issa’s best friend, Molly. Although she is very successful professionally in the corporate world, Molly is not so successful in her love life. […] Rae is known for her award-winning web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, which has helped her amass 200,000 subscribers and 20 million views on YouTube. – Kate Stanhope & Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter

Netflix Picks Up Global Streaming Rights to ‘Jane the Virgin’, Other Shows

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The New York Times first reported on Sunday that the streamer has signed deals for international rights to three shows, CW ‘s Jane being the most notable, but also picking up CBS’ thriller Zoo and USA Network’s post-apocalypse drama Colony. The official announcement will be made on Monday. – Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter

FX Chief John Landgraf on Netflix’s Programming: “Our Shows Are Better”

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“Netflix has made 14 shows,” […] “Take any 14 shows we’ve made — they’re better. Any 14 shows — on average, our shows are better.” “By the way, they have made some great shows in that 14,” [John Landgraf] continued. “I would be absolutely proud to have made and to program Orange Is the New Black. But the average quality of the shows they put out is not as good as ours, and I think that’s a lack of careful attention.” – Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter

Wall Street Turns Off TV: How to Fix the Stock Slide

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The skinny bundle is a phenomenon born of the fact that U.S. households have been paying for an average of 194 channels while only watching 17 of them, according to Nielsen. As for cord-cutting, MoffettNathanson says the number of households that have dropped pay TV (coupled with new households that never bothered to subscribe) has grown to 2 million. The pay TV sector was shrinking at an annual rate of 0.1 percent a year ago, though this year it has shot up to 0.7 percent. And several analysts are encouraging conglomerates to hedge bets with investments in digital media. Viacom has kicked the tires on the likes of Funny or Die, CollegeHumor and The Onion, while Comcast is considering stakes in Vice Media, BuzzFeed and others. – Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter

Japanese Networks in Streaming Service, Netflix Launch Looms

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Japan’s top five commercial TV networks are banding together to launch a catch-up streaming video service to extend their programming’s reach online. The service, named TVer, will debut in October – right around the time Netflix is expected to begin operating in Japan. – Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter
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