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Netflix Will Stream ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ — But Only in Canada

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The reason Netflix will be able to offer the much-anticipated movie in Canada next year — and not in the U.S. or anywhere else — has to do with the timing of when Disney’s pay-TV distribution deals were up for grabs. […] Fortuitously for Netflix Canada subs, the company’s deal with Disney started with 2015 releases after the previous agreements for the pay-TV window with Corus Entertainment and Bell Canada expired. A Netflix rep confirmed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is slated to come to the service in the country; under the terms of the deal, that will occur approximately eight months after the movie leaves theaters. – Todd Spangler, Variety

Media Congloms on Pay-TV Shrinkage: What, Us Worry?

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Are these guys in denial? Cable and satellite TV operators posted their heaviest losses ever for the second quarter of 2015. MoffettNathanson estimated a drop of 566,000 net subscribers for the period, while SNL Kagan put it even higher at 625,000. True, that’s less than 1% of the total U.S. households that subscribe to TV. But the bloodletting may get worse in the months ahead, as more consumers scrap pricey pay-TV packages for a diet of Netflix, Hulu and other over-the-top services delivered via Apple TV, Roku or other devices. – Todd Spangler, Variety

Roku Drops Support for ‘Classic’ Streaming Boxes

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“We have made the difficult decision to no longer launch new streaming channels, update existing channels, push firmware updates, or develop the Roku mobile app for Classic Roku players,” [Roku] said. Older Roku and Roku-based players that are affected include Roku HD (2000C), Netgear XDS (NTV270), Roku XDS (2100X), Netgear XD (NTV250), Roku XD (2050X, pictured above), Roku HD (N1100) Roku SD (N1050), and Roku HD-XR (N1101 and N1000). – Todd Spangler, Variety

Netflix Acquires ‘Smosh: The Movie’ Exclusive Streaming Rights

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Netflix has picked up “The Smosh Movie,” the teen-comedy flick headlined by YouTube stars Smosh-Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, in a deal granting it exclusive subscription-streaming rights. Netflix will debut “Smosh: The Movie” Sept. 22, two months after the film was released on Apple’s iTunes and Vimeo starting at $9.99 per digital copy. – Todd Spangler, Variety

Summer of the Binge: TV Streaming Displacing Beach Reading, Tanning

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About 67% of U.S. consumers surveyed said they’re reading fewer books than on previous summer vacations because they’re watching TV shows streamed online, and 62% are also more likely to stream in places where they used to read (e.g., on a porch or deck). Moreover, 65% of users with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or other Internet VOD services agreed that they’re going to movie theaters less this summer “because I can stream most of the shows/series I want to watch,” while one-fourth said they’re watching less cable and satellite TV programming this year because of streaming. – Todd Spangler, Variety

Amazon Strikes Open Road Films Exclusive Streaming Pact

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Amazon.com reached a multiyear content-licensing agreement with midsize film distributor Open Road Films giving the e-commerce giant’s Prime Instant Video exclusive streaming rights to Open Road’s theatrical releases starting with its 2016 slate. […] Open Road titles coming to Prime ahead of any other non-cable U.S. subscription service will include: comedy “Fifty Shades of Black,” starring Marlon Wayans; action-thriller “Triple 9,” with an ensemble cast featuring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet and Gal Gadot; and Garry Marshall-directed romantic comedy “Mother’s Day,” starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis. – Todd Spangler, Variety

YouTube Video Subscriptions: Why They’re Going to Be a Very Hard Sell

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YouTube viewers come to YouTube for free video. People have been trained for 10 years that YouTube is a vast video jukebox that’s free to use. Will they suddenly be motivated to shell out a monthly fee to watch that without the ads? YouTube has a poor track record of making consumers part with their money: a pay-channel initiative failed to take off two years ago, and its streaming movie-rental service hasn’t registered much action apart from Sony’s “The Interview.” – Todd Spangler, Variety

Netflix Orders ‘Ingobernable’ Mexican Political Drama Series Starring Kate del Castillo

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Netflix has ordered a 20-episode run of “Ingobernable,” a Spanish-language political drama starring Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. In “Ingoberable” (“ungovernable”), del Castillo (“The Book of Life,” ABC’s “Killer Women”) will play Irene Urzua, the wife of Mexico’s president. A woman with a strong personality, conviction and clear ideas, Urzua is capable of “creating a president, leaving a president and killing a president,” the streamer said in announcing the series. – Todd Spangler, Variety

Time Inc.’s Essence Festival to Stream 100-Plus Hours of Video from New Orleans

The 21st annual fest, which runs July 2-5, will feature a host of entertainment stars, African-American leaders and more. The Internet-video lineup will include live music performances, panel discussions and news coverage across Essence.com, EssenceFestival.com, YouTube, Time.com, EW.com and other sites. Video highlights will be available through dedicated Essence Festival apps for iOS and Android. – Todd Spangler, Variety

Hulu Is Creating ‘Seinfeld’ Real-World NYC Apartment

Hulu will construct a real-world version of Jerry Seinfeld’s iconic Upper West Side apartment as part of promoting the streaming service’s multimillion-dollar pickup of all nine seasons of “Seinfeld,” set to launch on the SVOD service June 24. […] Hulu’s “Seinfeld” apartment will be open at 451 West 14th Street, from June 24-28, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The “Seinfeld: The Apartment” installation is being built in collaboration with Magnetic Collaborative. – Todd Spangler, Variety
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