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Turner launches Filmstruck, streaming service for movie buffs

The product will launch sometime in the fall. It will include exclusive access to the Criterion Collection of classic films, which is moving off of Hulu. FilmStruck is Turner’s first streaming service — the latest in a growing list of ventures that seek to ride the same wave as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. […] Pricing has not yet been announced, but a Turner spokeswoman said it would be “competitive to other streaming movie services in the marketplace.” – Brian Stelter , CNNMoney

Turner plans to partner with an online streaming company, expand into other esports

photo: C.P. Storm/Flickr, The Daily Dot

Turner Broadcasting made waves in September with the announcement it would host an esports league featuring Counter-Strike on the company’s cable television channel TBS Network. The league is set to play host to some of the world’s biggest teams and best players while presenting the game to a brand new audience. […] Turner’s efforts won’t be strictly relegated to television, however. In fact, the majority of its content will live online in digital form, just as most existing competitive gaming events do. The company plans to work with an established streaming platform such as Twitch, Hitbox or YouTube Gaming, though it hasn’t yet decided on a particular partner. – Jared Wynne, The Daily Dot

Turner And HBO Secure Distribution Deals With Dish Network

Turner Broadcasting channels, except for TBS Network and TNT , went dark on Dish for a month beginning in late October as both sides blamed the other for the breakdown in negotiations to extend their carriage deal. Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen gave Turner an ultimatum that if it could not come to terms by the end of November, then Dish might “just make a long-term decision to go a different direction.” He called the loss of the channels– including CNN, Cartoon Network, and truTV — a “non-event” for Dish, specifically noting that channels such as CNN “are not quite the product that they used to be. – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood 

Did HBO’s Streaming Service Play a Role In Dish-Turner Fracas?

It has been more than two weeks since satellite broadcaster Dish Network Corp. abruptly dropped several cable networks owned by Time Warner ’s Turner Broadcasting unit, including CNN and Cartoon Network. No resolution is in sight. […] Privately, though, several Turner executives say they suspect a major factor in the breakdown of talks was the decision by HBO, another Time Warner unit, to launch a standalone streaming video service. […] Dish has a history of not taking too kindly to programmers that offer their content online to consumers without requiring a pay-TV subscription. Earlier this year, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. launched its own over-the-top network and Dish retaliated by refusing to carry WWE’s pay-per-view events. – Joe Flint,The Wall Street Journal  
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