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Amazon Removes All Apple TV, Chromecast Listings From Its Website

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Amazon has followed through on its plans to go nuclear on its competitors: The company removed all listings of Apple’s Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter from its website Thursday. – Janko Roettgers, Variety

Netflix Poised To Expand Into Middle East (Report)

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[Netflix] has posted job ads for marketing and social media manager positions in the Middle East and Joris Evers, vice president and head of communications for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Netflix, confirmed plans to expand in the region as part of their global expansion which they’ve previously said they plan to complete by 2016. – Nick Vivarelli, Variety

Streaming Series ‘Jessica Jones,’ ‘High Castle’ Shake Up Fall TV

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“The Man in the High Castle” debuted its “What If” trailer this week, landing the series on this week’s Cable and Trending leaderboards. The new trailer, which racked up more than 1.9 million YouTube views, also drove organic search traffic to nearly triple on Wikipedia, with more than 56,000 page views throughout the week. […] “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” also soared onto this week’s Cable leaderboard, landing at No. 3 for the week with more than 4.2 million engagements. The official trailer, which garnered more than 4 million YouTube Views throughout the week, made a big splash across social, with more than 100,000 Facebook engagements while Tumblr conversation spiked 175%, and Wikipedia search traffic more than doubled. – Jason Klein, ListenFirst Media via Variety

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

Disney to Launch Subscription Streaming Service in U.K.

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The service, DisneyLife, will make available a wide range of titles, including the complete Disney Pixar catalog, which includes the “Toy Story” franchise, and classics such as “Snow White,” “Lady and the Tramp” and “The Jungle Book,” the Financial Times reported Wednesday. DisneyLife will cost £9.99 ($15.43) a month. […] Disney will roll out the service across Europe next year, with the aim of launching in France, Spain, Italy and Germany. There are no plans to launch the service in the U.S., but [Bob Iger,Disney] would not rule it out. “The technology platform that this sits on is scalable to the U.S. and is scalable to our other brands,” he said. Netflix has pay TV window rights to Disney theatrical releases for the U.S., kicking in at the end of next year, and Canada, starting with 2015 theatrical releases. – Leo Barraclough, Variety

CNN Launches ‘Great Big Story’ Streaming-Video Hub To Battle Vice and BuzzFeed

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CNN said Tuesday it had funded the launch of Great Big Story, billed as a “socially distributed video network” that will make available newsy video stories for a generation that seems more eager to get information streamed to mobile devices than it is from the traditional TV set. Great Big Story will distribute its content via a web site and apps for both iOS and Android devices. But its tales will also show up on Facebook, YouTube, Apple News, Snapchat and more as November gets underway. The start-up, which is not formally part of CNN, will also tap connected TV’s through Apple TV, Roku, Amazon, and Chromecast, among others. – Brian Steinberg, Variety

TuneIn Adds Every NFL Game to Its Paid Premium Tier

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Premium subscribers now have access to live play-by-play coverage of all NFL games, from preseason games all the way to the Super Bowl. The NFL is also launching a dedicated channel on TuneIn, giving Premium subscribers access to NFL network shows as well as NFL podcasts and original content produced byTuneIn. – Janko Roettgers, Variety

DirecTV, U-verse Negotiations with Station Groups Stretch Into the Night

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The contract battles over the carriage fees paid for the right to retransmit local stations come at a time of disruption for the players on both sides of the negotiating table. MVPDs are worried about cord cutting and increased competition from subscription streaming services. Broadcasters are dealing with the impact of declining live ratings and heightened competition for local advertising dollars. – Cynthia Littleton, Variety

Amazon Nabs Jack Ryan Series From Michael Bay, Carlton Cuse

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[Amazon] has landed the TV show based on the hard-charging character created by novelist Tom Clancy in the 1980s. “Lost” alum Graham Roland and Carlton Cuse are shepherding the adaptation for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, Paramount TV and Skydance TV. […] The series package was shopped last week to a handful of outlets, including Fox, NBC, Netflix and A&E. Jack Ryan has been featured in 11 Clancy novels, starting in 1984 with “The Hunt for Red October.” – Cynthia Littleton, Variety
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