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February 24, 2014 | David Lazarus
Netflix is paying cable giant Comcast a pile of cash for what the companies say will be "no preferential network treatment. " Sure, because corporations routinely give money to one another just for the fun of it. The reality is that Netflix is handing Comcast an unspecified chunk of change, likely millions of dollars, for what they say is a "more direct connection" to the cable company's broadband network. That's preferential treatment. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Updated to correct the name of Netflix's Open Connect initiative. Netflix Inc. has agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to ensure the online service's subscribers get seamless access to movies and TV shows delivered over the Internet, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal, which has been nearly a year in the making, would give Netflix direct access to Comcast's high-speed network, the two companies confirmed Sunday.  Terms were not disclosed. FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media The agreement could set a precedent in Netflix's dealings with other Internet access providers, such as AT&T and Verizon Communications.  For Netflix users who are Comcast subscribers, the pact should mean better quality.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast to ensure the subscription service's movies and TV shows stream seamlessly in a deal that underscores the power of distribution in the digital era - and could mean higher rates for consumers. The nation's leading online video service and the largest U.S. provider of home Internet access said the agreement is designed to ensure that Netflix subscribers can watch the new season of "House of Cards" and other content free of the pauses and hiccups subscribers have reported in recent months.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
"Orange Is the new Black" will be returning for a second season on June 6, Netflix confirmed on Saturday. The announcement was tucked onto the end of the second-season finale of "House of Cards," the full 13 episodes of which went live on Netflix at midnight PST. A brief teaser trailer, embedded above, was released, but few details or hints as to what viewers may expect in the second season were revealed. Also unknown at press time is how the president feels about the series. Barack Obama's TV tastes became national news when he asked via Twitter that no one spoil "House of Cards" for the Oval Office viewing audience . Jenji Kohan's women-in-prison comedy-drama, an adaptation of  Piper Kerman's memoir, which chronicled her yearlong stint in federal prison, earned its lead, Taylor Schilling, a Golden Globe nomination in its first season.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
If binge-watching the second season of "House of Cards," Netflix's misanthropic political thriller, isn't your idea of romance, take heart: There are plenty of other shows that celebrate love in its myriad forms available for you to binge-watch this Valentine's Day weekend. Allow us to make a few suggestions.  Love/hate: "Cheers" The moment poetry-spouting intellectual Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) walked into Cheers, the Boston bar run by former baseball player, bartender and committed ladies' man Sam Malone (Ted Danson)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Joe Flint
There's been no Netflix effect on HBO. Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes, who used to mock Netflix as the "Albanian army" coming to take over the world, said its success doesn't hurt HBO either in terms of revenue or eyeballs. Talking to investors and analysts about its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings, Bewkes noted that HBO and its sister channel Cinemax added 2 million subscribers last year. Overall HBO is in 130 million homes around the globe compared to 44 million for Netflix.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"House of Cards" still has a winning hand as Netflix has voted in favor of a third-season renewal for the political drama. The early renewal for a third installment, confirmed by a Netflix spokesperson, comes ahead of the Valentine's Day rollout of its second season on the streaming service. "House of Cards" was originally given a two-season commitment, so the news makes good on Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos' indication last fall that he wanted to extend the show's life past that.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
In election cycles past, losing presidential candidates have been content to fade into the background, avoiding interviews and sidestepping questions about pressing political matters. But that has not been the case with 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who seemed to pop up everywhere from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to “The Rachael Ray Show” last fall as he promoted his wife's cookbook , and resurfaced again this month as Netflix released a new documentary about his two presidential campaigns.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting my power steering fixed. The Skinny: Welcome back everyone who had a long weekend. Hope you got some rest. I watched the season premiere of Fox's "The Following. " Although it was well made I'm not sure if I can get on this ride again, but I will check out Episode 2 before making a final decision. Tuesday's headlines include the weekend box office recap. Also, is Netflix stock trading at an unrealistically high level? Daily Dose: If the NFL does move ahead with a new Thursday package of games, it may very well end up on a broadcast network.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Kevin Spacey says the Netflix original series "House of Cards" could have been "the dud heard around the world. " But thanks to the creative freedom Netflix gave to its sprawling political drama, the show was a hit instead. The show made television history in September when it took the Emmy for best drama, effectively launching the world of streaming-only TV into the stratosphere and igniting an original-programming race among a number of online companies including Amazon and Hulu.
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