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ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Vince McMahon is on the way to pinning down online video. WWE's new online network has signed up about 667,287 subscribers and is projected to hit 1 million by the end of the year, which the company said was the magic number for the service to be break even. Launched 42 days ago on Feb. 24, the WWE Network costs subscribers $9.99 a month. Content includes access to all of WWE's pay-per-view events including Sunday's "Wrestlemania" event. There is also a library of vintage WWE programs available.
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SPORTS
March 31, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
There were a lot of guffaws and criticism when WWE launched its WWE Network last month, mainly because of connectivity issues and problems accessing content. However, once those problems were corrected, there was only one thing left to say: The network is amazing, providing new shows and a plethora of classic footage for pro wrestling fans to enjoy, not just of WWE, but old fans of WCW, ECW and other defunct organizations. In short, the WWE Network has become the very model of a modern major online network, and with this being WrestleMania week, WWE will be unveiling a host of new shows leading up to the pay-per-view this Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The nation needs to better acknowledge and support the efforts of the "hidden heroes" from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars: the estimated 1.1 million civilian, volunteer caregivers tending to the needs of wounded and disabled veterans, according to recommendations contained in a Rand Corp. study released Monday. While family members and others have long cared for veterans, the veterans from two recent wars are more likely to have mental health and substance problems, making the task of providing care even more difficult, according to the study, funded by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
When "The Mindy Project" premiered on Fox in fall 2012, it was widely hailed as a breakthrough in the diversity of mainstream television. Its star, Mindy Kaling, who plays a romantically challenged obstetrician in a New York hospital, became the first woman of color to create, helm and star in a successful sitcom on a major network. But even as the broadcast networks overall are showcasing more minority actors in scripted programming than ever, Kaling is facing mounting criticism that her own sitcom isn't diverse enough.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
When Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" became a hit this season, critics and viewers were so bowled over by its crazy-great premise - Ichabod Crane as a colonial war hero! Back to fight the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse! - that another revolutionary aspect of the show was often overlooked. It has four non-white main characters. Yes, Tom Mison's resurrected British-turned-Colonial soldier serves as the story's center, but "Sleepy Hollow" is also led by police detective Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
A satellite network launched by a group of studios and theater chains last year just got bigger. The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC) said it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Deluxe/EchoStar satellite network, adding nearly 1,000 theater sites, the companies said. No financial details were disclosed. With the acquisition, the coalition will double the size of its satellite network, which is expected to significantly reduce the cost of delivering movies to theaters and enable it to beam live concerts, operas and sporting events into multiplex venues nationwide.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Small cable operators think Viacom, parent of MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and several other networks, is trying to squeeze them. The National Cable Television Cooperative -- which represents more than 800 primarily rural cable operators and negotiates programming deals on their behalf -- charged that Viacom wants to dramatically increase the fees to carry its channels to prices that are 40 times greater than the rate of inflation. NCTC President and Chief Executive Rich Fickle said Viacom was punishing small operators because it could no longer get the rate increases it was accustomed to from bigger distributors such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Tim Warner, chief executive of Cinemark Holdings Inc., admits he'd never heard of the popular science fiction series "Doctor Who. " So the Montana native was skeptical when executives at BBC Wordwide approached him about the idea of screening a simulcast of the 50th anniversary episode of the cult-classic British TV series in Cinemark theaters across Latin America and the U.S. In late November, hundreds of "Whovians" showed up at more than...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Walt Disney Co. is buying Maker Studios, the digital media company behind YouTube successes such as "Epic Rap Battles of History" and PewDiePie. Burbank-based Disney said Monday that it will pay $500 million to Maker shareholders. Based in Culver City, Maker Studios has about  55,000 YouTube channels with 380 million subscribers and 5.5 billion views per month.  Shareholders could receive up to $450 million more, depending on Maker's performance after the acquisition.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
To keep an eye on his child via his smartphone, Marc Gilbert installed Internet-connected video baby monitors in his home in Houston. One evening, Gilbert heard a stranger's voice bellowing obscenities from the monitor. He disconnected the device after realizing that it had been hacked. "I'm a pretty technical guy, and I thought I knew how all this stuff should be hooked up," said Gilbert, who has written several letters to his congressman and other elected officials, trying to bring the security issue to their attention.
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