DreamWorks and Netflix Create More Competition for Cable TV

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The major reasons for subscribing to cable TV are the original programs available on basic and premium cable channels and to watch live sports. One of those reasons may fade away soon enough as DreamWorks and Netflix are the latest to get into creating streaming programming outside of the normal cable TV sphere.

More from the New York Times:

In a multiyear deal announced early on Monday, DreamWorks Animation will supply a torrent of new episodic TV programs to the Internet streaming service. The partnership calls for 300 hours of original programming, perhaps the biggest commitment yet to bring Hollywood-caliber content to the Web first.

The new programs will be “inspired” by characters from past DreamWorks Animation franchises, which include “Shrek” and “The Croods,” and its coming feature films. Series will also come from Classic Media, which the studio bought last year. Classic Media’s holdings include characters like Casper the…

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Battle For Family’s Streaming Dollars Heats Up Between Netflix & Amazon, With Netflix Families Debut & Kindle FreeTime Expansion


Following a bit of backlash arising from the loss of popular Viacom-owned children’s TV shows, Netflix today launched Netflix Families, which is essentially just a destination website designed to tout Netflix’s family fare. The site includes rows of Netflix recommendations for parents and kids, as well as tips on how to stream and other promotional content.

Amazon, not to be left unmentioned in today’s news, countered with an announcement of its own.

These moves come at a time when the war for streaming is heating up between Netflix and up-and-coming rival Amazon Prime Instant Video. Earlier this month, Amazon picked up the Viacom shows Netflix lost, including big-name kids’ TV brands like Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go!, SpongeBob SquarePants, Blue’s Clues and several others.

Parents had earlier stormed Netflix’s consumer support site to complain about the losses, having already been burned by other ill-fated moves from the…

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netflix addicted


i don’t know about anyone else but my friends always come to me when they need a suggestion for a new tv show to start watching. maybe it’s because i filter between eight shows during the week and have a minor obsession with reading tvfanatic and predicting the end of shows. all i know is that tv is my place to escape and after taking a media cultures class last semester all i can do now is silently critique everything that is wrong from behind my bowl of popcorn. 

i don’t have cable in my apartment so eight months out of the year i turn to netflix and hulu to watch new episodes and/or binge on one show for three weeks at a time. (netflix, i’m talking about you)

with summer in full swing and no classes to worry about, it is my favorite time to watch entire seasons of…

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Netflix dives into AWS usage monitoring with Ice


There is no shortage of tools that measure and monitor Amazon Web Services (s amzn) usage and spending; check out Cloudyn, Cloudability, Newvem, CloudCheckr, Cloud Vertical  et al. And then there is also Amazon’s own Trusted Advisor. But if you want to use a tool that the biggest of the big AWS customers use, you may want to check out Netflix Ice.

Netflix just posted the tool, which provides a birds-eye view of its own cloud landscape (cloudscape?), onto its Github page, the last of a series of open-sourced Netflix goodies to go up.

Asked why Netflix went its own way with an AWS monitoring tool, Ariel Tseitlin, director of cloud solutions for Netflix responded by email to say:

“We built Ice to to give us deep insight into our cloud usage that we couldn’t find with any of Amazon’s or 3rd party offerings…

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