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Netflix Fires Back at Amazon With CBS Deal

Here’s Netflix’s answer to Amazon’s streaming video foray: A new deal with CBS that will give the video service online access to some of the network’s older shows. Note “older”: While there is lots of speculation that Netflix wants to start showing “next day TV,” a la Hulu, CBS is mostly handing over “library” shows here, like “Star Trek” and “Cheers.” And shows that the network is airing today, like “Medium,” won’t be available until next year. That’s different than recent pacts with Disney and Comcast’s NBC, each of which is letting Netflix show a couple “in season” shows.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald