Peter Kafka

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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik