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Lovefilm, the “Netflix of Europe,” now has something Netflix doesn’t have–a deal with Disney to stream the studio’s movies.
Online video subscriptions are popular; one-off digital rentals much less so. Here’s an offer that combines both models. Which sounds interesting, and very complicated.
News Bytegoing into business with Mark Burnett, the TV producer behind reality shows like “Survivor” and “Shark Tank.” Hearst is buying a “substantial interest” in Burnett’s existing production company; Hearst entertainment head Scott Sassa will work with Burnett to create a “long-term media, production and events-based joint venture.”
News Bytestreaming some of its movies on Facebook. So “the next time you pay to stream a Warner Bros. movie with Facebook credits, Accel will take a cut from both sides,” notes Forbes, which disclosed the deal in a story this afternoon.
News Bytelose access to shows from Showtime this summer, is adding some from News Corp.’s Fox studio. As in other recent deals the video service has signed, the new pact gives Netflix subscribers access to shows they haven’t had in the past–in this case, the big new titles are “Glee” and “Sons Of Anarchy”–but only older episodes: None of the shows will be available “in season.” The deal is an expansion of an existing agreement, and is non-exclusive. News Corp. also owns this Web site.
Time Warner Cable backs down against the TV networks in its iPad app spat. But that won’t matter to pirates, who can get just about anything they want, whenever they want it.