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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Netflix-Disney Deal Renews Children’s TV Ratings Slump Debate

While much of the analysis of Netflix’s landmark pay-TV distribution deal with The Walt Disney Co. focused on movies (and Starz LLC’s pending loss), both companies’ devotion to the children’s market renews concerns regarding subscription video-on-demand’s impact on kids’ linear TV programming.

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Sony Bows UltraViolet Digital Movie Store

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Dec. 11 launched an online shopping website whereby consumers through the holidays can purchase, wrap and send digital movies with UltraViolet functionality.

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Court Temporarily Bars ‘Hobbit’ Parody Disc Release

A Los Angeles District Court Dec. 11 issued a temporary restraining order against the direct-to-DVD release, 'Age of the Hobbits,' saying the so-called “mockbuster” sought to benefit from Warner Bros. Pictures’ global marketing efforts for its $200 million movie, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure,' which launches in theaters Dec. 14.

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Xbox Brings Flixster, PopcornFlix to Live Platform

Microsoft is rolling out more than 40 new applications for Xbox Live during the next couple of months, including Flixter (owned by Warner and supporting the cloud-based UltraViolet service), IndieFlix and PopcornFlix in the United States.

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DTS Integrated Into UltraViolet

Digital Rapids, Elemental Technologies, Rovi and other content technology solution providers will include DTS’s Express sound technology when creating content for the UltraViolet common file format.

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'Ted' Tops List of Goodies

Merchandising: With the holiday shopping season in full swing, retailers are breaking out the exclusives to promote hot new titles.

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