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Way before Blockbuster said goodbye, the battlefields of streaming video were getting bloody. Studios fought and signed exclusive deals with Netflix, Hulu and others to release both catalog titles, and new releases, on one service or the other. The future has been happening for a while.

One of the (relatively) newer streaming services to enter the game was Amazon. While the company’s streaming service through Prime has a good amount of titles, as well as a growing crop of originally programming, Amazon just signed its first exclusive deal with a film production company. That company is A24 Films, the team behind The Spectacular Now, Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. Upcoming A24 Films will only stream on Amazon. Read More »

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The Zombieland movie sequel may be dead for good, but the TV series is just coming back to life. Last week, we got word that the show was casting for new versions of Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock. While there’s no news yet on who’ll replace Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in the small-screen version, we’ve learned that Tucker and Dale vs. Evil helmer Eli Craig is in negotiations to direct. As for where, exactly, we’ll see the series, the latest buzz is that Amazon is eager to distribute. More details after the jump.

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Two services get an improvement and another company pays tribute to one of its founding fathers. After the jump read:

  • Pixar has dedicated one of its buildings to Steve Jobs.
  • With the next iOS upgrade, Siri will be able to buy movie tickets for you.
  • Amazon Prime begins a monthly service to compete with Netflix.

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Streaming content is all the rage this days and there’s plenty of tasty news about it today. After the jump read about the following:

  • Troma Entertainment has about 150 of their repertory films available on YouTube, for free – including Cannibal The Musical (above).
  • EPIX has partnered with Amazon to allow 3000 new movies to stream on their service.
  • The EPIX/Amazon deal has already changed the value of Netflix‘s stock.
  • Hulu is not available on Apple TV in Japan.
  • BBC iPlayer now allows for mobile downloads of BBC content – to users in the UK.

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amazon-disc-on-demandAmazon has launched an interesting new promotion, entitled Disc+ On Demand, that will offer free access to on demand versions of certain films when you buy them on DVD or Blu-ray. The digital versions come courtesy of Amazon’s Video On Demand service, and can be streamed from their website, or downloaded to a PC, certain portable devices, or Tivo. You can find a full listing of the eligible titles here.

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