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Netflix and Amazon Elbow way into talks on streaming Hollywood hits

STREAMING services have already bid up the price of TV reruns, stand-up comedy performances and contracts with top producers. Now they’re coming for blockbuster movies from the studios behind Fast & Furious and Spider-Man.

Netflix bets on anime to battle Disney, Apple in streaming wars

AS NETFLIX INC. prepares for a bruising battle against the Walt Disney Co. and Apple Inc. for streaming subscribers, it’s playing a card that may deliver enough of an edge to fend them off in Asia: Japanese anime.

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 3 is now a streaming series

THE satirical comedy, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank, is back for a third installment. This time the cult favorite tackles the issue of historical revisionism, with comic Eugene Domingo playing herself as a director and main actress in a Josephine Bracken biopic.

HOOQ now offers free content

AFTER a successful initial run in Indonesia last year, Asian video-on-demand service HOOQ has extended its “freemium” tier to the Philippines, promising over 1,000 pieces of content that can be viewed for free.

Google tops 15 million music subscribers as it chases after Spotify

GOOGLE’S paid music services have eclipsed 15 million subscribers, according to two people familiar with the numbers, a milestone for a company that has struggled to build subscription media businesses.

Streaming costs pile up as media giants try to be like...

MEDIA giants are realizing what Netflix, Inc. already knows: Streaming is expensive.

What to make of Netflix’s big losses

WHILE YOU spent the holidays streaming Bird Box, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, and/or re-watching The Office for the hundredth time, Netflix Inc. was playing out a corporate drama of its own — poaching Activision Blizzard Inc. Chief Financial Officer Spencer Neumann to be its new CFO.

Bandersnatch: a good introduction to interactive films but not the best

A FEW days before 2018 ended, global internet streaming service Netflix and the people behind sci-fi series Black Mirror decided to release their most ambitious project yet — an interactive film called Bandersnatch, which immediately, it caught viewers’ fancy. It presents an intriguing, yet familiar, proposition, especially for those who grew up reading Choose Your Own Adventure books published by Bantam Books from 1979.

Music stops for HMV in HK as streaming services kill CDs

HMV RETAIL, part of what was once the UK’s biggest seller of music and movies, will wind up its stores in Hong Kong after a quarter century as the rise of streaming services from Spotify Technology SA and Netflix Inc. make CDs and DVDs obsolete.

NBC chief hints at Netflix-style service

NBC UNIVERSAL’s boss sent a holiday greeting to employees this week, and it contained an intriguing hint about the coming year.

‘Is this the real life?’

THEY SAID it would never sell, with its six-minute playing time, operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche, but the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Monday became the most streamed song from the 20th century.

Tencent poised to spin new streaming billionaires

A LAWYER, a computer scientist, and China’s third-richest person are poised to create one of the year’s biggest hits in the music industry.

Drake is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist of 2018

WHILE Canadian rapper Drake was the most streamed artist of 2018 globally on Spotify, in the Philippines, LANY took the top spot.

Sky Cable launches digital box which can access cable and streaming...

SKY Cable Corp. is launching a new digital box which allows its customers to access HD Cable TV together with streaming services like Netflix and YouTube.

HBO doesn’t need boxing to tussle with Netflix

HBO is walking out of the ring, and it’s the right move.

Spotify gives artists way to circumvent record labels

SPOTIFY Technology SA is giving musicians new tools to release music without a record label.

Upgrade for Spotify’s free users

LISTENING to music is a personal experience. A workout playlist, shower song on repeat, go-to track list while in transit, and a mellow playlist for relaxation in the evening are selected depending on one’s music taste.

Prince’s 1995-2010 albums made available for streaming

LOS ANGELES — The estate of prolific late pop icon Prince made more than 300 songs from his later career available on digital download and streaming services for the first time on Friday.

Drake smashes streaming record with new album

NEW YORK — Drake has smashed streaming records with his new album Scorpion, with Apple Music and Spotify both reporting unprecedented listenership in its first day.

Independent record labels get boost from streaming music services

FOR DECADES, independent record labels have dreamed that if only they had the massive budgets to get their artists in front of music fans, the fans would love the music — and maybe even choose it over offerings from major record labels.

Apple partners with Oprah for original content push

APPLE INC. unveiled an original programming partnership with TV star and producer Oprah Winfrey, the iPhone maker’s biggest ally so far in a battle with Netflix Inc., Google and Amazon.com Inc. over the future of online video.

YouTube revamps streaming music service

San Francisco -- YouTube is launching a revamped, standalone streaming music service as part of an effort to step up competition against fast-growing rivals...

Beyonce, Kanye West’s streaming stats ‘manipulated’ on Tidal — report

OSLO — Streaming numbers of Beyonce and Kanye West’s respective albums on rap mogul Jay Z’s music platform Tidal have been manipulated, allowing the...

Netflix says these smart TVs are best for binge-watching

Netflix released a list of its recommended smart TVs that are ideal for watching Netflix content. The internet TV streaming giant came up with its...

HOOQ launches first original series, more in the pipeline

VIDEO-ON-DEMAND services have steadily moved on from just being distributors of content to actually creating content with Netflix and Amazon Studios at the forefront...

Disney creates streaming video unit for digital future

LOS ANGELES — Walt Disney Co. said on Wednesday it had created a new unit for its streaming video and international businesses as the...

NBC News plans online streaming service to attract younger viewers

NEW YORK — Comcast Corp.’s NBC News plans to launch an online streaming service this year as part of its effort to reach younger...

Netflix to give parents more control over content access

NETFLIX, INC. is rolling out features that will give parents more control over access to content by allowing them to block individual movies and...

Music sales soar in US, as streaming takes over

NEW YORK — Music sales grew at a robust pace for a third straight year in the United States in 2017 as listeners kept...

Artist royalties jump but group cites obstacles

NEW YORK — Creators’ royalties jumped to a record last year on the back of the growth of music streaming, a global body reported...

Taylor Swift is said to keep new album from streaming for...

REPRESENTATIVES for pop star Taylor Swift told streaming-music partners that her new album won’t be available through their services during its first week of...

US music industry soars as streaming subscriptions hit 30M

NEW YORK – The US music industry on Wednesday reported soaring growth in the first half of the year as streaming subscriptions reached 30...

Amazon’s The Tick pokes fun at the world of comic book...

LOS ANGELES – Marvel and DC Comics superheroes may be battling for box-office domination, but on the small screen, a little known blue superhero...

Marvel’s battle-scarred The Defenders find teamwork tough

NEW YORK – Riding the slipstream of the Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four, The Defenders is promising to bring a more tortured and cerebral...

Without Disney, Netflix needs to produce more movies of its own

WALT DISNEY Co.’s break with Netflix, Inc. increases pressure on the streaming service to produce more of its own programs and shore up its...

Stranger Things Season 2 trailer is a real ‘Thriller’

SAN DIEGO -- Nostalgic horror sensation Stranger Things unveiled a new trailer set to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on Saturday as it built buzz for...

‘Despacito’ declared most streamed song ever

NEW YORK -- Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” whose reggaeton beat has swept the globe, on Wednesday was named the most streamed song...