Rivals DirecTV and Dish team up to sell customized political ads

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By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) DirecTV and Dish Network Corp, the largest U.S. satellite TV providers that usually compete for customers, announced on Monday that they have joined forces to sell customized ads in a bid to gain a slice of $3.4 billion political ad market dominated by local … [Read more...]

French DJ duo Daft Punk, teenage Lorde take top Grammys

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By Mary Milliken and Piya Sinha-Roy - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) French electronic music DJs Daft Punk and New Zealand teen Lorde took home the top Grammy awards on Sunday in a night that rewarded robots and newcomers, and recognized marriage equality. In a first for the Grammys or any big U.S. … [Read more...]

Freddie Wong Announces Final Season for VGHS with Fundraising Campaign

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You Tube phenom hopes Kickstarter campaign to raise $750,000 By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If it's January, that means Freddie Wong is taking to the Internet to announce his crowdfunding campaign for Video Game High School.  The popular web series, which Wong is producing with co-creator Matt … [Read more...]

The Dark Tower: Aaron Paul In Talks With Ron Howard

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) A screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series is still being developed, according to actor Aaron Paul. The Breaking Bad star confirmed he is in talks to play character Eddie Dean and has met with director Ron Howard. He said (via Ain't It Cool News): … [Read more...]

Netflix shares to open higher after strong customer additions forecast

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(Reuters) Netflix Inc's shares were set to open 18 percent higher on Thursday, after the world's largest video streaming company said it expected customer additions in the U.S. to remain strong, prompting at least six brokerages to raise their price targets on the stock by as much as $55. Netflix … [Read more...]

New U.S. subscribers lift Netflix fourth-quarter profit

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Netflix Inc reported higher profit for the fourth quarter as the company added 2.3 million customers to its TV and movie streaming service in the United States. The company on Wednesday reported net income of $48 million for the quarter, up from $8 million a year ago. … [Read more...]

Amazon developing pay-TV streaming service – report

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(Reuters) Amazon is in the early stages of developing a pay-TV streaming service with live programming, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Amazon approached at least three media companies, according to people familiar with the matter the Journal reported. Representatives for … [Read more...]

ABC Gets Serious About Agent Carter TV Series

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Would Chronicle Formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) While Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to battle for ratings in its freshman year, Disney seems pleased enough to order not only an extension to season one, but the development of another series, based on a Marvel … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101 – The Dynamic Protagonist

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By Brock Cooper (DoddleNews) When was the last time you watched a movie and thought, “Wow, that was an awesome hero?” You probably remember the bad guy far more than the good guy, am I right? Who do you remember most from Silence of the Lambs, Clarice Starling or Doctor Lecter. While the … [Read more...]

Trailer: Doctor Who Fan Documentary

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Doctor Who has come a long way since it first aired in 1963. In 50 years the former cult favorite has exploded into the mainstream, following its relaunch in 2005. A new documentary, An Adventure In Time With Fans, explores the show's appeal and explains how it has … [Read more...]

Russell Johnson, ‘The Professor’ on Gilligan’s Island dies at 89

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By Will Dunham (Reuters) Russell Johnson, the veteran character actor who appeared in science fiction films and Westerns before earning enduring fame as "The Professor" on the classic 1960s sitcom "Gilligan's Island," died on Thursday at the age of 89, his agent said. "He died at 5:21 a.m. of … [Read more...]

Time Warner Cable investors would back higher Charter deal: sources

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By Soyoung Kim, Nicola Leske and Liana B. Baker - NEW YORK (Reuters) A number of Time Warner Cable shareholders would support a merger with Charter Communications Inc if Charter raises its current bid for the larger rival to $41 billion or more, according to people close to the matter. Charter … [Read more...]

Streaming Media Could Face Costly Fees With Net Neutrality Ruling

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Netflix Could Spend $100 Million more content delivery fees By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When CBS went to war with Time Warner Cable over how much the Eye network would pay for access to Time Warner subscribers, the result was several months where all of CBS' content was blocked on the network … [Read more...]

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr added to Grammy Awards performers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will each perform at the Grammy Awards this month where the pair will accept a lifetime achievement award on behalf of the Fab Four, organizers said on Tuesday. McCartney, 71, and Starr, 73, will be joined by R&B singer John … [Read more...]

GoPro Launches Extreme Sports Channel on XBox

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Channel to not include user content By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The really good news is that GoPro is creating an original extreme sports channel on the XBox Live network. But although GoPro scours YouTube for videos to use for commercials, the bad news is, it will only include GoPro-produced … [Read more...]

Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer Has Landed

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Now that Breaking Bad has concluded, Game of Thrones is my favorite show on television right now, bar none. It's tense, the characters are flawed and interesting and you never know who is going to bite it next. Well, I usually do because I've read the books-- … [Read more...]