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I cover the business of media and entertainment for @WashingtonPost. West Coaster in DC. kangc@washpost.com

Lionsgate and Tribeca film studios are launching a new streaming service

washingtonpost.com — Now Hollywood is entering the streaming craze. Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises said Monday they will jointly launch an online video service during the first half of next year for movies made by them and outside studios. Called "Tribeca Short List," the online streaming service comes just days after HBO and CBS rattled the television industry with their announcements of stand-alone streaming services like Netflix.

Why the PG-13 movie rating has grown increasingly meaningless

washingtonpost.com — Are PG-13 movies really appropriate for teenagers? A new study puts fresh scrutiny on the movie industry's largest ratings category, showing that parents who were repeatedly exposed to violence and sexual content became progressively more accepting of the material.

CBS launches a stand-alone streaming service

washingtonpost.com — ​CBS on Thursday launched an online streaming service that allows consumers to view current and previous seasons of its shows without a cable or satellite subscription, adding momentum to a radical shift in the television industry toward a la carte digital entertainment.

HBO is launching a stand-alone streaming service in 2015

washingtonpost.com — HBO plans will launch a stand-alone online service in 2015 that doesn't require consumers to also have a cable or satellite subscription, chief executive Richard Plepler said Wednesday. The plans will create a dramatic shift in the television industry that has long benefited from forcing ever-growing bundles of channels on consumers, who often only regularly view a fraction of the programs being offered.

The sums of all fear: Horror makes a Hollywood comeback

washingtonpost.com — Hollywood's new "it" girl is a creepy vintage doll named Annabelle whose eyes drip with the blood of her victims - and she's bringing hope for the revival of horror films. " Annabelle " blew up box-office expectations with $37 million in its debut last weekend, rivaling the opening of " Gone Girl " starring Ben Affleck.

Netflix’s Hollywood guy on changing the movie business

washingtonpost.com — Netflix took on Blockbuster and the cable television industry, and now it has its sights on the movie business. The streaming giant says the old models in place for how entertainment reaches consumers need to change. And the only way to see real change is for Netflix to back its own production of movies and television shows.

Why the Adam Sandler deal with Netflix could doom theaters

washingtonpost.com — Not coming first to a theater near you: four new movies starring comedian Adam Sandler and a sequel to the action blockbuster "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Instead, Netflix said this week it would make the Sandler movies itself and release all of the films to its online subscribers with no plans to show them widely in regular theaters.

Netflix pushes further into Hollywood, signs for four Adam Sandler films

washingtonpost.com — Netflix announced Thursday it will bring four movies by comedian Adam Sandler exclusively to its subscribers, the latest push by the online video service into the terrain of Hollywood movie studios. Netflix didn't disclose financial terms of the deal or timing of the movies' releases.

Theaters, under threat, slam Netflix, Weinstein plan for ‘Crouching Tiger’

washingtonpost.com — Netflix's announcement that it will release the sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" drew strong criticism from theater giant Regal Cinemas on Tuesday, as the plan potentially disrupts a business model built on giving theater-goers first dibs on big-picture productions.

Podcasting industry starts to fulfil its financial potential

theguardian.com — They were too clunky to download. The topics were sometimes a little obscure. And they didn't really make any money. Podcasts, the short-form audio files that entered the mainstream with the original Apple iPod, have been around for more than a decade. But while Apple has dropped the classic version of its iconic device, the podcast is resurgent.
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