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Amazon Is Selling a Year's Subscription for $72 and Putting Transparent on for Free — Apparently on a charm offensive after winning two Golden Globes for its witty dramedy Transparent, Amazon is streaming the show for free today and offering a discount for new converts to its Prime service.

Ad of the Day: Meet the Crazy Cameraman Who Films Every Kill in Call of Duty — One of the great mean-spirited pleasures of multiplayer gaming is knowing that whenever you finally seize the day and blow your enemy to smithereens, he or she has to watch it on instant replay. But who does the difficult work of chronicling that demise and then shoving it in the person's face?

Activist Ad Strips Away Redskins' Logo to Show 'It's Still Washington Football' — When Washington's Robert Griffin III-RG3, to you-runs a 76-yard touchdown to the roaring applause of adoring fans, does it matter what's printed on his helmet? That's the question posed by a new ad from the National Congress of American Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation.

MTV Will Mark MLK Day by Airing in Black and White — For 12 hours starting at 9 a.m. this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 19), MTV will mark the civil rights leader's memory by airing in black and white. As part of its ongoing anti-bias campaign, Look Different, MTV will launch a new series of PSAs titled "The Talk" on MLK Day.

Universal spinning ‘Wheel of Time’ — Universal Pictures has acquired film rights to the late Robert Jordan's bestselling "The Wheel of Time" novel series in a seven-figure deal. Adaptations of the fantasy tomes will begin with the first book in the cycle, "The Eye of the World."

NBCUniversal Is Using Big Data to Launch Its Audience Targeting Platform — That was, in corporate terms, fast. NBCUniversal is leveraging massive amounts of set-top box data collected by its parent company, Comcast, against third- and first-party data to create what the company is calling its Audience Targeting Platform (ATP).

Stephen Colbert Will Shake Up The Late Show (Probably), Starting Sept. 8 — For once, the biggest buzz at CBS centers on its late-night shows, not primetime. "We have a big, big, big year ahead in late night. It's a year of transition," network president Nina Tassler told the Television Critics Association winter press tour today.

From Stage to Superhero: The Flash's Grant Gustin Has Always Been on the Fast Track — It's the biggest show on the CW and on track to become the network's most-watched series ever. The Flash, it appears, really can outrun everything. As with any prime-time property, especially one on the vanguard of a comics-driven movement reshaping the television landscape, it is essential to get the right guy to play the lead.

With Flash, Arrow and More, DC Is the Hero Television Deserves — From Superman and Wonder Woman to The Flash, more than 10,000 characters populate the universe of DC Entertainment. For TV networks seeking a foothold in a world of increasing competition for every great script, and in which cable operators are looking for any excuse to cut the number of channels they carry, that mighty legion of superheroes could prove to be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

DC's Television Universe Now Spans 4 Shows on Air and 3 Coming Soon

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Jan 25, 2015

guys changing "me generation" to "generation me" so you're talking about millennials and not boomers is the worst kind of everything

Jan 24, 2015

Today only, Amazon is discounting Prime to $72 and streaming Transparent for free. Here's why:

Jan 24, 2015

CC: Jim Woodring MT @oobp Taxidermy found sealed for +100 years in a late 19th-century mansion…

Jan 23, 2015

RT @alexweprin: Senior writers, copy staff, SI for Kids staff and photogs laid off at Sports Illustrated this week:

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