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Chinese Factory Accused Of Labor Violations Loses Disney Contract

“Dongguan Qing Xi Juantiway Plastic Factory” isn’t a household name, but you’d probably recognize the products it made for the world’s largest entertainment company: the factory was one of thousands making official products featuring Disney characters. [More]

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New Vizio Owner LeEco Is In The Ecosystem Business, Not The Gadget Business

Earlier this week, TV-maker Vizio announced that it had been acquired by the Chinese company LeEco. “Who?” you might have said. Even people in China would have said the same thing until a few years ago, but now the company is a conglomerate that sells streaming video and smartphones, and electric cars. [More]

Texas-Based Retailer Hastings Files For Bankruptcy; Looks To Sell 126 Stores

Texas-Based Retailer Hastings Files For Bankruptcy; Looks To Sell 126 Stores

Following in the footsteps of companies like Blockbuster, Borders, and other retailers that sold or rented books, movies, and video games, Hastings Entertainment is bowing to years of faltering sales, filing for bankruptcy on Monday.  [More]

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Delta To Offer Free In-Flight Streaming Entertainment Starting Next Month

If movies and TV shows make your flying experience more enjoyable, Delta Air Lines has some good news for you: by July 1, the carrier will make all of its in-flight entertainment for free.  [More]

American Airlines Bringing Back Free Snacks, Meals On Some Flights

American Airlines Bringing Back Free Snacks, Meals On Some Flights

Nearly two months after United Airlines said it would turn back the clock and start providing passengers with free nibbles, American Airlines is also jumping on the snack bandwagon, once again offering complimentary treats — and, on some flights, free meals — to economy-class travelers. [More]

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Hyatt Ditching On-Demand Porn In Hotel Rooms

Consumers looking to sneak in an adult film or two while on their next business trip might want to make sure their room isn’t reserved at a Hyatt property: the hotel company says it will no longer offer on-demand adult entrainment in its rooms.  [More]

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United Airlines Expands In-Flight Entertainment To Android Devices

Travelers who use Android devices hoping to catch a movie on their next United Airlines flight finally have the same opportunity already afforded to their Apple counterparts. [More]

Netflix Explains How It Comes Up With Its Recommendations

Netflix Explains How It Comes Up With Its Recommendations

Sometimes Netflix is able to peek deep into your soul and tell you exactly which movies you’ll want to watch next, and other times it suggests Power Rangers Samurai. The company is now offering a behind the curtain to explain how it plays matchmaker with you and all the lonely movies out there.

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Illinois Attorney General Twists AMC's Arm, Makes It Accommodate Disabled Moviegoers

Illinois Attorney General Twists AMC's Arm, Makes It Accommodate Disabled Moviegoers

It took pressure from the Illinois Attorney General, but AMC Theatres agreed to make adjustments that allow blind and deaf people to enjoy movies in more of the chain’s theaters in the state. The chain agreed to add captioning and audio-description features to 460 screens. Before the deal, only a couple dozen AMC theaters in Illinois offered the technology.

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Amazon Instant Video Hitches A Ride On PS3 To Hit More TVs

Amazon Instant Video Hitches A Ride On PS3 To Hit More TVs

Access to Amazon Instant Video’s streaming library has been a nice perk to signing up for Amazon Prime. But the service was never particularly useful to many customers who like to sit back on their couch and watch stuff on TV rather than stare at a computer screen. Now Amazon has cut a deal with the PS3 that draws it closer to competitors Netflix and Hulu Plus, which both stream on the Wii and Xbox 360 in addition to Sony’s console.

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Cineastes Bicker Over Virtues, Drawbacks Of Darker, Grainier New Casablanca Blu-ray

Cineastes Bicker Over Virtues, Drawbacks Of Darker, Grainier New Casablanca Blu-ray

Since the dawn of home video, movie lovers have debated the implications of screwing with old movie prints to make them look better. The advent of Blu-ray has drawn a line between traditionalists who adore the rough-hewn, old-school look of grainy images and those who prefer technicians to buff out the grain in favor of sharper, smoother visuals. The latest battlefront in the debate pits the new dark-toned, supposedly more true-to-the-original Casablanca Blu-ray release, which follows a brighter, cleaner-looking 2008 edition.

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2 Big Studios Won't Float In Apple's Movie Cloud

2 Big Studios Won't Float In Apple's Movie Cloud

Drowned out in all the hullabaloo over Apple’s unveiling of the next iPad was its announcement that its cloud storage of movies had gone live. Those who have bought movies from iTunes can now stream their films onto their Apple devices. Two studios, though — 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures — aren’t letting their films come out and play for now.

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Report: Netflix Wants To Piggyback On Cable Services

Report: Netflix Wants To Piggyback On Cable Services

If reported deals between Netflix and cable giants go through, the company’s streaming service will be offered as a bonus to cable packages. Netflix is said to be negotiating with several cable companies to add its service as a possible premium on-demand option.

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Starz Movies Fall Off Netflix Streaming This Week

Your Netflix streaming queue is probably about to get a bit lighter. As we noted back in September, Netflix and Starz did not renew their deal, meaning about 800 movies will be leaving Netflix’s streaming service by the end of the week.

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Look For Blockbuster Express Kiosks To Be Replaced With Redbox Stands

Redbox parent Coinstar is in a grabby mood this week, not only teaming with Verizon to create a streaming service to compete with Netflix, but buying Blockbuster Express kiosk-operator NCR’s entertainment vision, meaning all its rival kiosks will probably be taking on a reddish hue.

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Verizon Wants To Take On Netflix In Entertainment Streaming

Verizon Wants To Take On Netflix In Entertainment Streaming

Dipping its toes into the waters inhabited by Netflix and Amazon, Verizon is planning to launch its own streaming video system. The company’s aggressive plans call for its service to potentially reach 85 million households.

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Turn Couch Potato Time Into A Workout

Turn Couch Potato Time Into A Workout

Being a sports fan requires you to spend several hours a weekend in front of your TV, and three-hour commitments every Saturday and Sunday to cheer on your favorite college and NFL teams can make it tougher to squeeze in weekend workouts. No matter how much the pathetic teams to which you’re devoted make your blood boil, you’re still not burning many calories when you’re watching TV.

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Netflix Loses 800K Subscribers In Third Quarter

Netflix Loses 800K Subscribers In Third Quarter

While no business likes to lose 800,000 customers in the span of a few months, such a drop could pass for good news in the Netflix halls in these post price-hike days.

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