Why You Can’t Find Your Favorite Holiday Movies on Streaming Services

Hollywood’s best holiday fare isn’t cheap or simple to obtain. Broadcasters use Christmas the way sports leagues use championship games—a chance to create a sense of urgency in a crowd accustomed to watching whatever they like whenever they want. Bill Murray’s Scrooged, like the Super Bowl, just doesn’t carry the same punch two weeks after the big event. Even if a company commits to purchasing a holiday film, obtaining the rights requires negotiating with multiple distributors around the world, which may have conflicting schedules. The economics around the whole process are “pretty lousy,” said Sarandos. – Kyle Stock, Bloomberg Pursuits http://ift.tt/2yhQ7mh

Comcast continues to inject its own code into websites you visit

The company’s code informing customers they need a new modem is a little different, but the concept remains the same: Comcast can (and does) alter webpages whenever necessary by exploiting its position as a customer’s ISP. – Tristan Greene, The Next Web http://ift.tt/2BAZYKi

Netflix Unveils Documentary Shorts, Includes One On Author Ram Dass

Ram Dass, Going Home is about the cultural figure from the 1960s and ’70s who is considered a spiritual teacher as well as an outspoken advocate for death-and-dying awareness. Since suffering a life-changing stroke 20 years ago, Ram Dass has been living at his home on Maui and deepening his spiritual practice — which is centered on love and his idea of merging with his surroundings and all living things. The short is directed by Derek Peck. Ram Dass, Going Home bows on April 6. – Anitia Busch, Deadline Hollywood http://ift.tt/2AaOqZG

MoviePass Reports B.O. Impact On ‘Justice League’, ‘Coco’, ‘Three Billboards’ & More

MoviePass repped 1.78% of domestic box office for Warner Brothers’ Justice League — that’s $1.7M off an $93.8M opening. “Even as the domestic box office for the film shrunk to nearly 27% of opening weekend box office for the second full week MoviePass’ ticket purchases actually climbed to 2.17% of domestic box office total during that same period.” – Anthony D’Alessandro, Deadline Hollywood http://dlvr.it/Q5RCD3
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