Category Archives: Policy & Ethics

Studios Sue Omniverse in TV Streaming Crackdown

The suit describes Omniverse as a “hub” feeding content to numerous illicit streaming services. The suit also alleges that DeMeo previously sold a consumer-facing product, the OmniBox, which offered thousands of channels for $25 per month. – Gene Maddaus, Variety » http://bit.ly/2SVMOzQ
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LAPD Apprehends Suspect At Netflix HQ; Never Had A Gun & Didn’t Enter Offices – Update

Law enforcement say that they received a call at 3:53 PM PT claiming an individual with a gun was on the Netflix lot at Sunset and Bronson. Officers were immediately deployed to what was quickly becoming a very tense situation. – Mike Fleming Jr & Dominic Patten, Deadline Hollywood » http://bit.ly/2UXDB7t

Berlin: Anti-Netflix Protests Hit Fest Premiere of Isabel Coixet’s ‘Elisa & Marcela’

Holding signs reading “No Netflix films in Berlinale competition” and “Kino statt Stream Festival” (“Cinema, not a streaming festival”), the group — around a half-dozen or so people — expressed their disapproval of the Berlinale’s decision to include Coixet‘s film in official competition. – Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter » http://bit.ly/2TVmJyd

Berlin Film Festival Responds To Exhibitor Anger Over Netflix’s Presence In Competition

Yesterday, 160 German independent exhibitors sent a strong message to the festival and German culture minister Monika Grütters in which they demanded Isabel Coixet’s drama Elisa Y Marcela be removed from the competition strand. “The Berlinale stands for the big screen, Netflix the small screen,” they said. European arthouse cinema body CICAE also voiced frustration at the decision. – Andreas Wiseman, Deadline Hollywood » http://bit.ly/2UVUxLI

Major Pirate Video Advertiser Allegedly Unmasked Following Court Blunder

According to Group-IB data, in 2018 a total of 218 movies appeared in ‘cam’ format, with more than 90% of them containing advertising. TV shows posted with exclusive voiceovers exceeded 540 titles. Overall, the company believes that Azino777 is responsible for around 1,415 movie releases and 1,835 TV shows. – Andy, TorrentFreak » http://bit.ly/2Dpc5so

House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public

On Thursday this week, the Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing about the impact of Pai’s net neutrality repeal on consumers, small businesses, and free speech. Witnesses who have been invited to testify at the hearing include former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, cable industry chief lobbyist Michael Powell (who is also a former FCC chairman), and representatives of Mozilla, Free Press, and Eastern Oregon Telecom. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » http://bit.ly/2HZDcQ6
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