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How an award-winning documentary was allegedly blacklisted by Netflix

The negotiation with Netflix was a sobering reality for [Craig Atkinson], who was getting his first taste of the way the company uses its analytics to make decisions that at traditional distributors often come through gut instinct and decades of trial and error. – Jason Guerrasio, Business Insider

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will step down next month

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler has just announced his plans to step down on January 20th, 2017. Not coincidentally, that’s the same day that President-elect Donald J. Trump is set to take office. With a new administration taking over, it’s tradition for the FCC’s chairman to step aside and let the incoming president present his own pick for the job. – Nathan Ingraham, Engadget

Comcast cable costs jump $48 per year, thanks to increased fees

[I]t’s time to play a game of “How much are cable companies jacking up prices?” This year the early award goes to Comcast, who is raising its Broadcast TV fee from $5 to $7 per month, while its Regional Sports Network fee is rising from $3 to $5 per month. That works out to an extra $48 per year and comes on top of an additional 3.8% rate increase for broadcast TV and Internet service. – Joel Hruska , ExtremeTech

SAG Nominations: Netflix Reigns as Voters Embrace ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Crown’

Any bruised feelings Netflix may have been nursing over Monday’s Golden Globe nominations were surely assuaged by the Screen Actors Guild on Thursday. The streaming service came roaring back with 17 SAG nominations, topping HBO, which collected 13. That topped last year’s total of 10 noms for Netflix. – Debra Birnbaum, Variety

Apple TV universal search now supports Netflix, HBO and more

[T]he much-hyped universal search has finally added enough partners to make it a robust and useful feature. With a few updates this week, universal search on the fourth generation Apple TV now supports over 50 different streaming apps and services in the US — meaning you can search for shows to watch across Netflix, iTunes, HBO GO, Hulu and dozens more right from Siri or the Search app. – Andrew Dalton, Engadget

New streaming service BritBox brings British TV to the U.S.

BBC Worldwide is teaming up with U.K. broadcaster ITV and AMC Networks to launch a new streaming service called BritBox_US which aims to bring the best of British TV to American audiences. The service promises to deliver the largest subscription video-on-demand library of British television anywhere on the market today, and it will be streamed ad-free, the companies said. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Amazon Prime Video launches globally in more than 200 countries for $6 per month, half price for first 6 months

The mass rollout represents a significant expansion for a service that has hitherto been restricted to just a handful of markets, including the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria, and India. Amazon Prime Video is now available more or less globally, and sees Amazon go head-to-head with Netflix, which expanded its global footprint significantly back in January when it landed in 130 new markets. Amazon Prime Video will cost subscribers $3 (€3) per month for the first six months, before being hiked up to its normal price of $6 (€6). – Paul Sawers, VentureBeat
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