Disney's purchase of Maker a boon for LA startups (Update)

Disney's $500 million purchase of YouTube video producer Maker Studios is a sign that the entertainment industry's content and technology startups are coming of age and proving to be as valuable to Hollywood as app makers ...

China video sites confident public will pay

When media studies student Liu Zhiqi settles down to watch a movie or TV drama at the home of the San Francisco family she lodges with, she misses the convenience of downloading content for free like in China.

US home video spending posts second year of growth

U.S. home video spending rose nearly 1 percent to $18.2 billion in 2013, the second straight year of growth as higher spending on video streaming subscriptions and digital purchases offset the decline in DVDs.

Hotfile ordered to pay $80M in copyright suit

Hollywood studios have won a copyright case against Hotfile Corp. after a Florida judge ordered the file-hosting website to pay $80 million in damages.

Starz renews deal to get Sony movies through 2021

(AP)—Premium pay TV channel Starz has renewed its agreement to carry movies from Sony Pictures through films hitting theaters in 2021. The deal comes two months after Netflix snatched future Disney movies from Starz, and ...

Hollywood studios questioning their friendship with Facebook

Hollywood's friendship with Facebook is showing signs of strain. The entertainment industry was among the first to embrace the Silicon Valley phenomenon. Studio executives thought the giant social network held great promise ...

Dutch MPs vote not to ban illegal downloads

Dutch MPs have voted not to ban illegal Internet downloads of copyrighted films, music and software, preferring to levy a tax on smartphones and computers.

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