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Streaming Video News: July 30, 2014

2013’s Mickey Virus was just added to Netflix’s streaming catalog. If you have even a casual interest in gaming or programming, the tech bloopers in… 38 more words

Bollywood

Microsoft can still compete in the battle for your living room

Media companies like Netflix have been forced to choose between competing for quality content and developing cutting-edge technology. In the case of Netflix, it chose not to create its own video streaming device and instead focused on original content; Microsoft could succeed in the battle for your living room by doing just the opposite. 475 more words

C-SPAN is going behind the cable TV paywall

C-SPAN, the staple of American government and public affairs programming, will soon require a pay television subscription to watch its flagship channels on the internet. 379 more words

The best argument yet for net neutrality comes from Major League Baseball

Among the more than one million comments about net neutrality received by the US government this year was a submission by… Major League Baseball (MLB). 445 more words

Amazon's new 'Video Shorts' section streams bite-size pop culture clips

Amazon currently is in the business of movie and TV show streaming, but it has now expanded to include Hulu-like shorts.

These, Amazon says, have been collecting on its site, but it has only recently added a dedicated section to Instant Video called “ 152 more words

Business

Amazon is building the retail world's most unbreachable "moat"—and it's called Prime

Amazon is a company that has divided investors for years. Its relentlessly fast-growing revenues typically translate into relatively diminutive profits because the company reinvests most of its enormous cash-flow into expanding its infrastructure and maintaining low prices—the idea being that at some point in the future, it can turn the profit screws on and reap enormous financial rewards. 431 more words

Blockbuster retreated to Mexico, and now Netflix plans to track it down and kill it there

Blockbuster may have shuttered most of its stores in the United States, but the video rental chain is still alive and kicking in Mexico. Perhaps not for long. 425 more words