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Reuters points out this week that Netflix has lost some key Sony films due to a dispute between Sony and the Starz Entertainment movie service which N

By PETER WHITE

Published: 23 June, 2011

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Reuters points out this week that Netflix has lost some key Sony films due to a dispute between Sony and the Starz Entertainment movie service which Netflix has contracted with. It is not clear whether the same movies will be lost to lots of cable companies as well, but it appears not. The story was picked up from an executives blog post where it was said that it was a “temporary contract issue.” Due to the success of Netflix Sony should now get better terms from Starz. Success is a better thing to be arguing over than failure. Naturally when Starz renews its deal with Netflix in 2012, it will extract its pound of flesh to pay for the increase from Sony.

Sources close to the deal were telling UK newspaper The Telegraph this week that the BBC’s Project Kangaroo, which was sold off to Arqiva and renamed Seesaw, and due to be closed this week, is still running because it may be sold off to US private equity firm Criterion Capital Partners. Criterion has picked up other online video assets including US social networking site Bebo which also offers online VoD in the US, which it bought from AOL. Criterion is said to be buying up similar services across Europe. Arqiva bought Seesaw for £8 million from the BBC, and also signed deals with other UK broadcasters for catch up content.

US Vod firm Entone has cut a deal to offer its Fusion TV Over The Top VoD system to members of the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA).

It can facilitate the addition of media services such as VUDU, Pandora, Flickr, and Facebook into their services. We assume this is bulk negotiated discount, but no financial details were given.

According to a job posted on behalf of Google, the search giant plans to launch “Games at Google” which was picked up by GamePro and it thinks Google plans to jump into social gaming, currently dominated by Zynga and Facebook.

There is absolutely NO detail but rumors emerged this week that the next Apple iPhone (number 5) will come out in September using the A5 chip seen in the iPad2. Yawn. Oh alright, there are SOME details, the camera will jump to 8 megapixels but it’s more of an Apple iPhone 4X than a true 5, because it uses the same externals. We think that Apple is having real trouble innovating at any level without CEO Steve Jobs fit and healthy, because he personally presided over deal-making to tie up component supply.

If true, there’s a huge story out this week, the idea that Hulu might be up for sale. How does that work then, we build a rival to YouTube so we can control it and then we sell it off and lose control. Another cold day in Hell on the investment markets and this is someone’s wet dream. The story goes that Yahoo made an uninvited bid which came to the attention of the Los Angeles Times and now the Wall Street Journal, which should know better, has looked into the story. Now everyone and their granny is coming up with potential buyers from Apple to Dish to Amazon to Google to Microsoft. Can you come up with a more original buyer? The rumor could only be even half true if sales at Hulu Plus are virtually non-existent.

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