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Netflix’s biggest competition: Facebook?

Netflix is fast becoming the king of digital movies, and is one of Hollywood’s biggest
frenemies. But even though Netflix would appear to be sitting pretty, it
may have some stiff competition soon.

The source: Facebook.

Will Amazon move aggressively into content?

Amazon may be the internet’s dominant ecommerce company, but its ambitions extend well beyond retail.

It has fast become a key player in a market that is expected to become
very large — cloud infrastructure — and now it appears to be making some
moves into content which could be harbingers of things to come.

Do cheap rentals hurt DVD sales? We may soon find out

Movie studios think cheap DVD rentals are a major factor in DVD sales that have been on the decline for some time. And now one of those studios, Warner Bros., may have the ability to prove the theory right or wrong.

That’s because rental giant Netflix has inked a deal with Warner Bros. under which Netflix won’t rent new Warner Bros. releases until they’ve been on sale for 28 days.

The box office Twitter effect. Fact or fiction?

Twitter is making movie studios nervous. Ever since Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno” dropped a few points on its opening weekend, there has been talk of how the Twitter effect can sink a film’s box office sales.

Can the power of Twitter make or break a movie at the box office? Probably not. But there is one thing social media has the potential to do: burst the opening weekend bubble of bad films.

What can movie studios do about it? Fill theaters with people predisposed to like their movies.

Warner Bros. keeps Netflix at arms length, at its own risk

Film studios are working pretty hard to make sure that new online rental services don’t steal all their profits. But outside of movie theaters, they aren’t entirely in control of the distribution of their content. And if the studios aren’t careful, in the process of negotiating revenue deals, they might further choke off their own revenue streams.

This week, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox announced they would withhold new releases from RedBox for 28 days or more after videos go on sale. In addition to delayed access to the video kiosk service, Warner is now seeking new deals with Netflix and will impose the same restrictions on the online rental site unless they give the studio “a day-and-date revenue-sharing option.”

Warner is trying to tap into Netflix’s increasing revenue potential. If Netflix gives in to Warner’s demands, other studios will follow suit. And if the studios are too greedy in their demands, they might lose out on even more money.