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Netflix marks its first acquisition, Buys Scottish comic book publisher Millarworld


Netflix, one of the famous online entertainment platforms announced its merger with the Scotland comic book firm, Millarworld. This marks the first-ever acquisitions made by Netflix company. The collaboration of the two companies will bring Millarworld comic characters into life through series, kid shows and movies which are only available for Netflix members.

Mark Millar, who runs Millarworld said, “In love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans. Netflix is the future and Millarworld couldn’t have a better home,”

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Mark Millar is the publisher behind the characters and stories like Kingsman and Old Man Logan. He is a former employee at Marvel Studios who worked for 8 years. Mark Millar in a statement said,” To say this is the best thing ever happened in our professional career would be an understatement.” Movies like Civil War, Logan and Captain American are inspired from the comic books developed by Miller which grossed $3 billion collectively.

Netflix is a family of over 104 million subscribers; most of the subscriber growth came from the outside of the US establishing itself as leading on-demand television service. It offers more than 125 movies per day along with TV shows, Documentaries, Original series and feature films.

On company’s first acquisition, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that “We are looking forward to creating new Netflix Originals from several existing franchises as well as new super heroes, fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories Mark (Millar) and his team will continue to create and publish.” Netflix agrees to buy Millarworld for an undisclosed amount, the company said in a statement.

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Facebook Focus on Shorter Content like YouTube and Netflix through Facebook Video

The social media giant, Facebook has been making a lot of its concentration to bear upon the Facebook Video content. As per the reports, the company working with several professional video makers to get content created for its news feed. Earlier this week, Facebook planned to licence long-form TV quality to develop an app for set-top boxes.

Interestingly, the social media giant is showing more interest in the YouTube manner of collecting quick video clips rather than Netflix. Facebook is more focusing on the short clips than long videos, seasons and web videos. This is similar to the initial interest in Facebook live.

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“We’re focusing more on shorter form content to start, and we repeatedly questioned about Facebook’s video strategy. One thing’s are clear and Facebook will invest heavily. I see the video as a mega trend”, said Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

Eventually, Facebook plans to get enough viewers through the advertising in which they can increase the revenue share. The company claims that the new video tab that was recently rolled out in the US has changed the video viewing behaviour on Facebook.

The Facebook CFO, David Wehner said, “our focus was on kick-starting the ecosystem here for the Facebook Videos tab…We’re looking at most of the content. We’re certainly going to be broadcasting content to get the ecosystem going. That’s not about doing big deals.”

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Facebook Video is going to huge points to focus on the company, and they are ready to invest in the ecosystem. The social media giant is looking for a platform where people can watch a lot of short video clips. Facebook already attract its users with a lot of videos which plays for odd 5 to 10 minutes.

Amazon launches Prime video service in India to take over Netflix

Amazon has announced the launch of Prime Video service in India. The service made its debut in India with a primary aim to fulfilling all video content needs.

The new video app will compete with existing players be it movies or TV shows. Amazon is offering Prime Video as cheaper at Rs 42 per month as of now. Given that the service will cost around Rs 499 per year in India as an introductory price.

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This pricing is very aggressive when comparing to the existing players like Netflix and Hotstar, which is an Indian origin app. However, Amazon will raise its price to Rs 999 next year, costing around Rs 84 per month. While Hotstar charges Rs 199 a month, Netflix came up with a pretty high price of Rs 500 a month for basic packages. The charge for Netflix goes higher for HD viewing and Premium subscription of Ultra-HD viewing.

Amazon claims that this is going to make a lot of difference in original content for its users in India. Customers can visit primevideo.com to download the Amazon Prime Video app for signing up for a 30-day free trial of Prime membership.

The Video service has listed movies of different genres like Comedy, Drama, Thrillers, Action and Adventure, Crime, Bollywood, Animated, Romance, and Horror. Besides Hindi and English, regional languages like Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Bengali are also featured in the app.

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Altogether, Amazon chooses the smart strategy of focusing on local content. The video app has begun services in India with latest Hindi movies like Kabali, Sultan, Raaz, Sarabjit, Kapoor & Sons, Fan, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. It also includes few other exclusive movies like Shaandaar, Dil Dhadakne Do, Talaash, Student of the Year, Fukrey and Rock On.

Amazon Prime Video also has a ‘Kids & Family Movies’ section featuring content like Planet Hulk, Himalayan Adventures, Next Avengers, The Spongebob Movie, etc. The Original Indian Series of the Amazon offers diverse genres such as comedy, drama, psychological thriller, biopics, mythological/fantasy, period/action, sports drama and political satire.

Finally Netflix On Android TV gains  Universal Search Feature

After two long years of wait, Netflix’s awful experience on the Android TV is finally addressed. We have great news for people who were looking for Android TV’s universal search feature in Netflix. According to Android Twitter account and Goggle+ posts, it is clear that Android TV’s universal search feature is now available for Netflix. This enables users to search through Netflix’s collection. So, with this update we can say that Android TV seeing improvements over the time.

Surprisingly, Apple and Roku streaming devices have similar features like universal search which is now acquired by Netflix. Looking back it’s just been a couple of days, the giant Apple has announced a number of 3rd party apps that Siri can search through on Apple TV. Now, Google connects Android TV’s Universal Search to Netflix which makes it easy to search movies and shows from Netflix’s library.

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The screenshots of the new feature demonstrates the search on Netflix. When someone searches for a show on Netflix, a card comes up with a cover image, description and link to open the app. And then, an image from the show covers the background. On scrolling down user can see the cast list. This interface is brought up when searching from anyplace in the Android TV.

Currently, we have no updates available for Netflix Android TV App. And it is unclear whether this universal search integration compels an update of the app or it is activated to server-side.

Netflix is presently facing many challenges, but analysts strongly believe that these challenges can be fixed with the long-term policies of the company. According to Cantor Fitzgerald analyst, Youssef Squali - Headwinds such as the Rio Olympics in August will divert attention for a time, and the company faces tougher year-over-year comparisons and the “un-grandfathering” of the $7.99 plan in the second half of the year.

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Earlier this year, Goggle made an announcement about several first-time Android TV partners besides new models from surviving companies like Sony. Many televisions are going to enter the market which includes an affordable 4K set from RCA. The Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, Xiaomi has also unveiled a slim 4K streaming box during Google I/O. This streaming box will be available in US for an affordable prize.

Standalone Monthly Amazon Prime Video Service for $ 8.99

Amazon.com, Inc. offers new standalone video streaming for TV shows and movie collection called Prime Video service for $8.99 per month. So, customers who do not look for the free shipping of products, music streaming and other features can go with the monthly subscription of Amazon Prime video service. This new service offered from Sunday night, 17th April is to compete with the Netflix which recently raised its service prices from $8.99 to $ 9.99 for new users.

The Online retail giant, Amazon now offers full Prime bundle which includes Prime video for just $10.99 per month with an option of cancelling any time for all its US customers. Amazon started its monthly prime subscriptions in partnership with Sprint last month. So, Sprint customers are able to add Prime bundle to their wireless bill.

Beside the Stand-alone prime video streaming service monthly subscription, the interesting update is that the giant retailer Amazon has signed up deal with HBO’s older content, premium TV network Epix, whose catalog includes “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “World War Z.” Amazon has now become aggressive buyer of independent movies over Netflix by signing Woody Allen for an exclusive TV Serial.

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Amazon was offering prime video service at £5.99 per month (£71.88 a year) in UK, but now it brings more visibility. Prime full bundle has no monthly subscription option in UK which annually costs £79. Germany, Japan and two other countries can now avail monthly subscription of Prime which was available till date as a part of the full Prime bundle.

Thus, the Amazon’s monthly subscription option will attract the customers who do not wish to shell out money or members who doesn’t want to commit to the annual membership. Well, the $99 annual subscription is much better deal which is still available. Customers who can make payment in one chunk can go with the annual subscription as full Prime monthly subscription will charge an extra of $32 over annual subscription and the Prime Video streaming at $8.99 per month would charge $107.88 annually. Offering full prime service for just a little bit high for each month is a marketing gain to the gaint.

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The service is also available on Android, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PS3, PS4, Xbox one, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, The web and select TV and Blu-ray players from LGF, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Vizio. Amazon videos for IOS are free on the App store, accessible by Amazon prime members.

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