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Netflix Plans Price Raise as Streaming Subscribers Grow (Reuters)
Video streaming service Netflix Inc. said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. WSJ Netflix said the price increase for the $7.99 a month service, the first since 2011, would help pay for its continued investment in original programs, including series such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix has committed to spend billions of dollars in programming in the past few years as it has grown to become the biggest stand-alone subscription programming service in the U.S., passing some long-standing traditional TV outlets like HBO in terms of subscribers. Mashable Current subscribers would stay at the $7.99 price for a “generous time period,” the company wrote in a statement to investors. “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” the company wrote. The news came as Netflix announced that it added 4 million new members in the first quarter of 2014, as the company beat revenue and profit expectations. Variety In after-hours trading Monday, Netflix’s stock climbed as much as 7 percent to $372.05 per share, after closing up 0.8 percent for the day at $348.49. Netflix also said that in the second quarter of 2014, it will launch the first pay-TV integration of its service in the U.S. That’s after lining up deals with European providers including the U.K.’s Virgin Media to provide access to the unlimited streaming-video service through operator-supplied boxes. Deadline New York The company generated $53.1 million in net income in the first quarter of 2014, up from $2.7 million in the same period in 2013, on revenues of $1.27 billion, up 24 percent.

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Breitbart Debuts New Media Site BigJournalism.com

breitbart.jpgJust in case there weren’t already enough Web sites keeping tabs on the media and reporting on what they’re reporting on, Matt Drudge protege Andrew Breitbart has entered the fray with his new offering, BigJournalism.com.

The new site offers the right a place to voice opinions and concerns about the mainstream media — what they’ve missed, what they’re doing wrong and what they should be covering. During its first day in action, BigJournalism.com has even published a post by a White House insider, the Obamas’ dog Bo.

In his introduction to the latest in his new media empire, Breitbart lays out what BigJournalism.com will be:

“Big Journalism is staking the claim that media is now at war with one another: Big Media versus Small Media; Old Media versus New Media; Left Media Vs Right Media. You get the picture. The practice of journalism will never be the same, and not the New York Times‘s Pinch Sulzberger nor all the sniping children at Gawker and Media Matters can un-ring this bell — which, after all, tolls for them.

It seems for the first time in my life people who agree with my broad point of view are using the media to tell their truths, to go on the offensive, to act as checks and balances against entrenched media power. And to have a major effect…Even if you’re one of those awful, biased old-media types we seek to destroy, welcome to Big Journalism, where the spirit of free inquiry lives on.”

Sounds a little like Fox News for the Internet. And if Breitbart thinks that the thoughts and opinions on BigJournalism.com are missing from the current media conversation, he’s not alone: Tucker Carlson is launching a conservative site of his own, The Daily Caller, next week.

Read More: “You Are a Bad, Bad, Baed Journalist” –Big Journalism

Previously: Breitbart Sets His Sights On The MSM

Nurse Hillary For President–Randi Rhodes Suspended from Air America

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Paul Slansky, who’s much too clever to be writing for free at the Huffington Post, points out that Hillary’s pop culture references are now and forever will be, older than dirt. One of his quotes from the future:


The way some of you people talk about her, you’d think she was Nurse Ratched.

–A red-faced Bill Clinton complaining to reporters about coverage of his wife’s campaign, April 10

The Nurse Ratched comparison has been dogging the former First Lady for decades, as Media Matters found out last winter.

Air America host and stand-up Randi Rhodes, however, called Clinton (and “happy to be back in the news” Geraldine Ferraro) “fucking whores” and promptly got suspended. Ferraro wants her to be fired, like Don Imus.