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HBO to Offer Stand-Alone Streaming Service Beginning in 2015 (LostRemote)
HBO announced plans Wednesday to offer a stand-alone streaming service in 2015. FishbowlNY “We will work with our current partners,” HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler said, in a statement. “And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.” SocialTimes Having a Web-only option will help the channel with online-TV watchers, who cite flexibility as the main reason for watching original series online. Internet users are becoming more accustomed to consuming what they want, when they want it; HBO is finally adapting to this reality. THR Plepler didn’t give too many details about the service, such as pricing and when it would launch, saying he didn’t want to tip off competitors too much. Shortly after Plepler’s announcement, shares of Netflix dropped 4 percent, while shares of Time Warner were about 3 percent higher as investors digested the HBO news as well as some other rosy predictions coming from the Time Warner investor day presentations. Mashable It is important to note that HBO is far from giving up on cable television. Plepler stressed in his statements before the announcement that HBO’s business and relationships with cable partners is important. The channel brought in $4.9 billion in 2013 and has about 114 million subscribers. There has been eager anticipation for HBO to capitalize on its already popular streaming platform by offering it outside of cable subscriptions. HBO Go logins have become something of a social currency, allowing users to access content via accounts of friends and family. Game of Thrones has also grown into the most pirated TV show of all time.

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Ellen DeGeneres Treated for Chest Pains

Syndicated talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was treated for chest pains Monday on the Warner Bros. lot.

According to TMZ.com, DeGeneres experienced the discomfort during a producers meeting and someone from her staff called 911.

The 53-year-old was treated at the scene and was reportedly seen walking on her own shortly after the fire department left.

Let’s hope it was nothing more than indigestion. Stay out of that Warner Bros. cafeteria, Ellen.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Teaser

Warner Bros. has released an online teaser for the last film in the Harry Potter series. The studio is doing it’s best to capitalize on the final book, breaking Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two feature length films, to be released on Nov. 19, 2010 and July 15, 2011. JK Rowling told Oprah Winfrey that she might have more Harry Potter books in her, but when questioned by Scholastic Magazine, actors Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe said they’re done with the series. Radcliffe observed that “ten years is enough,” and Watson said, “No, I wouldn’t return, it feels so complete what we’ve done.”

So enjoy the final, drawn out chapter, cause these kids have had enough:

Time Warner May Sell Off Magazines Eventually, Or Not

time warner logo.jpg Time Warner is completing its spin-off of AOL later this year, a deal that has led many to speculate that the media company might jettison its Time Inc. magazine division, from which its prestigious media name is derived.

Adding to the speculation, last week Gordon Crawford, the managing director of Time Warner’s largest shareholder, The Capital Group, stated that plan as fact during a discussion at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.

“Time Warner just spun off their cable division, they are going to sell their print division, they are going to spin off AOL and they’re just going to be Warner Brothers, HBO and the Turner Networks,” Crawford said, according to a Reuters report.

But media columnist Peter Kafka over at All Things Digital says the scenario described by Crawford is far from a done deal:

“The body language from Time Warner executives in recent months makes me think they intend to keep at least part of their magazine business in the family. More than body language, actually: ‘Time Warner without People? I can’t imagine it,’ one well-placed Time Warner official told me recently.”

Yes, Time Inc. has faced tough times in the past year — even laying off 600 employees last year. But all magazines have experienced the same challenges. Although it’s possible that Time Inc. is looking to dump some of its 23 titles, the company most likely wants to hold on to its flagship magazines, Kafka asserted. Time Warner might also look to dump its IPC Media unit, based in the U.K. “But I’d be surprised if he got rid of Time Inc. and its iconic brands altogether,” Kafka concluded.

And don’t forget: Time Inc. showed its commitment to its brands by recently investing in a bureau in Detroit to closely monitor the city for the next year.

Time Warner Dumping Its Magazines? Not So Fast. –All Things Digital

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The LA Times floods the zone, and then some . And some more.

Who the hell is Busy Phillips?

Warner Brothers is changing the marketing campaign for the Batman flick, The Dark Knight. It’s not out of respect.

FOX’s John Gibson is an asshat with stupid hair.