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The Notorious Pornographer Who Scandalized Japan

Netflixs latest the first-person POV shot. He rose to prominence at a time in Japan when censorship laws were strict and real sex was unheard of Japanese interpretation of Breaking Bad. (At one point, a character says, Soon, porn will make more money than meth.) Much of the action revolves around Muranishi and Toshi building up their entourage, sparring with competing porn distributor Ikezawa (Ryo Ishibashi), conspiring with a mob boss, and dodging the cops. It is also beautifully shot throughouta fantasia of neon signs, shadowy karaoke bars, and colorful…

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How to Watch Game of Thrones Online

Welp, winter is here. The army of the dead descends on Westeros, the houses of the North have united against them. Bran continues to sink deeper into that whole creeper vibe. With only five episodes left in the final season, it’s worth a quick refresher on how and when to watch Game of Thrones live, no matter what coast you’re on. Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights on HBO, at 9pm in each respective time zone. Simple enough! But that also means New Yorkers get to watch it three hours…

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Everything coming to (and leaving) Hulu in February 2019

Image: archer / FXX Streamers, rejoice! Hulu’s content library just keeps growing and growing—and next month is no exception. Here’s what the streaming service is adding to its archives in the month of February. If you’re looking for killer action, check out Hulu’s latest additions to its James Bond collection, like Dr. NoandGoldenEye. Want some side splitting comedy? Try Caddyshack and its sequel, Caddyshack II. Classic romance? Mystic Pizza has got you covered. Fresh animation? The latest season of Archer. Just a bunch of really freakin’ cute puppies? The completely…

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Get a full year of Hulu for just 99 cents per month

All this could be yours.Image: hulu It may be getting cold, but Hulu is coming in HOT this weekend with their best offer ever— a full year of streaming for just $0.99 per month.  I never thought I needed a nod for my sedentary winter lifestyle, but this definitely feels like one and I’m not hating it.  For literal pocket change, you’ll be able to watch thousands of TV shows and movies, including full seasons of exclusive series like Hulu originals The Handmaid’s Tale and Difficult People, plus full seasons…

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Facebooks gaming hub Fb.gg launches into beta on Android

This summer, Facebook launched Fb.gg, its online gaming hub and Twitch competitor, designed to attract game streamers and their fans to watch videos on Facebook instead of on rival sites. The destination shows videos based on which games and streaming celebrities users follow, plus Liked Pages and Groups, and other featured suggestions of what to watch. Now, Fb.gg is expanding to mobile with its launch on Android. The new app, first spotted by Sensor Tower, arrived just a few days ago and is currently in beta testing. According to its…

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How BitTorrent Spurred the Streaming Revolution

Bram Cohen, the mastermind behind BitTorrent, claims he didn’t set out to build a pirate ship when he launched the file-sharing product in 2003. All he wanted to do was make it easier to move big stuff around the web—video­game updates, maybe, or the Linux distros that developers liked to swap. But within a year of starting the company, files shared on BitTorrent made up more than a third of all traffic on the internet. While Netflix was still stuck in the mail-order business, BitTorrent was changing how and why…

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The Harry Potter movies are heading to HBO

Galloping-freaking-gargoyles. HBO announced Thursday that it will be the only place to stream all eight Harry Potter movies starting Jan. 1, 2018. That’s all eight movies on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO On Demand whenever the heck you need them. SEE ALSO: Grab your boots and broomsticks Harry Potter fans, LeakyCon is headed to Texas HBO currently has the streaming rights for the Harry Potter universe film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and has recently streamed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter…

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Iflix raises $133M for its Netflix-style service for emerging markets

Iflix, an Asia-based startup providing Netflix-like streaming services in emerging markets, has landed $133 million in fresh funding to accelerate its business. The investment was led by U.S. media conglomerate Hearst, which counts BuzzFeed, Vice and Roku among its investment portfolio. The group was joined by anothernew backerEDBI the corporate investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board alongside undisclosed clients of Singapore-based DBS bank. Existing investors joining includedEvolution Media, UK broadcaster Sky, Malaysias Catcha Group, Liberty Global, Jungle Ventures and PLDT. Iflix was started in May 2015, initially in…

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Netflix was the top grossing app in Q2, with mobile revenue up 233% since last year

Netflixs booming subscriber growth, announced in the companys earnings last week, is also being felt on the App Store, where its app has again become the top earner in terms of revenue. According a recent report from app store analytics firm Sensor Tower, the app in Q2 saw 233 percent revenue growth year-over-year to $153 million in the most recent quarter. Thats up from the $46 million seen at this same time last year, across both top app store platforms, and on the iOS App Store alone. This level of…

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Twitch expands game sales to more streamers

In March, video game streaming site Twitch introduced a new way for its streamers to make money: by selling games directly to their fans. Initially, however, that feature was only available to Twitchs Partners that is, the sites top-tier streamers with large audiences. Today, Twitch is adding game sales to its newly launched Twitch Affiliate program, as well. The affiliate program was introduced last month as a means of giving streamers who werent large enough to gain Partner status a way to make money from their efforts. At launch, Twitch…

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Twitch opens up its money-making tools to tens of thousands of non-Partnered channels

On the heels of yesterdays news about introduced last year as are equal to one cent and both Partners and Affiliates each earn the same when those Bits are used in chat. Cheering will be the first of several monetization tools made available to Affiliates in the months ahead. The company will also eventually roll out access to other features, like Subscriptions, Game Commerce, and Advertising to these creators, it says. Twitch did not offer a time frame for these other features becoming available. While Twitch didnt specifically say exactly…

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