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Netflix: The Latest in The Platform’s Efforts To Pursue Awards

Netflix spent, by most estimates, tens of millions mounting a no-holds-barred Oscar campaign for "Roma", a star-less black-and-white Spanish-language film, which won three Academy Awards this year.

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It also is in talks to acquire Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre, in part to appease Oscar voters who have reservations about backing Netflix films because they question its support of the theatrical moviegoing experience. Pixabay

Streaming platform Netflix will begin publishing a journal tentatively titled Wide to tout its voluminous programming to members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

This is the latest in the platform’s efforts to pursue awards, which help to attract new subscribers and talent to the service, reported variety.com.

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The publication will tout the programming, including its many awards hopefuls to voters and tastemakers, including the roughly 15,000 members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences who determine Emmy nominations and wins. Pixabay

Netflix spent, by most estimates, tens of millions mounting a no-holds-barred Oscar campaign for “Roma”, a star-less black-and-white Spanish-language film, which won three Academy Awards this year.

It also is in talks to acquire Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre, in part to appease Oscar voters who have reservations about backing Netflix films because they question its support of the theatrical moviegoing experience.

And now, it is getting into the publishing business.

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It also is in talks to acquire Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre, in part to appease Oscar voters who have reservations about backing Netflix films because they question its support of the theatrical moviegoing experience.
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Wide’s first issue is expected to run more than 100 pages.
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The publication will tout the programming, including its many awards hopefuls to voters and tastemakers, including the roughly 15,000 members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences who determine Emmy nominations and wins.

Netflix released more than 700 programs last year and garnered 112 Emmy nominations. (IANS)

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Disney Announces Launch of its New Streaming Service Called Disney+ to Take Over Netflix, Hulu

Disney now is also controlling 60 per cent stake in Hulu

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DisneyLand. Image source: disneydose.com

Taking on streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu, Walt Disney Co. has announced it will launch its new streaming service called Disney+ in November, at a price of $6.99 a month.

This comes after the entertainment giant sealed the deal on its $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

“The linchpin of Disney’s streaming strategy, Disney+ will be an ad-free subscription service anchored by programming based on Disney’s biggest franchises, including ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel Studios, as well as original programming,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Enchanted Castle Shanghai Disneyland. Wikimedia Commons.

In some markets it would take much longer due to several factors, including the fact that Disney is still in the process of clawing back the rights to its content, sold to other streaming platforms before it had platform aspirations of its own.

“And because the firm has had its chequebook out lately — spending $70 billion on 20th Century Fox — Disney+ will also incorporate content from recently acquired companies, such as the first 30 seasons of ‘The Simpsons’,” the BBC reported.

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Notably, with its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company now owns Indian TV giant Star, a Mumbai-based media company with dozens of sports and entertainment channels.

Disney now is also controlling 60 per cent stake in Hulu. (IANS)