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#LaborLive: Animal Planet Streaming Births For Holiday Weekend

Oh, America, where we can turn a celebration of our workforce into an excuse to live-stream animals in labor. Get it?

Through Labor Day, Animal Planet is live-streaming animal births on the Animal Planet L!ve website. It’s called the (caution: you could be clicking into some graphic lamb-birth) Labor Live Cam‘ direct from the Nebraska State Fair — we’re talking cows, pigs, chickens, maybe even a goat or two. On the site, you can also catch edited highlights, videos of the little things taking their first steps, and interviews with the vets. There’s a little scorecard in the corner where they keep a tally of how many species have arrived since Aug. 22, when the #LaborLive cam started tracking the action. While you do get to watch births, a lot of time it’s just a cow milling about. Read more

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Meredith and Net2TV Partner on ‘Better Home and Gardens’ Streaming TV

net2tvHome and gardening lovers: make some room on your second screen devices.

Meredith, the media conglomerate highlighting women, has partnered with Net2TV to launch a new streaming TV show spun off from the Better Homes and Gardens brand. The half-hour show, hosted by NBC First Look’s Jackie Tranchida, will offer content around cooking, decorating, home improvement, entertaining and gardening. It debuts August 27 with a Labor Day-themed episode.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Net2TV to bring our award-winning content to a new audience and in a new format,” Gayle Butler, Editor-in-Chief, Better Homes and Gardens said in a news release. “Better Homes and Gardens helps its audience live more colorful and creative lives, and our highly visual content translates beautifully into compelling television.”

“Better Homes and Gardens” will air bi-monthly on Net2TV’s Portico TV service, which is distributed across more than 30 million screens via smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Sharp and Phillips), Roku-connected TV’s, and on Toshiba tablets.

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John Oliver’s Income Inequality Barometer: Whether You’re Paying for Or Stealing HBO

OliverHBO’s John Oliver led “Last Week Tonight” last night with a look at America’s income inequality issue. And for Oliver, the main measuring stick for which side of the gap you’re on comes down to HBO.

“A good way to know which side of it you’re on is if you’re currently paying for HBO or stealing it, ” Oliver said. The joke drew laughs from the audience, but Oliver was actually hitting on a real issue for HBO.

As we reported earlier in the year, HBOGO crashed during the “True Detective” finale due to so many people—including folks borrowing their friends and family members’ passwords—watching at the same time.  HBO’s CEO isn’t all that concerned about people stealing passwords to watch, so it seems for the time being, HBO is available for subscribers, and as Oliver describes them, “stealers.”

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Will HBO’s Free Content Strategy Spark a New Wave?

HBOHBO wants you watching its programs even if they have to offer them for free— temporarily, that is.

A wide number of people feel no need to pay for a premium cable channel anymore, so the network is doing more than ever to lure them in, especially after premium channels have seen a decline in new subscribers while Netflix and other video streaming services are surging.

And if that wasn’t enough, HBO’s multi-million dollar juggernaut “Game of Thrones” is the most pirated show ever. HBO knows it has to get new subscribers in order to make up for the costs of production; being a “premium” channel is a luxury that simply won’t sustain them anymore.

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Reddit Co-Founder at ‘BuzzFeed Brews’: ISP’s Are ‘Trying to Break the Internet’

BuzzFeed BrewsLost Remote was at “BuzzFeed Brews” in New York City last night for an interview between Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel.

The interview, which was streamed on Facebook for the first time, touched on net neutrality, congressional ignorance on technology, sexism in the tech industry, and rapid fire word association.

“It can use a mascot, if not a total rebrand,” Ohanian said about the term net neutrality. “It’s a terrible brand.” He also took on Internet service providers. “They are trying to break the Internet…they want your Internet to look like your cable bill,” he added, using a Bing vs. Google sales pitch as an example.

“Well Bing is your default search, but Charlie, for an extra $20 dollars a month, we’ll give you Google,” he said of what ISP’s are trying to do.

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Amazon Prime Acquires Exclusive Rights to Drafthouse Films

AmazonAmazon Prime is going independent.

The streaming content arm of Amazon.com and independent content distributor Cinedigm have agreed to an exclusive licensing agreement giving Amazon streaming rights to several independent films distributed by Drafthouse Films.

Films available today include dark comedy “Cheap Thrills,” Ben Wheatley’s psychedelic sorcery film “A Field in England,” sci-fi favorite “The Visitor,” and Abel Ferrara’s “Ms. 45.”

Other films that will be added to Amazon Prime in the next few months include “The Congress,” a futuristic vision of Hollywood, home-invasion thriller “Borgman,” the love story “Mood Indigo,” documentary “20,000 Days on Earth,” and “The Dog.”

“We know our customers love great independent films and we are excited to add these engaging indies from Drafthouse Films exclusively to Prime Instant Video,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo

AereoTVSpy reports the Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 against Aereo, in favor of broadcasters, putting the streaming TV service’s existence in serious jeopardy.

In the ruling, The High Court “goes out out of its way to make clear that its ruling does not endanger other technologies,” according to SCOTUSBlog.

The Barry Diller-funded streaming television service launched in 2012, with broadcast networks filing lawsuits before it even launched. At launch, the service gave users access to broadcast TV via iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Roku for $12/month.

With the ruling that Aereo’s service is illegal, its future seems doomed. “”We did try, but it’s over now,” Diller told CNBC after the ruling. Previously, CEO Chet Kanojia and Diller both predicted the streaming service would be shut down if the Supreme Court ruled against them. “If we don’t succeed in that, despite our best efforts and good law on our side and merits of our case, it would be a tragedy, but it is what it is,” Kanojia told Bloomberg TV in April.

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