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Netflix lost US subscribers in Q2 over price hikes; how can it win them back?

Enlarge / Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. re:publica If you’ve been grumbling about the rising cost of your Netflix account, it seems you’re not alone. Netflix shared its second-quarter financial results and the company indicated that higher prices may have led to dips in the platform’s subscriber counts. Revenue for the video streaming service totaled $4.92 …

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‘Space Invaders’ movie is closer to becoming a reality

Sponsored Links KAZUHIRO NOGI via Getty Images Warner Bros. bought the movie rights to Space Invaders years ago, and now it looks ready to do something with the classic alien-blasting franchise. Deadline reports that Warner’s New Line Cinema is advancing production on the film, with Mortal Kombat reboot writer Greg Russo handling the script. There’s …

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Netflix picks up heist movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot

Sponsored Links Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images Netflix is no stranger to buying movies originally destined for other studios, but its latest coup is particularly eyebrow-raising. The company has acquired Red Notice, a blockbuster heist thriller that was previously under Universal’s wing. It was already set to be a high-profile pic with Dwayne Johnson and …

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LA museum’s sci-fi car exhibit includes HoloLens tours

There’s a chance you’ve seen a movie car or two if you’ve visited a convention, but the Petersen Automotive Museum’s offering should be more… elaborate. It’s opening a “Hollywood Dream Machines” exhibit that will showcase 40 vehicles from sci-fi games and movies. Some of them are practically expected, like the DeLorean from Back to the …

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Natalie Portman will narrate a dolphin documentary for Disney+

Jorge Sanz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Disney is clearly determined to flex its star power (and giant budget) ahead of its streaming service launch on November 12th. The company has announced that Natalie Portman will narrate Dolphin Reef, a nature movie that will debut alongside Disney+ itself on November 12th. The documentary will follow a …

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Sinemia is terminating accounts and users don’t know why

PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou via Getty Images Something strange is going on at Sinemia, where customers are reporting their accounts are being wrongfully terminated. Beginning last week, subscribers of the discounted movie ticket company took to Twitter and Reddit, where they report their accounts have been closed for suspected fraudulent activity. To make matters worse, Sinemia’s response …

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After Roma swept the Oscars, Steven Spielberg seeks to block streaming films

Enlarge / Like some other industry figures, Spielberg doesn’t seem to like where Hollywood is going. Aurich Lawson / The Simpsons A spokesperson for Amblin, the production company run by director Steven Spielberg, has told IndieWire that Spielberg plans to support an effort to change the rules of the Oscars to bar some films primarily …

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Ridley Scott’s Alien will finally be released in 4K HDR for its 40th anniversary

Enlarge / The titular alien. 20th Century Fox The long wait is over for sci-fi and horror film buffs: the 1979 classic Alien will be released in 4K and HDR for the film’s 40th anniversary. The remaster will be available on an UltraHD Blu-ray disc. 20th Century Fox and partners embarked on an effort to remaster …

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Valve ‘retires’ Steam’s video business

Valve While Steam is mostly known as a gaming platform, over the years it has also become a hub for video. That’s included its own documentaries and even major Hollywood releases, but today Valve announced it’s going to “refocus.” According to a blog post, it has retired the Video section of the Steam Store menu, …

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Another blow to Blu-ray: Samsung will no longer make Blu-ray players for the US

Samsung’s UBS-K8500, introduced in 2015, was positioned as the world’s first UltraHD, 4K Blu-ray player. Mark Walton Here it is at IFA 2015. Mark Walton The port situation was minimal. Mark Walton It hasn’t been that long since the market for these players opened up, and Samsung was one of the first to move into …

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