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Will laser projection see 3D films finally be a success?

One of the most common complaints about 3D films is that they tend to be too dark – partly due to having to wear those glasses. One solution being worked on is a glasses-free 3D system – which, for most filmgoers, is the preferred option. But in the meantime, a new system from projector maker Christie could make a lot …

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Stuart O'ConnorWill laser projection see 3D films finally be a success?
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Chinese cinemas post text messages on-screen during movies

We’ve all been there – getting annoyed with stupid people who insist on using their phones while watching a film in a cinema. But now some cinemas in China are actually encouraging such anti-social behaviour. Cinemas in Beijing, Shanghai and other major Chinese cities are experimenting with “bullet screens” on which members of the audience can send text messages commenting on …

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Netflix now in 10% of British homes

Streaming film and television service Netflix is now hooked up to more than three million British households. A report in the Daily Telegraph says that the new figure means more than one in 10 households have joined the service, and signals a rise in take-up over the past year. The report says that Netflix is well ahead of its nearest …

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Stuart O'ConnorNetflix now in 10% of British homes
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Amazon drops pre-orders for Disney titles

Amazon in the US has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies in what appears to be another contract dispute, according the Wall Street Journal. Copies of films such as Muppets Most Wanted, Maleficent and Captain America: The Winter Soldier were unavailable for order on DVD or Blu-ray on Amazon.com on Sunday, although digital copies were still available for pre-order. Pre-orders …

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Netflix hits 50m global subscribers as profits double

Streaming video may not have supplanted broadcast TV, DVD or Blu-ray quite yet, but it appears to be well on its way. Online TV and movie streaming service Netflix announced this week that it now had more than 50 million subscribers in more than 40 countries worldwide. Releasing its results for the second quarter of 2014 on Monday, Netflix also …

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Stuart O'ConnorNetflix hits 50m global subscribers as profits double
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Anti-piracy campaign set to kick off in UK

In an effort to fight digital piracy, the movie and music industries have announced a deal with the UK’s leading ISPs to send warning emails to alleged copyright infringers. Called the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme, the campaign will focus on alerting people to the fact that their activities infringe copyright. Starting next year, up to four warnings will be sent …

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Kickstarter changes its crowdfunding rules

The crowdfunding website Kickstarter has relaxed its rules, making it easier for projects to be accepted. Kickstarter, which launched in 2009, has become the most well-known and successful crowdfunding platform in the world – attracting more than $1bn worth of…

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Stuart O'ConnorKickstarter changes its crowdfunding rules