Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are transitioning to the small screen with a new Western anthology for Netflix Inc, the online streaming company said on Wednesday, the latest talent to join the platform's growing roster. FILE PHOTO: Directors Joel Coen (L) and Ethan Coen pose for a photo in Los Angeles, California, November 15, 2013. The Coen brothers, known for witty crime thrillers such as "Fargo" and "No Country For Old Men," will write and direct "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," a six-part anthology series set in the American frontier and starring Tim Blake Nelson as Buster, Netflix said in a statement. The series will debut in 2018, and comes after the success of cable network FX's anthology series "Fargo," an expansion of the Coen brothers' 1996 film of the same name. The Coens are executive producers on the "Fargo" series but did not … [Read more...] about Oscar-winning Coen brothers to bring Western anthology series to Netflix
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Netflix Inc. has offered its video-streaming service live in more markets around the globe including Vietnam. Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix, spoke during a keynote address at the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 6, 2016. According to Netflix media center, the world’s leading Internet television network now has more than 70 million members in over 190 countries enjoying over 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Customers in Vietnam can register for the service with a monthly fee of VND180,000 ($8) for the basic package, VND220,000 ($10) for the standard package, and VND260,000 ($12) for the premium package, according to the price list posted on Netflix’s website. They can use credit cards including VISA, MasterCard and AMEX to subscribe to the service. Currently, VOD service is also provided via smartphones, tablets, and set-top-box by local providers including FPT … [Read more...] about Major foreign investors come to Vietnam in early January – Opportunities – Investment
Facebook is trying to evolve from an Internet hangout where people swing by to share tidbits, links and photos to a homestead decorated with the memories, dreams and diversions of its 800 million users. It is betting that despite early grumblings, its vast audience will become even more attached to a website that keeps pushing the envelope. To that effect, it is introducing new ways for people to connect with friends, brands and games while also sharing details about their lives from the mundane to the intimate. "If you look at Facebook's history, obviously they are not afraid of making change," said Sean Corcoran, an analyst with Forrester Research. "They have done a lot of big changes in the past and people have gotten upset. But most of the time Facebook has been right." Zuckerberg introduced the Facebook "timeline" along with new entertainment and media company partnerships on Thursday in San Francisco, at the annual "f8" conference attended by about 2,000 entrepreneurs, … [Read more...] about Facebook looks to extend online reach, sharing
After a decade of development, often through buying or benchmarking foreign technology and know-how, Chinese automakers are looking with greater ambition at selling their cars in major Western markets. Improvements in car design, technology and marketing at firms including Geely (0175.HK), GAC Motor and Great Wall Motor (601633.SS) have brought them a bigger share in their home market, the world’s largest, and give them a better chance of survival in competitive markets in Europe and the United States. Once distant dreams of staking a claim in Western strongholds may now be edging nearer. “We have in the Western world an outrageous arrogance. We think we’re ahead. It’s going to change,” says Alain Visser, Senior Vice President of Lynk & Co, a new brand set up by Geely. “China is passing you at a speed that in our arrogance we don’t even see,” Visser told Reuters earlier this month. Hangzhou-based Geely, which owns Volvo Cars and Lotus … [Read more...] about Are China’s cars finally going to make inroads in Western markets?
That's why Big Media are scrambling for partnerships and tie-ups to bolster their content arsenal in the face of a well-funded onslaught from the tech sector. This shifting landscape helps explain talks between Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox to sell key television and film assets from the Rupert Murdoch family-controlled group, and a proposed AT&T purchase of media-entertainment powerhouse Time Warner. More deals are likely as the industry adapts to a consumer shift to online, on-demand services like Netflix, and efforts by tech giants such as Facebook and Apple to jump into original content. "It's an incredibly complicated game of musical chairs happening simultaneously," said Robert Thompson, who heads Syracuse University's Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture. "Everyone is trying to make sure that when the music stops they have enough content and people to keep making it for them." 'Game of Thrones' The old model of hefty pay TV packages supporting the … [Read more...] about Big Media scrambles to meet challenge from Big Tech