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30th Anniversary special 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' movie to be released on Blu-Ray

(Best Syndication News) - Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced that the film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be released on Blu-Ray in a special 30th anniversary pack in October 2012. The combo pack will have a blu-ray disc, a DVD, a digital copy and Ultraviolet support.

The film has been digitally remastered to have 6 times the resolution of the DVD release and it will also have 7.1 surround sound. The original 1982 theatrical release of the movie, along with an all-new interview with Steven Spielberg will be included on this anniversary release. Additionally, "The E.T. Journals" will include never before seen footage of the movie.

Amazon.com to add Discovery Communications content to Prime Instant Video

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon.com along with Discovery Communications announced that they have reached a licensing agreement to allow for Amazon Prime members to watch previous season of TV series that aired on Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, and the Military Channel. Additionally, content from 25-years of shows will be available for the Prime Instant Video.

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video launched their service in 2011. It is an additional benefit for customers who sign up for Prime membership, which offers extra free and discounted shipping for orders.

Netflix strikes Multi-Year Streaming Content deal with DreamWorks Animation

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(Best Syndication News) - Netflix announced today that they have reached a multi-year licensing agreement with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. The online streaming movie and television subscription service will have the first-run exclusive of feature films and certain TV specials from the production company. DreamWorks produced ‘Shrek,’ ‘Madagascar,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda,’ and ‘How to Train your Dragon.’

The deal starts in 2013 with Netflix offering the DreamWorks Animation feature films with their streaming video service. Netflix will continue to offer more DreamWorks titles as time goes on.

Netflix did not disclose the financial costs of this contract deal.

Amazon Instant Video Service now has over 100,000 Movies and TV shows

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced that their online streaming video and digital movie and TV show purchase service now has a library of over 100,000 titles. Instant Video rentals for new releases start at $3.99. Amazon Prime members now have access to over 9,000 movies and TV shows at no extra cost.

Amazon Prime members pay a yearly membership, which gives upgraded shipping perks. Customers get 2-Day shipping for free on products purchased at Amazon, with no minimum-purchase amount. The yearly membership is $79. Additionally, the Prime members have access to unlimited viewing of over 9,000 titles in their library.

Netflix adds Just for Kids Tab on their Website for Family Friendly TV Shows and Movies

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(Best Syndication News) - Netflix added a ‘Just for Kids’ tab on their website today for their members to find family friendly TV shows and movies. The new tab will make it easy for children 12 and under, to find kid-friendly movies and TV shows on Netflix’s service.

When members log in and click on the ‘Just for Kids’ tab there are several short cut links of favorite animated characters and TV show actors. Clicking on these links will bring up a listing of TV shows or movies that have these people or characters in them. The TV episodes are all listed as separate listings. The layout of the ‘Just for Kids’ area of the website makes it easy for kids to navigate and to watch the entertainment instantly.

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