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Amazon announces Six Original Comedy Series for Prime Instant Video

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon Studios (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced plans for six original comedy series that will be made available for Amazon Instant Video customers and for Amazon customers to watch for free with the Prime Instant Video service subscription. Amazon Studios will produce the pilot episodes for the new shows, which will include Emmy-winning writers, Academy Award nominees, and TV stars.

Amazon Studios also discovered new talent with their open-door development process through the company’s scriptwriting contests. Once the pilot shows air, the viewers will be the judge as to whether the series continues with more episodes.

Amazon Cloud Player now supported on Roku boxes and Samsung SmartTVs

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced new support for their latest Cloud Player service that will allow customers to play their music collection on Samsung SmartTVs and through Roku boxes. Amazon Cloud Player is also supported on the Amazon Kindle Fire, Sonos Music Players, Google Android OS mobile phones and tablets, Apple iPhones, and Apple iPod Touch players.

The Roku box connects to the Internet to stream video and music to the TV set. Amazon Instant Video is also currently supported on the Roku. To use the Amazon Cloud Player, Roku users can add it to their channels by browsing either the featured channels or Music category in the Roku Channel Store. The Amazon Cloud Player channel is free to add on the Roku. The Roku supported with the Amazon Cloud Player are the Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, Roku LT, and the Roku Streaming Stick.

Netflix enters Multi-year Agreement with Disney

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(Best Syndication News) - Netflix subscribers will be able to see the Disney theatrical films during the same period as Pay TV customers starting in 2016. Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) announced the multi-year agreement with The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) today.

The new licensing agreement will commence in 2013 with high-profile Disney direct-to-video new-releases that will be made available on Netflix. Starting in 2016, theatrically released feature films from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Disneynature will become available to view on Netflix on their streaming “Watch Instantly” service at the same time Premium Pay TV gets to air the film. The streaming will be allowed on televisions, tablets, computers, and mobile phones.

GLEE cast to release Third Christmas Album on December 11

Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Vol. 3 cover - Columbia Records

(Best Syndication News) - Columbia Records will be releasing Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Vol. 3 on December 11, 2012. Six of the songs on the album will be performed on the holiday episode on FOX’s "GLEE" TV show, which will air on December 13.

In addition to the songs being featured on the TV show, the album will contain four more songs that were recorded exclusively for the album release. The extra songs are "Joy To The World," "Silent Night," “I'll Be Home For Christmas,” and “Happy Xmas.”

Here is a list of the songs on the Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Vol. 3:

Samsung and LG receive Awards for Most Efficient HDTV Sets

Samsung 26EH4000 wins SEAD Global Efficiency Medal

(Best Syndication News) - Samsung and LG HDTV sets have been recognized for being the most energy efficient units currently on the market. The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) awarded the first-ever SEAD Global Efficiency Medal to Samsung and LG for some of their HDTV sets.

SEAD is an initiative to encourage governments and the private sector to develop and deploy energy efficient products. On their website, SEAD states that they were first introduced at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - a December 2009 conference held in Copenhagen - by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Indian Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh.

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