A bland, one-paragraph item that appeared this fall in a lightly read weekly newsletter from the city manager in Pasadena, California, has set off a firestorm in the online entertainment industry and in cities and states around the country. The issue: a plan to impose taxes on video streaming services like Hulu and Netflix.
Netflix announced it would give employees who are new parents up to a year of paid leave to care for their children. The policy shift drew praise, but also questions and critique.
Netflix made headlines this week with the announcement. But NPR has found the policy doesn’t extend to people who work at Netflix DVD distribution centers.
“We believe our employees that are healthier, happier, will be here at work more frequently, provide the better kind of service into our community and at the end, (it) saves money,” says SEARHC’s Peggy Kadlec.
The move was announced Monday, in a short news release in which Bill Cosby cited “the best interests of the university and its students.”
Cosby, 77, has not publicly addressed the claims against him, which have now been made publicly by at least six women. In an NPR interview that aired over the weekend, Cosby refused to discuss the allegations.
Cable network HBO has received 99 nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards, running its streak as the network with the most Emmy nods to 14 years. HBO’s Game of Thrones got 19 nominations, one ahead of the FX miniseries Fargo.
Netflix, buoyed by its foray into original productions such as the political drama House of Cards, said Monday it has added 2.25 million new customers and plans to raise its new-subscriptions rate by $1 or $2 a month.
Microsoft unveiled its new Xbox One Tuesday, displaying a device that takes new steps in game consoles’ journey to becoming all-purpose entertainment and communication devices.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler is saying something a lot of the television network’s fans have been waiting to hear — that its content could be offered to customers directly through their Internet service providers instead of a cable company.