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Inside Streaming (Jan 11th, 2019)

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When: Sunday, Jan. 13

What: Golden Globe nominee Elsie Fisher stars in "Eighth Grade," which was chosen as one of the American Film Institute’s top 10 films of the year. The film, written and directed by stand-up comedian Bo Burnham, touches on the pitfalls of growing up in the era of social media.

Where to Watch: Amazon

Running time: 94 minutes

What the critics say: Sandy Schaefer of Screen Rant wrote that "Eighth Grade" "masterfully captures the emotional horror of being a Generation Z middle-schooler, yet tells a universally relatable coming of age story."

- USA TODAY

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1. A British company has created software that can spot password sharing. Synamedia presented its Credentials Sharing Insight tool at CES 2019 this week. The software, which uses machine learning to track down shared passwords, could be used by streaming services that want to generate more revenue. “A typical pattern would be you have a subscriber that is simultaneously watching content on the East Coast and West Coast of the US,” Synamedia’s CTO Jean-Marc Racine said. “That’s unlikely to be the same person.” - THE VERGE

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2. Amazon's IMDB has launched a free streaming service called Freedive that features dozens of movies and TV shows. “Customers already rely on IMDb to discover movies and TV shows and decide what to watch,” Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDB said. Although new releases are not currently available, Freedive does have highly-rated movies like "Drive," "Adaptation," and "Last Action Hero," as well as TV shows like "Quantum Leap," "Gilligan’s Island," and "The Bachelor." The content, accessible on computers and through Amazon streaming devices, will soon be available through a mobile app. - TECHCRUNCH

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3. The publisher of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books has sued Netflix over its film “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch." Chooseco LLC has accused the streaming service of infringing on its trademarks and exploiting its brand in the film, which allows viewers to choose the main character's actions, much like the book series. The suit, which cites a scene in the film in which the main character is reading a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book, claims that the film is violent and disturbing and tarnishes the series' brand. Netflix has not commented on the allegations. - THR

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4. French broadcasters are now allowed to remove their content from Netflix and other streaming services as they work to create their own OTT platform. France Télévisions, M6, and TF1 struck a deal that allows them to remove their content so it can be shown exclusively on Salto, their own competing platform that will focus exclusively on French content. The service, which is still in the works, would cater to French people. - VENTURE BEAT

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5. HBO will reveal the premiere date for "Game of Thrones" on Sunday.

6. Starz has acquired four new documentaries, including “Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders” and “Of Fathers and Sons.”

7. According to Hulu, people who use Alexa also watch more television. “You don’t have to get your phone out or pull out a remote," Hulu CMO Kelly Campbell said.

8. HBO gave “Sopranos" nicknames to a bunch of different celebrities and brands.

9. Amazon is selling its Fire TV 4K Stick and an antenna for just $20 to people who purchase an Amazon Fire TV Recast DVR.

10. MBC Group, a Middle Eastern broadcaster, has hired former Hulu executive Johannes Larcher to work on its upcoming streaming service.

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Netflix's German-language original series "Perfume" is based loosely on the '80s novel of the same name by Patrick Süskind.

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in Orange County. Beth is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic who has written for USA Today, Get Out magazine, and other publications. Follow her tweets about breaking news in southern California here. Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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