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Archive for March 7, 2012


Netflix is a major competitor to cable TV but the best way for the two is to make a deal. Cable TV is a $100 billion business and Netflix can be a serious dent in that.

At $8 per month it’s hard to beat their streaming content of new and old movies and shows. The big deal so far has been their access on gaming consoles. People have been watching movies through their gaming consoles more than any other medium.

Buying Netflix would be a way for the cable channels to regain a lot of lost viewers who opted to use the internet instead. A deal is imminent while both parties have a need.

Netflix has had to cut their prices and lower their level of service which caused shares to plummet late last year. Apart from gaming consoles, most of Netflix’s subscriber growth was generated from their device apps. With the swift adoption of newer tablets and mobile devices, Netflix is available for consumption in many forms.

Cable TV would be the next phase if a company like Time Warner or HBO makes an offer.

 

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(CNN) — Four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning is expected to announce today that he will be leaving the Indianapolis Colts, the only team he has played for in his 14-year career.

Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay are scheduled to appear at a noon ET press conference in Indianapolis to make the announcement.

The two flew into Indy from South Florida together on Tuesday night, according to media reports.

“We’ll see ya’ll tomorrow. We’re gonna talk tomorrow,” Irsay told reporters after arriving in Indianapolis, ESPN.com reported.

Wednesday morning, Irsay tweeted, “It was a long, emotional flight … now the sun is trying to rise.”

The Colts will release Manning rather than pay him a $28 million bonus he is due on Thursday if he remains on the Indianapolis roster.

Manning was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 NFL draft by the Colts. He became their starting quarterback that year and led them to 11 playoff berths, two conference championships and one Super Bowl victory.

But Manning sustained a neck injury during the 2010 season and was forced to sit out the entire 2011 season after having surgery to fuse vertebrae in his neck.

The Colts plummeted to a 2-14 record without Manning, which gained them the first pick in April’s NFL draft. They are expected to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck or Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III with that pick. Both are considered franchise quarterbacks, like Manning was when the Colts took him No. 1 in 1998.

Although he’s expected to leave the only pro team he has played for, Manning’s career is far from done. His doctors have cleared him to play and he’s been working out at Duke University.

He’ll become a free agent and is expected to be sought after by several teams. Among the favorites to land the 35-year-old QB are the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans. ESPN reports that Manning is expected to work out for select teams once he narrows his choices.

 

Grisly killings, abductions, and rapes allegedly committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in central Africa have garnered international attention following the release of a video highlighting abuses committed by the group and its leader, Joseph Kony.

The half-hour film (above) produced by Invisible Children follows a former child soldier named Jacob. The film issues a call for action, reportedly aiming to raise awareness by making Joseph Kony a household name. While the organization describes itself as a movement seeking to end the conflict in Uganda, some have criticized the group’s spending practices and the film’s approach as overly simplistic.

However, the LRA is allegedly responsible for a host of abuses, including the murder, rape, and abduction of tens of thousands in the past two decades. The Associated Press reports:

Kony, whose army abducts children and takes women as sex slaves, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity committed during a decades-long insurgency against Uganda’s government. The group has been blamed for the murder of thousands of civilians in four countries, and the U.S. classifies it as a terrorist organization.

Myths surround the LRA’s leader, Joseph Kony, who enjoys a cult-like respect. Kony calls himself a “freedom fighter,” although it is unclear why he is fighting.

Last October, President Obama announced that 100 US troops would be dispatched to central Africa as advisers to those fighting against the LRA. The LRA is reportedly fractured and weakened, however its leader Joseph Kony remains at large.

JOSEPH KONY IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S WORST WAR CRIMINALS AND I SUPPORT THE INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO ARREST HIM, DISARM THE LRA AND BRING THE CHILD SOLDIERS HOME.