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Amazon's new test pilots take flight

Not so long ago, reality TV promised us that anyone could be a famous singer,
or chef, or alligator wrestler, or Amish craftsman. Now it’s not enough to be onscreen talent: We want to be development execs, too.

We have that chance with Amazon presenting its third round of pilots, which can be found on Amazon Instant Video. Viewers can watch, rate, and review the five new shows, and their feedback will help the streaming site decide which pilots to pick up as original series. (Last time around it ordered six series, including Chris Carter’s The After and Jill Soloway’s Transparent.) Here’s our guide to what to watch and what to skip—because, as a busy exec, you need a lowly assistant to do the dirty work. READ FULL STORY

'Powers' casts 'The Killing' actress as Retro Girl (also: PlayStation makes TV shows now)

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Two key parts in PlayStation’s first original series have been filled. The comic-book-based superhero saga Powers has cast its lead roles: Christian Walker and fan favorite Retro Girl.

Walker will be played by Sharloto Copley (District 9, Maleficent), while Michelle Forbes (The Killing, Chicago Fire) is Retro Girl (pics below).

Walker is described as “dapper and charismatic” with “the dissolute air of a faded rock star and the body of a battered heavyweight. Once possessed of super-powers, Walker lost his powers in a battle with a super-human mass killer. A faded hero, he’s now a detective who works with law enforcement, using his singular expertise to investigate crimes in the Powers community.” Meanwhile, Retro Girl has a “cool, hard exterior with a fire right below the surface. Retro Girl is the undisputed super star of the Powers community. An icon of justice, selflessness, and business acumen. Her willingness to put herself at risk for the good of others is matched only by her ability to manage her globe-spanning personal brand.” READ FULL STORY

Every episode of 'South Park' now available for streaming on Hulu

Everyone’s favorite R-rated cartoon is now on Hulu: Beginning today, the entirety of the South Park library will be available for streaming until its 18th season premiere September 24. READ FULL STORY

'East Los High' builds on Hulu's success among Hispanic audiences

You can’t set your DVR for East Los High, one of the most popular shows among Hispanic youth. But you can stream the show online on your laptop or tablet (or even TV, if you insist)—now in its second season on Hulu—as a nod to not only the changing nature of television, but as a telling insight on how a streaming content company has managed to build a sizeable audience among one of television’s most coveted demographics: Latino 20-somethings.

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Yahoo announces long-form shows from Paul Feig and Mike Tollin

At the 2014 Digital Content Upfronts Monday, Yahoo joined the ranks of Amazon and Netflix by announcing its plan to bring original long-form shows to the screen next year, starting with two new comedies.

Other Space is an out-of-this-world venture from three-time Emmy nominee Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Office). Set in the 22nd century, it focuses on a spaceship crew whose mission takes them off the charts — literally — and into an alternate universe where they have to find their way back home.

Sin City Saints, from executive producer Mike Tollin (One Tree Hill, Smallville, Varsity Blues) and two-time Emmy nominated director Bryan Gordon (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Party Down), follows the story of Las Vegas’ first major league sports franchise and focuses on a Silicon Valley tycoon named Jake, who gets more than he bargained for when he sets out to buy a pro basketball team. Both shows will be presented as eight half-hour episodes.

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Watch the premiere of Showtime's 'Penny Dreadful' now

What do you get when you cross Once Upon a Time‘s public domain-driven storytelling with the monsters of British Victorian literature? (Besides that one episode of Once set in black-and-white Frankenstein world.)

That’d be Penny Dreadful, a new series premiering May 11 on Showtime — and Monday afternoon on YouTube. The drama — named for the cheap, sensational, serialized tales popular in 19th century Britain — weaves together a set of stories about characters both familiar (Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray) and original. You’ll find unembeddable video of the first episode here.

Penny Dreadful premieres May 11 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

Netflix adds Spanish-language soccer comedy to list of original programming

Netflix is adding a Spanish-language soccer comedy to its growing list of original series, making it clear that the company is eyeing the Hispanic market as it continues to grow. READ FULL STORY

HBO makes huge Amazon Prime deal: See which shows are going online

Big news for HBO fans: You can now watch many shows from the pay cable service without actually paying for cable, or buying the DVDs (or pirating the shows).

HBO has made a major deal with Amazon that gives Amazon Prime members unlimited streaming access to past seasons of shows like The Sopranos and Deadwood, as well as select seasons of current series such as True Blood and Boardwalk Empire. (See the full list below.) This is HBO’s first deal licensing its content to a streaming service. On average, the deal covers content that is at least three years old. For newer seasons, sorry — HBO still requires you get a subscription with a cable or satellite provider.

The network has previously licensed some content to basic cable networks, a move that’s actually keeping a few shows off Amazon Prime for the time being since they’re tied up in other deals (namely, Sex and the City, Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm). READ FULL STORY

MTV's 'Faking It' pilot debuts early

Can’t wait one second longer to watch MTV’s newest scripted series?

You’re in luck: The network is premiering the pilot for Faking It beginning today. For 48 hours, the episode will be available exclusively on the MTV App ahead of its April 22 premiere.

Faking It is a romantic comedy about two best friends. After numerous failed attempts to become popular, the girls are mistakenly outed as lesbians, which launches them to instant celebrity status. (#Teens.) Loving their newfound high school popularity, Karma (Katie Stevens) and Amy (Rita Volk) decide to keep up their romantic ruse.

Faking It is executive produced by Carter Covington  (10 Things I Hate About You, Greek, Hart of Dixie). The series was created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov.

Check out the trailer here: READ FULL STORY

Criterion Collection extends Hulu streaming deal

The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion’s vast library of art house films.

Terms of the deal, revealed exclusively to The Associated Press, weren’t disclosed, but both Hulu and Criterion said it will run for several years.

Since 2011, Criterion Collection films have streamed exclusively on Hulu Plus, Hulu’s monthly subscription streaming service. In a fractured streaming landscape, the partnership has been a rarity, making Hulu Plus the digital home to more than 800 movies in Criterion’s singular collection.

“It was important to us that Criterion actually have a home and have a strong central locus to which our audience could gather and know they were finding the breadth of the library,” said Peter Becker, president of the Criterion Collection.

For many movie buffs, the Criterion Collection is synonymous with the greatest classics of world cinema, from L’Avventura to Seven Samurai. Criterion is known for its lavish DVD and Blu-ray packages, many of which feature restorations of older films.

The Criterion-Hulu partnership is for many movie lovers the chief draw of the $7.99-a-month Hulu Plus. The service has more than 5 million members, according to Hulu. Hulu Plus is otherwise mostly driven by television content, featuring in-season shows from NBC, ABC and Fox. The audience for Criterion titles on Hulu Plus increased by more than 25 percent from 2012 to 2013, Hulu said.

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Amazon unveils Fire TV, a streaming device to rival Apple TV and Chromecast

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Amazon wants its consumers to keep their media streaming all in the family.

The online behemoth unveiled Fire TV on Wednesday, the company’s own device set to rival Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku in the online streaming game. That’s right — you can now watch an Amazon original series, exclusive to Amazon Prime Instant Video, via Amazon hardware.

Fire TV retails for $99, the same cost as Apple TV (Chromecast, meanwhile, is $35, while Roku starts at $49.99). For the price tag, you get access to Amazon’s catalog of more than 200,000 movies and TV shows, with even more titles available to Prime members (who pay a soon-to-be $99 annual subscription fee). Fire TV owners can also access other subscription streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, on the device. READ FULL STORY

Amazon Prime hikes price

For the first time, Amazon is raising the price of its Prime free-shipping program for U.S. members — which includes access to the unlimited Prime Instant Video service. The cost is increasing from $79 to $99 per year. Current members will be charged $79 if their membership renews before April 17 and $99 if their membership renews on or after that date.

Announcing the change in a notice on their website, the company also noted that Amazon Student members can get Prime for $49. It added that the fee for Prime Fresh membership will remain unchanged at $299.

Though Amazon declined to give a reason for the prince increase, an influx of Prime Instant Video content would seem to be partially responsible. In addition to an increasing volume of original shows, the Prime library also includes exclusive streaming rights for programs like Downtown Abbey and Veronica Mars.

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