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Apple and Amazon Seeking to Acquire James Bond Film Rights ➝

Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit, writing for The Hollywood Reporter:

The James Bond sweepstakes has taken an unexpected turn. While Warner Bros. remains in the lead to land film distribution rights to the megafranchise — whose deal with Sony expired after 2015’s Spectre — a couple of unlikely suitors have emerged that also are in hot pursuit: Apple and Amazon.

The tech giants are willing to spend in the same ballpark as Warners, if not much more, for the rights, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. MGM has been looking for a deal for more than two years, and Sony, Universal and Fox also had been pursuing the property, with Warners and Sony the most aggressive.

But the emergence of Apple — which is considered such a viable competitor that Warners is now pressing MGM hard to close a deal — and Amazon shows that the digital giants consider Bond one of the last untapped brands (like a Marvel, Pixar or Lucasfilm) that could act as a game-changer in the content space. Apple’s and Amazon’s inclusion in the chase would indicate that more is on the table than film rights, including the future of the franchise if MGM will sell or license out for the right price.

Netflix to Wait 28 Days Before Renting New Releases From Warner Brothers ➝

From an Associated Press article published by the Mercury News:

Under an agreement announced today, Netflix’s DVD-by-mail service won’t send out Warner Bros.’ latest DVD and Blu-ray discs during the first 28 days after they hit the market.

I understand why Netflix did this, they’re going to get a discount on discs and the ability to offer more streaming movies and TV shows. I’m sure Netflix subscribers aren’t going to be happy about this, I’m certainly not.