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Howard Stern Appeals Ruling In His SiriusXM Radio Lawsuit

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Howard Stern appeals lawsuit ruling

A New York judge tossed Howard Stern's lawsuit against SiriusXM Radio out of court last week, but the shock jock isn't backing down.

He has appealed the ruling and maintains the company screwed him out of "promised" stock awards after exceeding target subscribers.

Howard's team felt they were owed $300 million, but the judge said his contract's language “is inconsistent with any reading that the parties intended subscribers acquired by merger with XM to be considered” in awarding stock.

Lawyers for the infamous radio host

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Ouch! Netflix Lost 800,000 Subscribers In Its Third Quarter!

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Wait for it…wait for it….okay Netflix competitors! Go! Go! Go!

In the latest chapter of Netflix's Downward Spiral, the company has officially lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers in the third quarter! Wow.

Apparently, that's 210,000 more subscribers than Netflix had projected they'd lose. Wow X2.

The company's shares have now

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Blockbuster Says F-U To Netflix, Offers 1 Free Month EVEN To Former Free Trial Members!!!

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Ha!

Late last month, we reported that Netflix shares were down 11.4%, and we had mentioned that Blockbuster might be a force to be reckoned with for the company in the near future.

Now, in a ballsy move by Blockbuster, they've sent out emails to former free trial members offering them ANOTHER free month in an effort to prove themselves as viable Netflix Qwikster Whateverflix competition!

Here's the message from Blockbuster's email, sent to us by a Perezcious reader:

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Boo! Netflix Prices Going Up…A LOT!

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You are NOT impressing us lately, Netflix!

Last month, the National Association of the Deaf filed a lawsuit against the company for not providing closed captioning for most of their streaming movies.

We were thinking it was bullshiz that the hearing impaired couldn't enjoy the same features as everyone else, and now Netflix is pulling some more bullshiz by raising prices!

The company announced that they'll be raising the price for unlimited streaming/one-out-at-a-time unlimited DVD rentals by 60%! It'll go from $9.99 to $15.98 per month! WTF?!?!?

They'll now be offering plans for unlimited streaming only OR unlimited one-out-at-a-time DVDS only for $7.99/month each, but given the fact that people were previously able to get both for only $2 more, that seems really lame.

Here's what a Netflix exec had to say about the new price options:

"By offering our lowest prices ever, we hope to provide great value to our current and future DVDs by mail members."

And here's what Netflix's VP of Marketing Jessie Becker had to say about it:

"Creating an unlimited DVDs by mail plan (no streaming) at our lowest price ever, $7.99, does make sense and will ensure a long life for our DVDs by mail offering."

It's seriously uncool that they're trying to make it seem like this is a GOOD thing for subscribers. The streaming option is one of the best aspects of Netflix service, and we're thinking that LOTS of people will have to reassess the value of their memberships based on these changes.

What do U think about Netflix's price changes?

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Howard Stern Vs. SiriusXM Radio

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Looks like Howard Stern is NOT happy with SiriusXM right now.

Stern's prod company and manager are filing a lawsuit against SiriusXm Radio, which claims that Howard "was bilked out of stock awards SiriusXM promised him." They are seeking unspecified damages.

As mentioned in the lawsuit, Howard was promised a share "in any success that the company achieved," but Howard's team is claiming that he didn't receive further stock bonuses after Sirius acquired XM, and the 20 million subscribers who came along with it.

In the lawsuit, Team Howard wrote the following:

"Sirius needed Stern more than Stern needed Sirius."

Ha! We'd have to agree with that.

Hopefully they can work everything out. If we were SiriusXM, we wouldn't want to piss off Howard. If he were gone, we're sure that TONS of subscribers would leave along with him.

Who do U side with? Team Howard or Team SiriusXM?

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Apple Has Sold A Projected 90 MILLION iPhones Since Its 2007 Launch!

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This is absolutely INSANE, but we don't doubt it for a second!

Apple is getting ready to reveal their earnings during their last quarter, which ended on Christmas, next week - as well as announcing that they've sold an UNBELIEVABLE 90 MILLION iPhones all over the world since they launched the product in 2007!

At the end of their last quarter in September, the overall number had been 73.7 million, and the estimates for this quarter alone range from 14 - 18.35 million sales, averaging around 15.78 million.

Absolutely out of control!

And just think - the iPhone hasn't even started selling for Verizon suscribers yet!

We can't even begin to imagine what kind of sales Apple is going to make when the numbers come in for the new quarter!

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German MTV Going Subscriber Only!

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This is a STOOPID move!

Barely anyone tunes in at this point, as it is!

MTV Germany and Northern Europe allegedly plans to switch from being a free channel to subscriber only!

Network head Dan Ligtvoet expects the move to accelerate “growth in the landscape of subscriber services,” and continues:

"I expect more growth from it. Our strategy is to offer content everywhere the users want to see it. Infrastructure providers, these being the cable networks, want to grow - and not just in terms of the content they provide. They want to be part of the growing expansion of paid TV services.”

Yeah!

Good luck trying to convince people to buy a music channel with no music, and only badly dubbed-over episodes of Date My Mom and Room Raiders on loop for 16 hours a day!

Sounds like a solid plan!

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