What a jury rules about ‘new digital platforms’ might mean for their industry

These days, as the debate surrounding streaming services continues to gain steam, a new, somewhat surprising star has been rising. It is not as traditional a statement as “Netflix is bad” or “Netflix is…

What a jury rules about ‘new digital platforms’ might mean for their industry

These days, as the debate surrounding streaming services continues to gain steam, a new, somewhat surprising star has been rising. It is not as traditional a statement as “Netflix is bad” or “Netflix is good,” but it just might prove to be more important than either. And that star? Cowboy Bebop, The Legend of Korra and The Totally Awesome Hulk.

All three stories — Cowboy Bebop, The Legend of Korra and The Totally Awesome Hulk — find a place in the nation’s zeitgeist in new ways:

— Folks are streaming the Kung Fu Panda Live concert special.

— Netflix released the Mindhunter TV series — which stars David Fincher and Freddie Highmore — and rebooted the popular Joel McHale series The Great British Baking Show, a smash hit in the UK.

— A Grand Jury approved of broadcast of the Walking Dead “bootlegged” episode.

The jury reached a “return to sender” verdict of the episode — in which a mid-air hijacking causes zombies to populate New York — after NBC/AMC, the owners of The Walking Dead, said they couldn’t run it until federal regulators declared whether the episode was in violation of Federal Communications Act rules that require it to be airmarked with specific identifying segments. The result was a heavily redacted episode that is now available for streaming on Hulu and YouTube, and the jurors found that a full airing of the episode would violate a section of the act stating that “The public interest may require disclosure of particular broadcast of a commercial program.”

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