Hark, the Netflix angels sing: Here are 10 Christmas movies for you and yours to stream

Jeffrey M. Anderson , TechHive

Jeffrey has been a working film critic for more than 14 years. He first fell in love with the movies at age six while watching "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and served as staff critic for the San Francisco Examiner from 2000 through 2003.
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It’s that time of year again, with mistletoe and fruitcake and joy to the world. But there’s something special about it, and sometimes movies can help us capture or recapture or remember what that special thing might be.

If nothing else, they can give us a great big laugh or a great big cry. Here are 10 movies for all different tastes, all streaming on Netflix this holiday season. Enjoy, Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas!

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Where to find the best streaming holiday music and movies

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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The holidays come with trappings and tradition; with family, flavors, and favored evergreens among them. Adding to the atmosphere is holiday entertainment—the sentimental songs and movies entirely inappropriate in mid-March that are the perfect December accompaniment.

Given that this media has such a limited shelf life, most of us don’t bother to acquire it. Rather, when family and friends gather, we too often flip channels on the TV or hope that the local FM station is playing something appropriate. And that’s so 20th century. Today the one thing that separates us from scads of holiday fare is a fair-to-middling broadband connection. The only remaining trick is finding the good stuff. And we’ve got you covered. Just jingle over this way.

Streaming free holiday music

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10 excellent movies to stream on Netflix over Thanksgiving weekend

Jeffrey M. Anderson , TechHive

Jeffrey has been a working film critic for more than 14 years. He first fell in love with the movies at age six while watching "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and served as staff critic for the San Francisco Examiner from 2000 through 2003.
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Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to gather on the couch and watch a good movie. While we're sitting there, moaning in pain, having eaten too much yet again, and thinking about how miserable it was to travel, and how crazy our family members are, these 10 movies are a reminder that we're not alone in the world. And, indeed, despite everything, there are many, many wonderful things about this time of year, and plenty of things to be thankful for. Like Netflix.

Addams Family Values

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Pharrell, John Lennon tunes could get pulled from YouTube over royalty spat

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If you somehow haven't heard enough of Pharrell Williams' “Happy,” you might want to enjoy it on YouTube right now.

According to Bloomberg, media mogul Irving Azoff has demanded that YouTube remove songs from several popular artists, including Williams, John Lennon, The Eagles and Steve Miller. Azoff is acting on behalf of Global Music Rights, a royalty collection agency that recently took over rights management duties from Ascap and BMI for 41 songwriters and composers.

The group claims that there's no evidence of YouTube having a license to play its clients' music. And as Azoff told the Wall Street Journal, it's been difficult to get YouTube to prove otherwise. He's hoping that a unified group will compel the streaming video service to respond, either with takedowns or a new royalty agreement with significantly higher pay for clients.

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Now Streaming: 10 movies full of violence and conflict

Jeffrey M. Anderson , TechHive

Jeffrey has been a working film critic for more than 14 years. He first fell in love with the movies at age six while watching "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and served as staff critic for the San Francisco Examiner from 2000 through 2003.
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Great stories, and movies, too, are born out of conflict. These can be small ones, such as a father and son trying to communicate during a road trip, or big ones, like a band of downtrodden citizens storming through a train. This week Netflix offers a selection of terrific movies that deal in conflict, especially forms of violence, in fascinating ways.

Nebraska

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A new Chromecast challenger appears: Vudu Spark streaming dongle hits FCC

Ian Paul ian@ianpaul.net, TechHive Follow me on Google+

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It appears Walmart-owned video streaming and download service Vudu wants to get into the HDMI dongle game, too. A Chromecast-like device dubbed "Vudu Spark" recently popped up on the Federal Communications Commission's website, as first noticed by GigaOm.

Walmart didn't make the filing itself. Instead South Korea-based Inkel Corporation, an electronics maker, is behind the FCC filing. Presumably, Inkel is the white label manufacturer for the device and we can expect an announcement from Walmart in the coming weeks.

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The Vudu Spark as pictured in documents filed with the FCC.

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CBS brings a round-the-clock streaming news network to cord cutters

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CBS is looking to cover one of the biggest blind spots for cord cutters with a free, 24-7 streaming news network.

Dubbed CBSN, the streaming channel offers a continuous feed of news stories around the clock. On weekdays, 15 of those hours will be live, anchored coverage. Unlike CBS’s new $5.99 All Access service for TV shows, the news service is completely ad-supported, with commercials occasionally working their way into the feed.

CBSN is available now through any web browser and in apps for Roku players, Roku TV sets and Amazon’s Fire TV. It’s also part of a new CBS News app for Windows and Windows Phone, and is coming to Android and “other leading platforms” (the iPhone, presumably) by year-end.

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