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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Could Apple Go Up Against Netflix?

Indiewire (March 26, 2014)

1. Apple Streaming TV: Apple is reportedly in talks with Comcast about creating a streaming TV service that would rival Netflix, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Apple has spent year trying to get into the TV market, but so far, the Apple TV set-top box hasn`t yet taken off. Partnering with a cable company would obviously be a huge boost for Apple. Meanwhile, Netflix`s stock has dipped on the news, according to Mashable.

2. Top Indies in iTunes: Oscar winners "12 Years a Slave" and "Dallas Buyers Club" continue to dominate the list of top 10 indies in iTunes, but new additions to the list include "Blood Ties," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1" and "Cheap Thrills." See the full list here.

3. Panasonic 4K: It looks like GoPro may have some competition in the action camera market. Panasonic has announced it will release of the HX-A500, a 4K wearable camera. At the moment, the only wearable 4K option is GoPro. Read more here.

4. 4DX: You`ve heard of 3D, but what about 4DX? It`s an immersive experience intended to involve all five senses using features such as motion, wind, strobe, fog, vibration, mist, rain and even scent-based special effects that go far beyond 3D. CJ 4DPlex, the world’s first 4D cinema company for feature films, announced today at CinemaCon that they have signed a deal with AEG to bring 4DX technology to a movie theater in the United States for the first time. Are you ready?

5. "Crazy and Thief:" When writer-director Cory McAbee`s film "Crazy and Thief" hit the festival circle back in 2012, he got some potential interest for digital distribution. But instead, he decided to distribute it himself for free.