Netflix Canada to stream 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on July 15; ESPN reportedly considers SVOD service

More online video news from across the web:

> Netflix Canada will debut Star Wars: The Force Awakens on July 15, months ahead its streaming release in the U.S. -- not that I'm jealous -- and is giving away six months of free streaming to promote the movie. Techaeris article

> MikMak, a mobile-focused shopping network, is looking to revamp the infomercial with short videos streamed to viewers who can buy the products they see featured. WSJ article

> Linear streaming service NewsON is moving beyond its iOS and Android app-only format, making it possible for viewers to watch news broadcasts from hundreds of local stations on their desktops. Release

> Verizon hired former YouTube and Vessel executive Ivana Kirkbride to develop content for its Go90 mobile-first streaming service. Recode article

> Warner Bros. has settled FTC charges that it paid online influencers, including PewDiePie, thousands of dollars to post positive gameplay videos of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor without disclosing its sponsorship. Release

> ESPN is reportedly considering some kind of standalone SVOD service within the next six months or so. DSL Reports article

> European media services provider Arkena has partnered with Akamai as part of its NetAlliance Program to accelerate deployment of its advanced media products. Release

And finally… Pablo Escobar's brother Roberto wants to review all episodes of Netflix's Narcos before they air, citing inaccuracies in the series about Colombia's famed drug lord. Oh, and a billion dollars, according to Newsweek (not linked here because of its crash-tastic website). Yahoo Finance article

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