Netflix deal cited as plus for Disney; VidCon headed back to Anaheim

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> A "big payday" from Netflix was at least partially responsible for buoying Wall Street reaction to Disney's fourth quarter earnings, despite a "slight drop in its earnings." Story

> VidCon, the show focused on the state of the online video business, is headed back to Anaheim, Calif., this August. Story

> A report from the high-tech association Bitkom says 3.5 million Germans use paid streaming services on the Internet. Story

> Amazon has taken its game up a notch by becoming the only subscription-based video model permitted to offer "Downton Abbey." Story

> Adap.tv has unveiled technology to verify the viewability of video ads in real-time. Story

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> Orange France subscribers have a hankering for a new set-top box that lets them more fully use their IPTV service. Nearly 100,000 of them have pre-ordered the new Orange Livebox Play in anticipation of its release on Feb. 7, apparently eager to take advantage of what Delphine Ernotte Cunci, executive director of Orange France, calls a unit that is "packed full of cutting-edge technologies." Story

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> Liberty Global said late Tuesday that it agreed to buy Virgin Media for $23.3 billion in stock and cash. Story

And finally… Allot Communications and Tekelec have completed interoperability testing on an interface to control over-the-top applications. Story