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Netflix sets eyes on documentaries

Netflix is making a push into documentaries, with the subscription service announcing deals to premiere four new films in the next few months.

Netflix has always made nonfiction films available to subscribers, but until recently they have been projects initially made for theatrical release or on television networks. Netflix said Thursday it now wants filmmakers to make their work specifically for the service or use Netflix to offer the first wide distribution.

The first of the four new films to be released will be “Battered Bastards of Baseball,” about a defunct minor league baseball team. It will premiere July 11.

Other films in the works are about human rights workers, a marine biologist and 3-D printing.

Dish Network plans Web TV service

Dish says it plans to launch its Internet-delivered TV service by year’s end on mobile devices, game consoles and smart TVs for about $20 to $30 a month. It will contain live sports, entertainment and children’s programming.

That’s a lot less than the typical pay TV package that Dish Network Corp. sells to its 14 million satellite TV subscribers, but it will have far fewer channels.

Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said the aim is to make a TV product appeal to young adults who love sports and have kids but won’t pay $100 a month for TV.

Dish and Disney signed a deal in March that made live ESPN, ABC and Disney Channel streams available for such a service. Ergen said other programmers have since come on board.

Dish CEO Joe Clayton said the target audience is young adults aged 18 to 35 who are urban, well-educated, and would likely spend $20 to $30 a month to watch about 20 to 30 channels.

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