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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Unofficial Google+ Film Festival, 'House of Cards' and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire December 13, 2013 at 2:04PM

Read today's top tech stories for filmmakers and film fans, including news about YouTube, Netflix and the Unofficial Google+ Film Festival.
Google Plus Film Festival

Unofficial Google+ Film Festival: It's a film festival that you can participate in online and it's now live -- the first first festival of its kind, UGPFF (sponsored by Indiewire's parent SnagFilms) is a live, interactive, global online short film festival that spans December 13-29 and features filmmakers from 23 countries. Read more about the festival here and find the full schedule here.

"House of Cards:" Netflix's flagship series "House of Cards" returns for a second season on February 14th and we've got a sneak peek of what you can look forward to this season in the just released season two trailer. Check it out here.

Netflix: Speaking of "House of Cards," don't feel bad for streaming a whole season in one sitting. Binge-watching is totally normal (or at least common) behavior, according to a new report from Netflix.  A recent survey conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netflix among nearly 1,500 TV streamers (online U.S. adults who stream TV shows at least once a week) found that binge watching is a widespread behavior among this group, with 61% binge watching regularly, Netflix announced in a press release. Now do you feel better about that embarrassing habit?

YouTube: Now anyone can stream live on YouTube, the site announced on its official blog. "Now, all YouTube channels that verify their account and are in good standing will be able to live stream live video to the world. We’re rolling out the feature over the next few weeks, and you can see if you have access on the YouTube account feature page or wait for Live Events to appear in your Video Manager," according to the blog.

Warner Bros. Archive:  Classic movie lovers, rejoice! Warner Archive Instant, the classic movie streaming app, is now available on the iPad, as well as Roku. The subscription service features more than 500 movies and television programs from Warner Bros., RKO, MGM and Allied Artists. Check out Warner Archive Instant here.

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