On PR Newswire: Netflix Goes Global, GM Invests in Lyft and Box Office History is Made

With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed. Members of the media can register for PR Newswire for Journalists at prnmedia.prnewswire.com. Customize your profile to get the news releases you want before they make headlines. It’s free and takes only a few moments to sign up.

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Netflix Is Now Available Around the World

Netflix launched its service globally, simultaneously bringing its Internet TV network to more than 130 new countries around the world. The company made the announcement – and the service went live – during a keynote by Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings at CES 2016. “Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Hastings. “With this launch, consumers around the world – from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo – will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously – no more waiting. With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.” See the full release to learn more about Netflix’s expansion.

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Lyft is Closing $1 Billion to Continue Rapid Growth

Lyft Inc. announced on Jan. 4 that it is closing $1 billion with a $500 million investment from General Motors. GM will also have a seat on Lyft’s board. Kingdom Holding Co. invested $100 million making the total investment of Kingdom Holding and its affiliates approximately $250 million. Several new and existing Lyft investors were also in the round including Janus Capital Management, Rakuten, Didi Kuaidi and Alibaba. Following this latest round, Lyft is valued at $5.5 billion, post money. In addition to GM’s investment in Lyft, the companies are creating an Autonomous On-Demand Network. See the full release to learn more about the agreement between Lyft and GM.

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Breaking News: Rentrak Reports 2015 North American Box Office Crosses $11 Billion Mark for First Time in Movie History

Rentrak, the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere, announced that the North American box office crossed the $11 billion benchmark for the year on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, making 2015 the highest-earning year at the North American box office in movie history. A wide assortment of movies brought enthusiastic patrons to movie theaters across the U.S. throughout the year, giving the industry its biggest overall revenue in North American box office history, with a total of $11.1 billion projected for the calendar year through Dec. 31. The previous record was set in 2013, which brought in $10.919 billion to the North American box office at year-end. See the full release to learn more about the year in movies.

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U.S. Job Growth Expected to Hold Steady in the New Year, CareerBuilder’s Annual Job Forecast Finds

U.S. employers remain confident in their hiring plans as they embark on a new year, according to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast. Thirty-six percent of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in 2016, the same as 2015. Nearly half of employers (47%) plan to hire temporary or contract workers. Workers can also expect to see higher starting salaries, more teens in internships, more women and minorities in leadership, and more opportunities to move from low-skill to high-skill jobs, among other trends. See the full release to learn more about the employment forecast.

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He Shoots, He Scores! Americans Still See Michael Jordan as the Greatest Sports Star of All Time

The debate is as legendary as the athletes themselves: who is the greatest sports star of all time? According to Americans who follow at least one sport, Michael Jordan is still #1 – maintaining his status at the top of the list. Babe Ruth rises from 3rd to 2nd place and Muhammad Ali moves up the ranks as well, from 4th to 3rd. New to the list – and Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Sportsperson of the Year – is tennis star Serena Williams, who comes in 4th. Rounding out the top five is quarterback Peyton Manning, who previously ranked 8th. See the full release to learn what other names made the list.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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