Programming battles are highlighting the frantic race among a handful of powerful companies to capture the eyeballs of people who are beginning to rethink the way they watch their favorite shows as more of them appear online and as the television begins to act more like a big-screen computer, reports the Washington Post. At stake is control over how Americans will watch movies and television at home - and whether they will have viable alternatives to paying high cable bills to do so. Those trying to shape those habits are titans of industry. On one side are Silicon Valley-type firms...

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