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Netflix Plans Deep Integration With Facebook
IBD's Click ^ | 1/26/2011 | Patrick Seitz

Posted on 01/26/2011 8:14:52 PM PST by Slyscribe

Online movie subscription service Netflix (NFLX) is working on an extensive integration with social networking giant Facebook. Netflix hopes the effort will help shift its business over time from household accounts to personal accounts for its video service.

“Our long-term goal is to evolve the Netflix service so that it feels more natural to have a personal account,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Financial Officer David Wells wrote in a letter to shareholders Wednesday. “Our $7.99-per-month plan is for one stream at a time, and later this year we’ll be able to offer consumers some account options to watch multiple simultaneous streams.”

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.investors.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: facebook; hastings; netflix; socialnetworking

1 posted on 01/26/2011 8:14:54 PM PST by Slyscribe
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To: Slyscribe

Good, I’ll stay away from both of them.


2 posted on 01/26/2011 8:15:54 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: steve86

Netflix is a great service.


3 posted on 01/26/2011 8:16:50 PM PST by Borges
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To: Slyscribe
...we’ll be able to offer consumers some account options to watch multiple simultaneous streams.

Feed the A.D.D. monster within you.

4 posted on 01/26/2011 8:17:05 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Borges

I don’t have any use for movies so I don’t have any use for Netflix.


5 posted on 01/26/2011 8:20:15 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Borges
Family members will be able to keep their favorites lists separate.

Wouldn't want the wife to know about all those women in prison movies I'm so fond of...

/sarc

6 posted on 01/26/2011 8:20:46 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Borges

I like Netflix too. When my cable contract is up I’m pulling the plug on it.


7 posted on 01/26/2011 8:21:02 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: mnehring
and later this year we’ll be able to offer consumers some account options to watch multiple simultaneous streams.”

Great! I can watch Godfather 1 and Godfather 2 at the same time instead of watching Godfather 3.

8 posted on 01/26/2011 8:22:27 PM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (SOTU? How about STFU?)
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To: Wiggins

We just told Comcast goodbye today...officially ends Feb 2nd...Netflix and online will be where we go, plus XM/Serius radio.


9 posted on 01/26/2011 8:22:46 PM PST by goodnesswins (Socialism is organized stupidity. 2nd thought...I think DEMOCRATS are Organized Stupidity.)
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To: steve86

I suppose who people who have no use for books don’t use libraries either.


10 posted on 01/26/2011 8:24:39 PM PST by Borges
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To: Slyscribe

Well, I am a Netflix customer, but I would never link it to anything outside of what I am contracted with them for.

Why anyone would expose themselves on facebook is beyond me. It is like grabbing a flag and saying “CLONE ME! CLONE ME! HERE I AM, STEAL MY IDENTITY!”

That or “HERE IS THE REASON I WILL NEVER BE EMPLOYED! LOOK AT HOW I HIT THIS BONG!”

Dumber than dumb.


11 posted on 01/26/2011 8:27:52 PM PST by freedumb2003 (The TOTUS-reader is a Judas Goat, leading the American sheeple to the slaugherhouse /Parmy)
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To: Slyscribe

Will crawl over broken glass before that insidious, invasive, intrusive POS company before they get a nickel from me.

When they learn to respect other people’s bandwidth - maybe then. All their pop-under spams...

Until then, they are in the same shitcan as GE.


12 posted on 01/26/2011 8:29:56 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: steve86
I don’t have any use for movies so I don’t have any use for Netflix.

They don't only offer movies, but also have commercial-free (unlike Hulu Plus) TV shows, including many interesting documentaries.

I have cut the cable (AT&T U-Verse) cord, and now receive HD channels over an antenna (FREE after initial antenna purchase), and pay only $7.99/month each for Netflix and Hulu Plus through a relatively inexpensive Roku box with no monthly fee.

$16 vs the old $65, with MUCH more to choose from and ZERO (Netflix) to a FEW, SHORT (Hulu Plus) commercials.

Hard to beat.

13 posted on 01/26/2011 8:32:32 PM PST by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: Borges

The Netflix business plan will only succeed if the ISP’s are willing to finance them.

Bandwidth costs money, how fast do you wanna go?


14 posted on 01/26/2011 8:35:32 PM PST by biff
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To: Borges
The only issue I have with Netflix is the New Release section really does not show you all the new movies and programs. Often I have to know what I'm looking for first and then type it in the search field.

I also now have an account with Hulu-Plus, but other than some hard to find classic TV shows it really really sucks and is not worth the $8 a month. Gonna drop it I think. And I notice the movies are mostly independent films most of which I never heard of, and very left leaning.

15 posted on 01/26/2011 8:36:21 PM PST by NavyCanDo (Jan 2013 - Sarah Palin sees the Potomac from Her House)
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To: quantim
"When they learn to respect other people’s bandwidth - maybe then."

Do you have something against the free market? Because it is primarily the free market that allows bastards like me to watch endless streaming movies at the same (or lower) price as you pay to look at a few emails.

Some day there might be some justice. But then that would mean that people would also have to pay for all the content they download, Amazon customers would have to pay sales tax like other retailers, etc.

It's all a mishmash based on who's got the biggest baddest lobbyists in Washington.

Lucky for me the evil scum that run Netflix have bigger badder lobbyists than Comcast.

16 posted on 01/26/2011 8:38:58 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: biff
"if the ISP’s are willing to finance them"

Or if the ISP's ... who in most cases have government enforced monopolies ... are required by government to carry the content at a "reasonable" price.

All of these decisions will be sorted out in the wonderful free market we call corporate profit funded lobbying.

May the slimiest lawyers win!

17 posted on 01/26/2011 8:43:47 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Take all the insidious Netflix pop-under/pop-up NEW TABS on multiple browsers and chew on it.

It’s a full-time job to keep this shit off one’s PC.

The free market has consequences, Netflix is a scumbag spammer and I hope they die in this *free market.*


18 posted on 01/26/2011 8:48:08 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Wiggins

Doing that here. $50 for basic cable or $20 for netflix+huluPlus streamed directly to my Tivo box or computer.

Yea cable loses.


19 posted on 01/26/2011 8:50:05 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: quantim
Even I'm annoyed at Netflix's marketing campaign.

How useless is a 'One Month' subscription to Netflix? How many times a day do I get assaulted with that crap as an attempt to get me to sign up my friends and family?

Fortunately Netflix is not so stupid as to put that crap up while I'm actually watching movies.

Another reason I'm spending more time watching TV shows on Netflix than Hulu which is quickly degenerating into nothing more than a delayed TV broadcast.

BTW, the beginning of all the nightmares on the net is Microsoft's "free" internet browser. If we had to pay for browsers then they would be designed for users. We don't, but the advertisers do. That is why the browsers are set up for advertisers and not for consumers.

That's also why Milton Friedman was proved right once again that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Anyone with a "free" internet browser that isn't spending some amount of money on firewall and anti-virus software is asking for it.

Thank you Bill!

20 posted on 01/26/2011 8:55:29 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: goodnesswins

Comcast was awful in my area. I dropped them years ago for Directv and a few years later switched to Verizon Fios for a bundled discount. Between an over the air antenna, Netflix and the web we can pretty much watch anything we want to.


21 posted on 01/26/2011 9:00:40 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: biff
Bandwidth costs money

Yes, and I am paying my ISP nearly $50 per month for cable Internet.


22 posted on 01/26/2011 9:09:41 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Slyscribe

I booted cable several months ago and use streaming Netflix over our game consoles. I like the product but Netflix is currently stumbling when its comes to customer service and responding to issues with their clunky interfaces. They recently rolled out a bug ridden GUI for the game console boxes which they have not fixed for several months. There is no point in complaining because no one is on the other end to listen. As they tried to force customers into streaming by jacking up the rates for DVD delivery, a huge number of DVD customers were very upset but were limited to commenting on Netflix blogs to try to get through to the company.

They appear to have grown faster than they are capable of handling and could be heading for a downfall if they don’t make adjustments to dealing with the unhappy customer base. The idea that they want each person in a family to pay for a Netflix account is dreaming and leads me to question who is managing their company. It may explain why they go out of their way to make managing and organizing the streaming queue impossible when you have a large number of movies in the queue.


23 posted on 01/26/2011 11:13:09 PM PST by Gen-X-Dad
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To: quantim

I’m hip. Every damn time I open up weather.com I have to deal with that crap.


24 posted on 01/26/2011 11:57:19 PM PST by onona (Buried in snow...............AGAIN !!!!)
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To: Slyscribe

I just joined Netflix for the two week free trial thingy.
I ordered two movies. The first one was fine.
The second one wouldn’t play.
I sent it back and received another of the same movie.
It quit about 3/4 of the way through. Cleaning as instructed didn’t help.

Is this par for the course or what?


25 posted on 01/27/2011 12:30:19 AM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08
I just joined Netflix for the two week free trial thingy. I ordered two movies. The first one was fine. The second one wouldn’t play. I sent it back and received another of the same movie. It quit about 3/4 of the way through. Cleaning as instructed didn’t help. Is this par for the course or what?

I had a very similar experience. I received a DVD that skipped about five minutes of the movie (a critical part, as I later found out). Did the "trouble with DVD" thing and they sent out a replacement when they received back the damaged one. The second one they sent was apparently attacked by the Post Office's equipment - the disc was physically damaged and the envelope was ripped. I requested to speak to a person and asked what was going to happen this time. No problem, they just sent another disc (U.S. based support BTW). They also did not charge this whole fiasco against my two-a-month account - because by the time the various discs had gone back and forth I was out of time to get another for that month.

I think there may have been one other incident with a disc that wouldn't play out of dozens I've received. I don't think it's that bad a record when you consider how some people treat others' property.

I've got no problems with Netflix's customer serivce.

26 posted on 01/27/2011 12:53:31 AM PST by pa_dweller (Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves:... Isa 1:23)
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To: onona

The Opera (free) browser seems to work best as a spam blocker for those pop-unders!


27 posted on 01/27/2011 7:05:32 AM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: patriot08

I’d switch to Blu-ray, it’s much more damage resistant.

That said, back when I did rent DVD’s I had maybe 1 or 2 out of 200 had to be re-sent from damage. Haven’t had one Blu-ray not play since 2007 now.


28 posted on 01/27/2011 7:09:24 AM PST by Tolsti2
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