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  • Chicago To Apply 9% 'Netflix Tax'

    07/09/2015 5:29:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/09/2015 | Travis H. Brown
    There should be small print on “Welcome to Chicago” signs – something along the lines of “businesses and innovators not actually welcome.” With its recent, growth-killing hike of the minimum wage and its ever-looming $20 billion pension hole, the Windy City finds itself at a major competitive disadvantage. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his Department of Finance just made matters worse with the introduction of new tax rules that will notably increase the cost of using popular streaming services like Netflix , Hulu, and Spotify. Desperate for new revenue to fill its dwindling coffers, Chicago is applying a 9 percent tax...
  • Netflix hit with 'cloud tax' as Chicago targets online consumers

    07/01/2015 5:26:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 60 replies
    fortune ^ | july 1, 2015 | jeff john roberts
    Chicago officials are taking an aggressive new tax approach. Consumers will now have to pay 9% on Netflix, Amazon Web Services and more. Chicago is marking Independence Day this year with fireworks, hot dogs – and sweeping new tax rules that require companies to collect a 9% levy every time consumers use streaming and cloud services such as Netflix or Amazon Web Services. The rules, which went into effect today, came about after city officials expanded the interpretation of existing amusement and property lease taxes to encompass cloud-based technologies. According to lawyers at ReedSmith, which flagged the new rules in a blog post,...
  • 'Grace And Frankie' Looks At Life Unexpectedly Alone [TV: More Homosexuality & Broken Marriages]

    05/12/2015 7:47:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    npr.org ^ | 5/8/15 | Linda Holmes
    The opening credits of the new Netflix comedy (maybe comedy-drama) Grace And Frankie lay out the show's high concept using the song "Stuck In The Middle With You" and a set of wedding cake toppers. You see two couples, then two couples with kids, then the husbands kissing, then the abandoned women falling through the broken cake. ....two women with a tense acquaintanceship who find out that their husbands — played by Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen! — have been in love with each other for decades and want to take advantage of the age of same-sex marriage by getting...
  • Netflix Lands TV Adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ ‘Green Eggs and Ham’

    05/02/2015 10:47:31 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Variety ^ | April 29, 2015 | Andrew Wallenstein, Debra Birnbaum
    Netflix is cooking up “Green Eggs and Ham” with help from the estate of Dr. Seuss, executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros. TV Group. A 13-episode animated TV series will be adapted from the classic 1960 children’s book, continuing the adventures of some of its characters. Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original content, channeled Dr. Seuss’ famous meter in announcing the deal:
  • Liberal Indian War On Adam Sandler Is A Political Hit Job

    04/26/2015 12:03:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 54 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 25, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    The current Indian War against Adam Sandler is a liberal rich-kid conspiracy to shut down populist conservative voices. This week, comedy filmmaker Sandler was roasted in the liberal press for allegedly demeaning Indians and women in his upcoming straight-to-Netflix Western “The Ridiculous Six.” About twelve Indian actors, extras and crew members staged a walk-out on the set because of some jokes in the movie. Here are the jokes that caused the actors to blow their little bighorn ...
  • California Man Accused of Burglary After Allegedly Using Woman's Netflix Account on Stolen TV

    03/24/2015 6:39:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    On March 4, a woman in Mariposa County, about 70 miles north of Fresno, reported several items stolen from her home, including a smart TV, a Wi-Fi Blu-ray, laptop computer, wires and a surround sound system, the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office said Friday. A few days later, the woman discovered that movies were being watched on her Netflix account, which was linked to the stolen TV and Blu-ray, according to the sheriff's office. Using Netflix and IP address information, authorities traced the internet usage to Bobby Alexander of Mariposa, officials said.
  • Looking for best option to drop cable.

    03/16/2015 6:29:41 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 86 replies
    myself | 3-16-15 | TZ
    (I could live without it, but The Chief of Procuremenet will not.) Is Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime the best option for someone who has a few favorite shows? Will show be ONE WEEK behind on episodes or ONE SEASON? (assuming these shows on cable are not available right away) Dish is not an option (she won't allow it on the roof) Will likely be getting DSL from a phone company.
  • Cable execs say Netflix is killing TV ratings

    03/11/2015 10:37:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 137 replies
    Fortune ^ | 03/11/2015 | Benjamin Snyder
    Viewership was down in the third and fourth quartersIt might be time for cable to start worrying about online streaming. The Wall Street Journal reported that a drop in TV ratings and viewership can be chalked up to subscription-based streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.People familiar with the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau told the newspaper that as much as 40% of TV-rating declines in the third and fourth quarters were attributable to streaming services. The news comes as TV viewing has declined by an estimated 10% from a year previously in the third quarter, and by 9% for the...
  • Netflix launches in Cuba

    02/10/2015 6:48:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/9/15 | Cecilia Kang
    Netflix on Monday launched its streaming service in Cuba, the latest sign that economic relations between the United States and the island nation are thawing. The service will be available for $8 a month to residents with credit cards and access to high-speed Internet.
  • Netflix Developing A ‘Legend of Zelda’ TV Series

    02/07/2015 6:26:21 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies
    SLASH FILM ^ | 06 FEBRUARY 2015 | Germain Lussier
    For decades, video game fans have been clamoring for some kind of big media translation of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda. We’ve dreamt of movies, TV shows and everything in between. The closest we’ve come is a brief animated series from the late ’80s. Now, those dreams may be about to come true on a bigger scale. Netflix is reportedly out to writers for a live-action Legend of Zelda TV series. Nintendo is on board and working closely with Netflix but can ultimately scrap the idea if it doesn’t fit in with their vision of the series. Apparently, the streaming...
  • FCC CHAIRMAN: INTERNET TO BE PUBLIC UTILITY

    02/04/2015 10:52:32 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 218 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 4, 2015 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) — The Federal Communications Commission will seek more influence on Internet regulation to ensure net neutrality, its chairman said Wednesday. In an editorial published on {link:the website of the magazine Wired: “http://www.wired.com/2015/02/fcc-chairman-wheeler-net-neutrality?mbid=social_twitter”,nw}, Tom Wheeler explained new rules, proposed this week, “to preserve the Internet as an open platform for innovation and free expression. This proposal is rooted in long-standing regulatory principles, marketplace experience, and public input.” The new rules will cast {link:high-speed Internet service as a public utility: “http://www.cnbc.com/id/102376526″,nw}, an unidentified person, who was consulted the FCC {link:on the proposal, told CNN: “http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/02/technology/net-neutrality-fcc/index.html”,nw}. The change would...
  • No, it’s not just you: Netflix is down

    02/03/2015 4:52:35 PM PST · by frithguild · 27 replies
    GIGAOM ^ | 2/3/15 | Janko Roettgers
    Netflix is having an extended outage this Tuesday afternoon, with users reporting on Twitter that it went down around 3:40pm PT, according to Downdetector.com. An hour later, Netflix’s website remains inaccessible, and streaming on mobile devices doesn’t work either. Netflix acknowledged the outage on Twitter: I’ve asked the company for more details, but have yet to hear back. Developing story, more to come.
  • What BlackBerry's CEO Wants From Apple

    01/22/2015 11:43:37 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | 1-22-15 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    BlackBerry's CEO John Chen wants companies to stop "discriminatory practices" against BlackBerry by not allowing them to use certain apps. Chen called out Apple and Netflix in a blog post about net neutrality and what he called a "two-tiered wireless broadband ecosystem" where developers create apps only for iOS and Android devices. "Unlike BlackBerry, which allows iPhone users to download and use our BBM service, Apple does not allow BlackBerry or Android users to download Apple's iMessage messaging service," he wrote. Apple's iMessage service is only available to customers using the company's ecosystem of devices. Calling out Netflix, Chen said...
  • Marco Polo Brings Mongol Empire To Netflix (Netflix New Original Series Alert)

    12/12/2014 5:43:23 PM PST · by goldstategop · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/12/2014 | Genevieve Hassan
    Following on from the success of its original dramas House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Netflix is banking on its next series, Marco Polo, being a similar hit. The adventures of famed explorer Marco Polo in 13th Century China are being told in a new series for Netflix. Set in Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan's court and with a rumoured $90m (Ł57m) budget, its epic nature, battle scenes and sexual content has inevitably drawn comparisons to Game of Thrones - although creator John Fusco points out Polo's books came first. Starring British actor Benedict Wong as Kublai and...
  • ...Lilyhammer might be the future of TV [Season 3!]

    12/06/2014 7:29:44 PM PST · by mrsmith · 7 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | Novenber 21 2014 | david zurawik
    Probably a 'link only'
  • Netflix CEO: Broadcast TV Will Be Dead By 2030

    11/28/2014 9:18:30 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 145 replies
    Beat Beat ^ | 11/28/14 | Jack Smith IV
    Nielsen Ratings are going to finally factor in Netflix traffic. Reed Hastings thinks it's too little, too late.
  • Netflix pulls Cosby special as rape allegations mount against comedian; NBC Cancels Sitcom

    11/19/2014 11:57:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    He’s been a cultural icon for decades, but a number of women have spent nearly that long accusing Bill Cosby of being something entirely more sinister. Although allegations against Cosby of sexual assault have been public for decades, a confluence of accusers coming forward has pushed the story to the top of the news — and into boardrooms as well. Netflix announced that it would postpone the launch of a comedy special involving Cosby, presumably in response to the allegations, although Netflix refused to elaborate: Netflix won’t air a new Bill Cosby special after three women slammed the comedian...
  • Bill Cosby comedy special postponed by Netflix

    11/19/2014 5:19:23 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 November 2014 Last updated at 04:23 ET | BBC
    Streaming service Netflix has postponed a Bill Cosby comedy special in the wake of allegations of sexual assault that have resurfaced in recent weeks. Bill Cosby 77 was to have been streamed from 27 November. It is not clear when or if the special will now be shown. Netflix's announcement came shortly after Tuesday's airing of an interview with a model and TV host who claimed Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982. Cosby's lawyer previously said the comedian would be making no comment. John P Schmidt said the allegations were a "decade-old [and] discredited" and that he did not intend...
  • Netflix Inc is an acquisition target, Mark Cuban says as he snaps up more than 50,000 shares

    10/17/2014 12:44:10 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    When asked if he had a price target on Netflix’s shares, he said: “My target is to never sell it.” Cuban told CNBC it would be “almost a no-brainer” for a major technology company to buy Netflix, given the company’s cheap stock price and strong content. He cited Apple Inc , Google Inc, Facebook Inc and Verizon Communications Inc as examples of potential buyers. The shares of Los Gatos, California-based Netflix were down around 3.3% at US$349.52 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq. The shares traded earlier as low as US$341.50, down 5.6%, after Goldman Sachs slashed its price target...
  • Netflix Brings the Drama, and Not Just in Its Shows

    10/01/2014 10:18:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michi Iljazi
    In a recent stunt that flamed out, Netflix led an online effort to incite their consumers into taking action on net neutrality that would ultimately benefit the company’s own bottom-line. The company tried to fake a slowdown of the Internet on its site to mimic what they claim could happen without net neutrality. The failed stunt showed that Netflix’s assertions and sneakiness are absurd. Netflix is now the go-to destination for movie and TV show rentals, accounting for a staggering one-third of all downstream Internet traffic during peak hours. As the company’s popularity and consumer base has grown, so too...
  • Who on FR watches "House of Cards" Series

    07/23/2014 2:29:52 PM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 121 replies
    Vanity (Netflix) | 7-23-2014 | self
    After being told by 3 or 4 associates whom I respect that I must watch it - and after putting it off for months - I finally dug in and power watched both seasons in past couple weeks. I was astounded, on so many fronts. This is must see TV for political junkies. I mean, anyone might like it, but the politically involved will find it fascinting, and teachable, illustrative….. Anyone else
  • Netflix queues up launches in Germany, France

    05/21/2014 1:17:49 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    cnet.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Joan E. Solsman
    Netflix will launch in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg this year, a previously announced but undetailed expansion into one of the most Internet-connected parts of the world -- mainland Europe.
  • Comcast vs. Netflix: Is this really about Net neutrality?

    05/15/2014 1:40:39 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 20 replies
    cnet.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Marguerite Reardon
    If you noticed more buffering and sputtering when streaming video from Netflix a few months ago, you weren't alone. But who was really to blame? Your broadband provider or Netflix? Netflix, which earlier this year reluctantly agreed to pay interconnection fees to broadband providers, has suggested that Comcast is to blame because it's violating principles of Net neutrality, which are all about keeping the Internet free and open. Comcast has vigorously denied these assertions. Still, questions remain and confusion abounds over how the two ideas are linked or whether they should be linked at all. The confusion deepened with statements...
  • Five US Internet Providers Are Slowing Down Access Until They Get More Cash

    05/06/2014 8:34:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Popular Resistance ^ | May 6, 2014 | Timothy B. Lee
    If you’re the customer of a major American internet provider, you might have been noticing it’s not very reliable lately. If so, there’s a pretty good chance that a graph like this is the reason:These graphs comes from Level 3, one of the world’s largest providers of “transit,” or long-distance internet connectivity. The graph on the left shows the level of congestion between Level 3 and a large American ISP in the Dallas area. In the middle of the night, the connection is less than half-full and everything works fine. But during peak hours, the connection is saturated. That produces...
  • The Case Against ISP Tolls (Netflix vs Comcast)

    04/25/2014 6:43:52 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 5 replies
    Netflix ^ | 4/24/2014 | Netflix
    As the person at Netflix responsible for content delivery, I spend a lot of time thinking about Netflix’s Open Connect CDN and its interconnection with ISPs. We are proud of the performance we’ve achieved through our hundreds of Open Connect partners around the globe. In fact, Netflix has a mutually beneficial relationship with nearly every ISP in every market where we provide service. But this is less the case for the largest ISP in the U.S., Comcast, which is trying to become even larger by acquiring Time Warner Cable. Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for direct interconnection to reverse an...
  • 11 one-season sci-fi TV wonders you can watch right now on Netflix

    03/26/2014 8:22:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 88 replies
    Blastr ^ | March 26, 2014 | Trent Moore
    While we wait to see if freshmen series like Almost Human and Tomorrow People survive for a second year, we thought it’d be a good time to take a look back at some of our favorite one-season sci-fi wonders.We’re drawing close to the dog days of summer, and though there’s more original sci-fi fare than there used to be, it’s still essentially the doldrums for a genre fan. Luckily for all of us, that’s where streaming services like Netflix come in handy. What better way to spend the downtime than to catch up on some gems that never got a...
  • Obama reassures Internet CEOs on tech privacy

    03/21/2014 6:36:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 21, 2014 7:25 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    A week before a self-imposed deadline for a review of National Security Agency programs, President Barack Obama sought Friday to assure leading Internet and tech executives that his administration is committed to protecting people’s privacy. CEOs from Facebook, Google, Netflix and others spent more than two hours with Obama in the Oval Office discussing their concerns about NSA spying programs, which have drawn outrage from tech companies whose data have been scooped up by the government. Joining Obama and the CEOs were Obama’s commerce secretary, homeland security adviser, and counselor John Podesta, whom Obama has tasked with leading a review...
  • Vanity: Netflix labels some gay/lesbian movies as "Romantic" films.

    03/15/2014 8:20:24 PM PDT · by Mich Patriot · 59 replies
    I've never posted a thread before, but I thought FReepers might want this information. I just contacted Netflix to let them know that I do NOT want to see Gay / Lesbian films listed under the "Romance" category. I've been a Netflix subscriber since the early days, but this is my second dispute with them the last few months (the first was over the Sarah Palin bashing tweet from April, 2013). I told them that I understand they may have a market for these films, but listing them under "Romance" amounts to pushing their GLBT agenda on customers, and that...
  • New scam targets Netflix subscribers

    03/09/2014 8:32:59 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 23 replies
    WHIO.COM ^ | 07 MARCH 2014 | WHIO.COM
    If you're a Netflix subscriber, you're on the hit list of cyber-criminals who want into your wallet! Huffington Post reports some subscribers are being hit with a pop-up phony webpage that looks exactly like Netflix. When you enter your account info to sign in, you get a message that says, "We have detected unusual activity on this account. To Protect your account for unauthorized use, we have temporarily suspended this username. To regain access to your account please contact Member Services at 1-800-947-6570."
  • Netflix Documentary Shows "Mitt" Like You've Never Seen Him

    01/29/2014 5:09:36 PM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 24, 2014 | John Hanlon
    “I can’t fake it,” then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney said as the political advisers and family members nearby deflated. They knew what that meant. The scene, which occurred during the heated 2008 GOP primary battle between Romney and his rising political adversary, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), occurs early on in the new Netflix documentary, Mitt. The film premieres on Netflix at 11 AM today and offers a rarely-seen look at the former Governor and his family as they trudge through two seemingly-endless presidential campaigns. Director Greg Whiteley was given great access to Romney during those campaigns, and he uses it to...
  • Will You Facebook, Take Thee Netflix...?

    01/22/2014 9:58:02 PM PST · by publius321
    "...The numbers they have make the valuation of Facebook dependent more on how many ways can they monetize their 1.2 billion subscribers. Pardon me for being crass but when we talk about "monetization" with regard to Facebook, the question put bluntly really boils down to how many ways can they extract money from them? This discussion usually leads to contemplating the number of ways Facebook can advertise to them without driving users away. This is all pretty much "inside the box" thinking. It doesn't require a stretch because..." (continue)
  • Netflix earnings beat estimates; stock soars 17%

    01/22/2014 3:03:54 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 22, 2014 | Andrew Harrer
    Netflix reported higher profit for the fourth quarter as the company added 2.3 million customers to its TV and movie streaming service in the United States, sending its shares up more than 17 percent in after-hours trading. (Click here to get the latest quote.) The company on Wednesday reported net income of $48 million for the quarter, up from $8 million a year ago. Earnings-per-share were 79 cents, Netflix said in a statement.
  • The Net Neutrality Lobby Is Like a Frog

    01/18/2014 11:22:05 PM PST · by Pontiac · 21 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | 1/17/2014 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    What the net-neut obsessives refuse to recognize is that anticompetitive intent isn't worth worrying about if an anticompetitive result isn't possible. If AT&T were "double-dipping," or charging sender and recipient for the same data, as some allege, its rivals would quickly copy its innovation and compete away any excess revenues. If AT&T were to degrade websites that don't pay up, its rivals would pounce and steal AT&T's dissatisfied customers.
  • HULU PLUS OR NETFLIX?

    12/27/2013 5:11:03 PM PST · by 7thson · 83 replies
    Good evening all. I am thinking of either signing up for Hulu Plus or Netflix. Can someone tell me what the difference is between the two? Advantages and disadvantages? Thank you in advance for your replies.
  • Netflix recommendations needed.

    12/18/2013 7:18:35 PM PST · by Mountain Mary · 103 replies
    Looking for some new mysteries to watch on Netflix or Amazon...preferably Brit, Swede, Danish or otherwise European(better actors)..but could be American if they are decent like Breaking Bad. I posted a request a while ago and many of you great Freeper friends responded with good suggestions. It turned out to be a fun thread.,,,a necessary distraction at this stressful time of year...from all things Obama, libs, Dems, progressives and dysfunctional families?
  • Comcast Management CHOOSES to Destroy the Company through Subscriber Attrition

    A thought provoking Marketwatch article regarding the growing trend of cable "cord cutting" demonstrates the need for a shakeup in the cable television industry. The industry is being run into the ground by old guard gatekeepers. It is becoming a case study of what not to do when faced with competition from visionaries with new technologies and business models. Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts is best thing that ever happened to Netflix shareholders. Listen Comcast shareholders: Despite CMCSA sitting near 52 week highs, that is abysmal compared to what the market cap SHOULD be and WOULD be if the company...
  • CABLE/SATELLITE VS NETFLIX/HULU/OTHER STREAMING SERVICES

    12/10/2013 4:48:49 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 88 replies
    EEE | 10 DEC 2013 | EEE
    Has any FReepers completely ditched their cable or satellite provider and went exclusively with streaming services, such as Roku or Wi-Fi Blu-Ray? I did. I had cable that I was paying upwards to $80 a month. I got rid of it and simply stream Netflix, HuluPlus, or Amazon Prime and saved over half.
  • Marvel creating four superhero shows exclusively for Netflix, premiering in 2015

    11/07/2013 10:03:57 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | 11/7/2013 | Jacob Kastanakes
    Marvel is creating four live-action superhero series and an Avengers-style special event that will all air exclusively on Netflix, beginning in 2015. The first of the TV series will focus on Daredevil, while the following series will star Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. At least 13 episodes of each series will be produced, and — like all good Marvel series — they'll eventually come together for a special event. For Netflix, that event will be a mini-series called The Defenders, though there's no word on just how long it'll run. "This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of...
  • Just watched "Last Ounce of Freedom"...WOW...I wish everyone would see it.

    11/04/2013 1:40:24 AM PST · by American Dream 246 · 6 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11/04/13 | American Dream 246
    I just watched "Last Ounce of Courage" on Netflix...wow..absolutely beautiful! That's what I am waiting for from us - to wake up and fight. And they won because here is NO law that can stop us to fight for what we believe in - just intimidation. But for some reason intimidation works. We are letting it happen! If we could make sure as many American as possible watch that movie, may be, just may be we would wake up more of us and may be, just may be we could win back all those freedom that we lost and are...
  • Netflix, as Easy as Changing the Channel

    10/16/2013 11:33:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 14, 2013 | Brian Stelter
    The television two-step is familiar to nearly every household with a TV set and a Netflix subscription. To watch cable, the television must be on one setting; to browse Netflix, it has to be on another. For some family members, toggling between the two is easy; for others, it’s so befuddling that it discourages any straying from cable at all. Now, in a sign of on-demand TV’s popularity, some cable companies, including Comcast, Charter Communications and Cox Communications, are talking with Netflix about doing away with the two-step and making the subscription service — and other online video services —...
  • Google’s simple device will shake up television

    07/31/2013 12:17:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 68 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | July 31, 2013, 7:18 a.m. EDT | Carol Kopp
    Commentary: Easy to watch anything on the Internet on your TV*****************************************************Thinking of C-SPAN from their Archives.*********************************By Carol Kopp Here’s what all the noise was about on Monday morning. At Netflix headquarters, people were cheering. At the big cable companies , they were shaking in their boots. At Amazon , one executive might have been trying to explain what went wrong. At Google , they were just quietly smiling. It was all about a thumb-size, $35 gadget called Google Chromecast that came out last week with little fanfare, almost as an afterthought to the announcement of a new version of its...
  • Ten political thrillers for Edward Snowden's Netflix queue

    06/20/2013 4:03:42 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 18, 2013, 11:28 a.m. | Celine Wright
    Does the story of Edward Snowden not scream political thriller? The 29-year-old analyst disappeared from his Hong Kong hotel room a day after his identity was revealed as the person responsible for leaking secrets about U.S. government surveillance programs. In his 12-minute video interview with the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, Snowden said the CIA could grab him at any moment or pay off a Chinese triad to kill him. It’s the perfect plot: An average employee defies laws in order to give the public the chance to react against alleged government actions, all while putting his own life at risk. We've...
  • Netflix Plays a Sarah Palin Hashtag Game, Gets Burned

    05/02/2013 3:49:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Daily Finance ^ | May 1, 2013 | Eamon Murphy
    Sarah Palin's totem is the mama grizzly, and her admirers are as protective of her as the fabled bear is of her cubs. Their target today is the resurgent Netflix (NFLX), which reported its first quarter results earlier this week. Twitchy -- conservative commentator Mchelle Malkin's Twitter monitor/controversy generator -- reports that the hashtag #SarahPalinFilms arose on Tuesday night, attributing it to "lefties" whose apparent dismissiveness towards Palin is belied by their purported obsession with her: "You know, because her 15 minutes have come and gone and she's totally not living rent-free in their heads." #Sarcasm. Sensing an opportunity to...
  • Netflix Joins Left's Sarah Palin Hashtag Twitter Game with 'Moon Nazis'

    05/01/2013 10:19:28 AM PDT · by So Cal Rocket · 43 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 5/1/13 | John Nolte
    Twitchy reports that on Tuesday night, the left launched a Twitter game with the hashtag #SarahPalinFilms. Via a verified account, this was Netflix's voluntary contribution: -- #SarahPalinFilms "Iron Sky" nflx.it/11AZvLR twitter.com/netflix/status… — Netflix US (@netflix) May 1, 2013 -- One review of "Iron Sky" describes the film this way: The film tries to make the connection between the Nazis and the current state of American politics via a US President character that embodies the Sarah Palin brand of politics, but it’s done in bad taste and this is where the satire fails.
  • Cable Companies Create Opportunity In Live Streaming For Netflix

    04/19/2013 8:05:22 AM PDT · by publius321 · 24 replies
    SeekingAlpha.com ^ | Scott Ryan
    "...An example of how Netflix could potentially attract millions more customers away from cable through live streaming would be to strike streaming agreements with networks such as theblaze.com founded by talk host Glenn Beck. Here, we have a network that has the devotion of approximately 20 million listeners and viewers who want the cable companies to add The Blaze television programming to their line-up. So, Comcast and other cable companies provide Al Jazeera as though customers demand it - but refuse the millions of blaze viewers and subscribers, many of whom already demonstrate willingness to pay separately for the network?...
  • The Basic Business Sense Netflix Bears Refuse To Grasp

    "The borderline acrimonious columns on Reed Hastings and Netflix seem to be approaching their January levels. One only need scan the NFLX headlines for the past week for some samples of writers demonstrating their emotional involvement. I'm not going to focus on the personal jabs but when one single column contains "charade"... "dog & pony show" "glorified bootlegger" "that's typical Hastings"... "creepy" - to describe Hastings and/or Netflix - maybe someone is getting frustrated. To address the fundamental arguments in the..." (continued)
  • We just cut our Time Warner Cable TV service.

    02/11/2013 2:37:24 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 41 replies
    from inside my head | Feb. 11th 2013 | Mad Dawgg
    I've been 3 months trying to get TWC to come and get my defective DVR (we have 2) several calls promising they would come and they would adjust our bill blah blah blah. Then the new bill came and informed us we are getting a price increase so we talked it over and did some research. Our TV bill (We have their internet as well) was over 110 bucks a month. We realized we could get Hulu plus and receiver most of the shows we watch for about 9 bucks a month and the two shows we definitely watch that...
  • Netflix's Risky Strategy For 'House Of Cards' ( Senator Kevin Spacey)

    02/05/2013 5:16:20 PM PST · by RummyChick · 38 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/5 | rosenbaum
    The thing about making television programs is, the folks who don’t do it always think it’s easy. After all, Seinfeld was nothing more than an NYC apartment set, some writers, and a few unknown actors. Of course, given the number of failed sitcoms, we know its a bit harder than that. Which is why Netflixs’ decision to get into original production is brave, risky, and had a very strong likelihood of a disastrous end. After all, HBO has had its share of hits and misses, and it’s been at original series production for a very long time. Then Netflix looks...
  • CES 2013: Winners & Losers!

    01/12/2013 3:32:07 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 12 replies
    tvpredictions.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (January 9, 2013) -- The Consumer Electronics Show is more than a convention. It's an opportunity for companies to position themselves as leaders in their respective categories. And with the world's media -- and more than 150,000 attendees -- watching, there's a lot at stake. So with the 2013 CES nearing the end of day three, it's a good time to take a first look at which companies have emerged as this show's winners and losers. Winner: Netflix The online home video service doesn't make a single piece of hardware, but it captured the show's attention on Monday...
  • What I Would Do with Netflix if I Were Facebook and Just Acquired Them

    01/09/2013 2:01:35 PM PST · by publius321 · 6 replies
    "People LOVE to watch movies together. When I look back over my decades past, through various life stages, among the common memories I remember with pleasure are the "movie nights" with old friends. I know I'm not unique in that regard. I suspect there are tens of millions around the country, just like me who have moved far enough away from the old home town to make those get-togethers with old friends implausible. Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has done a masterful job of re-creating the connections between old friends. These friends might not have otherwise stepped..." (continued)