March 21, 2011
Netflix has apparently outbid cable channels to gain exclusive rights to the new 'House of Cards,' a David Fincher drama starring Kevin Spacey. They now get the first two seasons at a cost of over $100 million, perhaps a sign that they have their sites on vying with HBO, Showtime, etc.
All we know is that when all is said and done at the end of a day, when we want to watch a movie, we just want to stream something that isn't yet available and would rather Netflix spend the money on conversion rather than competing with the big guys.
January 28, 2011
Netflix has removed the "Add to DVD Queue" from streaming devices. Jamie Odell, director of product management claims that this is "so we can concentrate on offering you the titles that are available to watch instantly." He says that it complicates the instant watch experience and adds that it will not apply to their website. We see this as a move to concentrate on their eventual streaming over service. With almost 5,000 mostly negative comments on the blog, it seems that the natives are not happy with the announcements.
January 11, 2011
Netflix is going one step further to make it easier for everyone to come on board. Companies such as Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba will be adding a dedicated button on their remotes. This feature will be included on many Internet connected TV and Blu-ray disc player remotes, with about 250 of them already Netflix ready. While this idea is fine its implication it also seems that the company may eventually become an international player, don't you think?
December 27, 2010
Netflix's latest deal is with Disney-ABC. Programs can be accessed after 15 days of initial telecasts. The company has also recently acquired content from CBC for Canadian subscribers like TV series 'The Tudors' and the classic 'Kids in the Hall' (we loved that show!) as well as more cable TV series. A live stream of Starz Play channel is also available. Will they become the first complete live-streaming Internet channel? Today North America, tomorrow the world.
December 10, 2010
There are many ways to get revenge online for former couples, including posting embarrassing videos and pictures. One Netflix user took out his anger on his cheating girlfriend by rating movies until he came up with this result. Amusing, but we would have just blocked her access if they shared an account.
December 6, 2010
In its effort for world streaming domination, Netflix is reportedly paying $70,000 - $100,000 for current episodes of TV shows. They recently made a deal with NBC Universal to stream 'SNL' the day after airing. It seems that the company may knock other streaming services like Hulu and YouTube to the bottom of the video heap.
Via NY Post
October 28, 2010
We admit that during the long summer of reruns, we spent a lot of primetime watching online cable TV series and Netflix Instant Watch movies, since there are now thousands available. Sandvine of Waterloo, Ontario released a report that claims that 20% of Internet traffic is attributed to Netflix streaming, most of it during primetime 8 to 10:00 p.m. CEO Reed Hastings announced in its Q3 2010 financial Report that the company is "now primarily a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail."
So it is no surprise that they will be adding more films from Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate and MGM to the tune of about $1 billion from EPIX, the company that has subscription pay TV rights to new releases and movies 90 days after their OD and premium pay TV run. That is one large step for humankind.
October 20, 2010
Good news for PS3 owners. Toss out that disc because you can finally have VOD from Netflix without it. There is a new user interface that is faster and will provide 1080i 1080p high definition and Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound. Makes you want to get that new big screen and pop up some Orville Redenbacher's, doesn't it?
Via PS Blog
October 15, 2010
Plug the Scosche sneakPEEK II into your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, connect the other end into your TV via RGB or RCA input and you get a component or composite A/V cable. It is even compatible with the Netflix app for iPad. An included micro USB cord lets you charge your device while you are watching your stored video. Get yours for $59.99.
October 4, 2010
Netflix is now considering a streaming only option for the US after its recent launch of same in Canada. It seems that the company wanted to ensure that all was well during the event as it included extras, just in case there was a lack of proper enthusiasm. You gotta dig the hand-out sheet to those participating that included the instruction, "Keep it simple and fun."
"Extras are to behave as members of the public, out and about enjoying their day-to-day life, who happen upon a street event for Netflix and stop by to check it out. Extras are to look really excited, particularly if asked by media to do any interviews about the prospect of Netflix in Canada."
Yeah, we know how that works. We won't even begin to complain about the comment made by CEO Reed Hastings about Americans and their "self-absorbed" reaction to the Canadian service that runs a dollar less, although he did apologize later.
Via The Globe and Mail