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Netflix's Sarandos Talks Streaming, Recommendations, Set Top Boxes

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 15, 2010 at 8:31AM

Scott Kirsner, author of Fans, Friends and Followers and the Cinematech blog, recently interviewed Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at his office in Beverly Hills for Kirsner's "CONVERSATION" series.
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Scott Kirsner, author of Fans, Friends and Followers and the Cinematech blog, recently interviewed Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at his office in Beverly Hills for Kirsner's "CONVERSATION" series.

Sarandos talks about Netflix's quest to keep improving movie recommendations, the future of the Internet, connected TV and set-top boxes, the fact that 42 percent of their subscribers have streamed some kind of content from Netflix, up from 24 percent a year ago, increasing the resolution of Internet content to high-def, how they think about the competition (whether Redbox or iTunes) and how Netflix thinks about release windows (it's OK to get DVDs on a slight delay after they're available for purchase). Sarandos also makes the case that as more Netflix consumers stream content rather than rent DVDs through the mail, studios and other content owners will benefit economically---because Netflix won't have to spend $600 to 700 million annually on postage.

Video on the jump.

Ted Sarandos of Netflix on the Shift from DVDs to Streaming Movies from Scott Kirsner on Vimeo.

This article is related to: Web/Tech, Video, Digital Future, Netflix, Interviews


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.