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

by Anne Thompson
April 15, 2010 8:31 AM
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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.

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