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President Obama's Favorite TV Shows, And The Movie We Know He Loves: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Ever wonder which TV shows the Obamas have on their DVR? Well, President Obama tells TV Guide that his favorite shows are "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire" ("one of the greatest shows of all time") and "SportsCenter"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 30, 2012 12:53 PM
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Netflix Will Premiere Original Series 'House of Cards' with Kevin Spacey on February 1st

Netflix will premiere on February 1 David Fincher's anticipated original series "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey. And Netflix will make the entire 13-episode series available to its subscribers all at once. Fincher, the executive producer of the series, directs the first two episodes. He is followed by a host of other accomplished directors including Joel Schumacher ("Falling Down"), James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross"), and Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 12:31 PM
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Netflix's Ted Sarandos Talks Original Programming

It is not news that chief content officer of Netflix Ted Sarandos is on the hunt for original programming for the content site, competing for content with the likes of HBO snd Showtime. That's why the DVD rental site, which has been making the transition to online streaming, chased down David Fincher's high-price series starring Kevin Spacey based on the British series "House of Cards."
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • September 20, 2012 5:59 PM
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Media Watch: Looking Back on Netflix's Rocky Year

It was one year ago today that Netflix made a serious misstep: The company hiked its popular $10 DVD and streaming VOD subscription up to $15.98.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 12, 2012 12:55 PM
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Netflix Reports 1 Billion Hours of Viewership in June

Netflix had its best month ever this past June, with subscriber viewership reaching a billion hours of content. This breaks down to 33 million hours of video for each day of the month, and 1.4 million hours per hour.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 5, 2012 12:18 PM
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Blip Online Video Network Gets on the Original Programming Bandwagon

Another day, another web-based company getting into original programming production and distribution, joining the likes of Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Hulu and Crackle. Online video network Blip announces the launch of Blip Studios...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2012 2:43 PM
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Netflix Lures Movie-Going Non-Subscribers with $1 Movie Ticket Offer

Netflix wants non-subscribing moviegoers to give the digital platform a chance...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 22, 2012 6:28 PM
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Watch: $8-a-Month Netflix Subscriber Streams 252 Films in 30 Days, Miraculously Remains Married

New York-based comedian Mark Malkoff pays only $8 a month for his Netflix subscription, but he's outdone even the most disciplined 8-flix-at-a-time cinephiles with a month-long challenge he just completed. How many films can be streamed in 30 days? 252, apparently. Beginning to end, including credits. Watch his Netflix challenge Youtube vid below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2012 1:31 PM
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More: Netflix

DIRECTV Joins Netflix in the Original Series Business; Will Audiences Come?

Many companies are jumping into original production to keep their customers from falling away, from Netflix to DIRECTV. But Netflix has more to offer its subscribers at this point in the way of sophisticated taste algorithms than DIRECTV, which is ordering up its first original series, suspense thriller "Rogue."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 10, 2012 11:45 AM
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After Quikster Missteps, Netflix Has Recovered

Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix
There's no question that Netflix misjudged how to handle their necessary survival transition from DVD rentals to streaming. They left their customers feeling confused and betrayed during the Quikster-Netflix debacle.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • March 14, 2012 3:45 PM
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