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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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Media Watch: Netflix in Cable Talks, Epix and ABC Family Launch Streaming Apps

Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix
Netflix is talking cable partnerships. Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has "quietly met" with some of the largest cable companies in the U.S. according to Reuters. These meetings have prompted rumors that certain cable channels might add movie streaming to their services. It's possible, writes TechCrunch, that within the year cable subscribers could have Netflix access from their cable boxes. Cable is what Netflix needs to survive. Meanwhile, ABC Family and Epix have launched their own streaming applications for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch users. As paidContent writes, this is in direct competition with Epix and ABC Family's distribution agreements with Netflix and Hulu. After Starz stopped supplying Netflix with titles, Epix became one of Netflix's most crucial suppliers.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 7, 2012 1:55 PM
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Media Watch: Comcast Launches 'Streampix' to Challenge Netflix

Cable behemoth Comcast, which owns NBC Universal, has broken into the streaming platform business with its launch of Xfinity Streampix. StreamPix offers previous seasons of shows including "The Office," "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," and "30 Rock," as well as such movies as "Brokeback Mountain," "Ocean's Eleven," "The Big Lebowski" and "When Harry Met Sally," with more titles planned.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 22, 2012 12:28 PM
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Netflix and Weinsteins Strike First Streaming Deal, Including Likely Oscar-Winner 'The Artist'

It won’t be long before likely Oscar-winner “The Artist” will silently grace your instant queue. Yes, Netflix and The Weinstein Company have established a streaming deal.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 21, 2012 1:52 PM
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Media Watch: Facebook Adds Apps, Sony vs. Cable TV, ImageCollect Biggest Celebrity Pics Library

Facebook, two months after premiering new social apps through partnerships with Netflix, Spotify, Yahoo News, and The Washington Post, plans to go ahead and increase its app partnerships in 2012, reports AdAge. More applications will allow Facebook users to share what they read, watch and hear in real-time. Facebook will heavily feature the apps in their soon-to-be-launched Timeline.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 16, 2011 12:20 PM
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AFM News: Freestyle Digital Media to Focus on Digital, Cable, VOD Distribution

In case you were wondering, VOD distribution is here to stay. Look at JC Chandor's $3.5 million Margin Call, which lured a strong ensemble of name actors led by Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Zachary Quinto, and has passed the $1.5 million mark theatrically in limited release, as it was also available day-and-date on VOD. More and more people are learning, as Netflix had hoped, to download and stream movies from their cable companies or through Roku, iTunes, PS3 or TiVo. Several folks I know picked up on the publicity and ad noise surrounding Margin Call and watched it on its second weekend in theaters, at home. It's significant, too, that theater owners are lowering ticket prices for a change.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2011 2:26 AM
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Media Watch: Amazon Prime Instant vs. Netflix, Selling YouTube at Denny's, Zuckerberg's Regrets

Able to report some much-needed good news, Netflix renewed its contract with ABC, adding more shows including Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. After losing 800,000 domestic subscribers after its recent price increase and the controversial fissure between streaming and sending DVDs, the company is doing its best to please their remaining consumers. However, Netflix's primary rival Amazon is making its own moves as Netflix’s primary competition with Prime Instant, a video library that will include over 800 titles from Disney-ABC including Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and Felicity. Prime has also secured licensing deals with CBS, Fox, NBCUniversal, PBS, Sony and Warner Brothers.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 31, 2011 4:28 AM
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Netflix, Under Fire, Ditches Plans to Split Company, Kills Qwikster

"Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings as he backed off plans to split the company in two. “There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years — and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2011 12:52 PM
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Media Watch: Hulu Lets You Choose Your Ads, Amazon Splits Streaming, Transformers Streamed Directly

- Amazon's stand-alone streaming service might follow the path of Netflix, reports Fierce Online. Amazon's plans to break its streaming business from its e-commerce store marks another instance, like Netflix, in which corporations make business decisions that do not cater to their consumers. Amazon might also have plans to split Prime from its original site.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 12:21 PM
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