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NETFLIX STREAMING SERVICE GETTING A MAKEOVER (Updated)

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With the major studios making it virtually impossible for Netflix to offer new movies to its streaming subscribers after its deal with Starz ends on February 28, the company seems poised for a makeover, increasingly offering original content. Although it launches the first of five planned original series on February 6 — Lilyhammer, starring Steven […]

NETFLIX SHARES FALL TO NEW LOW

November 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Already battered Netflix was pounded to the mat again this morning by investors who questioned the company’s strategy of pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into its streaming service without a clear indicator of how such a strategy will pay off. Netflix shares closed at $70.45 Tuesday, significantly under its 52-week low and at a […]

WALMART VIDEO SERVICE TO ALLOW FREE MOVIE DOWNLOADS

November 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Add Walmart’s Vudu to the video services scrambling to take advantage of Netflix’s recent stumbles. Until now, if you bought a new DVD or Blu-ray Disc from Walmart, you also had the ability to stream the disc onto your interconnected devices via “the cloud.” That’s OK if you’re at home or close to a wi-fi […]

ANALYST: STARZ LIKELY TO REMAIN WITH NETFLIX

September 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield has expressed doubt that Netflix’s deal with Starz Entertainment is as dead as each side has made it out to be. In a note to clients, Greenfield suggests that Starz executives misjudged Netflix’s need for their content. Reportedly Netflix had offered $300 million to retain the Starz package, which includes mostly […]

NETFLIX SUFFERS MAJOR BLOW AS STARZ PULLS OUT

September 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Apparently finding Netflix’s success to be a threat to its own pay-TV cable operation, Starz Entertainment said Thursday that it will yank its movies from Netflix when its current contract expires in February. Starz is one of the few sources — and the major one — of recent movies for Netflix’s streaming service. Three years […]

NETFLIX NOW SECOND-LARGEST MOVIE “CHANNEL”

January 27, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

More people may be watching movies on their TV sets and computers from Netflix’s streaming service than are watching movies via pay-TV services Starz and Showtime, the Wall Street Journal observed today (Thursday). The newspaper observed that Netflix added 3.1 million new subscribers over the December holidays, bringing its total number to more than 20 […]

NO BUYERS FOR THE KENNEDYS

January 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

DirecTV has become the latest TV outlet to reject the four-hour miniseries The Kennedys that was originally set to air on the History Channel. That channel reportedly turned it down because of charges that it presented baseless speculation about the personal lives of President John F. Kennedy and other members of the Kennedy family. It […]

NO TAKERS FOR REJECTED JFK MINISERIES

January 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Showtime, which jumped in to pick up a controversial miniseries about Ronald Reagan after it was dumped by corporate sibling CBS in 2004, said Wednesday that it will not do the same with a miniseries about John F. Kennedy that was rejected by the History Channel last weekend. The Kennedys has also reportedly been rejected […]

CABLE NETS PREPARE TO BATTLE NETFLIX

January 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Cable networks are beginning to recognize publicly the potential threat of video websites that are offering the same content that they have paid high prices for. Speaking at a media conference in Scottsdale, AZ on Wednesday, Turner Broadcasting System chairman and CEO Phil Kent objected to deals between studios and Netflix that provide programs to […]

HBO THROWS MONKEY WRENCH INTO NETFLIX’S ONLINE STRATEGY

August 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Netflix’s hope of being able to offer relatively recent movies to its subscribers via online streaming rather than the U.S. Mail, has hit a snag, and its name is HBO. Last week Netflix completed a $900-million deal with the Epix cable channel for online rights to Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM films. It had previously signed […]