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APPLETV GETTING AN UPGRADE

March 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In addition to unveiling its new, higher-resolution iPad on Wednesday, Apple also disclosed that it is upgrading its AppleTV settop box so that it can produce true 1080p HDTV. More significantly perhaps, it said that users of the device will be able to sign up for Netflix’s streaming service and pay their monthly subscription fees […]

NETFLIX BECOMING A TV RERUN SERVICE

February 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Given the wariness of the major Hollywood studios to support its streaming service, Netflix will become a mostly TV rerun operation when Starz yanks its content on Wednesday, the New York Times observed today (Tuesday). Commented the newspaper: “It’s a transition that Netflix has made rather successfully in the last six to 12 months, in […]

NETFLIX MAKES IT EASIER FOR CUSTOMERS TO OPT FOR DVD PLAN

February 20, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Netflix chief Reed Hastings may repeatedly maintain that streaming is the wave of the future and do all that he can to convert his old DVD-by-mail subscribers to streaming subscribers, but it is the mail business that continues to support the company. On Friday, Netflix announced that new subscribers would be able to sign up […]

REPORT: AMAZON AND VIACOM TO JOIN IN NEW STREAMING SERVICE

February 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Amazon is expected to announce as early as Thursday a deal with Viacom to launch a new streaming video service that will compete with Netflix, Reuters reported today (Wednesday), citing two people familiar with the discussions. The deal would appear to give Amazon, which already operates a popular DVD-by-mail and streaming service in the U.K. […]

NETFLIX: THE FUTURE OF TELEVISION?

February 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In what could very well represent a window on the future of television, online film renter Netflix began streaming the Norwegian TV series Lilyhammer today (Monday). Netflix subscribers have the opportunity of watching as many episodes as they like whenever they like. In a statement, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said, “Unlike any major […]

NETFLIX: MOST PROFITS STILL COME FROM DVD-BY-MAIL

January 31, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Netflix may be focusing most of its energy on promoting its streaming service, but its DVD-by-mail service is nearly five times more profitable, Home Media magazine reported on Monday. The trade publication on Monday observed that DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals via the mail accounted for $194 million in profit in 2011, representing 52 percent […]

NETFLIX SHARES ZOOM ON EARNINGS REPORT

January 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Netflix shares soared 22 percent on the Nasdaq today (Thursday) to $116.01 after the company reported stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings of $41 million on a whopping 43-percent increase in revenue of $876 million. The company, which was beleaguered by subscriber losses and analysts’ downgrades after it substantially raised fees for its combined streaming and DVD-by-mail service, […]

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 RISE ON GOOD NEWS, FALL AGAIN ON BAD

January 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

People are watching a lot more movies and TV shows on Netflix’s streaming service than most analysts had suspected. The online movie-rental service, which has not figured in many positive stories of late, said Wednesday that its streaming-service subscribers watched more than 2 billion hours of content in the last quarter of 2011. BTIG Research […]

COMING TO A PHONE NEAR YOU: THE SUPER BOWL

December 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s hard to imagine who would want to watch the Super Bowl on a computer screen, let alone a mobile phone, but NBC announced on Tuesday that it plans to stream not only Super Bowl XLVI live on Feb. 5 from Indianapolis, but also two wild-card playoff games on Jan. 7 and the Pro Bowl […]

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