I have a theory about why everything has gone wrong with the once-beloved, now-maligned Netflix. In simple terms: They were Scrooge McDuck, and they decided that they wanted to be the Beagle Boys — the gang of hoodlum bank robbers who conceive crazy schemes to rob Scrooge McDuck. One year ago, Netflix was practicing a grateful backstroke through a mountain of money. There was some trouble on the horizon, of course. Content providers were starting to create their own video-streaming services, and mailing DVDs was costly, and users would fly into a blind rage whenever the site slightly updated its interface. Scrooge McDuck constantly faces down threats from competitors like Flintheart Glomgold (Amazon Instant Video) or people who want to undermine his business model, like Magica DeSpell (Starz’ decision to remove its content from Netflix). There were ways to solve these problems. Netflix had an adoring constituency. Everyone you knew was watching Party Down. Your parents were starting to use “Netflix” as a verb. READ FULL STORY
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After getting all your afternoon snacks in order, consider celebrating this auspicious day with one (or more) of these, er, green-friendly streaming picks. Each one can be viewed from the comfort of your own couch — though you might want to pull out a fan before you start watching. Otherwise, certain hazy elements might make it tough to see your computer screen.
As of today, this 144-minute documentary about the reggae legend is officially available On Demand, on iTunes, and streaming on Facebook. When we asked a rep from Ziggy Marley’s production company why the producers chose this particular release date, she noted that it’s Bob’s son Stephen’s birthday, and that April 20th also “happens to fall on Friday, which is usually when movies come out.” Suuuure, that’s why.
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Our #1 favorite stoner movie is available on Netflix for your viewing pleasure. And it’s not alone — half-baked classics like Clerks, Reefer Madness, Super Troopers, and The Big Lebowski can also be placed in your Instant Queue. (Half Baked itself, unfortunately, can’t be.) READ FULL STORY
Did you know that 68% of date nights take place on the couch in front of a wall-mounted TV? No, you didn’t, because I made that up. But it seems increasingly apparent that more people are using their weekends to stay in and snuggle (either with a partner, a posse, or themselves) while binging on some of streaming’s finest. If your weekend date with Netflix is hopelessly unplanned, let EW help you track down some of this week’s best new streaming additions:
New on Netflix*: Movies
Rango (2011) – Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin – PG, 107 minutes, Animated
Gore Verbinski’s lively story of a suburban lizard (Johnny Depp) who winds up in the wild vermin-filled west won the Oscar for Best Animated Film this year. Don’t let the cutesy chameleon look fool you: Rango is fast, funny and filled to the brim with typical Depp mannerisms (and one heck of a cameo).
Risky Business (1983) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay – R, 98 minutes, Comedy
Pay It Forward (2000) – Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment – PG-13, 123 minutes, Drama
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) – Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway – R, 110 minutes, Action/Crime READ FULL STORY
Remember when Netflix was the future of the entire media industry? First it created a DVD-by-mail service that made the entire Blockbuster era look like a bad joke. (Remember late fees? Remember the horrible selection, with nothing before 1983?) People nostalgic for Blockbuster are like aging Russian widows who lay flowers at Stalin’s grave. Then Netflix accelerated us into the era of streaming video, creating a massive archive of instantly accessible movies and TV shows. Last May, a study found that Netflix accounted for a fifth of all the internet traffic in North America. READ FULL STORY
It looks like they’re back in business. After some very risky business model changes that resulted in customer backlash and plummeting stocks, it seems
Qwikster Netflix has begun to turn things around. Earlier this month Netflix released statistics that showed their stocks were actually back on the rise (an 11 percent surge, to be precise) and now analysts are giving credit to the company for turning things around in the volatile environment.
According to Reuters, thanks to continual stock rising, “Analysts at Citigroup, Barclays and J.P. Morgan Securities raised their price targets for Netflix, saying the customer growth may help alleviate investors’ concerns about its ability to restart subscriber growth. Citigroup also upgraded the stock to ‘buy’ from ‘neutral.’” As business improves for Netflix, CEO Reed Hastings (once Saturday Night Live fodder for his business ventures over the past few months) told shareholders in a letter that he’s not worried about the competition from streaming services such as Hulu Plus and Amazon.com.
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We’ve had some good times together. I remember when your red envelopes first freed me from the authoritarian grasp of Blockbuster, where friendly employees were as abundant as NC-17 movies. One of the first films I ordered through your service was Battleship Potemkin, the 1925 silent classic that would have been impossible to find in a Blockbuster store that carried 125 copies of Van Helsing. That’s why we cinephiles gravitated toward Netflix — you offered films we couldn’t rent anywhere else, and you provided an experience that was simple and cool.
And then you had to go and ruin a beautiful thing. READ FULL STORY
If your television and computer are often fighting for your attention (and likely your spouse and children, but until they start streaming episodes of The Office, it’s still really down to just TV and laptop), it’s likely thanks to über-popular video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
But just how much movies and television are you getting from both services, and how exactly are you watching the forms of entertainment, PopWatchers? Nielsen set out to answer that question with a recent survey with 12,000 online participants back in March (look at all those charts and graphs! HIMYM‘s Marshall Eriksen would be in heaven!).
Here’s some of what they found: READ FULL STORY
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