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Netflix seeks cable partnership, wants to be the next HBO


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

Analysts praise Netflix as stock continues to rise and customers come back


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.

'SNL': See 'Netflix Apology' sketch cut for time

Not wanting to keep hugely talented host Melissa McCarthy offscreen for too long, the Saturday Night Live producers nixed a solidly funny sketch about Netflix’s recent run of head-scratching developments from last night’s show. The sketch starts off funny-because-it’s-true as goateed Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (played by Jason Sudeikis) and DVD operations head Andy Rendich (Fred Armisen) explain the new rate hikes and the creation of unfortunately titled DVD-mailing spin-off Qwikster. Then the humor quickly escalates as the name and service changes become more and more absurd. See the clip, posted on NBC’s website after the show: READ FULL STORY

Today in the Netflix Sad-Trombone Tour: Netflix-Facebook integration launching everywhere except America

In the Downward Spiral Championship Race-to-the-Bottom to decide which critically beloved media company will do more to destroy their sterling reputation in calendar-year 2011, Netflix moved several more lengths ahead of AMC and Sony today when, in the wake of the surprisingly leadfooted Qwikster launch, Reed Hastings took the stage in the middle of the f8 Keynote Speech to talk about Facebook/Netflix integration, which seemed like a readymade slam-dunk story for Netflix… until Hastings ended his speech by noting that the integration would be available pretty much everywhere except for America, thanks to a unique-to-the-US rental privacy law currently being debated by Congress. Netflix’s blog currently has a call-to-arms post asking Netflix users to call their local Congressmen. READ FULL STORY

Mark Zuckerberg's big Facebook announcement: What you need to know from his keynote speech

Big changes are coming to Facebook. What do those changes entail? We don’t know (though, like everyone, we have our suspicions). But we will know… soon. At 1 p.m. EST/10 PST, Mark Zuckerberg will deliver the keynote presentation of this year’s f8 conference. Expect news of partnerships, potentially including new Facebook Music and Facebook video-related deals. Watch the live-stream of the keynote starting at 1 p.m. EST/10 PST here. We’ll update this post as the revelations arrive.

UPDATE: Big announcements from the Keynote speech include partnerships with Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and Rhapsody, plus a complete rethink of the Facebook Profile in a new aesthetic called “Timeline.” One twist: The Netflix/Facebook integration is not currently allowed in the United States… because it’s not legal. Yet.

1:16 — Andy Samberg is onstage pretending to be Mark Zuckerberg. He just made a Glee joke and a MySpace joke. This is how you know that you’re not watching an Apple event. READ FULL STORY

Netflix/Qwikster: I guess this is good-bye


Dear Netflix,

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

Crunching the Hulu and Netflix numbers: What -- and how -- you're watching movies and television

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

Spot Inspection: What TV show are you currently catching up on?

Here’s some good PR for Netflix! Starting tomorrow, Mad Men‘s first four seasons will be available for instant streaming. That means you can catch up on the entire series with a binge, or by rationing to make it last you through the summer. That made us wonder: What TV show are you currently catching up on while your DVR is light? (It’s always both a relief and a disappointment to return home from a week’s vacation and find your DVR still has space, right?)

Right now, I’m in limbo. So really, I’m just looking for ideas. I finally watched both seasons of Party Down this summer and highly recommend you doing so if you haven’t. I’ve got a Torchwood: The Complete Original UK Series set on my desk. Thinking that’s what I’ll dive into next…

Your turn.

Oh, Netflix alternatives, where art thou?


Angry proclamations of Netflix cancelations have been flying around the Internet today after the streaming site announced it was hiking pricing, essentially forcing subscribers to choose between its DVD selection and its streaming plan. But where will the Netflix refugees go? We consider the alternatives… READ FULL STORY

MoviePass to allow moviegoers to see as many flicks as they want a month for $50. Worth it?

If you’re anything like us, you’re going to spend the dog days of summer planted indoors, namely at an air conditioned movie theater, seeing everything under the unforgiving sun (Transformers: Dark of the Moon may blow your eardrums out, but at least you’ll be cooled off). While it’s certainly cheaper than buying a pool or sitting in front of your open refrigerator all day (turns out that really hikes up the electric bill), going to the movies a few times a week definitely adds up.

With the average price of a movie ticket in San Francisco hovering around $10, an avid moviegoer could very well spend roughly $100 a month at their local multiplex (that’s not including assorted goods at the concession stand, which, let’s be honest, would be about $100, too.) In other words, Californians, you may have to start subletting your living room in order to keep going. Or just start charging your out-of-towner friends for your Full House tour.

Alas, there’s MoviePass, a new $50-per-month service — launching this weekend in, you guessed it, the San Francisco Bay Area — which will allow subscribers go to unlimited movies in theaters. READ FULL STORY

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