January 26, 2012 |
Tucked into Netflix's strong earnings results announcement came the news that company is canning the idea of renting video games — one of the only welcome parts of its now-abandoned plan to split its web streaming and rental services. In an earnings call Wednesday, chief executive Reed Hastings said that the company would not be renting video games, but did not elaborate on the reasoning behind the decision. It's not hard to imagine, however, that Netflix backed off of its plan for video games in part because of the decline the...
August 1, 2013 |
Netflix has started adding the option to let subscribers add profiles to their accounts, in an effort to fix an all too common problem for subscribers: recommendation pollution. Anyone who shares a Netflix account with someone else has likely run into this issue, when user A's period British drama watching binge pulls User B's carefully calibrated action movie suggestion query way off track. (Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything.) It can also be a fairly thorny problem for parents...
August 3, 2013 |
With "Orange Is the New Black," Netflix looks like it has another hit. Or does it? One issue with the streaming service is that no one really knows how many viewers are watching original series, such as the women-in-prison comedy "Orange" and the political drama "House of Cards. " Netflix isn't rated by Nielsen, the company that measures TV viewing, and executives have refused to release any viewership data whatsoever. So while some are describing "Orange" as a "smash," for all we...
October 24, 2011 |
Netflix has had a tough few months, and it's been taking its toll on the video rental company. In its third-quarter earnings report Monday, the company reported that it's lost 810,000 subscribers in the United States in the past three months. Many were expecting the company to post subscriber losses after fumbling how it handled its price changes and on-again, off-again decision to spin off its DVD-by-mail business. In an interview with the New York Times , Netflix's chief...
August 29, 2013 |
This was the summer of irresponsible three-day benders. A few times, it was 4 a.m. and we said yes to just one more episode, even though the kids would be up in a couple of hours and we knew we'd be zombies at work the next day. But we couldn't stop. We just had to know whether "Downton Abbey's" Matthew and Mary would at last be together. We are binge watchers. The on-demand television culture — where you no longer wait a week for the next episode, it's all just one click away — has spawned a...
August 10, 2009 |
In the console wars, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has apparently scored a win. In announcing an update to its Xbox Live online service, which features Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) streaming, Microsoft described its relationship with Netflix as "exclusive" and said the "Xbox 360 will be the only game console to offer this movie-watching experience. " There had been rampant rumors that Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Nintendo were both considering bringing Netflix streaming in some way to their own consoles ( Via Engadget )