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(Reuters)   Carl Icahn says he is considering a hostile takeover of Netflix, since the only people more hostile when it comes to Netflix are the customers who are still paying $7.99 a month   (reuters.com) divider line 28
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2012-11-11 10:10:38 AM
Half the cost of a single 3D movie ticket for all the movies you can watch all month, whenever you want them? Subby needs to focus on true evil, like Comcast.
 
2012-11-11 10:17:56 AM
Or, Carl could buy up a cable company, direct them to offer a la Carte programming that actually provides value.

Netflix is doing just fine without his help, and I'm well over 3+ years without a cable bill, thanks to the competition Netflix has inspired.

You now have via streaming alternatives to cable for almost everything but live sports, and content provider now have actually pay attention to customer outcry (Netflix learned this lesson the hard way). Netflix' board adopted a poison pill claue last week because they saw this coming.

Large scale corporate buyout of content providers is going to put us right back where were were with cable ~10 years ago, and I can't abide it.

Disclosure: I own a whopping three token shares in Netflix.
 
2012-11-11 10:21:57 AM
I love Netflix and have had it for a few years now. While I wish their selection was better for Instant Watch, I'm not going to cancel them for it. That being said, what did I just read? Hostile takeover? That sounds...scary. Can this 'poison pill' be explained to me, as well?

Thanks.
 
2012-11-11 10:26:38 AM

natazha: Half the cost of a single 3D movie ticket for all the movies you can watch all month, whenever you want them? Subby needs to focus on true evil, like Comcast.


THIS. For the amount of Netflix watching I do while working (ebay crap so not exactly rocket science), I should be paying them 2-3x as much probably. Not that I'll ever suggest that, but it sure beats cable.
 
2012-11-11 10:32:54 AM
Isn't this the same asshole who sunk TWA for the sole benefit of one of his many 'investments' ?

Yeah, fark him and the gimpy horse he rode in on.
 
2012-11-11 10:35:59 AM
So how's the selection on Instant these days? I've been using Amazon Prime's free streaming, but it doesn't work well for me. The video frequently stops and doesn't resynch unless I reload the whole page. It does this on multiple computers, so it apparently just doesn't like my ISP.
 
2012-11-11 10:52:06 AM
Fish in a Barrel:
So how's the selection on Instant these days?

Meh. It's okay. Two or three good ones a month, a handful of "might as well watch it since it's paid for," quite a few interesting older things in the archives. Easily worth the cost per month. They could probably got to $9.99 and not lose any customers.
 
2012-11-11 10:57:02 AM

cirby: Fish in a Barrel:
So how's the selection on Instant these days?

Meh. It's okay. Two or three good ones a month, a handful of "might as well watch it since it's paid for," quite a few interesting older things in the archives. Easily worth the cost per month. They could probably got to $9.99 and not lose any customers.


It's especially worth it if you happen to be a fan of Star Trek of Doctor Who.
 
2012-11-11 11:01:49 AM

NeoCortex42: cirby: Fish in a Barrel:
So how's the selection on Instant these days?

Meh. It's okay. Two or three good ones a month, a handful of "might as well watch it since it's paid for," quite a few interesting older things in the archives. Easily worth the cost per month. They could probably got to $9.99 and not lose any customers.

It's especially worth it if you happen to be a fan of Star Trek of Doctor Who.


If you're a fan of anime and don't mind the occasional commercial, try Crackle. Sony owns it.
 
2012-11-11 11:02:45 AM

cirby: Fish in a Barrel:
So how's the selection on Instant these days?

Meh. It's okay. Two or three good ones a month, a handful of "might as well watch it since it's paid for," quite a few interesting older things in the archives. Easily worth the cost per month. They could probably got to $9.99 and not lose any customers.


We have it for the kids selection. Absolutely TONS of stuff for small kids available instantly. We got rid of cable and went with free over the air programing + netflix streaming. $8 a month vs. $80, and since we have two small kids, they were watching it more than us anyways. And that's even with them limited to no more than 1 hour a day of screen time.

/screen time= any combination of computer, TV, and tablet use
//we're horribly mean parents: we make our kids go outside and play
 
2012-11-11 11:22:22 AM

raerae1980: That sounds...scary. Can this 'poison pill' be explained to me, as well?

Thanks.


TL;DR of it: If someone (that the board of directors didnt preapprove) purchases a nearing controlling share of the company's stock, the company will issue new stock in such volume to dilute the hostile party's stock to insignificant controlling share, as well as instantly devalue all that the hostile party just put into it. (Dude spends $500mil buying 20mil shares at $25 a share, poison pill hits, netflix issues tons of new stock, price plummets, dude still owns 20mill of shares but theyre now valued at $100mil. Instant loss of $400mil of equity.)
 
2012-11-11 11:28:09 AM
Netflix has since adopted a poison pill defense to prevent an outsider who lacks board approval from accumulating a stake of 10 percent or more, a move that Icahn on Thursday called "reprehensible."

Won't someone think about the corporate raiders???
 
2012-11-11 11:29:49 AM
Lol, subby sounds like somebody who still owns a television and still has the damn thing hooked up to cable.

/lol, cable
 
2012-11-11 11:30:37 AM

NeoCortex42: Star Trek of Doctor Who


I would watch this mashup series.
 
2012-11-11 11:43:39 AM

cirby: They could probably got to $9.99 and not lose any customers.


If they raised it $0.25 per month millions of people would be crying poverty.
 
2012-11-11 11:43:41 AM

The My Little Pony Killer: Lol, subby sounds like somebody who still owns a television and still has the damn thing hooked up to cable.

/lol, cable


Unless you want to watch sports. Then you're pretty much stuck.
 
2012-11-11 11:45:35 AM

someonelse: The My Little Pony Killer: Lol, subby sounds like somebody who still owns a television and still has the damn thing hooked up to cable.

/lol, cable

Unless you want to watch sports. Then you're pretty much stuck.


This. Used to watch all the pro sports games for free on broadcast. Thanks. Can hardly wait for al the college football games to migrate too.
 
2012-11-11 11:46:57 AM

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: NeoCortex42: cirby: Fish in a Barrel:
So how's the selection on Instant these days?

Meh. It's okay. Two or three good ones a month, a handful of "might as well watch it since it's paid for," quite a few interesting older things in the archives. Easily worth the cost per month. They could probably got to $9.99 and not lose any customers.

It's especially worth it if you happen to be a fan of Star Trek of Doctor Who.

If you're a fan of anime and don't mind the occasional commercial, try Crackle. Sony owns it puberty.


FTFY
 
2012-11-11 12:12:55 PM

someonelse: The My Little Pony Killer: Lol, subby sounds like somebody who still owns a television and still has the damn thing hooked up to cable.

/lol, cable

Unless you want to watch sports. Then you're pretty much stuck.


Sports ares the opiates for the masses.
 
2012-11-11 12:15:24 PM
So, what I'm reading here is that Icahn is discouraged by the poison pill and hoping someone friendlier to Netflix' board offers to take those options off his hands.

/I don't like poison pills, but I wouldn't weep if Icahn loses his ass on this deal
 
2012-11-11 12:15:49 PM
Raiders find a way. I wonder if this means there'll be movement behind the scenes attempting to replace or turn board members.

After typing that out, I'm absolutely positive that it's already been happening.

People like Icahnhazcheezeburger don't like being told 'no' and will move heaven and earth to get their way.

Gotta finish catching up with Doctor Who. Gonna miss having those TV shows I like.
 
2012-11-11 12:20:44 PM
Can't he go retire to some island and hang out with Bob Nardelli and Carly Fiorina?
 
2012-11-11 12:27:44 PM

natazha: Half the cost of a single 3D movie ticket for all the movies you can watch all month, whenever you want them? Subby needs to focus on true evil, like Comcast.


Man, this.

Gotta say though, even though I just have Comcast for internet i f--king hate them so f--king much (About the only option here).

But Internet (w/ NS and ABP) + flat screen + Netflix and Amazon Prime = I did not watch a single motherf--king election ad in my own home this year. And it was amazing.
 
2012-11-11 12:30:09 PM

someonelse: The My Little Pony Killer: Lol, subby sounds like somebody who still owns a television and still has the damn thing hooked up to cable.

/lol, cable

Unless you want to watch sports. Then you're pretty much stuck.


Bar down the street for all local games, college and pro. Half a mile down is a bar owned by former customers of the bar where they'll have pretty much whatever you want to watch on. And if you ask nicely, they'll put on what you're wanting to see on one of the smaller side TVs, Which are still respectable. Plus, you get out of the house.
 
2012-11-11 08:45:38 PM

sprawl15: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: NeoCortex42: cirby: Fish in a Barrel:

If you're a fan of anime and don't mind the occasional commercial, try puberty.

FTFY


I dare you to watch Neon Genesis Evangelion (skip the last episode and watch the movie(s) though), or Ghost In The Shell (original), or Serial Experiments Lain, or a host of other titles and say that again.

Anime is not all Pokemon, Yu-gi-Oh, or whatever other million-episode series get dumped into the children's channels. They have some seriously intense stories, characters, and situations in a lot of the top shelf titles. Beautiful art, crazy good music, amazing action, philosophy, and of course far more sex and violence than Western tv would ever allow except on HBO.

Go learn something and report back to the class.
 
2012-11-11 10:02:10 PM

ladyfortuna: sprawl15: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: NeoCortex42: cirby: Fish in a Barrel:

If you're a fan of anime and don't mind the occasional commercial, try puberty.

FTFY

I dare you to watch Neon Genesis Evangelion (skip the last episode and watch the movie(s) though), or Ghost In The Shell (original), or Serial Experiments Lain, or a host of other titles and say that again.

Anime is not all Pokemon, Yu-gi-Oh, or whatever other million-episode series get dumped into the children's channels. They have some seriously intense stories, characters, and situations in a lot of the top shelf titles. Beautiful art, crazy good music, amazing action, philosophy, and of course far more sex and violence than Western tv would ever allow except on HBO.

Go learn something and report back to the class.


I would NOT hold up NGE as an example of good anime. But GitS was good and Lain was trippy cool.
 
2012-11-12 12:41:27 AM
NGE has a lot of 'crazy' wrapped up in the more standard tale of adolescents, especially near the end. So it's not the best, but it's definitely not kid stuff. Also, you're allowed to disagree /shrug
 
2012-11-12 10:14:16 AM

Fish in a Barrel: I would NOT hold up NGE as an example of good anime. But GitS was good and Lain was trippy cool.


Even if you're not a huge fan of the NGE television series, the movies are pretty farking sweet. They get rid of 90% of "whiny Shinji".
 
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