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(The Verge)   Netflix wants at least five new shows a year: 'The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us'   (theverge.com) divider line 18
    More: Interesting, HBO, Netflix, Netflix wants, HBO faster, Eli Roth, home entertainment, Arrested Development, digital distribution  
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2013-01-30 01:46:44 AM  
5 votes:
Bring back Better off Ted
2013-01-30 08:58:38 AM  
2 votes:
I'll never cease to be amazed at people biatching about Netflix's instant watch service. It's 8 bucks a month (a fraction of cable), has a ton of content on demand and is available from pretty much any modern electronic device with a screen and a wi-fi signal.

And people complain that they can't get every film or TV show they'd ever want to see? Cripes, folks. Pay the extra few bucks to get the DVD service, hit the Redbox once in awhile or complement your video watching with something like iTunes or the pay version of Amazon Instant Video.

What I don't understand is Netflix's end game strategy. Sure, they'll have a bunch of original programming, but once they reach the saturation point where they can't get any new subscribers, then what? Are they going to tier the service for original programming? HBO can double-dip on its revenue stream by forcing people to get an expensive subscription through their cable provider and keeping its content locked down and then selling DVDs to non-subscribers. Netflix gets 8 bucks per household and probably won't sell many DVDs because the content is perpetually part of its service.
2013-01-30 01:45:22 AM  
2 votes:

lelio: Same here. But they won't. They are a distribution company that doesn't really know about creating content. It isn't something that you can just buy off the street, no matter how they think they can do it.


Well, they are bringing us new episodes of Arrested Development. You have to admit, that's pretty impressive.
2013-01-30 01:30:29 AM  
2 votes:
coeyagi, movies you might enjoy:

1) Some dogshiat direct-to-DVD action flick starring Dolph Lundgren
2) Some dogshiat direct-to-DVD action flick starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
3) Phantoms starring Ben Affleck
4) Some dogshiat direct-to-DVD action flick starring Ray Liotta.
5) Gigli.

Nice algorithm you got going there, Lou.
2013-01-29 09:45:37 PM  
2 votes:
Well, that is about the rate they add new movies, at least for the Canadian version. Luckily I have a VPN.
2013-01-30 06:01:22 PM  
1 votes:

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Their whole production strategy is idiotic. People subscribe to Netflix so that they can wait for other people to do the dirty work of watching, criticizing, and rating television shows. "I'll catch it on Netflix" isn't some affirmative, marketing bullshiat. If something is decent, it'll show up on Netflix sooner or later, and I'll just burn through the whole series then. Nobody's going to sit around on a Tuesday night waiting for the next streaming episode of House of Cards to be released. If anything, they'll just wait until they entire series has been released, then watch it based on whether or not the algorithm thinks they'll like it... like they do with every other farking show on your service, Netflix, you dumb farks.


They are releasing all episodes all at once. Which is precisely why they can fill a niche that even HBO can't occupy, because HBO needs a vehicle that will draw people to schedule their entire Sunday Nights around every week for 4 or 5 months. Netflix just needs to draw or keep a subscriber. Netflix can just walk up to some heavy hitter marketable creative name like David Lynch or David Mamet or Steven Soderbergh and say "You ever had an idea about a show, but couldn't find anyone to green light it because it was just 4 characters sitting around talking at the breakfast table for 10 hours? We'll make it for you. You'll have no censorship restrictions or sponsors/advertisers afraid of boycotts or front office execs telling you what to do. Just make it dirt cheap and let us market it as 'David Lynch Presents......' so that we can use your name draw/keep subscribers."
2013-01-30 08:45:21 AM  
1 votes:

CarnySaur: They should probably wait to see how Arrested Development and House of Cards play out before making grandiose statements like that.


No, they should invest a ton of money in a new show based on the firefly universe.
2013-01-30 08:41:51 AM  
1 votes:
They should probably wait to see how Arrested Development and House of Cards play out before making grandiose statements like that.
2013-01-30 08:19:55 AM  
1 votes:

BalugaJoe: House of Cards is not new. It is based on a UK tv show.


So are most of the top-rated shows in America. What else is new?
2013-01-30 08:08:53 AM  
1 votes:
since cable television is conditioning the masses for poverty, (i.e. pawn shops, junkers, storage auctions, repossession). then jail and rehab.television shows where people with blue collar jobs is some how considered entertainment, might as well put a t.v. show about the homeless or soup kitchens and the sad cases that have to eat there.

if you want to experience some hardcore shiat with out having to go to prison., volunteer at a soup kitchen.
2013-01-30 05:01:12 AM  
1 votes:
Instantwatcher is kind of a must go to site if you have Netflix. Very handy.

"Lilyhammer" was a pretty good Netflix original series.

There are some really top-notch foreign movies, especially from Korea and China of all genres.
2013-01-30 02:47:49 AM  
1 votes:
I remember when Netflix had a much more user-friendly search feature, where you could even filter by release date and see all the new movies added to the site in a given week. Much better than whatever 75 randomly chosen movies they add to the genre categories.
2013-01-30 01:51:21 AM  
1 votes:

Tarkus: I'd be happy if they just added 5 NEW movies a month.


They're adding movies all the time, just most of them are crap. Here's a list of new titles, with the newest first. Looks like about 30 added in the past week. And here's a list of new titles upcoming (though that list is never perfect, usually there's more titles that aren't on there).

The problem isn't the lack of quantity or lack of new titles. The problem is the lack of quality.
2013-01-30 01:45:45 AM  
1 votes:

lelio: if they do original content as well as HBO does, I'll be incredibly impressed.

Same here. But they won't. They are a distribution company that doesn't really know about creating content. It isn't something that you can just buy off the street, no matter how they think they can do it.

Also the egos involved that are required to run a studio isn't going to mesh well with the rest of the company where everyone else probably thinks they could make a couple of shows a year, easy.

But who knows, SyFy did have Battlestar Gallactica. There must have been some sort of glitch in the matrix for that show to continue on that horrible channel.


It's about building credibility and critical mass. Where the hell did AMC come from all of a sudden? A few hit shows and now production companies are signing up with AMC big time. Not saying Netflix can do it, but they need a hit, and then need to have a few more hits in quick succession to make it a viable plan.
2013-01-30 01:38:36 AM  
1 votes:
Their whole production strategy is idiotic. People subscribe to Netflix so that they can wait for other people to do the dirty work of watching, criticizing, and rating television shows. "I'll catch it on Netflix" isn't some affirmative, marketing bullshiat. If something is decent, it'll show up on Netflix sooner or later, and I'll just burn through the whole series then. Nobody's going to sit around on a Tuesday night waiting for the next streaming episode of House of Cards to be released. If anything, they'll just wait until they entire series has been released, then watch it based on whether or not the algorithm thinks they'll like it... like they do with every other farking show on your service, Netflix, you dumb farks.
2013-01-30 01:38:25 AM  
1 votes:

Dragonflew: Well, that is about the rate they add new movies, at least for the Canadian version. Luckily I have a VPN.


Hahah I have Canadian Netflix too!

What I like is the blog "What's New on Netflix Canada". Unfortunately every couple of days they buy the rights to a bunch of worthless movies in Hindi. The movies typically suck ass and the language isn't sexy. I'll watch movies in Mandarin or Japanese or pretty much any European language(not Welsh), but oh god these Indian movies suuuuck.

/waiting for OTHER science fiction shows to show up. (other Trek shows? Please?)
//I know that the broadcast rights were being held up by Bell for a lot of them as they wanted to buy another company and set up a competitor to Netflix, which probably would've cost more and had less content and some forced commercials.
///I haven't delved into the VPN->USA thing because the whole thing is sort of a grey area. I'm held to an extremely high ethical standard for my profession and if it were to become outright "illegal", I'd hate to lose my job because I wanted to watch some shiatty TV shows.
2013-01-30 01:25:58 AM  
1 votes:
If cable doesn't move to ala carte channel selections they may make it
2013-01-29 11:37:54 PM  
1 votes:
I'd be happy if they just added 5 NEW movies a month.
 
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