Posts Tagged ‘netflix’

Netflix Remains King of Bandwidth Usage, While YouTube Declines

May 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix, already the biggest single driver of Internet bandwidth, boosted its share of peak broadband traffic on North American broadband networks in March 2014, according to a new report. The No. 1 subscription VOD service accounted for 34.2% of all downstream usage during primetime hours, up from 31.6% in the second half of 2013, according... Read more

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AT&T in Talks to Acquire DirecTV

May 12, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

DirecTV and AT&T are in talks to merge, with AT&T taking a stake in the smaller company in a deal composed of both cash and shares, according to multiple reports. Stock at both companies took a serious jump on the news; it's the most recent example of consolidation in the cable and telco industries and it's unlikely to be the last, especially if everything goes smoothly between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and the regulating bodies who have to sign off on that merger transaction. Indeed, things got a little simpler in the latter transaction today, as the TWC's divestiture of several cable systems—to competitor Charter, which is a condition of the merger—was combined with the docket to merge the two larger companies. Both DirecTV and AT&T declined to comment this evening, but reports, most prominently at The Wall Street Journal , say the deal could close within the next two weeks. AT&T would pay $50 billion in cash and stock for a majority stake in DirecTV. It's a proposition that would give AT&T a much larger stake in the cable industry, but its long-term implications are far-reaching and interesting: With a satellite cable provider as part of its suite of services, an Internet and telephone service provider like AT&T would have a major reason to start backing traditional TV against Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and the other streaming video services that make AT&T's service valuable but erode the marketability of a service like DirecTV. (It's true the the company has its U-Verse cable outfit, but that's available in fewer than 5 million homes across 22 states). If AT&T and DirecTV file with the regulators before Comcast, Time Warner and Charter complete the complicated docket that will be needed to finish that deal, it's possible that the agencies involved will want to look at both deals simultaneously, gumming up the works for all parties involved. It's also worth noting that AT&T's bid to take over T-Mobile was stifled by regulators in 2011. Mind you, though the specific parties are unexpected, consolidation in the cable industry is not. The U.S. pay-TV market has matured enough that its low end is occupied not by basic cable packages, but by streaming services including Netflix and the others listed above—and anyone offering traditional cable and satellite service is competing mostly for customers belonging to his competition. So rather than build out AT&T's fledgling U-Verse network or enter a bidding war for another geographically limited part of the market like TWC or Cox, AT&T is going for a satellite partner that will allow it to market over a much broader region. And it strengthens DirecTV's position as the rest of the industry huddles together.

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Can’t Figure Out What to Watch? Take a Spin With Netflix Roulette

May 1, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Once you're done binging on Orange Is the New Black and Scandal, browsing Netflix can start to feel like rummaging through the discount DVD bin at Target. But now there's an easier way to cut through the clutter. If you feel like you've already seen all the good stuff (and all of the slightly above mediocre stuff), you might want to try Netflix Roulette . Developer Andrew Sampson created the API-driven website to help you find new movies and shows based on your own criteria. You can filter by genre, rating, director, actor or keyword, then just hit "spin." The app displays a show or a movie for you to watch, and if you don't like it, you can spin again. Sampson's reportedly been contacted by a recruiter at Netflix, and he's been featured by news outlets including The Huffington Post and Time , so maybe this side project will turn into something quite a bit bigger. Don't listen to Wesley Snipes. Always bet on red!

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Chelsea Handler in Talks with Netflix for Show

April 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Latenight comedienne Chelsea Handler may be leaving her perch on cable TV to bring a show to Netflix. Handler has reached a deal with the subscription-video service, with the format yet to be determined, the New York Post reported. A source familiar with the talks corroborated the Post story, and said that Handler’s pact with Netflix is... Read more

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Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins Is Helping Digital Video Get the Respect It Wants

April 28, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

At the moment, Mike Hopkins has the two hardest jobs in online video. The first is as CEO of Hulu (its third in a year and a half), where he’s responsible for a growing over-the-top video business that competes with juggernauts like Netflix and upstarts like Amazon Prime. And his other job is, well, as CEO of Hulu, where he looks out for the interests of owners Fox, Disney and silent partner NBCUniversal, three linear TV giants with huge broadcast networks and dozens of cable channels between them.

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Marketers Must Embrace the Transition Into the Post-Television World

April 28, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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‘House of Cards’ to Continue Filming in Maryland

April 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Following an intense months-long standoff between producers and state officials, “House of Cards” production will remain in Maryland, after all. The show’s production company Media Rights Capital has reached an agreement with the state government to receive $11.5 million in tax incentives and grants of the $15 million rebate it sought to keep the Netflix... Read more

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Veep Star Reid Scott Uses Pinterest Like a Pro

April 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Reid Scott Age 36 Accomplishments Stars as Dan Egan on HBO’s Veep (Sundays at 10:30 p.m.); voices Turbo in the Netflix animated series Turbo FAST Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I head straight to my email and then after that, the Huffington Post. It’s such a guilty pleasure. I love me some Pat Kiernan in the morning. I turn on NY1 while I get ready and get the local news, weather and traffic before I leave. Were you a political junkie before you started doing Veep? I kind of was, yeah. My family has been mildly involved in politics, so I’ve always had an interest in it, but all the research we got to do for Veep and the access that we had to people on the Hill during our prep time before Season 1 was amazing. It really fueled that fire. Were there any TV shows or media outlets you used for your research? Obviously The West Wing was a big one.

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The Wire’s David Simon: HBO Would Have Killed My Show Today

April 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Despite being widely considered one of the best TV shows of all time , The Wire's creator David Simon doesn't believe

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Netflix to Launch on Three U.S. Cable Operators via TiVo

April 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix has grabbed its first foothold with cable operators in the United States, with plans to launch on three smaller companies next week through an app on TiVo DVRs. The deals are with RCN Communications, Atlantic Broadband and Grande Communications. The MSOs are tiny compared with giants like Comcast or Time Warner Cable, but the... Read more

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