Posts Tagged ‘netflix’

The 2013 Hot List Winners Have Been Announced

December 3, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

This was the year Breaking Bad, Candy Crush and BuzzFeed commanded our attention, Cosmo went from the bedroom to the boardroom, and Jimmy Fallon got a big promotion. Also, Rolling Stone stoked fury (and newsstand sales) with the most controversial magazine cover of the year, Netflix did its damnedest to put TV out of business, and we learned what it means to "lean in." In our annual list of the most sizzling media brands and media people, these did the most outstanding job building audience, business and buzz in 2013. From ratings to unique visitors and circ, from ad sales to cultural influence, our editors spent months eyeballing a range of metrics (and yes, arguing with each other) to determine these picks. Here's to the winners, and to bringing the heat. View the winners here: Print | Television | Digital

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Comcast Pushes VOD Reruns Into the C3 Window

December 2, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In yet another move by the cable industry to measure the kind of viewing that has driven success at Netflix and Hulu, Comcast and Nielsen have joined forces to measure video on demand content across the former's TV Everywhere services—including old episodes. The pact has been in the works for a while , but today was formally announced. Traditionally, three days' worth of advertisements for DVRed shows are included in Nielsen's standard viewing measurement, C3. But this new tool would keep track of fast-forward disabled ad deliveries for VOD that comes in via a cable provider—in this case Comcast, but potentially much more of the industry, if the tool works and appears attractive to buyers. It's called ODCR, or On-Demand Campaign Ratings, joining Online Campaign Ratings (OCR), Cross-Campaign Ratings (XCR) among the company's new and upcoming tools for capturing viewer data. There's also a mobile tool in the works .

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Netflix Unwraps New TV Ad Timed to Holiday Season

November 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The holiday season is high time for digital content consumption, so there’s plenty of players in the streaming category stepping up their marketing this time of year. Netflix is no exception, launching a new commercial on Thanksgiving Day that seems more attuned to Christmas. The “Holiday Tree Topper” spot tells the tale of the rowdy... Read more

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Nokia Lumia 1520 Marks Giant Leap (In Screen Size) for Windows Phone

November 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

What’s big and red (or yellow, or white, or black), makes calls and plays movies, and doubles as a butter dish for Thanksgiving dinner? Why, it’s Nokia’s latest Windows Phone device, the Lumia 1520 , of course. And I’m just kidding about the butter dish part — sort of. The Lumia 1520, which is available now from AT&T for $200 on contract, is Nokia’s first foray into the world of “phablets” — those hybrid devices that try to be both smartphone and tablet. Till now, the largest screen to appear on a Windows Phone handset measured 4.5 inches. But the Lumia 1520 ups the ante with a six-inch full-HD display, which I found great for watching movies, reading text and even working on documents. But, as one would expect, it also makes for a large device. Not Samsung Galaxy Mega big, but big enough that it’s cumbersome to hold and carry

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Netflix Gives Most, but Not All, of Its TV Viewers a New Look

November 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Netflix is giving itself a makeover. The video service has overhauled the presentation most subscribers see when they watch Netflix on TV, using devices like Roku boxes, Sony’s PlayStation consoles, smart TVs and Blu-ray players. The new look is supposed to debut today, but you can get a sense of what it looks like by checking out the screenshot above, or the embedded video at the bottom of the post. Or you can trust my description: Netflix is adding more images, and information, to its screens. It’s all designed to make you more likely to click on a video and watch it. The goal, of course, is to get you to watch more Netflix, so you’ll be more likely to keep paying $8 a month for the service. Netflix executives are proud of the facelift, which they described as the “biggest change to the Netflix experience in our history.” What’s at least as interesting to an outsider, though, are the reasons you won’t see the new look on all the devices that connect Netflix to TVs. In some cases, there’s a technical limitation, though the Netflix folks said they’ve worked hard to design software that’s lightweight enough to work on relatively primitive devices. But the reason Netflix can’t overhaul its look for other devices — like Apple’s Apple TVs, and Microsoft’s new Xbox One — is because the device manufacturers have specific rules about the way app developers can present their stuff on their devices.

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Netflix Video Usage More Than 10 Times Amazon and Hulu Combined

November 11, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix remains the biggest pig in the broadband python, representing 31.6% of all downstream Internet traffic in North America during primetime hours in September — well ahead of any other streaming service, according to a new study. The Internet video-subscription service, with more than 31 million streaming members in the U.S. alone, uses nearly 20 times... Read more

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Sports Programming Dominates the Living Room

November 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Image copyright Jonathan G In the era of digital media, content is king, and sports content is the king of kings. The sports industry reaches a larger market than music, movies and episodic television combined. Sports content also plays a major role in consumers’ choices about television service providers, the checks they write each month to pay for their broadcast content, as well as the decisions to upgrade the televisions in their homes. Recent developments have cast a spotlight on the ever-increasing value of sports content. First, sports are more popular than ever. According to a Kantar Sports Media study in 2012 , 170 million adults — 71 percent of the U.S. population — identify themselves as sports fans. Second, given heavy competition from the increasing number of content providers, major networks, such as CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC, are looking for additional content that can drive advertiser-friendly demographics — read: Sports, in significant numbers. Third, TV service providers, fearful of consumers “cutting the cord” in favor of services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, realize they can get a competitive advantage with both live and differentiated content — again, chiefly sports. This new sports-centered media landscape has shifted the balance of power between sports broadcasters and TV service providers. Those who hold the rights to broadcast sports programming enjoy tremendous negotiating leverage that they use to extract an increasing amount of money from the television service providers. For example, in the recent public feud between CBS and Time Warner Cable, a dispute over broadcast fees led to a lengthy blackout of CBS content for Time Warner customers. Although a broad swath of CBS programming was at stake, it was clear that the ultimate bargaining chip all along was NFL programming, which CBS held the rights to broadcast. TWC had no choice but to bow to the pressure of CBS before the NFL regular season started. The TWC-CBS dispute illustrates a larger trend: The sports bill has gone way up for the television service providers, and there’s no apparent end in sight. TV providers collectively will be paying over $17.2 billion for access to sports content this year from the rights holders (source: SNL Kagan). Even more notably, these deals are structured to last multiple years, sometimes decades, so the total liability for providers is well beyond $100 billion. In one well-documented example, DirecTV shelled out $4 billion to the NFL for the exclusive rights to Sunday Ticket for only a four-year term extension. The price for sports rights continues to escalate as these contracts come up for renewal.

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Netflix Cuts a Major Deal for 4 Marvel Shows

November 7, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Yahoo’s Mayer Now Chit-Chatting With Ryan Seacrest About Content Ideas

November 5, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is tearing her way through the content celebrities, it seems. First, news star Katie Couric . Then, prominent tech reviewer David Pogue . Now, it seems, she has engaged herself in preliminary discussions with Ryan Seacrest’s multi-pronged entertainment production company about what one source called “interesting business opportunities.” Oooh, I like interesting! Maybe a singing competition? Nope, he’s been there. Maybe a radio show? Yipes, he’s done that

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Western Digital Adds Something New to Hard Drives: Helium

November 4, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

When you think about it, aside from the fact that, over time, they increase in capacity while getting cheaper, there’s not that much new about hard drives. They store our digital stuff, occasionally give out, and that’s pretty much that. But today, Western Digital is going to announce something a little different and interesting in the world of enterprise hard drives, and you should probably pay attention to it. Starting today, it will begin shipping hard drives packed with helium — as in the inert gas that makes balloons float, makes people’s voices sound funny, and which happens to be the second-most-abundant element in the known universe , after hydrogen. It turns out that the insides of hard drives are pretty violent places. There’s a lot of high-speed motion, what with the disk platters spinning at several thousand rotations per minute, and the head moving back and forth across its surface. If you’ve ever held your arm out the window of a fast-moving car, you get some sense of the problem. All that drag from the air limits the number of disk platters that can be stacked inside a single drive. Right now, the standard calls for five platters inside a one-inch-high drive enclosure. Building a sealed drive that’s packed with helium eliminates that drag, and thus allowed for platters to be packed inside the enclosure more tightly

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