Posts Tagged ‘netflix’

FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Still Fuzzy

April 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Federal Communications Commission did damage control today to try to convince critics that the chairman's net neutrality proposal would not create a "payola Internet,” would not end the end the Internet as we know it, and would not lead to a host of Internet price increases for consumers. "This notice decides nothing," an FCC official explained during a call with reporters that followed a tsunami of negative press . Even after the commission votes May 15 to proceed with the notice of proposed rulemaking, there will still be plenty of unanswered questions, including what would constitute a net neutrality violation. The public will have plenty of time to comment before the FCC finalizes the rules by the end of the year. Let's take the easy part of chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal first. The FCC proposes to reinstate the 2010 "no blocking" rule for legal content and enhance the 2010 rule that requires ISPs to disclose their network policies and practices. The biggest question, and what remains unclear in Wheeler's proposal, is how the FCC will determine what fast lane agreements between ISPs and content providers is "commercially reasonable." "We don't know, the rulemaking will decide it," said an FCC official. "We want a broad public debate before we make those kinds of decisions. We'll ask first and answer later," he said. So depending on a bunch of details that haven't been written yet, that could mean the FCC might allow deals that give some Internet content priority over another. But no one at the FCC seems to know how that will work, except that each deal will be reviewed on a "case-by-case basis." In his blog post , Wheeler said the FCC "will propose rules that establish a high bar for what is 'commercially reasonable.'" "The allegation that it will result in anti-competitive price increases for consumers is also unfounded. That is exactly what the 'commercially reasonable' test will protect against: harm to competition and consumers stemming from abusive market activity," Wheeler wrote. When asked if that means a deal between Netflix and Comcast that raises prices for consumers would be a violation, the FCC official responded that: "if it limits competition, that's a problem." OK, are we clear now?

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Does Anyone Watch Broadcast TV Anymore? The Adweek People’s Poll [Video]

April 22, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Are regular people (well, New Yorkers) still held to broadcast and cable TV schedules? The only people who will be surprised might be the programmers still working in broadcast and cable TV.

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Watch Netflix’s Trailer for ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2 (VIDEO)

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix has released the official trailer for the second season of “Orange Is the New Black,” which premieres Friday, June 6, with all 13 episodes available worldwide on the streaming service. Series brings back the inmates of Litchfield women’s prison, starring Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, a 30-something woman serving a 15-month sentence after being... Read more

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Here’s What Happens When You Ask Netflix to Go to Prom With You

April 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Muthana Sweis, a student at Marist High School in Chicago, took two dates to his junior prom—and one of them was Netflix. In a January tweet, the 17-year-old asked the company if it would accompany him on March 29 if his request got 1,000 retweets. (He probably asked Netflix because everyone knows that Comcast is taking Time Warner this year .) Netflix agreed, raising the question of how exactly a streaming service goes on a date. Hey @netflix if this gets 1,000 retweets will you go to my junior prom with me?— Muthana Sweis (@muthanasweis) January 30, 2014 We said yes! We’re third wheeling to #Prom2014 with @muthanasweis and his date: — Netflix US (@netflix) March 28, 2014 In the end, the site's accompaniment consisted of providing a tuxedo, car and chauffeur based on movies and TV shows it carries. Sweis chose a classy James Bond Skyfall tux and a classic '50s Buick from Grease, along with John Travolta's character as his driver. (Breaking Bad's mobile meth lab was among the vehicle choices. Too bad Sweis didn't pick that one and really get the prom cooking.) Beyond being a fun way for the brand to build buzz by leveraging its connection with fans, the episode reflects how deeply media have become woven into the fabric of our lives. Film content informed key aspects of the evening, there's a nod to Samsung's Oscar selfie, and the whole thing played out on social channels.

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Amazon Unveils Fire TV, Video-Streaming Set-Top for TVs

April 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments launched an Internet-video streaming TV device – the Fire TV – as the e-retailing giant looks to grab a spot in the living room to promote its own content services and get an edge on rivals including Apple and Netflix. As expected, Fire TV will stream Amazon’s Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, the unlimited movie... Read more

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Netflix and Amazon Accused of ‘Blacklisting’ Fired Content Executive

April 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A former director of content acquisition for Netflix is accusing the streaming service of “blacklisting” him and spreading false claims that he stole company confidential information when he left for a job at rival Amazon. Jerry Kowal’s suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, also names Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, as well... Read more

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Netflix to Add Three Original Series from DreamWorks Animation, Sets Debut for New ‘Turbo FAST’ Episodes

March 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

DreamWorks Animation and Netflix announced three new original series, set to debut in late 2014 on the Internet-streaming service: “King Julien,” “Puss in Boots” and “Veggie Tales in the House.” In addition, the companies said a new set of episodes from the first season of “Turbo FAST,” the series based on the movie about racing... Read more

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Netflix Gets First-Run Rights to The CW’s ‘The 100′ in Canada via Warner Bros. Pact

March 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix subscribers in Canada will be able to watch The CW’s “The 100″ sci-fi series within one day of its U.S. air, through an exclusive first-run licensing deal with Warner Bros. Intl. TV Distribution. “The 100″ will be available to Netflix customers in the Great White North starting Thursday, March 20, following the U.S. broadcast... Read more

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SXSW: Dana Brunetti Knocks Zach Braff, Spike Lee for Crowdfunding

March 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Never one to mince words, Dana Brunetti criticized Zach Braff and Spike Lee for utilizing crowdfunding at SXSW on Sunday. In a Q&A with Randi Zuckerberg, the outspoken “House of Cards” producer singled out the filmmakers because those celebrities “already have access” and are taking “away from the little guys, who actually needs the funding.” Brunetti... Read more

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Review: ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Lands on Netflix

March 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Star Wars” is always better when it leans toward its darker side, and that’s certainly true of the batch of “The Clone Wars” episodes, dubbed “The Lost Missions,” premiering exclusively on Netflix. A huge coup given the importance of fan passion in driving subscription enterprises, these episodes are more adult in tone than many past... Read more

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