The MacTaggart Lecture: How Netflix killed the watercooler moment – and breathed new life into TV (The Guardian)
If there is anything about the character I play in House of Cards – Francis Underwood – that I suspect people admire it is that he has embraced a sense of total abandon. He has no allegiances to party, to titles, to forms, to labels: he doesn’t care whether it’s Democrats, Republicans, ideology or conviction. What he sees is opportunity and the chance to move forward. OK, he’s a bit diabolical but he’s also very effective. It seems to me that, like Francis, audiences are no longer making distinctions between television and other media, so let’s throw the labels out. Or, as Francis might say, “at least let’s broaden the definitions – and if we have to call ourselves anything then aren’t we all just storytellers?” The success of the Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) model – releasing the entire season of House of Cards at once and online – has proved one thing: the audience wants the control.
Kevin Spacey urges TV bosses to embrace Netflix and YouTube (The Telegraph)
Kevin Spacey has warned television chiefs they must embrace internet services such as Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and YouTube to reach the new generation of viewers and ensure its survival as it competes for attention with Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and a host of other new media.
BBC Four Acquires UK Rights To Irish Drama Series ‘Amber’, Netflix UK Takes Streaming Rights (TV Wise)
BBC Four has closed a deal with Content Television to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to RTE’s drama series Amber. In addition, Netflix UK has secured the streaming rights to the series and will make Amber available to subscribers in 2014 following its initial broadcast on BBC Four.
Netflix threat to Sky and UPC as it hits 150,000 subscribers (Independent ie)
Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) the online video streaming service, is becoming a serious threat to UPC and Sky in Ireland. New figures show it has a subscriber base of over 150,000 here. The figures, compiled by Enders Analysis, will worry traditional terrestrial and cable broadcasters and will be seen as a sign that people are now starting to realise the true potential of high-speed broadband.
What happens when Netflix starts streaming live events? (Cross Cut)
Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has never streamed a live event, and CEO Reed Hastings says they never will. Now that’s a wise comment for a disruptor to put unambiguously on the record, especially since the TV networks could immediately pull their content from Netflix if they ever heard otherwise. But we all know that occasionally CEOs change their minds.That’s why I decided to imagine what would happen if Netflix took on live events. And as soon as I played out the scenario, it became obvious: Sooner or later, they will.