Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos raised some eyebrows this weekend when he claimed that movie theater owners are the ones threatening to kill the movie business. Their refusal to innovate with day and date releases for big movies in theaters and on digital is stifling the industry. But his company is totally helping, right? The DVD business, which has been a massive part of the movie business for the past ten-plus years, is super-healthy, thanks to Netflix, right? And streaming revenues have more than made up the difference, too! Oh, wait. The business isn’t healthy and streaming hasn’t filled the void.
Complete video of his talk is after the break. Also, we’ve got the following items:
- A third season of House of Cards is on the way.
- Netflix gets Dexter.
- Comcast will offer HBO to non-cable subscribers.
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One day, when we’re all grown up and have kids of our own, an awkward conversation is going to happen. No, not that one. We’ll have to explain to our kids that when we were their age, we couldn’t just stream every single movie in an instant from our pocket. We had to get in a car and drive to a video store. And it was awesome.
Buzzfeed has created a very sweet little video about just that, and it’s sure to give you all kinds of nostalgic feelings. Read More »
Anyone who still doubts Netflix is the next iteration of HBO need only look at the parallels, which continue to fall in line.
HBO began as a platform for people to watch movies on a new technology called cable TV. Netflix did the same thing on the Internet. HBO then began producing original movies, which helped to define the channel. Netflix started with television shows, but those have done the same. From there HBO moved into original shows and have since become one of the most celebrated channels in the world. Netflix already has shows, so what’s next?
You guessed it. Netflix is now beginning to look at producing original movies to go along with their original serialized programming. All original programming, though, will only get better and more prevalent in the future as they’ll be doubling their spending in the coming year. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
As convenient as Netflix is, it does have its downsides. One is the lack of “extras” for any of its titles. If you want deleted scenes, directors’ commentaries, blooper reels, or behind-the-scenes videos, you’re better off grabbing the actual Blu-ray or DVD.
But if a new experiment by Netflix goes well, we may have one less reason to cling to physical media. Todd Yellin, Netflix’s VP of product innovation, has revealed that the company may test bonus features for its original content like House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black. More about Netflix’s plans after the jump.
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Doctor Who fans can have a great weekend, thanks to the release of nine old episodes thought lost forever.
Most people probably know that huge chunks of film history have disappeared forever, but even more television has been lost. There wasn’t always the thought that TV should be preserved, and some shows were lost when tapes were reused in budget-saving measures.
Among the lost treasures are almost 100 episodes of the BBC series Doctor Who. Chunks of the show’s early seasons were taped over by the Beeb in the ’70s, or allowed to deteriorate in storage. Some episodes survived, and others have been pieced together from various sources: audio recorded by fans, 8mm footage of TV broadcasts, stage notes, and set photos. But there have been big parts of the Doctor’s history that no one has seen since the original broadcasts.
About a week ago the BBC started to confirm that some lost episodes had been found in Nigeria. (The best, if most unpredictable method for fully recovering lost episodes has been to trace tape or film transfers created to send the show to foreign territories.) Now we have confirmation that nine episodes are available for the first time in decades. Better yet, they can all be seen right now. Read More »
Briefly: It’s elementary, dear streaming TV watcher. The more high quality, in-demand on-demand content you have on your platform, the better your market share will be. Hulu Plus has just signed a deal that should help them considerably. Users can now stream new and old popular BBC series, including Doctor Who, Sherlock, Luther, Top Gear, Torchwood as well as Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, Life in the… and others. Read More »
Usually in Mortal Kombat, the words “Finish Him” mean certain doom. However, for the online series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, things are far from finished. The first season debuted in 2011 to great success and now director Kevin Tancharoen is gearing up to debut Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, the second season of the popular online show. Featuring classic characters like Raiden, Scorpion, Sub Zero, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kitana and Mileena, the director promises “more action, fights, special effects, and overall, more of what fans want.”
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II debuts on Machinima September 26 and the final trailer has just been released. Check it out below. Read More »
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Ricky Gervais burst onto the comedy scene with the original UK version of The Office, and in the years since that show his comedy has veered towards the savage. His propensity to argue his position as an atheist, and a few gigs such as his biting Golden Globes hosting duties, have overshadowed some of his other comedy.
Derek looks different, much more easy-going. (Not unlike Gervais’ other big new gig, the Muppets sequel.) In the new show, which aired in the UK earlier this year and is now heading to Netflix, Gervais plays a 49-year old man who works in a retirement home. And if this first trailer is any real indication of the show, it seems a lot more gentle than what we’ve come to expect from the actor. It’s a bit disorienting, to be honest. I mean, the tagline is “Kindness is Magic.”
Check out footage below. Read More »