I know that some people are worried that mad scientists can now clone sheep.
Soon, they say, they will do the same with human beings.
Think of it. Tasteless nerds creating hundreds of Thomas Kinkades and David Archuletas to alter the cultural balance of America.(Or, perhaps, confirm it.)
I am here to tell you that those very probably nice, sane scientists at Netflix are surely ahead of the game.
Here's how it works. I declare that "Climates", a very sensitive and refined Turkish movie, deserves five of my stars. The Netflixsters tell me that they have … Read more
There's more proof that the Netflix Player is a hit.
Start-up Roku, the company behind the device that enables Netflix subscribers to watch movies streamed from the Internet to their TVs, has run out of inventory two weeks after launching.
"Due to the tremendous coverage and initial success of this product we're now in a two-week backorder situation," said Tim Twerdahl, Roku's vice president of consumer products. "We have boats coming in weekly from China with additional products, and we're doing everything we can to get them out."
The shortage comes after … Read more
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Here's hoping that Netflix managers have the confidence to carry on with a plan that isn't just necessary for growth, but is essential to the company's survival.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is being second guessed by Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities. According to a story in Portfolio (via Wired.com), Pachter "would prefer that Netflix stick to selling movie-rental subscriptions."
Like many on Wall Street, Pachter can't see past the next quarter. He crunched the numbers and argues that Netflix is … Read more
The Roku Netflix Player debuted last week to largely positive accolades. And why not? The $100 Netflix box delivers on-demand video to your TV for a flat monthly fee that's as low as $9 a month--the same price that would rent you just two to three movies on Apple TV or Vudu. But if the Roku box (and subsequent Netflix-compatible players) has an Achilles heel, it's the dearth of content: only about 10 percent of Netflix's 100,000-plus DVD library is available for streaming, thanks to Hollywood's byzantine licensing systems. The Roku box could stand to have another content source--and I think Hulu would be a perfect candidate. … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Netflix is banking on the belief that streaming movies to people's living rooms is the future.
CEO Reed Hastings said during Netflix's investor day here that he expects the business of renting physical DVDs to peak within the next five years. However, Netflix representatives later said they forecast that DVDs will remain strong for at least a decade.
The company also plans to experiment with pricing, including both increases and decreases.
Hastings said that … Read more
Look out, Apple TV: The $100 Netflix Player has arrived http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9947582-1.html
6 million DRM-free MP3s now at Napster http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9945987-7.html
Breaking: iPhone 3G launch date confirmed http://gizmodo.com/391960/iphone-3g-launch-date-confirmed http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/05/20/ apple_wwdc_rumour_revival/
Microsoft … Read more
The Netflix box is finally a reality.
The Netflix Player by Roku is the first product that allows subscribers to have movies and TV shows from the service's Instant Viewing feature (aka "Watch Now") to be streamed directly to their TV screen. Previously, Instant Viewing was available only to Windows PC users through the Internet Explorer browser. With the release of the Netflix Player, subscribers need only have a wired or wireless broadband connection to access the entire Instant Viewing catalog through their TV. The full review--with hands-on video--is available at CNET Reviews. But for those who prefer to cut right to the chase, here's the short and sweet version: … Read more
Several HBO shows debuted today on the iTunes Store, but the big news was that two of them--Rome and The Sopranos--will retail for $2.99 an episode. To date, Apple had insisted on flat pricing of $1.99 per episode of any TV show added to its download roster. Indeed, the company's refusal to allow variable pricing was said to be the primary factor in NBC pulling its vast library of shows from the digital retailer in 2007.
Blogger Dave Zatz points out two big stumbling blocks to the larger issue of TV shows on iTunes:... it's not … Read more