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From: ChrisGillette1/26/2012 8:02:48 PM
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A posting over at Hacking Netflix sums it up pretty well…

People begging for a Netflix competitor don't seem to grasp how much of a lead the company has. To succeed in this, you need a whole set of pieces (viable library, apps on most appropriate devices, streaming infrastructure, customer base) that are really hard to build once there's a strong incumbent.

All the recent talk of decline at Netflix was incredibly stupid, and going forward, we'll see why.

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From: 2MAR$1/27/2012 4:13:50 AM
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NFLX boom to $116 ...didn't want to be anything but long early to near $120 then short scalp was Ok for the headlines take your pick ;o)

Enjoy the Netflix Ride, While it Lasts

NFLX: Tilson Takes Victory Lap, Slams Bear Thesis

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From: TimF2/3/2012 11:40:44 PM
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Netflix Dives Into Original Programming with "Lilyhammer" Series Before "House of Cards"

"Lilyhammer" will be available starting February 6 while "House of Cards" will premiere later in 2012

In March of last year, it was discovered that Netflix was looking to acquire original programming. It's still pursuing that venture, but the first series isn't what was originally expected.

Netflix was bidding against other networks like AMC and HBO in March 2011 for the original program "House of Cards," which is a Media Rights Capital drama series about a British politician who is looking to succeed Margaret Thatcher as the prime minister. As it turns out, Netflix won that bid and the show was set to be the video streaming/DVD rental giant's first original series.

However, it seems plans have changed. While "House of Cards" will still debut later in 2012, Netflix has another original program that will premiere long before that. In fact, the show will be out next month.

Netflix's first dip into original programming will be a show called "Lilyhammer," which is about a New York mobster named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano who is entering the federal witness protection program. He ends up moving to a Norwegian town called Lilehammer, but he calls it "Lilyhammer."

The first season of "Lilyhammer" will have eight episodes, and Netflix has committed to two seasons for now. It will be available for video streaming on various devices, but not for DVD by mail...

(at the link their is an embedded video of the preview of the new show)

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From: Sr K2/6/2012 12:26:18 PM
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Verizon Forms Video Venture With Redbox

By Scott Moritz - Feb 6, 2012 11:15 AM ET

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From: marketfriends2/6/2012 1:05:30 PM
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Netflix is set to release their new original series, "Lilyhammer"

Thus far it seems to have been given a warm welcome.

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From: J.F. Sebastian2/6/2012 2:55:26 PM
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A look at Netflix since much-hated price hike

Key events involving Netflix since a backlash against it began over the summer

Some key events involving Netflix since a backlash against it began over the summer:

July 12, 2011: Netflix Inc. says it will raise prices by as much as 60 percent for millions of subscribers who want to rent DVDs by mail and watch video on the Internet. The company decided to separate the two options so that subscribers who want both must buy separate plans totaling at least $16 per month. Netflix Inc. had been bundling both options in a single package starting at $10 per month.

Sept. 1: The price hike begins to take effect for existing customers. New customers had the new prices immediately.

Sept. 5: Netflix begins to offer its service in Latin America. Like its counterpart in Canada, the Latin American service is streaming-only, with no options for getting DVDs by mail.

Sept. 18: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings apologizes but keeps price hike in effect. Company creates more anger when it announces plans to split into two services — Netflix for the streaming, and Qwikster for the familiar discs in red envelopes. That means subscribers have to visit two websites to make movie requests and update billing information. Hastings says the two businesses have different cost structures and benefits, and splitting would let each grow independently.

Oct. 10: Netflix backs away from its plan to split its two services.

Oct. 24: The company discloses that it lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers in the July-September quarter, ending with 23.8 million. That loss is more than the 600,000 that Netflix had predicted.

Nov. 21: Netflix announces plans to raise $400 million by issuing debt and selling its stock. The move raises new fears about Netflix's financial strength as it girds for losses next year. It would be Netflix's first annual loss in a decade.

Dec. 6: Hastings appears before an investors' conference in New York, where he laments the company's recent mistakes but predicts they will be forgotten as Netflix's Internet video service continues to reshape the entertainment industry.

Dec. 22: Netflix says Hastings's stock option awards will be cut by 50 percent to $1.5 million in 2012. His base salary remains unchanged at $500.000.

Jan. 4, 2012: Netflix delivers its first good news in months, sending its stock up 11 percent. The company, which delivers movies and TV shows online and by mail, says customers had streamed more than 2 billion hours of video in the fourth quarter.

Jan. 25: Netflix releases figures showing it regained almost as many U.S. customers as it lost following the price hike. It ended December with 24.4 million subscribers in the U.S., a gain of 600,000 from the end of September. It had lost 800,000 last summer. The results came after the close of market, and the company's stock soared 22 percent the next day.

Feb. 6: Verizon Communications Inc. and Coinstar Inc. unveil plans to challenge Netflix with its own streaming service to bundle with DVD rental kiosks operated by Coinstar's Redbox division. Getting an extensive library of streaming content to rival Netflix's will be expensive, though. Netflix, meanwhile, debuts its first original TV series, an eight-episode drama called "Lilyhammer," as it hopes to differentiate itself from rivals.

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From: 2MAR$2/7/2012 12:53:17 PM
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NFLX $133 , island reversal off $122 on CSTR/VZ j/v pressure yesterday when new rumors of AAPL tv product tie in surfaced

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From: Sr K2/21/2012 1:07:21 PM
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Comcast to Launch a Netflix Rival

Comcast is taking aim at Netflix, unveiling its own streaming-video service that will give existing Comcast video customers a similar selection of old TV shows and movies over the Web.

BUSINESS | FEBRUARY 21, 2012, 1:08 P.M. ET
Comcast Is Launching a Netflix Competitor


Comcast Corp. is taking aim at Netflix Inc., unveiling its own streaming-video service that will give existing Comcast video customers a similar selection of old TV shows and movies over the Web.

The Philadelphia-based cable operator said Tuesday that the new service would be called Xfinity Streampix, and will be bundled with certain tiers of Comcast video service, and available for $4.99 per month to other Comcast video customers. By contrast, Netflix's streaming-video service costs $7.99 per month.

Comcast's new service will include such shows as "30 Rock," from its own NBCUniversal unit and "Lost" from Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, as well as movies like "Ocean's Eleven," from Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. The programs, typically of prior seasons of shows, will be available on the Web and on mobile devices to subscribers in and out of the home, similarly to Netflix's offering.

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From: J.F. Sebastian2/27/2012 11:11:47 AM
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LOL, check out the picture associated with this one...

Reed Hastings Was LITERALLY In A Lot Of Hot Water When He Was First Told Qwikster Was A Terrible Idea

Reed Hastings was sitting in a hot tub in Santa Cruz with a friend when he told him about his idea for Qwikster, the doomed spin-off of Netflix's DVD-by-mail service.

His friend thought it was an awful idea.

This anecdote comes from William D. Cohan's Vanity Fair account of Netflix's stock crash in the second half of 2011, and it was originally published in the New York Times.

Cohan writes:

But Hastings “ignored the warning, believing that chief executives should generally discount what their friends say.” Now he admitted that he had been “guilty of overconfidence and of ‘moving too quickly,’” and “hubris,” even. The harsh reaction from his customers was due to the “angry mood of the country,” he said, citing both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street political movements. He again clarified that he did what had to be done. “We still need to move quickly in streaming,” he said.

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To: 2MAR$ who wrote (693)2/29/2012 5:05:30 PM
From: 2MAR$
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NFLX $130 topped it out , $109's have held twice as $115 has been R settling in this tight lower channel

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