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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
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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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From: TimF3/1/2012 8:34:08 AM
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Once Film-Focused, Netflix Transitions to TV Show

Belying the “flix” in its name, Netflix is now primarily an Internet streaming service for television shows, not feature films.

TV series now account for more than half of all Netflix viewing. That helps to explain why this Wednesday — the long-awaited moment when motion picture classics like “Scarface” and newer hits like “Toy Story 3” will vanish from the streaming service — is not the doomsday that it was once expected to be.

The vanishing films are from Starz. Its three-and-a-half-year-old deal helped Netflix persuade millions of people to sign up for Internet streaming, hastening the company’s leap to digital distribution from physical DVDs.

It became clear about a year ago that the deal would not be renewed. By then, though, Netflix was bulking up on old TV episodes and, in a direct challenge to HBO, beginning to distribute its own original shows for the streaming service.

Analysts say the prioritizing of television partly explains why the company has been able to retain about 21.7 million streaming subscribers in the United States — totaling one in four households that have broadband — despite complaints about an inadequate feature film selection. It’s a transition that Netflix has made rather successfully in the last six to 12 months, in stark contrast to its botched plan to spin off DVD-by-mail into a separate company called Qwikster last fall.

While the end of the Starz deal is bad news for Netflix, said Richard Greenfield, an analyst at BTIG Research, “given the significant increase in TV viewing, it’s not the catastrophic event that everyone thought it would be a year ago.”

The new-release movies provided by Starz account for just 2 percent of all viewing, Netflix says, down from 8 percent a year ago — illuminating the fact that the company has spent lavishly on new streaming titles that subscribers want to watch instead. (“I would contend Netflix spends wisely rather than lavishly,” a Netflix spokesman, Steve Swasey, said in response.)

Many of the new titles are full seasons of TV series like “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “Lost” that Netflix executives call “26-hour movies.”

The pivot to TV reruns was necessitated in part by the tightening of the movie spigot by major movie studios. Fearing that Netflix might grow too popular or powerful, the studios “have decided to dramatically raise prices” for films and shows, said Youssef H. Squali, a managing director for Jefferies & Company. “So in effect, the company is being forced into offering more (older) TV content because it’s cheaper,” he said.

The company’s next challenge is to come up with original shows — instead of reruns — that subscribers will latch onto, mimicking the HBO model. Such a model further distances Netflix from films and differentiates it from newfound competitors like Hulu and Amazon.

Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive, told business school students in Manhattan last week that the company would try a couple of dozen original series in the coming years, but did not specify a timeframe; Netflix had previously said that five such series would premiere by the end of 2013.

A show from Norway, “Lilyhammer,” had its American debut on Netflix earlier this month, and an ambitious drama made just for Netflix, “House of Cards,” will have its debut later in the year. A revival of the Fox sitcom “Arrested Development” will come out sometime next year.

“While they are losing the Starz content later this week, and that could cause some people to cancel subscriptions to the service, the library will otherwise be generally improving throughout the year and then having a more significant step up with ‘House of Cards’ in late ’12 and ‘Arrested Development’ and Dreamworks films in ’13,” said Michael Olson, an analyst at Piper Jaffray.

Still, there is a persistent undercurrent of criticism about Netflix’s actual movie selection, and it was highlighted this week by the Starz disappearance. Mr. Olson’s firm reported last week that only four of the 50 top-grossing films of 2011 were currently available for streaming on the service, and that one of them, Disney’s “Gnomeo and Juliet,” would vanish on Wednesday.

John Hall, a graphic designer in Massachusetts, said he recently dropped the streaming service and started resorting to DVD rentals for that reason. Whenever he headed to Netflix to stream a film, he said, “more often than not, the film I wanted to see was only available on disc.”

Netflix is sensitive to that criticism — but says it doesn’t really matter. (And not just because Mr. Hall is still paying for DVDs by mail.) As long as its algorithms serve up something worth watching, even if it’s not the subscriber’s first choice, he or she will continue paying for and enjoying the service, the company believes.

“The cocktail party conversation in the media world is, the content’s terrible,” Mr. Greenfield said. “And yet the average subscriber is devouring over an hour a day, every single day. Obviously they don’t think it’s horrible.” He noted that films did not need to be box-office smashes to succeed on Netflix — in fact, some films have a second life online precisely because they were not widely seen in theaters.

Earlier this month, Netflix secured rights to “The Artist,” which won the best-picture Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday. It has earned just $32 million at the box office to date and will become available on Netflix in less than six months, the company said Monday.

Netflix can also replenish some of the vanishing Starz films by buying them separately. But for now, its rights to “Toy Story 3,” “Tron,” “Tangled,” “A Christmas Carol” and other films are drying up. Some TV series from Starz are vanishing too, including “Party Down” and “Spartacus,” creating new tests for Netflix’s recommendation algorithms.

Netflix declined to comment on exactly what proportion of total viewing that TV episodes make up, but its executives put the number at 50 to 60 percent last fall. Mr. Greenfield said he suspected that the percentage was 80 percent — an impressive triumph for TV over film.

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To: 2MAR$ who wrote (696)3/1/2012 5:00:17 PM
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NFLX $112.75 popped 3 today , as was saying has been tough holding $109 area for longs but still has yet to get thru $114 so trading in a channel for now , in a good market could go higher .

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To: 2MAR$ who wrote (698)3/2/2012 3:47:49 PM
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One more pop to $118 today which got shorted down $114/$115 needs to hold here to attract new buyers or failed breakout ...

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From: Glenn Petersen3/6/2012 9:37:31 PM
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An Alliance With Cable Is Exactly What Netflix Needs To Survive

Matt Burns
March 6, 2012

For television consumers, Netflix has long been looked upon as a potential savior from the bonds of cable TV. But now they seem to be joining the enemy. If a Reuters exclusive is believed, there have been high-level talks between Reed Hastings and cable executives to bring Netflix to cable. One day, perhaps within the year, it’s entirely possible that cable subscribers will have Netflix access from their cable box.

The Reuters report speculates that this partnership would elevate the tension between Netflix and HBO. But this move, if it’s true, is much bigger than a fist fight between the two companies. It’s about the future of Netflix.

Once upon a time, Netflix was going to ride into town and free consumers from high cable bills. It was going to provide a nearly a la carte content option, something that cable providers cannot do. In lieu of live content, consumers could choose from a large, but still limited, media library for a relatively bargain price. But then big media got wind and slowed Netflix’s roll by demanding high licensing fees and short-term contracts.

Netflix is effectively at a stalemate right now.

Over the last few years Netflix’s growth was fueled by an explosion of new hardware. The company early on embraced a lot of hardware platforms and made their app a staple on every device. But now, in 2012, Netflix’s untapped market is likely depleted. Netflix needs cable nearly as much as cable needs Netflix.

Cable providers are often looked upon as massive anti-consumer machines. Comcast and others pioneered on-demand streaming in the living room but Netflix often gets the credit. By bringing Netflix into the fold, cable providers can save face and look pro-consumer for a change. Offering Netflix through their cable boxes is akin to buying innovation.

As Reuters states, the service would likely be offered for a monthly fee but a massive deal could likely be struck that would be beneficial to both companies while offering Netflix at its standard $7.99 monthly price. Netflix would also likely have to rework several of its contract deals to stream via a cable provider’s set-top box as well. These negations might delay, or even kill, the whole deal.

Unconventional cloud-based services like Netflix, Rdio, and even Steam show consumers are willing to pay a modest price for convenience. Cable is not convenient nor is it priced well. Cutting the cord is a popular anti-establishment movement. But Netflix is also in a tough spot as growth is slowing and content deals are becoming harder to sign. Netflix has a tough road ahead, though. The company is essentially dancing with several devils. They need to sign deals that are not only financially beneficial but also maintains the core values consumers have come to love and expect.

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From: J.F. Sebastian3/8/2012 2:00:05 PM
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Netflix Sell Signal - Yet Again

On February 21, 2012, Netflix ( NFLX) delivered a clear sell signal. After trading in bullish mode since its January 26, earnings report, the stock logged an outside reversal day, breaking out above the previous day's high but closing below the previous day's lows. That day marked the beginning of what would become a 15% correction in just 12 trading days. Yesterday, March 7, 2012, was a repeat of February 21, and now the question surrounds how much further Netflix can fall.

(more at link above)

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From: 2MAR$3/8/2012 8:51:30 PM
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$102s-$108 well news /rumor that Reed was exploring some cable bundling pet idea , pretty much signalled NFLX is desperate also caugh up in market swoon .

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