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So this is big news. Erstwhile rivals Netflix and Comcast have put away the swords, at least for now. Though the exact terms haven’t been disclosed, the two entertainment giants have announced a partnership that will allow Netflix subscribers to stream the service through their Comcast set-top box.
Mitch Lowe’s name should be familiar to longtime Insiders—he was the president of Redbox for quite a while until his departure a few years back. Now Lowe has a new gig in the entertainment industry: CEO of movie theater subscription service MoviePass.
It’s more and more likely that the television sitting in the corner of your room is a web-connected one, according to a new report from IHS Technology. For the first time, more than half of televisions shipped globally in the first quarter of 2016 were web-connected “smart” TVs.
The rumor mill is starting to churn about the possibility of Netflix offering downloads along with its streaming service. Several competitors, such as Starz, Epix, and Amazon Prime already do so, enabling users to view content offline or when their internet connection is poor.
Amazon Prime Video is gaining more eyeballs as the hyper-competitive streaming landscape heats up. According to new research from Sandvine, Amazon moved from eighth place to third in North American downstream traffic market share during peak viewing hours.
Would-be brand managers, take heed. When you roll out a new addition to your company’s branding, make sure you’re clear that it’s a supplement to—and not a replacement for—your current logo. Netflix learned this the hard way when it swapped out its current logo for a stylized “N” on its social media accounts.
Netflix is notoriously tight-lipped about viewership numbers, especially when it comes to its growing stable of original shows. However, Netflix recently pulled back the curtain just a bit on its viewers binge-watching habits.
IMAX has been Netflix’s only real ally in the theater business. The large-format movie exhibitor has screened several Netflix original films, including Beasts of No Nation, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny at the same time they were released on Netflix. It sounds like those days are done. Read the rest of this entry »