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download (1)Netflix has often stated that its goal is to become more like HBO, and the streamer seems to be following through on that dream by releasing ever more original content. To topple HBO from its throne, however, Netflix will have to find a counter to Game of Thrones.

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Is Netflix a True Disruptor?

download (1)The term “disruptor” gets thrown around with abandon these days, but there are very few companies who actually qualify. A fascinating new article from The Harvard Business Review holds up Netflix as a true disruptor in its industry. Read the rest of this entry »

UnknownTime Warner’s Jeff Bewkes may not be the only studio exec who is concerned about “The Netflix Effect.” Echoing his colleague’s recently expressed concerns, Disney chief Bob Iger has considerably toned down his praise for Netflix, which as recently as a few months ago he referred to as “more friend than foe.”

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download (1)This happened with Redbox a few years back and now may be taking place with Netflix as well: content creators decide that the hot new channel is eating into their profit and attempt to turn back time. Read the rest of this entry »

RedBox-LogoAs it continues to look for new ways to expand its revenue, Redbox is looking to video games as a growth opportunity. The company recently put out a press release touting that its video game stock levels are higher than they’ve ever been before.

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imagesEveryone in the TV industry has Netflix in their sights, and Dish Network is no exception. Speaking on his company’s recent fiscal call, Dish CEO Charlie Ergen said that over-the-top (OTT) services such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and Charter Spectrum TV are legitimate competitors to Netflix and other established streaming services.

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175_90_RedboxRedbox lives and dies by the new release titles it receives from studios. The company cited a dearth of quality new releases as one contributor to a drop in Q3 rentals. Having found out that many studio releases it was counting on for big numbers this quarter have been shifted to next year, Redbox is scrambling to make up the difference.

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Redbox Profit Up in Q3

downloadRedbox has announced its financials for the third-quarter of 2015, and the company’s recent price hike seems to have saved the day.

Redbox reported an operating income increase of 2.4 percent from the same period last year, but a 10 percent revenue decline. Read the rest of this entry »

imagesAlthough it didn’t generate much traffic at the box office, Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation, which premiered on the streaming site along with its theatrical launch, is being considered a success.

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