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Netflix is talking a big game about its desire to create a powerful library of original content, and continues to put its money where its mouth is. The company has just signed the largest original content deal in its history with DreamWorks Animation.
Hulu, one of the web’s most successful and popular streaming video sites, has been shopped around by its owners for a while now. The company may have found its final suitor in DirecTV, if rumors are to be believed.
Responding to customer feedback, Netflix has announced that it will begin tracking separate user profiles on a single family account. This change, which will support as many as six separate users, will allow family members to receive more personalized content recommendations.
Since its purchase of Blockbuster Express (and about 10,000 BB Express kiosks) last summer, Redbox parent Coinstar has been quietly selling an undisclosed number of the inactive kiosks to third-party vendors. The company has netted a handsome $17.9 million for its trouble.
Sorry movies, but here in America, TV shows are the king of video-on-demand. According to a recent survey by QuickPlay Media, more than 80% of surveyed US viewers surveyed prefer watching VOD TV shows on demand over movies.
Redbox Instant by Verizon, the joint streaming venture between the two companies, has wedged the door into peoples’ living rooms a bit more open. The service will be coming to Roku set-top boxes this summer.
It’s not too surprising that online purchases of movies, movie rentals and subscription video-on-demand services are expected to rise over the next few years. What IS surprising, however, is just how quickly that may happen.
In our never-ending quest to keep you informed and up-to-date on movie and home entertainment happenings, Inside Redbox regularly takes a look at major films coming out in the near(ish) future that are already generating buzz and anticipation. This time around, we’re spotlighting The Family.
It’s not easy being number one. As hard as you worked to gain dominance, there are other, possibly spryer rivals actively looking to topple you from your throne. Thus it is with Netflix, the leader in the subscription video-on-demand market.