Remember 2005? Netflix was a small DVD-by-mail company, Blockbuster was the behemoth of the movie rental world, and cable was still the go-to home entertainment solution for most Americans. For pay-TV providers, it feels like we’ve gone back in time eleven years.
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Outerwall, Redbox’s parent company, has successfully closed its sale to an investment group and gone private. Outerwall’s new owner, Apollo Global Management, has announced that the company is being split into three separate businesses, with a new boss taking the helm at Redbox, by far the largest of the three.
Tell us how you really feel, Netflix. The streaming giant has registered a complaint with the FCC regarding internet service providers like Comcast who would like to impose data usage caps on their customers.
Many companies would like consumers to ditch their infatuation with old-fashioned DVDs and Blu-ray discs and fully embrace digital media for their purchases and rentals. Consumers are still answering that desire with a big “nah.”
Netflix wants to help you keep your internet and wireless service providers honest. Just a few months after launching fast.com, a free internet speed test tool, Netflix has now rolled out the FAST Speed Test mobile app.
If you like your Hulu good and free, this news is not going to make you very happy. The streaming service has announced that it will be ending its free, ad-supported service and become totally subscription-based in the near future.