Tag Archive: Netflix

How Hollywood is inadvertently helping Netflix kill the DVD

Jan. 30, ‘12: In this case, it’s worth it for Netflix to play along with ridiculous rules like “no new Warner Bros. releases in your queue for 28 days.” As I explain at ReadWriteWeb: …Because Netflix actually has the same goal that the studios do: … Continue reading →

Netflix is looking for a new CMO

Jan. 20, ‘12: Remember Qwikster?

Snapshot of our time: Sirius XM has 85 times more subscribers than Spotify

Nov. 4, ‘11: Starting now, I’ll be collecting and maintaining a master list of subscription-based media services, and tracking their growing and shrinking popularity. Here’s the first edition, which I’ve assembled from earnings releases, SEC filings, press reports, blog posts, and a few … Continue reading →

Netflix and AOL: A decade of moving in opposite directions

Nov. 3, ‘11: Since AOL’s dialup business peaked in 2002, Netflix has gained subscribers at a fairly similar rate as AOL has lost dialup customers. It’s not a perfect correlation, and there’s no way to prove a relationship between the two, but it makes … Continue reading →

Netflix: 10 years in 3 charts

Oct. 25, ‘11: Netflix’s subscriber loss last quarter was so rare that it had only happened once before during its span as a public company. Netflix IPO’d in May 2002, steadily gaining subscribers every quarter until Q2 2007, when it lost 55,000, finishing … Continue reading →

Netflix’s plan to kill the DVD is working

Oct. 24, ‘11: Things are unquestionably messy for Netflix right now. It is losing subscribers. It is still in clean-up mode after a PR disaster. Its stock price is getting hammered. Is is making an expensive bet to grow overseas. But despite all … Continue reading →

Netflix loses 800k subscribers and another 20% in stock price

Oct. 24, ‘11: Netflix’s nightmare Q3 is in the books. And shares are getting hammered after-hours — down more than 20% — as the company says it expects to lose more U.S. streaming subscribers next quarter because of its price increases and DVD split-up. … Continue reading →

Netflix is “still considering” game rentals

Oct. 10, ‘11: Netflix is “still considering” game rentals, a rep says by email. That was one of the questions I had when looking at Netflix’s decision to reverse its DVD business spinoff under the “Qwikster” name. As you recall, part of the … Continue reading →

Qwikster or not, Netflix still needs a plan to kill the DVD

Oct. 10, ‘11: Netflix has ended its plans to separate its DVD business under the “Qwikster” name. CEO Reed Hastings writes on Netflix’s blog: It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going … Continue reading →

SplatF Employee of the Month: Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix

Sep. 30, ‘11: The last day of every month, we honor an industry leader with the prestigious SplatF Employee of the Month award. This month it’s Netflix CEO and founder Reed Hastings. Most leaders are too stubborn or scared to make drastic changes in order … Continue reading →