As Netflix Originals Increase, Platform Offers Less Content Overall

A decade ago, Netflix Originals didn’t exist. Now they make up for the fact that there are almost 1,500 fewer TV shows and movies on the service than there were in 2010. February 19, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag As the amount of content Netflix offers each month decreases, complaints that there isn’t much to watch on Netflix may seem not be much of an issue, because the service is constantly debuting new originals. But the numbers don’t lie. Reelgood took a look at what the streaming service has had available year-to-year for the last 11 years, and the overall content quantity is way down, as you can see below. (That said, some might argue the general quality has gone up with original programming, even if one of them isRob Schneider in Real Rob.) Here’s the year-by-year comparison. 2012 was the high mark of licensed content on the […]

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Netflix Won Just Two Oscars After ‘Parasite’ Swept Major Awards

Laura Dern won for supporting actress in ‘Marriage Story,’ while ‘American Factory’ took best documentary. February 10, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Netflix might have dominated Oscar nominations, but as with the Golden Globes, the big evening itself was a disappointment. The streaming service only gained two Oscars, with Laura Dern winning best supporting actor in Marriage Story and American Factory taking the best documentary prize. Meanwhile, its huge bet on Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman failed to produce a single statue, despite 10 nominations. Last week, CEO Ted Sarandos rejected the idea of a film industry pushback. “A pushback? Nobody can say that with a straight face, he told the New York Times. “We got 24 nominations, the most of any studio. Our films have been honored across the board.” However, given that the streaming service spent $70 million lobbying for its films, the resulting lack of Oscars (and Globes) has to considered a failure. Netflix […]

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Netflix Lost 123,000 U.S. Subscribers After Price Hike

It’s also facing new competition in the video streaming space later this year from Disney and Apple. July 18, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Netflix reported a rare drop in U.S. subscribers following a price hike announced back in January. In the second quarter, Netflix lost 123,000 U.S. subscribers, which totaled at 60.1 million. The company’s international subscriber count also failed to reach Netflix’s forecasts, going up by only 2.8 million, as opposed to the projected 5 million. In total, the company’s subscriber count reached 151 million. “Our missed forecast was across all regions, but slightly more so in regions with price increases,” Netflix said in its shareholder letter. In January and in the following months, Netflix began raising the price for its different subscription packages. The standard plan — the company’s most popular offering, which offers HD quality — went up from $11 per month to $13. The basic […]

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‘Stranger Things 3’ Has Been Seen by Over 40 Million Netflix Accounts

More than 18 million have finished the whole season. July 9, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Remember when it was a big deal that Bright racked up 11 million viewers? That’s now quaint by comparison. Netflix has revealed that 40.7 million accounts have watched Stranger Things 3 in the four days since its July 4th premiere, making it the most-viewed show of any kind on the service in that time frame. And many in that audience were determined to finish the season before they returned to work — 18.2 million have already completed the entire season. The company treats a view as anyone having watched at least 70 percent of an episode or movie. It didn’t break down the audience by region. The view count isn’t completely surprising given the sheer amount of hype involved, but it’s still a major feat. Netflix broke its movie record in June, when Murder Mystery garnered nearly 30.9 […]

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Adam Sandler’s ‘Murder Mystery’ Breaks Netflix Viewing Records

It had the biggest opening weekend ever for the streaming service. June 19, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget While Netflix was famously reticent about releasing viewing statistics, over the last year or so the company has become more open about it. Its latest revelation confirms the theory that someone out there likes Adam Sandler movies, since his latest star-studded joint, Murder Mystery, has racked up the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix movie, with 30,869,863 unique accounts watching it in the first three days. As Netflix has previously established, it counts a view as someone watching more than 70 percent of a particular title. 13,374,914 of the accounts were in the U.S. and Canada alone, with the remaining 17 million spread elsewhere worldwide. In 2017 Netflix explained viewers had already streamed over half a billion hours of Adam Sandler, clearing up any doubt about the four-picture deal it signed […]

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Netflix Points to ‘Fortnite’ as Competition After its Price Hike

Sorry HBO. January 18, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Just days after revealing higher prices coming to customers in the U.S., Netflix is revealing its Q4 2018 results, and it’s already looking to the future. While a few years ago Netflix was the “Albanian army” coming to take on HBO, execs said in a letter to investors (PDF) that “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO.” In fact, Netflix claims it’s not focused on any of the competition, whether Disney+, Amazon, Hulu or NBCUniversal’s new entry, as much as it wants to provide a good experience for customers. Interestingly, this is also the first quarter where Netflix has limited insight into its subscribers by region. Now it only reports paid accounts globally, instead of breaking out the U.S. and also mentioning the number of free accounts. While it had anticipated reaching 137 million subscribers worldwide, the count […]

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Netflix and Chill Is About to Get More Expensive

The video-streaming service is raising prices across the board. January 15, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Bad news, Netflix subscribers: The video-streaming service is raising prices across the board. As the Associated Press reports, the Basic plan is increasing to $9, up from $8. The Standard plan — Netflix’s most popular offering, which offers HD-quality streams and lets you watch on up to two devices at a time — will jump to $13, up from $11. The Premium plan, which offers Ultra HD quality and allows four concurrent streams, will be $16, up from $14. This is the first time Netflix has raised the price of its Basic plan since launching it in the U.S. in 2010. Netflix has already updated the pricing on its website for new subscribers. Existing customers will reportedly see their bills increase during the next three months. Besides U.S. customers, the price hike will […]

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Inside Netflix’s Notorious Firing Practices

The ‘keeper test’ is reportedly employed by CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings. October 26, 2018 3 min read Netflix’s company culture is often cited as one that startups would do well to emulate. The now famous document, “Netflix Culture: Freedom & Responsibility,” which emphasizes self-directed decision-making, being candid and transparent, keeping only the most effective employees and doing their best to “avoid rules,” was created by Netflix’s then-Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord. In a 2013 GQ piece about the rise of the company, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg even said of McCord’s work, “It may well be the most important document ever to come out of the Valley.” But The Wall Street Journal’s recently reported what life is really like at Netflix. The story reveals that sometimes even with the best of intentions, a company culture can develop into something that isn’t quite what you intended — especially if employees constantly worry […]

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The Crazy Numbers Behind Netflix’s 20 Years of Success

It’s been an exciting few years for Netflix. On Aug. 29, 2017, it celebrated 20 years since its founding. And April 14, 2008 saw another milestone — two decades since it officially opened open for business. As the company grew, onetime competitors in the space — Blockbuster (RIP), Redbox and even Walmart — faded from view. Mobile devices became more powerful, better equipping viewers to watch anywhere. The company started with a little more than 900 movie titles and has evolved since into a algorithm-driven powerhouse with more than 70,000 different “microgenres,” from international rom-coms to dramas with strong female leads. By 2007, the company had launched its streaming video service, which allowed it to expand beyond its initial premise of DVD rentals by mail, charting the path for its current pop cultural dominance, even putting tech behemoths including Amazon on notice. Related: 12 Documentaries on Netflix That Will Make […]

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To Save Some Cash, Netflix Developed Its Own Font

Dubbed Netflix Sans, the font will reportedly replace the similar Gotham font the streaming giant currently uses, and possibly save it a few million per year. March 22, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Expect some aesthetic changes on Netflix, streaming enthusiasts. According to It’s Nice That, the streaming giant has developed its own custom font, dubbed Netflix Sans, to save money on licensing fees. Developed by Netflix’s design team in collaboration with foundry Dalton Maag, Netflix Sans will “be used across the streaming platform’s brand identity,” replacing the similar Gotham font Netflix currently uses, the report notes. “With the global nature of Netflix’s business, font licensing can get quite expensive,” Netflix Brand Design Lead Noah Nathan told It’s Nice That. “Developing this typeface not only created an ownable and unique element for the brand’s aesthetic … but saves the company millions of dollars a year as […]

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