Ted Sarandos

Netflix talks up exclusive movies, Disney deal

Netflix has started talking up its movie partnership with Disney ahead of the agreement taking effect later this year. The Disney-Netflix deal was actually announced back in 2012, but only takes effect later this year. The agreement gives the streaming service exclusive first pay window rights to Disney fare, in turn taking this content away […]

Netflix original to US broadcast TV for first time

Netflix has struck a deal with Univision for drug drama Narcos, marking the first time an original series from the SVOD platform will air on US broadcast television. The deal, part of wider coproduction pact announced yesterday, is significant as Netflix’s original programming is considered by many to be the biggest emerging threat to broadcast […]

Netflix: VR not compatible with binge-viewing

Top Netflix execs are not buying the clamour for virtual reality experiences. In an interview with VentureBeat, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (pictured) said fully immersive content is not compatible with the streaming service’s binge-watching model. With VR, “you’re exhausted after 20 minutes,” he said. “We are more focused on a lean-back, relaxing experience.” “I can’t […]

Netflix hit by weak Q2 subs forecast

Netflix reported a record number of new subscribers in Q1, but its share price dropped more than 7% in after-hours trading after it issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. Netflix said it expects to add 2.5 million members in the second quarter of 2016 – two million internationally and 500,000 in the US. […]

Netflix bags Indian comedy feature

A new coming-of-age comedy from India is headed for Netflix after the streaming giant secured exclusive debut rights. Set in 1980s Bangalore, Brahman Naman follows a quick-witted high school quiz champion who leads a trio of nerdy friends to win a major college prize, while trying to lose their virginity at the same time. The […]

Netflix doubling up on original programming

Netflix will almost double the amount of original TV series on its service in 2017, according to the streaming service’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos. The Netflix content chief was speaking about the plans to scale up production at a US media conference organised by investment bank UBS. He said that the number of drama […]

Netflix shares drop as third quarter disappoints

Netflix missed its US target for new customer sign-ups and reported lower than expected operating income in its third quarter results, resulting in a significant share price drop. The subscription video-on-demand service added 880,000 new US members in the quarter, compared to 980,000 in the prior year and a forecast of 1.15 million. Netflix attributed […]

Netflix: viewers never hooked by shows’ pilots

Pilot episodes do not immediately hook viewers to a TV show, but taking away ad breaks and linear scheduling fosters repeat viewing, according to Netflix. In new research that analyses its own global streaming data, Netflix said that when consumers can watch an “entire season as they choose, you can see fandom emerge.” By looking […]

Hulu grabs Epix films as Netflix deal ends

US streaming service Hulu has swooped for exclusive movies from premium pay network Epix after the latter’s agreement with Netflix ended with no new deal. All new Epix theatrical releases and original programmes will be made available 90 days on Hulu after the pay TV window opens. For Hulu, the deal is significant as Epix […]

Netflix greenlights Angelina Jolie child war movie

Streaming service Netflix and actor Angelina Jolie Pitt are working up a film adaptation of a memoir about surviving Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Jolie Pitt will direct and produce the adaptation of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, which is from Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung and […]

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