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Netflix ready to bid for second original program

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Jul 2011 20:14 User comments (5)

Netflix ready to bid for second original program In March, Netflix confirmed it had beaten out HBO and AMC for the drama "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey and directed by David Fincher, the man behind 'Fight Club' and 'The Social Network,' among other hits.
'House of Cards' will be Netflix' first original program, and puts the company in direct competition with HBO and Showtime, which have had years of original hits that have helped raise their subscriber bases.

Today, it appears that Netflix will be bidding on their second original program, a comedy series from Jenji Kohan, the mind behind "Weeds" on Showtime.

The streaming and DVD rental company is currently in talks with Lionsgate TV over the show.

While details are still shaky, the show will allegedly be based on the Piper Kerman memoir 'Orange Is the New Black: My Year In a Women's Prison.' Kerman spent a year in a minimum-security prison in Connecticut for a small part in a money laundering scheme and met a number of colorful characters.

Netflix recently separated its streaming and physical DVD rental programs, making it 60 percent more expensive if you want both.

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5 user comments

122.7.2011 21:12

"which have had years of original hits that have helped raise their subscriber bases."

Some people canceling netflix due to dvd and streaming price.

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222.7.2011 21:57

Read that before.
I glad Netflix is so concerned with their customers. Wah Wah...
Obviously not enough people have jumped ship quite yet to jog the Jello minds.
Jeff

323.7.2011 6:03

If they think I am going to keep my subscription for ONE SHOW, they are out of their minds.

Their disk plan really isn't worth the money anymore, not with Blockbuster offering blurays and games on their disk plans...but I would probably keep the streaming if not for the fact that they redesigned it to prevent me from finding anything good to watch (and also the fact that about 90% of their library is still disk-only). Sure, the new layout is probably great on an iPad...but unfortunately, they only applied the new layout to PC...and it is terrible in PC. If I were paranoid (and I am), I would think that they made the change to save bandwidth by preventing people from finding things to watch.



423.7.2011 12:26

Originally posted by KillerBug:
If they think I am going to keep my subscription for ONE SHOW, they are out of their minds.

Their disk plan really isn't worth the money anymore, not with Blockbuster offering blurays and games on their disk plans...but I would probably keep the streaming if not for the fact that they redesigned it to prevent me from finding anything good to watch (and also the fact that about 90% of their library is still disk-only). Sure, the new layout is probably great on an iPad...but unfortunately, they only applied the new layout to PC...and it is terrible in PC. If I were paranoid (and I am), I would think that they made the change to save bandwidth by preventing people from finding things to watch.
Huh? I think the new suggestion system and the layout is simple and easy. Remember there was a contest to design this framework, and this won out. If I can't find something in the recommendations, I just hit the search and see what comes up there too (usually multiple recommendations.) I'd argue that it's easy to find something.

Plus I can't complain about the streaming. At first, when it was in it's infancy, it came free, but as it grows and with any business, you can expect to pay for what you get. Starz alone costs me at least $12 via DirecTV, so getting their movies and series on Netflix streaming, instantly available, is a far better value already and for a few bucks more I get "unlimited" movies in the mail too?

Other than people worrying about a few dollar increase, I don't see the hoopla over this. Netflix is still a great value. Now if we were talking about SiriusXM, I would have a different argument!

525.7.2011 12:59

Originally posted by SProdigy:

Plus I can't complain about the streaming. At first, when it was in it's infancy, it came free, but as it grows and with any business, you can expect to pay for what you get. Starz alone costs me at least $12 via DirecTV, so getting their movies and series on Netflix streaming, instantly available, is a far better value already and for a few bucks more I get "unlimited" movies in the mail too?
Since when is $6 consider a few amount?

You should read the past comments in this forum before your so quick to judge.

The issue is not about $6, the problem is that we agree to a contract when we signed up with Netflix and now they want to gain more profit from their consumers and they continually keep raising their prices from the past 1+ years. The real issue here is that Netflix is trying to MONOPOLIES their business because they have been doing streaming of movies for years and they think we are just going to sit back and say ok I'll just go with the flow and keep my service.

For someone like yourself who probably doesn't know how to manage their money by spending $12 a month for Starz programming with their Direct TV, shows me that you will pay any price Netflix offers and just go with it. How would you feel if you still kept your Direct TV programming and they decided to double the price like Netflix just did and not offer any incentive for doing it... maybe then you will understand.

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