Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, speaking at the BOA Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference, talked about TV shows vs. movies, the surprising lack of competition, and license windows for content like the Hunger Games.
When asked about the difference between TV shows and movies, Sarandos said, "The great acting and writing is being done on TV." He noted that TV has an "...incredibly high risk model," and that "Some good shows fail because they're in the wrong time slot."
Sarandos said that the most watched episode of Mad men was season 1, episode 1, and that Netflix was still driving new viewers to shows. He also said that 50,000 people watched all episodes of Season 4 of Breaking Bad in 24 hours when they became available the day before the season 5 premier.
On license windows, Sarandos said that Netflix is the pay TV home for the Hunger Games, but the release windows are: sames day as DVD for latin America, 3 months for Canada, UK 4 months, and the U.S. finally after another 90 days.
On competition: "We never thought that we'd operate without competition. We're surprised it's taken this long."