Irdeto issued a press release to announce that Netflix has selected Irdeto's Cloakware Embedded Security software to protect streaming movies & TV shows.
“We have always been committed to offering our members the greatest convenience, selection and value for instantly watching TV episodes and movies across a wide range of consumer electronics devices,” said Bill Holmes, Netflix vice president of business development. “As we looked to proactively enhance our content offerings, Irdeto with its Cloakware security technology, was a natural choice to support our commitment to digital content protection.”
Netflix stock keeps climbing, and I'm wondering if it's a combination of the early success of the Netflix app on the iPad, general availability of Netflix streaming on the Wii, or a story on Fool.com that lists possible cash-rich suitors such as Amazon, Apple, Google & Microsoft: Netflix: Independent for How Long?
What do you think? Will someone attempt to buy Netflix?
Last March Netflix announced that South Park Seasons 1 - 9 would be available on Netflix streaming, and reader Honest Abe noticed that the show will only be available until 4/16/2010.
Since Netflix streaming (and other services like Hulu) are new, we'll be seeing a lot of experimentation by the studios. The problem is that the studios still make the majority of their revenue on DVD sales, so we'll be seeing a lot of titles be available for streaming for a limited time. Netflix also has a limited budget for movies and TV shows -- even HBO with more than 40 million subscribers has a limited number of movies available each month. It'll be interesting to see how Netflix selects titles over the next few years as they grow.
What show or movie that has been removed from Netflix streaming do you miss? What would you like Netflix to add to streaming?
Things are really getting interesting at Blockbuster, and despite some high profile departures, there is someone that wants to help turn around the company. Davis Freeberg interviewed DVD kiosk pioneer Greg Meyers, who wants to join the Blockbuster board of directors:
Davis: I guess the biggest question on my mind is that with Blockbuster clearly hurting pretty bad right now, why you would even want to get involved with the company. You’ve already proven that you can build a DVD business from scratch, what is it about the challenge of turning the company around that appeals to you, instead of using your time and capital to create another new business?
Meyers: When our team was building the DVDXpress business early on, we spent years struggling to make customers aware of the fact that it was possible to rent DVDs from a kiosk and encouraging them to do so. Blockbuster was such a dominant force at the time that we felt like we were constantly swimming upstream against this 900lb gorilla.
Fast forward to today and the tables have turned so that many people say ‘Why would I ever go to Blockbuster?’ I think the pendulum has swung too far and believe there is an enormous amount of intrinsic value within Blockbuster that can be realized with proper guidance and forward-thinking strategic insight. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, everyone knows that Blockbuster means movies, and having such widespread brand awareness is extremely valuable.
Blockbuster issued a press release in response, "We are disappointed Mr. Meyer is pursuing a costly and disruptive proxy contest. A proxy contest can only serve as a distraction to the company when attention and resources would be better used in creating value for stakeholders by implementing our strategic plan."
Netflix announced that they are now shipping streaming discs to everyone that requested one. If you have a Wii and haven't requested one, you can reserve your free disc online. Given the limitations of the Wii hardware, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Netflix streaming on the Wii.
If you've tried Netflix streaming on the Wii, what do you like or dislike about it?
Reader James discovered a trick to check the speed of Netflix streaming on the Wii: "I played around while watching 24, and I found the Wii version. Hold "2" on the Wiimote while Netflix is playing a video and it shows your current Bandwidth and then the Cache in parenthesis."
Consumerist reports that a reader took a Blockbuster survey about video games by mail, "In addition to sending your favorite movies by mail, Blockbuster is considering giving Total Access members like you the ability to rent video games by mail for no additional charge. You would be able to choose from over 3,000 different games, including many popular new releases. All you'd have to do is add them to your Queue, and we would send them to you just like we do your favorite movies! Please take a moment to complete the following short survey so we can gauge your interest."
Consumerist asked Netflix's Steve Swasey about video game rentals, and he explains why Netflix still isn't interested in renting video games:
Video games are a different economic model than movies and TV episodes, on which Netflix concentrates to provide the greatest convenience, selection and value to consumers... Movies are perennial. A great movie from 1972 is still a great movie but who wants to play Madden '95?
Reuters is reporting that Netflix has signed streaming deals with Twentieth Century Fox & Universal Studios that will delay new releases from both studios 28 days. Netflix recently signed a similar deal with Warner Bros., and expects these deals to enable better availability of new releases at a lower cost to Netflix.
"Netflix and Universal said that under their deal, Netflix would get significantly more units and better in-stock levels from Universal after the four-week period and get access to more of the studio's movies for customers to stream."
Under the new deal, the April 22nd Avatar DVD release will not be available to Netflix customers until May 20th.
What do you think? Is Netflix making the right move to balance availability and cost?
Business Insider estimates that as many as 200,000 iPad users have downloaded the Netflix iPad app, a third to half of iPad purchasers.
Right now, USA Today is the no. 5 most popular free iPad app, with ABC at no. 2 and Netflix at no. 3. The Weather Channel's app is no. 4. We've looked at the charts at least once a day since the iPad launched last Saturday, and those apps have been at or near those same positions every time we can recall.
So it seems safe to assume that Netflix and ABC both have at least 100,000 downloads each, and possibly 150,000 or 200,000.
It was also interesting to Steve Jobs compliment the Netflix app during his keynote yesterday.