FeedFliks, a website that helps enhance your Netflix experience, has added a new feature that can remind you when a coming soon title is available for Netflix streaming, and FeedFlicks can even notify you of a newly available title via Twitter.
Barron's added Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to the annual list of the most respected CEO's:
WHILE MANY COMPANIES WERE FORCED to hunker down during the recession and financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, others went on the offensive -- and scored big. So as we drew up our annual list of the 30 Most Respected CEOs, we sought to identify executives who kept their companies out of trouble and took advantage of the downturn to expand, make shrewd acquisitions, feast on the problems of competitors or otherwise distance themselves from rivals. The roster includes 11 new names, including Larry Ellison of Oracle, Alan Mulally of Ford Motor, Reed Hastings of Netflix, Tim Solso of Cummins ...
Raghu on the Feedflix blog reports that Netflix customers have already streamed more titles in the first 3 months of 2010 than in 2008, and are easily on track to surpass 2009. Given the recent change to the Netflix website promoting streaming, along with the increase in the number of titles, it's not surprising.
I'm wondering when DVD shipments will start to decrease.
Do you plan on watching more streaming titles in 2010?
Ebert thinks the show will be a success, thanks to the "explosion" of DVD, Netflix, Red Box and VOD services. "Virtually all movies are easily available to virtually all North American moviegoers," he writes. "This has created a huge potential audience. When people tell me how many titles they have in their Netflix queues, I reflect that until recent years they'd be telling me how many movies never even played in their town."
I'm looking forward to seeing Roger Ebert doing movie reviews again, despite disagreeing with him from time to time.
CNN Money writes about the debt woes of Blockbuster, Blockbuster Makes Last-Ditch Effort to Avoid Bankruptcy. The story talks about several strategic movies Blockbuster has recently made, including the Warner Bros. deal that gives them a 28-day lead on Netflix and Redbox, the kiosk partnership with NCR, and beating Netflix to the mobile space.
Blockbuster's latest moves are steps in the right direction. But to overcome nearly $1 billion in debt, unprofitable stores and continued losses, what the company really needs is a major turnaround. Blockbuster said last week it may have to file for bankruptcy protection if it cannot lower its debt by other means.
"Blockbuster is trying to keep itself from bleeding to death, but they're putting on a lot of Band-Aids," said Michael Pachter, Blockbuster analyst at Wedbush Morgan Securities.
The story includes a short video featuring Reed Hastings, talking about strategy.
Robbie wrote in with a great suggestion for Netflix: "I have noticed that when trying to watch seasons of a television show that the first disc of a season has a very long wait, but the other discs in the season are readily available. This is obviously because people want to watch it in order. It would be great if someone could tell Netflix to buy more of disc 1 of a season. I understand this may make the other discs less available because more people have seen the first one, but at least we got started!"