Netflix financials: ‘Disrupting a big market can be bumpy’
“We are growing, but not as fast as we would like or have been,” admitted Netflix in its latest note to shareholders accompanying its quarterly financial results.
July 19, 2016
Report 392 – Burning Question
In our Cover Feature we look at the chaos surrounding both Cür and Guvera and what this tells us about the state of digital music in 2016. The market is tilted towards failure and even long-standing services, despite approaching...
June 22, 2016
The impact on Netflix of price rise and recommendations
Two separate studies shed some interesting light on how Netflix’s pricing strategy and recommendations engine affect the video-streaming service’s finances.
June 21, 2016
Netflix now has 77.7m paying subscribers
Spotify’s 30 million paying customers may be the current high-point for music-streaming subscriptions, but over in video-streaming land the bar is higher. Netflix now has 77.7 million paid ‘memberships’, up from...
April 19, 2016
Netflix explains its latest recommendation-algorithm tweaks
For anyone thinking about how music recommendations and discovery are evolving, a blog post by Netflix’s developer team is worth a long read. It explains the latest tweaks to the online video service’s recommendation...
February 18, 2016
Why Netflix originals may (or may not) be a template for Spotify
Netflix has no free tier, but it’s managed to sign up more than 75 million paying subscribers, many attracted by its original shows like House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black and Making A Murderer. No wonder there...
February 1, 2016
Oculus VR makes media moves with Netflix, Hulu, Twitch and more
Yesterday saw the developer conference for Facebook’s Oculus VR subsidiary, showing off its latest plans for virtual-reality hardware – and content. In fact, the latter generated the big news of the day, as Oculus announced...
September 25, 2015
Netflix loses Epix films – is this a glimpse at streaming music’s future?
Netflix’s content boss Ted Sarandos has been updating viewers about the streaming video service’s catalogue, in a blog post. “We have decided not to renew our agreement in the US with Epix, the cable network, which...
September 1, 2015
Former MySpace head on why Spotify needs to be more like Netflix
Jason Hirschhorn (former co-president of MySpace and now CEO of REDEF) has been writing about 15 years of decline in the record industry and how the business can be rebuilt. The meat of the piece is where he gets into streaming...
July 27, 2015
Netflix now has 65.6m subscribers globally
Netflix announced its latest financial results yesterday, reporting that its subscriber total has grown to 65.6 million people, having added 3.3 million in the second quarter of 2015 alone. Netflix’s revenues for Q2 were...
July 16, 2015
Spotify’s new CFO helped take Netflix and Pandora public
What to do after helping a high-profile subscription-based entertainment service go public? If you’re Barry McCarthy, you join another high-profile subscription-based entertainment service that’s on a path to an IPO....
June 18, 2015
Björk sees streaming as ‘insane’ but hints at windowing plans
Björk is the latest prominent holdout from Spotify with her new album Vulnicura. “We’re all making it up as it goes, to be honest. I would like to say there’s some master plan going on, but there isn’t. But a few...
February 27, 2015