Tag Archives: Netflix

Showtime Says It Will Pull Some Shows Off Netflix | AllThingsD

Showtime says shows it is still airing, like Dexter and Californication, will no longer be available on Netflix. The move comes a few days after Netflix announced it would pay for first-run rights to House Of Cards — the kind of show you’d normally expect to see on Showtime or Time Warner’s HBO.

I’m afraid this is a conscious decision to limit the attractiveness of the VOD/delivery service. I fear we’ll see other studios follow suit, as they realize just how powerful Netflix will become once it starts producing original content, and amassing great content from other production houses, cheap.

Netflix Teams Up With David Fincher & Kevin Spacey For Original Series – Deadline.com

Video streaming juggernaut Netflix is becoming an original programming player. In what is probably the biggest gamble in its 14-year history, I hear Netflix has outbid several major cable networks, including HBO and AMC, for  Media Rights Capital’s drama series House of Cards, executive produced and directed by David Fincher and exec produced by and starring Kevin Spacey.

Despite its dominant position in the movie-streaming business, Netflix, which was just upgraded to “buy” by Goldman Sachs, has been feeling the heat from new competition, including Amazon.com, which last month announced it was entering the subscription streaming-media business, and Facebook, which last week announced a deal with Warner Bros. to experiment with streaming the studio’s The Dark Knight directly through the social media service. In fact, on the day the Facebook/Warner Bros. deal was announced, Netflix’s shares fell 6%.

Let’s just hope they give the filmmakers more freedom than Amazon Studios!

Can’t wait to see what kind of deal they work out, especially in terms of syndication, residuals, divying up digital rights, etc. I’ll be watching this story closely, as it could have serious repercussions for the entertainment world.

If Netflix maintains some kind of quality standard and doesn’t turn to the tactics of poorer-produced networks than HBO, it could be a really interesting development for new format, quality American programming.