There were some interesting tidbits in Netflix’s Q1 earnings call yesterday:
- the idea that the $1 billion writedown Time Warner is expected to take on its broadcast rights to LA Dodgers games could chill Netflix (and other streaming services’) spending on content prices
- that international piracy acts as a “governor” on Netflix subscription prices in international markets where piracy is rife
- that Ted Sarandos unabashedly said Netflix will keep pushing movie studios to release films day-and-date with theatrical releases
… but by far my favorite thing that anybody said on the call was Reed Hastings repeatedly mentioning Poland when talking about Netflix’s determination to get global rights to all content.
He was probably referring teasingly to reports that the company was readying its infrastructure for a Poland launch but the mention of the country that saw the start of another push for world domination made me laugh.
The Netflix juggernaut will keep rolling across the landscape of Europe until it has encompassed all by the end of 2016 — but in this case the conquerer is welcomed and heralded, especially by all the disappointed VPN users the company shut down earlier this year.
I think I need to get out more.
The concept of a Netflix Seal of Approval for televisions is cool for a couple of reasons:
a) There was a time when almost every major electronics maker turned down Netflix’s request to put coupons for free rentals in DVD and TV boxes (See how the worm turns!), and ;
b) The idea of an “Instant On” button, as described in this TechHive post lets us ponder what home entertainment is going to be like when nobody is watching broadcast or cable television any longer. Sort of like a video library where one calmly selects and enjoys content, free of all commercial distractions and time constraints.
Man, if I had known in the 70s and 80s that someday I’d be able to pick up “Lost In Space” or “Gilligan’s Island” at the very point I’d had to turn off the TV to do my homework or eat supper, life would have been a lot more serene for my parents.
I could try to romanticize my childhood “hardship” but, really, I can’t think of anything negative about the internet television viewing. I actually think I spend less time watching TV and get more of the content I want than back in the days when I suffered through the end of “I Love Lucy” and zillions of commercials to see the show I wanted. That’s progress.