Author Archives: Gina Keating

Uh, duh?

You needed a media conference to figure out that people are fleeing broadcast and cable TV because they don’t like to watch ads? This New York Times story, chronicling the latest wailing and gnashing of teeth over streaming by TV … Continue reading

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Streaming TV: A portal to the next big thing in film

I got to playing with my AppleTV last weekend after a long-delayed software update and spent an embarrassing amount of time on Vimeo, a curated channel for indie filmmakers. Streaming TV is giving audiences access to amazing and innovative content … Continue reading

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Netflix in China: Cultural Divide?

Hmmm. Two interesting points in the second half of this Huffington Post article — linking the fact that Mark Cuban last month upped his stake in Netflix with the idea that it is a ripe takeover target for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Reports are circulating … Continue reading

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‘Grey market’ Netflix subscribers show love globally

Well, this is interesting. Netflix already has a sizable and fast-growing subscriber base in Australia, even though the streaming service is not set to launch there until early next year, according to this graphic from the personal finance site Pocketbook. … Continue reading

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Can Amazon and Netflix peacefully co-exist?

I don’t really agree with the premise that Amazon Instant Video is within striking distance of Netflix, not just because the two services are still so far apart by the only measure that counts — hours streamed — but because … Continue reading

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Obama sides with Netflix on net neutrality

Happy Monday to Netflix and other streaming channels, subscribers of said, and bloggers everywhere on what could be a big win in its ongoing war over net neutrality. President Obama here signals his disapproval of the FCC proposal to create fast … Continue reading

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The Human Side of Netflix’s Matching Algorithm

I have written a lot about Netflix’s matching algorithm, dubbed “Cinematch” by the founding team. I did not know the company still uses humans to tag and rate aspects of movies and TV shows. It’s kind of amazing that they have … Continue reading

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If Hastings is the Web’s Louis B Mayer, does that make Ted Sarandos its Cecil B DeMille?

I get asked a lot lately whether I think Netflix is going to become a major player in creating original series – the underlying question, of course, is whether CEO Reed Hastings and content chief Ted Sarandos are gunning for … Continue reading

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