More news bytes from around the World Wide Web.
After telling investors for several years that his company's principal competition is HBO, Netflix is now downplaying the Home Box Office threat. The new threats, the company says, are emerging over-the-top services launched by pay-TV providers and tech companies.
Dish Network has expanded the in-home availability of the Netflix app on its system, extending its use beyond Dish's Hopper DVRs and to the Joey client boxes in adjacent rooms.
Amazon announced that it is following Netflix into the high-dynamic-range arena, making its original series available in HDR on its Prime Instant Video service later this year.
For many of us, the free shipping assiated with a year-long Amazon Prime membership was just a cool add-on advantage over Netflix. But it turns out the cart is leading the horse.
Despite nascent consumer demand for 4K/Ultra HD, Netflix has been the most aggressive supplier on the programming end, driving up the already high cost of producing original series like House of Cards by shooting them in 6K, for example.
The process of VPN masking as it relates to Netflix--fooling the network about your IP address so you can access the SVOD company's lineup in another global territory--doesn't exactly count as digital piracy. One still has to subscribe to Netflix in order to pull it off.
Clinging to its position as television's dominant audience ratings provider, Nielsen said it will begin offering it customer data on Netflix and Amazon Prime SVOD audience usage sometime in the middle of this year.
Fears of digital piracy ebbed a bit over the last few years, with platforms like Netflix and YouTube providing consumers with gobs of readily available, inexpensive video content. But it turns out that illegal downloading just isn't going away.
What started as a somewhat controversial theory put forth by Sanford Bernstein Research analyst Todd Juenger late last year has taken on rock-solid credibility, with the release of a research report this week tying dramatic declines in cable network programming to sharp increases in SVOD usage.