Monday 10.21: News to Know
Netflix Poised to Pass HBO in Paid U.S. Subscribers
Netflix Inc. (NFLX) is poised to pass HBO in paid U.S. subscribers, showing Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings is making progress toward a goal of transforming the streaming service to a Web-based television network.
Opinions & Analysis
A pirate’s life for me: making money from uploading torrents
TorrentFreak has spoken to ‘John,’ an “extremely prolific pirate,” to find out how he makes a living uploading copyrighted footage to streaming and torrent sites. John,TorrentFreak reports, has uploaded more than 30,000 movies and TV shows, and spends his days adding “thousands of links” across 12 different file hosting sites.
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Deals & Signings
Vimeo hired Greg Clayman as its new General Manager of Audience Networks to build its new video-on-demand store. Clayman was previously the News Corp. publisher of the short-lived iPad-only magazine The Daily. The new hire is supposedly part of Vimeo’s push for its VOD site, which was well-received at last spring’s South by Southwest.
Streaming Video News
The slow but inevitable decline of Netflix’s DVD business
When will Netflix send out its last red envelope? The company is clearly focused on streaming, but executives have long maintained that DVDs, while declining, are going to be a part of its business for years to come.
Netflix may start attaching more content to its original programming, similar to what’s included in DVD special extras, the company’s VP of Product Innovation Todd Yellin announced last week. First up would be House of Cards and Hemlock Grove, but there is no set date when these will be available.
Mobilize Re-Run: Netflix’s second screen strategy is all about control
From the stage at our Mobilize Conference, Netflix VP of Product Innovation, Todd Yellin tells how the company is looking to integrate phones into TV watching.
Smosh Launching Hour-Long Video for Digital Download Popular YouTube channel makes another video for Assassin’s Creed
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