Netflix Remote: Not like it is far from your fingers anyway, but Netflix is reportedly working with manufactures to get a Netflix button put on remote controls. Currently brands such as Best Buy’s Dynex, Haier, Memorex, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Sharp and Toshiba will have a red button on their Blu-Ray players sometime this spring. Sharp, Sony and Toshiba will also offer the button on select new Internet-connected TVs, as will set-top boxes Boxee, Iomega and Roku.
Netflix removes feature…Blogging world erupts: It is no surprise that Netflix wants to do away with its DVD mailing service. A recent report stated that it costs Netflix $1 for every disk it mails vs. $.05 (that’s five cents) for each show that it streams. Less money spent on postage, means more money to shell out to studios for better streaming content right? But recently Netflix’s director of product management Jamie Odell announced that the company would be “removing the ‘Add to DVD Queue’ option from streaming devices.” This was an indication that Netflix could “concentrate on offering you the titles that are available to watch instantly.” This only makes sense since why would you want the physical disk if you could watch it via streaming?
No Love For Netflix?: THR recently polled some insiders about how executives really feel about Netflix. It isn’t all rosy. Many Hollywood executives view Netflix as bad for their current business model. We have news for you Hollywood, it is time to change your business model. With studios looking to get a place at the trough (or tit, choose your own farm reference here) little is to be done about negotiating with Netflix. If the price is right, the studios will bend. Here is a look at the big deals thanks to THR.com
STREAMING: THE BIG DEALS
One analyst believes Netflix will spend $700 million in 2011 and $1.2 billion in 2012 to license Hollywood content for its streaming-video service. A sampling of how that money is being spent.
The Deal: The pay cable network offers about 2,500 movies and TV titles from Sony and Disney (though Disney has a separate deal for TV, which includes such hits as ABC’s Desperate Housewives and Lost and Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb, Hannah Montana and Camp Rock). The Starz deal has been valued at $30 million per year and expires at the end of 2011.
Content: Up, The Proposal, Alice in Wonderland, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Zombieland, 2012
The Deal: Expansion of an existing agreement gives rights to catalog movie titles and seasons of certain TV hits until end of 2011, but no HBO shows.
Content: Films Risky Business and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; seasons of Nip/Tuck, Veronica Mars, Pushing Daisies, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
The Deal: A recently expanded agreement includes hit shows produced by Twentieth Television.
Content: Lie to Me, Bones, Prison Break, 24, King of the Hill, Arrested Development, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Deal: The fledgling pay cable network has a deal through roughly 2016 to offer films from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount 90 days after they debut on the channel. The deal was pricey: Some analysts have said Netflix will pay $200 million per year.
Content: Shutter Island, Iron Man, Precious, Dance Flick, The Spy Next Door, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
The Deal: The upstart distributor will provide up to 30 films annually during the pay TV window, through roughly 2015.
Content: The Fighter, Skyline, Season of the Witch, more as Relativity greenlights them
The Deal: More than 200 movies are available for six months to 18 months, depending on the title, then they are pulled from the service for another title. The TV deal includes past seasons of such popular streaming titles as 30 Rock and The Office.
Content: Hundreds of old episodes of “Saturday Night Live,” as well as day-after streaming of new episodes through 2012; Battlestar Galactica, Monk, Friday Night Lights, Law & Order: SVU