Media Studies professor Anne Helen Petersen writes about the dominant role of Netflix
in her students’ film and television consumption, and its effect on the lasting influence of works that are — or are not — available there:
Through this reliance on Netflix, I’ve seen a new television pantheon begin to take form: there’s what’s streaming on Netflix, and then there’s everything else… [more inside]
posted by mbrubeck
on Oct 7, 2013 -
With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Sep 29, 2013 -
New Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black"
, based on a memoir by Piper Kerman
about her year in a women's prison, and created by Jenji Kohan of Weeds, has been garnering heaps of critical praise
Plus, it's super gay
Of the show's "naïve yuppie" lead character, Jenji Kohan says "I don't think I could have sold a show about black and Latina and old women in prison, you know?
But if I had the girl-next-door coming in as my fish out of water, I can draw a certain audience in through her that can identify with her, and then I can tell all of these stories once she's in, once we've signed onto this journey. She's just a great entry point for a lot of people."
posted by showbiz_liz
on Jul 15, 2013 -
As has been
, today, May 1
, Netflix is letting thousands of titles
expire (link down due to heavy traffic)
mostly licensed from Warner Bros, Universal, and MGM. Some will possibly to move to the new streaming service
offered by Warner Bros itself. (Warner Archive denies
that they are "taking" content from Netflix.) Less widely reported is the fact that Netflix has also let their deal with Viacom
expire this month, removing large swaths of children's favorites (including Dora, Thomas, Bob the Builder, and Backyardigans) from the service. Despite forecasts that this could be the end
for Netflix (again
) The company maintains
that they are headed in the direction
they want to go
posted by anastasiav
on May 1, 2013 -
House of Cards
is a new original "TV" series that is not destined for any TV distribution channel. Instead, it was developed by, and is only available through, Netflix. Netflix posted the entire first "season," 13 1-hour episodes, on Friday. (Is this the new thing?)
Some of us, cough, watched the whole thing. [more inside]
posted by grobstein
on Feb 3, 2013 -
Reviewing Netflix's 'Example Short 23.976.' Netflix has subsequently released the short in a variety of forms and at various lengths, in one case looping it for a full eight hours in a version that many viewers compared to Andy Warhol's 1964 film
Empire. In another case the film was compiled into "a sample show with many episodes" titled
Example TV Mega-series 700, containing exactly 700 episodes.
posted by shakespeherian
on Jun 28, 2011 -
30,000 customers in the San Francisco area lost power today at about 1:50pm PDT, in a series of power failures which knocked out a major datacenter hub: 365 Main. The hub controls servers for many social media sites, including Technorati
and all Six Apart
properties, including TypePad
. (6A's twitter stream
has updates.) More here
Amusingly enough, 365 Main tempted fate and released a press release today
patting themselves on the back for "two years of 100-percent uptime".
posted by zarq
on Jul 24, 2007 -
"I yearn for that kind of a backpacking trip minus the bears." "I was much the happy to know this man was tremendously eaten ferociously by the grizzly bear." "Not bad but not enough black chicks."
The work of these online reviewers may not merit their own special edition
, but they're special in their own way. Doc Savage reviews 200+ items on Amazon, most of which he hates, unless they involve black women and/or Carly Simon
. At Netflix, HV from Duvall
is not nearly as prolific, but gets 5 stars for sublimely anfractuous English. And DJAkin
over at IMDB has written nearly 500 reviews, although most of them read like Jackie Harvey
's Mad Libs. He (or she) may not be the next A. O. Scott
, but if you can find me a critic with a more sincere and unsnarked love of cinema, I'll eat my britches.
posted by sonofslim
on Jan 8, 2007 -
The Netflix Rolling Roadshow
, "Imagine watching 'Jaws' from a raft in the ocean just off the Martha's Vineyard beach where it was filmed . . . or watching 'Escape from Alcatraz' in the cell block where Frank Morris, played by Clint Eastwood, was locked up...This August, the Netflix Rolling Roadshow
celebrates classic American movies by screening them at the locations they made famous. Each screening is an interactive special event (think scavenger hunts, road rallies, a high school prom, even spending the night on Alcatraz Island). Some screenings will also include cast reunions and question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers." My favorite: Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. That is going to be a surreal experience.
posted by JPowers
on Jun 8, 2006 -
Another class action suit, another lousy settlement.
Are or were you a member of Netflix? Sign up for your benefits under the class action settlement, and receive a free upgrade (or for former members, a free month) of service. That is one whole extra DVD at a time per month. Doesn't sound so hot? It gets better. The next month, they'll keep you on the upgraded plan and raise your bill to match it! Class action settlement, or class action fleecing?
posted by jmccorm
on Nov 2, 2005 -
Blockbuster late fee.
I recently returned a movie a few hours late at Blockbuster. I was surprised to learn that the late fee was equal to what I paid for the movie- $3.25. The company line now is- "We don't have late fees. We just bill you for another seven days." This can be as high as $5.44, apparently. There seems to be no mention of this in the usual places
. Shouldn't there be a legal limit to how high late fees can be? [The store clerk told me that late fees represented 40% of his store's earnings- I am not sure if this is true across the board.] I am ready for Netflix
. Are you?
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy
on Apr 8, 2003 -
may be driving me crazy with popup ads but I love their service. Where else can you rent L'Avventura
, The Seventh Seal
, Run Lola Run
It encourages me to explore more movies, which has led me to several
"greatest movies ever
. I'm thoroughly hooked and my film snob rating is slowly rising. Is this a good thing? I can't even stand to watch drivel like Signs
anymore, and my family is tired of subtitles and refuses to watch No Man's Land
with me. Anyone else in this predicament? By the way... has anyone seen a good book about the greatest directors?
posted by kevin123
on Sep 6, 2002 -