I'm obsessed with Netflix. Not the stock, but the product itself. Frankly I find myself throwing it on even in the background sometimes while doing random work on weekends or something like that, just for noise that is different than music. Saw this gem in the FT today regarding Netflix.
There is one crucial difference between the series and other expensively produced TV shows featuring A-list film talent more familiar to audiences from their appearances on the big screen. House of Cards , a US political drama, will be aired only on Netflix, the subscription video service, and all 13 episodes will be made available simultaneously around the world Friday.
So we've watched the music industry, publishing industry, newspaper industry all have the middle man slapped around like a donkey; is it finally time for the television industry to undergo the same? Yes, I understand that instant streaming and availability has been around for awhile now but realistically people still have one or two options at best for cable and then a bevy of channels for x amount per month. Does the ability of a company like Netflix suddenly change the way shows are funded and produced? I doubt it very much, but really I'm not all that convinced that we won't soon be seeing more individualized subscription services to channels more granular than we already have.
How do you guys feel about the future of content providers juxtaposed against cable companies? Do you see them combining even further to the point where the content providers actually own the delivery system for content? Could the content creators, providers and delivery systems all become one?