Disney and Netflix are betting that some lesser-known Marvel comic-book characters will play well together online. The companies said Thursday that Disney's Marvel TV and ABC TV Studios units will produce four original live-action series for Netflix culminating in a "miniseries programming event."
For a while, Netflix has held that streaming providers will lead the way in delivering higher-resolution services like 4K and Ultra HD. The company is apparently so convinced it has added a handful of test videos to its service.
One of the promises of online video is the huge amount of data points generated every time someone watches a video. User and usage data can help set strategies and goals, but they won't write scripts or predict what content will take off, industry executives said at the Broadband TV conference in Hollywood Tuesday.
Netflix announced two new original documentary movies this week, further evidence that its original programming ambitions do not end with serialized TV shows.
Netflix said it has licensed the entire series of "Dexter" from CBS. The first four seasons will be available beginning Oct. 31 and the remaining four will hit Netflix on Jan. 1, 2014.
Netflix wants movies to be available online for instant streaming the same day they premiere in movie theaters, an idea that has upset movie theater owners.
Netflix is riding a positive wave as its stock opened at $389.16 per share on Tuesday following its Q3 earnings report, but can it maintain that momentum?
How big can Netflix get? Tuesday morning brought one answer to that question: $389.16 per share. The stock opened at that all-time high a day after the company reported its Q3 earnings, before shedding about 9 percent throughout the day.
Last week when reports surfaced that the NFL might be courting online video distributors with a package of Thursday-night games, Netflix quickly attracted attention as a potential buyer for such rights. But the company insists it's not interested in distributing live sports events.
Netflix may have been traditionally been one of cable operators' marked enemies, but through its partnership with TiVo it recently secured deals to carry its app over both Com Hem in Sweden and Virgin Media in the U.K.