451 Research's ChangeWave service issued a survey that showed Netflix is still king of the space, but Amazon is more than just a pretender standing in the shadows.
Boxee kicked off an aggressive promotion to drive sales of its new $99 Boxee TV set-top, offering users three free months of a Netflix subscription and access to its cloud-based "No Limits DVR."
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has added his two cents--OK, so maybe a little more than that, like $168.9 million--into Netflix, creating yet more intrigue about whether the company will be acquired at any time soon.
Boxee said that Wal-Mart will begin selling its new $99 Boxee TV over-the-top video set-top at 3,000 retail stores on Thursday.
Netflix apparently learned a lesson from others who have been impacted by cloud outages and was thus able to withstand a super-cloud of a different sort when superstorm Sandy--aka the Frankenstorm--roared up and over the East Coast Monday.
Microsoft has joined an illustrious list of companies, including Apple and Google, that are said to be interested in acquiring DVD renter cum video streaming leader Netflix.
Wedbush Securities and comScore data, covered by Radio & Television Business Report, said the number of hours people spent watching video on Hulu fell 58 percent to 65 million hours viewed in August.
Even when it does things right these days, Netflix still can't seem to get a break. The online video purveyor announced third quarter earnings of 11 cents--far better than analyst expectations of 4 cents--and still, its stock price dropped by double digits, falling $11.65 to $56.57.
After reporting that Netflix gained 1.16 million U.S. streaming video subscribers during the third quarter, CEO Reed Hastings told investors that he expects HBO to launch a standalone version of HBO Go that would allow viewers to access HBO original series on the Web and mobile devices without having to subscribe to cable or satellite TV.
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