Reed Hastings

Netflix surpasses 1bn hours watched in June

The past year hasn’t been the best for Netflix. After making several strategic blunders, including one of the most painful branding disasters in recent memory, the company lost subscribers and saw and investors dump its shares.

But mistakes behind it, Netflix is pushing forward and in June, the company achieved a significant milestone: its subscribers watched more than 1bn hours of video.

Comcast rejects a Netflix partnership

If you ran a cable company facing the very real phenomenon of cord-cutting and you’re approached about a partnership by one of the companies that has arguably done more to spur cord-cutting than any other, what would you say?

If you’re Comcast, the answer is simple: ‘take a hike.’ And according to the New York Times, that’s precisely what it has told Netflix.

The Netflix apology: good idea, bad execution

As we’ve seen time and time again, even the highest-flying companies can be thrust into crisis and controversy in an instant for a variety of reasons.

For BP, it was a massive oil spill. For AirBnB, it was an ugly incident involving theft and vandalism.

And for Netflix, which is in the midst of a crisis today, the cause of its problems was a decision to change its business model.

Will film distribution go the way of the magazine industry?

With ad pages in freefall, magazines shedding titles, and the future of magazines in flux, things are looking more than gloomy for the ad industry lately. And the same fate is likely to befall the dvd industry, according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. 

Speaking at Magazine Publishers of America’s Innovation Summit, Hastings noted that his business is on track to suffer the same fate that magazines are enduring now. Is there anything to be done about it?