Netflix’s Journey From Mail-Order to World Leader

In just a decade, Netflix has grown from a video service with seven million U.S. subscribers to one that reaches 93 million people worldwide. Its growth and ability to break into well-established industries—first video rental, now television and film—is a rare accomplishment. In my book “Portals: A Treatise on Internet-Distributed Television,” I explore how Netflix and other internet-distributed video services forced the existing […]

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Sharing Netflix and HBO passwords is now a federal crime, but here’s why not to worry

Though sharing passwords is now technically a federal crime, companies like Netflix Inc. and HBO are still all but shrugging off friends, family and significant others using each other’s accounts. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled that sharing online passwords is a crime prosecutable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. In Judge Stephen Reinhardt’s dissenting […]

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Comcast will add Netflix to latest set-top boxes

Comcast Corp. subscribers will soon be able to watch Netflix through the cable giant’s latest cable boxes, uniting the two companies in their pursuit of more customers after years of contentious disputes. Following years of on-and-off discussions, the two companies reached an agreement for Comcast  to incorporate Netflix  onto its next-generation X1 set-top box. The companies confirmed the accord in […]

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Netflix CEO Says Account Sharing Is OK

Remember when HBO’s CEO said the company was cool with users sharing their HBO GO passwords? Well, apparently, Netflix feels the same way. In an under-the-radar announcement from last week’s CES – likely dwarfed by news of Netflix’s global expansion – Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that consumers sharing Netflix account information was “a positive thing.” Account sharing is generally […]

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