As far as video streaming goes for my home entertainment, I have been late to the party. However, once there, I have realized how much of the video world I have missed.
So much so that for Netflix, Hollywood is starting to take them seriously and view them as a tough competitor.
“Netflix is bent on world domination and the industry’s most controversial content czar tells IndieWire how he’s doing it…
Cocky? Sure, but the next day he proved to already be a step ahead: News broke that Netflix lured ABC crown jewel Shonda Rhimes to leave her television home of 15 years for an exclusive deal, giving her the freedom to make content of any length without the onerous creative and schedule restraints demanded by ad-driven networks…
Enlightenment was slow in coming, but it has dawned on Hollywood that little disruptor Netflix is bent on world domination. With 104 million global subscribers and 193 other markets around the world, Netflix is no longer viewed primarily as a source of licensing revenue; it’s direct and fierce competition, with an open wallet for content and talent.
Netflix has darted ahead of the slow-moving studio behemoths still hanging onto a rickety economic model. Disney is the first studio out of the gate because it boasts must-consume content from “Star Wars” and Pixar and Marvel and can afford to challenge the status quo. Others are obliged to surely follow.
Netflix has proved — as Steve Jobs did at Apple — that breaking the rules can wreak powerful change. And it’s pushing aggressively to make Netflix a habit that its subscribers will never break…”