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Netflix earnings fall though streaming grows

Netflix earnings fall though streaming grows

There's an odd set of numbers being posted today by Netflix as they report their earnings for the first quarter of 2012, including losses in DVD, gains in streaming, and a global revenue drop from this past quarter. There's always two (or more) ways to look at an earnings call, and this is certainly one for the books: $826 million in total domestic revenue for domestic sales only, this down from $847 million the quarter before and up from $706 million last year this same quarter. All that with significant gains in both domestic and international streaming subscribers - a surprising number, actually.

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Netflix to stream Lilyhammer in the UK

Netflix to stream Lilyhammer in the UK

Netflix isn’t just interested in the movie and TV streaming business: its ultimate goal is to bring original content to the internet too, almost like an additional channel. The company graced the United States with the Lilyhammer series a couple of months ago, and will be bringing the show to the UK and Ireland following a deal with the German distributor.

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Netflix CEO blasts Comcast over net neutrality

Netflix CEO blasts Comcast over net neutrality

Comcast has already taken some heat over its Xfinity streaming media service, which offers up movies and TV shows to Xbox 360 users without eating into the ISP’s 250GB data cap. At the time, Comcast say that they weren’t violating any net neutrality rules, claiming that the Xbox 360 streaming didn’t travel over the public internet. CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, doesn’t think too highly of Comcast’s move, and has criticized the ISP over the issue.

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Netflix spent $1 million on an algorithm it doesn’t use

Netflix spent $1 million on an algorithm it doesn’t use

You would think if a company spent $1 million on an algorithm to increase accuracy of its recommendation engine, the company would actually use that algorithm. That's not the case with Netflix though. After shelling out a million dollars to a developer team back in 2009 for an algorithm to increase the accuracy of its recommendation engine, the algorithm wasn't implemented. The new and improved algorithm was from a developer team participating in a contest the company held.

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Netflix offers insight to its movie recommendation system

Netflix offers insight to its movie recommendation system

If you have a Netflix account, I would wager you have looked at some of the categories of movies that are recommended for you and wondered where in the world Netflix came up with them. Netflix is talking a bit about its recommendation engine and offering up some insights. The company hasn't offered up hard algorithm information just yet, but apparently, that's coming later.

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Paramount movies destined for YouTube and Google Play

Paramount movies destined for YouTube and Google Play

YouTube has slowly but surely been buildings it collection of movies available to purchase or rent. Google is looking to expand the range to both YouTube and the Play Store, today announcing a new partnership with Paramount that will see the studio's movies hitting both services. All in all, you can expect to find almost 500 titles from the studio, with prices depending on factors such as title age and SD/HD options.

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