Netflix And The Myth Of Innovation: Simultaneous Release Is A House Of Cards

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My latest in Boxoffice Pro on Netflix and simultaneous theatrical release:

The entire argument for simultaneous release is founded on bad faith, shoddy data, and mysterious bookkeeping. John Sloss made waves in the industry with his call for transparency in the reporting of VOD revenues. It’s long past time for that call to be heeded. Netflix doesn’t even provide viewership data per title to its own shareholders.

 

And, frankly, I don’t think that Ted Sarandos believes his own arguments. If he truly believed that exclusivity is a curse, “creating artificial distance between the product and the consumer,” he would make House of Cards and Orange is the New Black available on Hulu, Vudu, Redbox, Amazon Prime, cable VOD, and next to the checkout counter at Walmart. But he doesn’t.

 

And why not? Because exclusivity matters. Exclusivity works. Because Netflix needs to offer its subscribers something its competitors don’t to retain them as subscribers and for those subscribers to believe they are getting something of value that they can’t get from a growing number of competitors.

You can read the whole thing here.

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  • tommy thumb

    wow you guys are so full of shit

  • John Cena

    Wtf ?! Do you guys understand the modern digital world? Binge watching is the way to go. If there’s a series with a full series out, the more likely you will get viewers because of the binge watch phenomenon. Another theatre owner in denial lol. Get with the times. Convenience over anything.