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Netflix to stream Disney, Pixar and Marvel starting in 2016

 

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Netflix aims a hard-hitting blow at pay-TV site Starz after obtaining the rights to stream Walt Disney Studio films starting in 2016. The three-year contract will put Netflix in the running with other well-known pay-TV sites, such as HBO and Showtime.

On top of Disney, Netflix has also gained the rights to both Pixar and Marvel films. Luckily, Disney fans may not have to wait four years until seeing their favorite animated classics.

Netflix has been given the non-exclusive rights to add certain movies as soon as possible, which include titles such as “Dumbo,” “Pocahontas” and “Alice In Wonderland,” according to LA Times.

While it may seem unclear exactly how much Netflix will benefit from the addition of these timeless classics, Disney is seeing immediate effects. Reuters reported that Disney will be collecting a grand total of $350 million per year from Netflix.

Along with the future movie additions, the site is also working on a variety of television series all their own. This includes an original thriller titled “Lilyhammer.”

“Lilyhammer” is about an ex-mobster who checks himself into a witness protection program in Norway, and it will star the “Sopranos” actor Steven Van Zandt as the ex-mobster.

With Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and a variety of original new series a part of their 2016 line-up, it is only a matter of time before Netflix is seeing the benefits of their new contract.

Hulu Plus Reaches 2 Million Members

Photo Credit: www.technology.inc.comHulu Plus has officially reached 2 million members for its premium service, as announced by the New York Times this week. As of January, Hulu Plus had 1.5 million members, which means that Hulu has gained over 100,000 new members every month since the announcement.

According to CEO Jason Kilar, the business has grown by 60% since 2010, earning the company nearly $420 million.

Many of Hulu’s TV episodes are available within 24 hours of their original air date, unlike Hulu’s main competition, Netflix. In some cases, it may take close to a year for Netflix to obtain the same episode.

Netflix to Separate Streaming and DVD Services

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Netflix has announced its decision to separate its DVD-by-mail and online streaming services.

The mail order plan will now be called Qwikster and those who want to continue getting DVDs in the mail will need to access a separate website to order them.  Netflix will now be the name for only the streaming service.

Now, members who subscribe to both will get two separate entries on their credit card statements.  And as a response to the separation, Netflix will add more films and shows to their streaming service.

Along with the announcement of the change, CEO Reed Hastings apologized for the way the company announced the split and subsequent price hikes.

Netflix Struggles to Appease Unhappy Customers

Many are upset in light of Netflix’s prices going up, and perhaps rightfully so. However, Netflix provides a unique and convenient service for many. As traditional movie-lending services slowly start to go out of style (such as the recently defunct Movie Gallery), Netflix and other newer forms of movie-lending services will only pick up steam. Netflix itself is also focusing on its online streaming rather than its DVD-by-mail division, another example of the change in how we watch movies as time goes on (or, really, how we acquire the movies that we consume). Of course, a natural result of this increasingly stronger hold on the movie-watching market is a rise in prices, mostly because companies can afford to do it.

In response to the general uproar over the price hikes, Netflix responded rather nonchalantly, stating:

“Some subscribers will cancel Netflix or downgrade their Netflix plans, [but] we expect most to stay with us.”

Netflix’s price raises may be somewhat justified for the simple fact that licensing costs will skyrocket as a result of increased competition and demands from content providers. Unfortunately for Netflix, most consumers won’t be happy about an increase in prices–regardless of the validity of the reason behind it–especially in a time when many Americans feel like they are getting taking advantage of by Big Business. Even if we are to play Devil’s advocate in saying that Netflix’s decision is a rationally, economically sound one, their response shows that they do take their customers for granted to a certain extent by assuming that people will stay with them. People will naturally gravitate toward the brand that provides the best combination of product and price, and Netflix cannot afford to let hubris cloud their judgment in any way.

Contains information from CNNMoney.

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