New On Netflix: ‘Princess Bride’ Returns This Week After Being Only Mostly Dead

960x0The first week of April will shower Netflix with a metric ton of new shows. But the clear winner is the relaunch of the 1987 fantasy film classic “Princess Bride.”

Grab your sword, your wits and your strength and settle in for the wonderful repeat-those-lines-aloud opportunity. Don’t forget your peanuts. (We mean it.)

Also not to be missed this week: a pile of movie classics including “2001,” “Sunset Boulevard” and “The Shawshank Redemption;” and new Netflix Originals including “The Ranch” and “Lost & Found Music Studio.” The next seven days are enormous for Netflix.

After sorting through the mismatched puzzle pieces of The Wall Street Journal’s new transmedia reality series, “Startup of the Year,” I had to triple-check my often-shaky memory to verify News Cor...

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Reviewed! Netflix’s ‘Orange Is the New Black’; Wonderly’s ‘Edge of Normal’; WSJ’s ‘Startup of the Year’


Netflix has ordered a third season of the show, 10 days before the second season debuts on the streaming service. It’s likely that the third season, as with the other full seasons of “House of Cards” and other Netflix originals, will also consist of 13 hour-long episodes. The news was first announced by actress Robin Wright, who stars opposite Spacey as a Washington, DC power couple, at a press event for the show. She told TheWrap, “We start shooting season three soon” — a statement that was later confirmed by a Netflix rep.

The show is financed, produced, and packaged by Media Rights Capital, and is produced by Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions.

This marks the first renewal for “House of Cards,” which was originally picked up by Netflix for two seasons and 26 episod...

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Netflix Signs Off on Third Season of ‘House of Cards’


Announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning, Netflix racked up a total of six nominations for its original series “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black,” and semi-original comedy show “Arrested Development.”

Of the three, “House of Cards” topped the list with a total four nominations, one for Best Television Series – Drama, and one each for cast members Kevin Spacey (Best Actor – Drama), Robin Wright (Best Actress – Drama), and Corey Stoll (Best Supporting Actor).

Taylor Schilling will compete against Wright for her performance as Piper Chapman, the lead character in “Orange Is the New Black...

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Netflix, Crackle Are Going to the Primetime Emmys (Again)


Nominees for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and as expected Netflix is in the fold with major nominations for both “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.”

“House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black” received a nomination in the Drama and Comedy Series categories, respectively. “House of Cards” will go up against “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” and “True Detective,” while “Orange Is the New Black” will contend with “The Big Bang Theory,” “Louie,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley,” and “Veep.”

In total, Netflix earned 31 nominations, including Kevin Spacey for Lead Actor in a Drama, Robin Wright for Lead Actress in a Drama, and Taylor Schilling for Le...

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Netflix Gives ‘Orange Is the New Black’ a Second Season

Netflix has ordered a second season for “Orange Is the New Black,” a prison dramedy from Jenji Kohan, the creator of “Weeds.”

Produced by Lionsgate Television, the series follows a recently incarcerated woman who must come to terms with the fact that her comfortable New York life is, at least temporarily, over. Based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, “Orange Is the New Black” stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, and Taryn Manning.

The second season will begin production later this summer, which is remarkable considering the first season has yet to debut on Netflix.

In a statement, Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix, said: “Jenji and her team have produced a phenome...

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Netflix Surpasses 31 Million Domestic Subscribers

Netflix’s Q3 earnings report is out and unsurprisingly things are on the up for the streaming service. Reports surfaced earlier today saying that Netflix in Q3 has surpassed HBO in terms of paid US subscribers; these reports were gathered via analytics data and not from Netflix direct data. However, according to Netflix’s Q3 report, the streaming giant is officially beating HBO in paid subscribers with a marginally higher 29.93 million paid members over HBO’s reported 28.7 million.

As we all expected, Netflix remains tight-lipped about the performance of its original series, although the company does mention that original show “Orange is the New Black” is the streaming service’s most-watched series ever...

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Netflix says it expects a 60% increase in year-over-year net additions

Netflix says it expects a 60% increase in year-over-year net additions — to 1.60 million — in Q1 2014. “We’ve seen increases in consumer brand awareness and likelihood to recommend across markets as our content offering builds and marketing messages are honed, factors that help drive y/y growth in net additions,” wrote Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells in the shareholder letter.

As for that “net neutrality” ruling that some of you have been worried about, Netflix doesn’t appear to be worried. In the same letter, Hastings and Wells write that they don’t see a broadband internet provider discriminating against bandwidth-hoggers like Netflix. “The most likely case,” the execs write, “is that ISPs will avoid this consumer-unfriendly path of discrimination...

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Netflix Surpasses HBO in Subscriber Revenue

Netflix_HBO-479x189For Netflix and its CEO Reed Hastings, HBO is Goliath, which makes for a fun read whenever the company passes a new milestone or HBO metric and Hastings takes to his Facebook page to highlight it. (“Albania takes it up a notch” comes to mind — posted shortly after Netflix received its first Emmy nominations last year.)

The latest is a pretty good one, too: According to Hastings, Netflix edged out HBO last quarter in terms of subscriber revenue. In Q2, Netflix made $1.146 billion, compared to HBO’s $1.141 billion.
Don’t count out HBO, though. It still has $578 million in quarterly profits and 99 Emmy nominations to keep it comfortable. By comparison, Netflix made $71 million last quarter, and netted 31 nominations at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards...

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Netflix Coming to Vodafone Spain

Netflix_new-480x189Vodafone Spain announced today that it has entered into a pact bring Netflix to its Vodafone TV subscribers when the streaming service launches in Spain in October. It is the first pay TV provider to agree to carry Netflix in the country.

Vodafone customers will be able to watch on their TVs using the Netflix app on their set-top boxes. They will also be able to find titles using the search engine or recommendations section of the Vodafone service.

Vodafone Spain is part of Vodafone Group, which offers mobile services in 26 countries and fixed broadband services in 17. It has 55 partner networks worldwide.
Netflix will bring its subscription streaming service to Spain in October, the company’s CEO Reed Hastings said in an interview with Spain’s El Mundo.

Upon launch, users in Spain wil...

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Netflix’s Global March Continues with First Series Shot in Spain

NetFlix-480x189Netflix doesn’t just want to stream its service in every corner of the world, it wants to plant production flags there, too. The global march continued today with the streaming giant’s announcement that it has greenlit its first original series to be filmed entirely in Spain.

The yet-to-be-titled 50-minute-long series is being produced by Madrid-based Bambú Producciones, led by Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández Valdés, producers of the Spanish series “Gran Hotel” and “Velvet,” co-created by Gema Neira. The 16-episode first season will begin shooting later this year.

The drama focuses on four women from different backgrounds hired to be switchboard operators for the country’s only telephone company in 1920s Madrid – “a place which represents progress and modernity, where jea...

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