Showbiz Sandbox 112: Why Netflix Had To Raise Its Prices
July 18, 2011
You would have thought the world was coming to an end last week after popular movie streaming service Netflix raised its prices by 60%. The company’s customers took to blogs and social networks in revolt, threatening to cancel their subscriptions. However, between the cost of mailing DVDs and paying increased licensing fees for content, a Netflix rate hike was inevitable. Is Netflix still one of the best movie bargains available today, and if not, are there any alternatives?
Speaking of subscription offerings, one of Europe’s hottest music streaming services is finally available in the United States. Will Spotify be able to displace some of the entrenched players in the space like Spotify and Rdio? You can find out for yourself since we have some Spotify invitations to give away to a few lucky listeners.
Over in television-land the Emmy nominations were announced and as usual, there were a few noticeable omissions. Just ask “Sons of Anarchy” producer Kurt Sutter who chastised the Academy via Twitter for not recognizing the show’s star Katey Sagal (who also happens to be his wife).
During Inside Baseball we talk to Abigail Phillips from the Electronic Frontier Foundation who helps us unravel the “Common Framework for Copyright Alerts” agreed upon by major content owners and Internet service providers.
We also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the News Corp. phone hacking scandal, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comeback and who Mila Kunis is accompanying to the Marine Corps ball.
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Sherwood Schwartz Dies At 94; ‘Gilligan’s Island’ And ‘Brady Bunch’ Creator
2011 Emmy Nominations Complete List
Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter Tweets Away His Rage At Emmy Snub
Emmy Snubs: Here’s Our Grouse List
Why Netflix Raised It’s Prices
Netflix Renews Deal With NBCUniversal For Streaming TV Shows, Movies
Spotify Music Streaming Service Comes To U.S.
George R. R. Martin’s “Dance With Dragons” Sells Well
Borders Closer To Folding
Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Make A New Stand
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Withdraws BSkyB Bid Amid Phone Hacking Scandal
Oprah Winfrey To Take CEO Post At OWN
Ted Danson Replaces Laurence Fishburne On CSI
Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith Not Returning For Season 4 Of ‘Glee’
Mila Kunis Confirms: Date With Marine Sgt. Scott Moore Is On!
Barbara Streisand In ‘Heated’ Talks For Columbia Records Deal Renewal
The Content Industry and ISPs Announce a “Common Framework for Copyright Alerts”: What Does it Mean for Users?