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Old February 10 2013, 02:50 AM   #121
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The real time data they are collecting from your "subscription" is as good as if they had bugged your living room.

You're paying them to monitor you.

That's intimately masochistic.
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Old February 10 2013, 03:42 AM   #122
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I binged my way through the rest of the episodes last night and today.

Having now finished Season 1, I have reversed my earlier admonition that they shouldn't have released them all at once. I am now impatiently awaiting the release of Season 2.

Although, had they released them one at a time, I would still have that same impatience, but I gather Netflix loses less viewers per season this way than the major networks lose by spreading their episodes out.
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Old February 10 2013, 04:02 AM   #123
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Is Netflix going to be using this model for the release of Arrested Development.
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Old February 10 2013, 04:09 AM   #124
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Yes, just as they did with Lilyhammer and almost certainly will with Derek, Hemlock Grove, Narcos, Orange Is The New Black, and any other future shows.
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Old February 10 2013, 08:17 AM   #125
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Netflix has Derek? It's a Channel 4 show here. Wonder if that mean they'll get it exclusively when Channel 4 is done or what, because LoveFilm just signed a deal to get access to Channel 4's back catalogue.
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Old February 10 2013, 08:48 PM   #126
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The real time data they are collecting from your "subscription" is as good as if they had bugged your living room.

You're paying them to monitor you.

That's intimately masochistic.
Or narcassistic, since it means they're paying attention to MEEEEE and what I want, which never having had a Nielsens box is more than I can say for regular TV.

I can't remember if this has been noted yet, but apparently it's no coincidence that Netflix chose House of Cards in particular to remake, snce they saw a connection between viewers of the BBC version and both Spacey and Fincher fans. So hey, put em together and you have a winner, right?

For at least a year, Netflix has been explicit about its plans to exploit its Big Data capabilities to influence its programming choices. “House of Cards” is one of the first major test cases of this Big Data-driven creative strategy. For almost a year, Netflix executives have told us that their detailed knowledge of Netflix subscriber viewing preferences clinched their decision to license a remake of the popular and critically well-regarded 1990 BBC miniseries. Netflix’s data indicated that the same subscribers who loved the original BBC production also gobbled down movies starring Kevin Spacey or directed by David Fincher. Therefore, concluded Netflix executives, a remake of the BBC drama with Spacey and Fincher attached was a no-brainer, to the point that the company committed $100 million for two 13-episode seasons.
I've heard of TV shows made by committee, but that's the first one made by, what, computer programmers' logic? A+B+C = PROFIT! Does a creative business really work like that?
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Old February 10 2013, 09:32 PM   #127
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Or narcassistic, since it means they're paying attention to MEEEEE and what I want, which never having had a Nielsens box is more than I can say for regular TV.
I've always wondered who gets those things. I've never gotten one. One Nielsen viewer counts for something like one million viewers, so that's a lot of skew that you could provide to the market. Then again, all it takes is one idiot watching Honey Boo Boo or Survivor 843 or other reality dreck to imbalance the ratings.
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Old February 10 2013, 09:50 PM   #128
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I checked out the Salon article that quote was taken from and it's even funnier and scarier than I thought.

Correlating the raw numbers of Kevin Spacey fans who also like David Fincher and have a fondness for British political dramas is just the beginning. Netflix knows enough about what you are watching to judge specific aspects of content as well. Last summer senior data scientist Mohammad Sabah reported at a conference that Netflix was capturing specific screen shots to analyze in-the-moment viewing habits, and the company was “looking to take into account other characteristics.”

What could those characteristics be? GigaOm’s report of the Sabah presentation speculated that “it could make a lot of sense to consider things such as volume, colors and scenery that might give valuable signals about what viewers like.”
Wow, that's getting down to minutae pretty quickly, but what about the bigger picture. They're making a basic mistake if they're assuming that the whole universe of "what people want" can be based on what already exists. How about what doesn't already exist, but should? Market research can't substitute for creativity.

And even if they're just looking at what already exists in their library, the number of possible connections is staggering. Why spend $100M on the House of Cards-Spacey-Fincher connection and ignore all the other dots that could be connected? I'll bet the Star Trek-Ben Browder-Josh Whedon axis is pretty strong if you thought to look for it.

And how do they know any given connection is meaningful? Maybe a gangster drama starring Dustin Hoffman and directed by Stephen Soderberg would have done just as well, even though there may be no particularly strong relationship that can be found in the data, but those three elements would click for ineffible creative reasons.
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Old February 10 2013, 11:17 PM   #129
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Luck is still haunting Hoffman. I saw some new bad press about that a few days ago.
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Old February 10 2013, 11:54 PM   #130
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I loved Luck. Damn good show.
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Old February 11 2013, 12:28 AM   #131
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It's the changing times.

If they continued making Ben Hurr after 4 stuntmen where trampled to death by horses in that chariot race, you just have to wonder how much more beloved equinekind is than mankind?
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Old February 11 2013, 09:11 PM   #132
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So no spoiler thread? Any interest in a spoilers thread?
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Old February 12 2013, 02:05 AM   #133
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Spoilers Thread now up. Discuss!

http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=203239
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Old February 12 2013, 03:35 AM   #134
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Good idea to split the threads, I still haven't gotten past ep three! I guess I'm pushing that bell curve out...at this rate, I'll finish the series by oh July.

Anyway, Amazon is coming on strong, locking up exclusives. Netflix needs to grab the kind of series that the early adopter/tech-head crowd likes, namely sci fi, hello!

Under the Dome.

CBS is using Amazon revenue to help fund a series that is a bit out of their normal range for nichieness.

Amazon gets exclusive deals, including Falling Skies.
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Old February 14 2013, 04:15 AM   #135
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I love Falling Skies, season 2 was so much better than the first.

Interesting article on ratings....

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/why-netflix...GFnZQ--;_ylv=3
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