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batye
batye
1/1/2018 5:40:59 PM
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Re: Netflix
@Michelle this days I stop watching tv as i could not longer able to to stand constant commercial and prefer reading books... as in my mind it easy this way... 

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Michelle
Michelle
1/1/2018 5:09:56 PM
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Re: Netflix
Indeed. We pay for commercial-free Hulu and it's nice. Commercials bundled with paid services are no better than cable. You still have to watch commercials when you have cable. I wonder how Netflex could compete if they had commercials. It seems like a tough sell after all this time without...

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faryl
faryl
12/31/2017 8:58:31 PM
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Re: Calculated Risk
Iím torn because as customer, I donít want to see their prices go up. At the same time, I appreciate the opportunities it provides to content creators who may not have been able to get shows/movies produced by the larger studios. In a way, itís become what the independent film industry used to be. (Though I wonder if, as more & more people become comfortable with technology that allows streaming from browsers & other apps to their TVs, that middle man may become less important. Especially combined with crowdfunding things)

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
12/31/2017 8:38:39 PM
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Calculated risk
It's the conservative right answer evaluating  any business decision where the dollars are big but so is the potential reward (unless someone involved appears to be so goofy that it's an uncalculated risk). We don't really know how much room they have to grow into or whether they'll continue to be as attractive to new customers as they have been to the recent ones. But the industry itself is so huge that gaining even a modest slice of it is likely to keep them in business. So there's a good contender in a not-entirely-good situation; that's virtually the definition of calculated risk.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
12/31/2017 7:02:22 PM
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Re: Netflix
@afwriter: To be fair, cable companies' entire traditional business model, pretty much, is making money on subscriptions. Content subscriptions are a sustainable way of doing business. You just have to have content that's worth it. That's why Netflix is ponying up so much capital here.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
12/31/2017 7:01:11 PM
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Re: Netflix
@Michelle: Hear, hear.  If Netflix goes the Hulu route then that will be a big chink in its armor. At that point, it becomes no better than a cable company.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
12/31/2017 7:00:16 PM
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"Tech debt"
I voted the unqualified Yes answer because Twitter, of all companies, is still in business. If Twitter can still be around after all this time, Netflix -- which is actually a decent company with a good business model -- is fine taking on all this debt.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
12/31/2017 2:23:52 PM
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Re: Netflix
I agree! I know for me, thatís one of the things that I love about Netflix and what sets them apart from others.

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Michelle
Michelle
12/31/2017 12:25:27 PM
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Re: Netflix
Introducing ads would be a good way to lose existing subscribers. I suspect new subscribers would be stuck with ads, however. It would be all wrong no matter what.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
12/30/2017 9:30:53 PM
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Re: Netflix
I completely agree. It would be a huge mistake. Iím not sure how many clients they would lose. However, I donít see new people signing up because of the advertisements. YouTube is annoying enough with the constant ads..

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