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7. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 13, 2013, 11:47 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 11:42:
*looks down. Just shakes head.*

Anyway, that Netflix article is pretty interesting. It makes sense for Netflix to leverage that incredible amount of data they have, and I'm not sure why it's a cause for concern. If Netflix believes in its data strongly enough to commit $100 million on two seasons of a new show before it's even shown a single episode, that's something that we, as viewers, should applaud.

How often have you started watching a show on network television, gotten really hooked, and then had to sit there and watch as the fuckers at BIG NETWORK yanked it after five episodes, because Oh Dear God The Teens Aren't Watching It!

This way, you know that if you watch House of Cards, you get two full seasons at minimum. I would gladly sign up for more of that kind of surety.

As for whether it turns people into puppets or not, well, I guess if you're the kind to just blindly go along with what Netflix tells you to do, sure. That doesn't mean that Netflix has turned you into a puppet, however. It just means you ARE one.

I think it's promising that someone is finally using actual data of people watching, rather than the 50-years-out-of-date fucking Nielsen ratings, to determine what's interesting to people and what isn't.

/wish I could watch Netflix.

Creston

Didn't read the article, but I've said 1000 times that I refuse to watch new TV dramas because they'll almost definitely get yanked. I'll instead wait until they get a second season, but often by then I don't have time to catch up so, ultimately, I just don't watch.

I can't say I agree with Netflix' decision to launch House of Cards all at once (again, it comes down to time, plus part of the fun of a TV show is discussing it the next day. Knowing that, by the time I get to watch HoC, it's old news and no one wants to discuss is a bit sad. I see good and bad to the decision), I can say that guaranteeding a full season (did they really say 2?) is something I wholly applaud.

I don't even subscribe to Netflix anymore (Amazon won me over by having almost identical content but essentially free for me), but their content model is enough to make me consider going back.
 
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