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December 18, 2012 | The Motley Fool
I'M EMBARRASSED just thinking about it. I've owned Netflix since it was $19 a share. When it hit $277, I sold. The next day it went up to $283, and I thought, "What was I thinking?" and bought it back. The rest is sad history: It's now around $90 per share. My original gut instinct was accurate, but greed got in the way and I'm paying for it now. I've lost a lot, but at least I did milk the stock over the years, taking profits numerous times to expand my portfolio in other directions.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2012 | By Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg News
Netflix Inc. and chief executive officer Reed Hastings said they may face a Securities and Exchange Commission civil claim over a July Facebook post that coincided with a big gain in the company's stock price. SEC staff alleges Netflix and its CEO violated rules governing selective disclosure, according to a company filing. The July 3 post by Hastings said Netflix viewing "exceeded 1 billion hours" of videos in June. The shares rose 6.2 percent that day. The SEC action highlights the potential for legal trouble when company executives like Hastings, who has more than 200,000 Facebook fans, communicate with the public via social media.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
STILL THINK of streaming Netflix as something you do on a computer? Think again. You can still watch that way, but the service - which charges $7.99 a month for unlimited streaming from its library of TV shows and movies - is available on a variety of devices, from game systems to DVD players, that connect to your television, as well as on the iPhone and Windows phone and the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook tablets. (A $4.99-a-month plan limits users to two hours of streaming a month and only on a computer.)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Frazier Moore, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Portia de Rossi only believed it was happening when her agent got the good news from the producers. Michael Cera only believed it was happening when the cameras rolled. It happened all right. Arrested Development has risen from the dead with 15 half-hours premiering en masse on Netflix on Sunday at 3:01 a.m. Arrested Development is the cockeyed comedy blessed with a king's ransom of talent and the twisted vision of its mastermind, Mitch Hurwitz, that aired on Fox for three seasons as a cult favorite, then was canceled for low ratings - and maybe because it befuddled everyone who wasn't hooked on its lunacy.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016 | Ellen Gray, Staff Writer
Spoiler alert: This piece contains details from the Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer. " "Do you think Steven Avery did it?" That was director and producer Judd Apatow on Sunday, filling a moment of dead air in a press session for his coming Netflix show, "Love," with a joking reference to the streaming service's latest sensation, "Making a Murderer. " "He's in the green room right now," he added. Avery, who was convicted in 2007 of the murder of Teresa Halbach, was, of course, nowhere near the Television Critics Association winter meetings, though his name did come up there.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg News
Netflix Inc., the world's biggest video-streaming service, said access to its movies and television shows was restored after a disruption caused by Amazon.com Inc.'s Web storage and computing system. Many customers in the Americas weren't able to access content online Monday from around 3:30 p.m. Philadelphia time until late Christmas Eve, according to Joris Evers, a spokesman for Netflix. The blockage was caused by issues with Amazon Web Services, a business hosted on the Internet that's separate from the online retail store, he said.
NEWS
July 15, 2011 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
If this week's online fury over Netflix's price increase proved anything, the obvious choice was this: You can't take away a good deal and not expect people to squawk. Netflix said it was dropping its $10 rock-bottom subscription fee for its combination service - unlimited video streaming plus unlimited DVDs by mail, one at a time. To get the same combo, customers will have to cough up $16 a month, or $7.99 apiece for either streaming or DVDs. Within hours, tens of thousands of customers had complained online - on Netflix's blog, on its Facebook page, and anywhere else they could think of. Many promised to cancel rather than submit.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* BLOODLINE. Today, Netflix.   WHEN I TALK to myself, as I too often do these days, it may be to ask: Is this TV voiceover really necessary? It's largely superfluous in Netflix's "Bloodline," a new series from the creators of "Damages," in which a prodigal son returns to his family's resort in the Florida Keys and things don't go so well. Kyle Chandler, who did so much with silences in "Friday Night Lights," retains his spare delivery as John Rayburn, whose efforts to keep his black-sheep brother, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn)
NEWS
July 29, 2011 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks ago, when Netflix announced a price hike for its DVD rentals, reaction from its customers was so off the charts you had to wonder what it was really about. Tens of thousands of posts flooded the company's Facebook page, variously spewing venom or demanding vaguely defined justice. Why? Netflix, purveyor of to-your-doorstep-or-laptop movies and shows, whose Internet-age business model helped eradicate store-based rental rivals, said it would charge $6 more per month in return for the ability to stream or mail-order DVDs.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - What could the Kevin Spacey political thriller "House of Cards" possibly have to do with "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"? More than you might think. Unless, that is, you're one of the Netflix subscribers whose behavior helped the streaming service make the connection in the first place. Because it turns out that when Netflix shows us something that's supposedly like the thing we've just watched, it's not making an editorial judgment, or promoting some pet project: It's doing the math on our viewing habits.
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BUSINESS
April 20, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Netflix announced another strong surge in subscribers and revenue on Monday with revenue up 24 percent year to date at $1.96 billion and subscriber count exceeding 45.7 million domestically and 77.7 million worldwide. Yet the leader in streaming TV services was feeling the heat of rivals, especially Amazon. Timed to Netflix's first-quarter earnings Report and a looming price hike for some subscribers, Amazon introduced two new ways to access its streaming video alternative. One option is an $8.99 monthly streaming video subscription.
NEWS
April 15, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
I've spent days trying to clear the theme song for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt from my head, and it's not going so well. Let's just say 3 p.m.'s catchy "It's a miracle!" is 3 a.m.'s unbreakable earworm. But don't let that indelible song, courtesy of composer and executive producer Jeff Richmond, keep you from the still-irresistible Kimmy , whose entire 13-episode Season 2 premieres Friday on Netflix. Created by Upper Darby's Tina Fey (who's married to Richmond) and her 30 Rock colleague Robert Carlock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper ( The Office )
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
More Biggie to come The Notorious B.I.G. (aka Christopher Wallace ) may have died nine years ago, but his music continues to live thanks to the hip-hop star's widow, Faith Evans . The legendary R&B singer this week told Dame Dash 's radio show ( www.dashradio.com ) her long-rumored duet album with Biggie, The King & I, will be released in the fall. "I'm kind of in the finishing stages," said Evans, who has been working closely with B.I.G.'s mom, Voletta Wallace . "The way it's coming together and the way I'm using his vocals, it's just giving his stuff new life.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2016
_ ONLY THE DEAD SEE THE END OF WAR. 9 p.m. Monday, HBO. Australian war correspondent Michael Ware looks at the Iraq conflict and its consequences, with footage he shot during a seven-year sojourn that began with a three-week assignment in 2003. _ FRONTLINE: SAUDI ARABIA UNCOVERED. 10 p.m. Tuesday, WHYY12. The Saudi Arabia that its government doesn't want the world to see is brought to light in videos shot by activists who risked their freedom - and possibly their lives - to try to bring change to the kingdom's repressive policies.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2016
A weird thing happened on television Monday. On a single night, three series - the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin and Syfy's The Magicians - all mentioned the Bechdel test. Named for cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who shares credit with her friend Liz Wallace, the test rates works of fiction: If a piece includes two women, preferably with names, who talk about something other than a man, it passes. It's tougher than it sounds - I'm not sure all the shows that referenced it could pass it most weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
One of the things I liked best about the first season of Marvel's Daredevil is that it allowed anyone with a Netflix account to audit the class, whether or not they had done the reading. But the Marvel universe is relentless and ever-expanding, and as Daredevil returns to Netflix on Friday with 13 new episodes, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) isn't quite as much at the center of even his corner of that universe as he was. He's still a blind lawyer by day, kick-ass vigilante by night, but his Daredevil persona's challenged by another, more brutal version known as Punisher (Jon Bernthal, The Walking Dead )
NEWS
March 13, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
There's a scene in the beginning of Flaked , the new dramedy on Netflix from Arrested Development star Will Arnett and Mark Chappell (the creators behind the cringeworthy yet funny Brit-com The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret ) that immediately turned me off. I kept watching the show, but only out of love for you, dear reader. Arnett's Chip is in recovery, discussing his mantras and way of life with two beautiful women half his age. So far, the series has shown us that Chip isn't a great guy. He rides a bike because a drunken-driving accident left another person dead.
NEWS
February 26, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
In the opening scene of Fuller House - Netflix's reboot, premiering Friday, of the popular ABC series Full House - Danny Tanner (Philadelphia's own Bob Saget) and Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) share a knowing look. The camera lingers on their smiling faces too long for the look not to say something. For their sake, I hope the sound of that look is ka-ching! Danny and Uncle Jesse have less to do in this version of the family sitcom than they did in the original, which ran from 1987 to 1995.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | Ellen Gray, TV Critic
Finding someone to love is hard. Staying with them? Even harder. Those are a couple of takeaways from Netflix's new series Love  (Friday, Netflix) and HBO's returning Togetherness , two Los Angeles-set dramedies that might pair well with whatever chocolate's left from Valentine's Day. First comes Love . Created by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, and Paul Rust, who's also one of the show's two leads, it premieres on Friday and could benefit from Netflix's watch-all-you-like approach, the opposite of speed dating.
NEWS
January 25, 2016
* THE X-FILES. 10 p.m. Sunday, Fox 29. Moves to 8 p.m. Mondays beginning the following night. The show's six-episode reboot gets a post-football launch as a cable TV conspiracy theorist (Joel McHale) brings together Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) to look into something. It's not a great episode, but it sets up the somewhat better one that's airing Monday. * BEOWULF. 10 p.m. Saturday, Esquire. Esquire imports another British drama, this one based on the Old English epic poem.
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