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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.
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
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
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.
NEWS
February 6, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Raising the stakes in streamed entertainment, phone giant Verizon Communications Inc. will launch a new national streaming service in a joint venture with DVD-rental firm Redbox later this year. The venture will be a direct competitor to Netflix, which now has more than 20 million subscribers, by offering DVD rentals through 35,000 Redbox kiosks and Internet-streamed entertainment by Verizon. Verizon will own 65 percent of the venture and Coinstar Inc., which owns Redbox, will own 35 percent.
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May 8, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* GRACE AND FRANKIE. Netflix, Friday.   "GRACE and Frankie" were sweethearts. And so were their husbands. That's the word from Broomall's Marta Kauffman, co-creator of a new comedy, premiering tomorrow on Netflix, that stars Jane Fonda (Grace) and Lily Tomlin (Frankie) as frenemies thrown together when their law-partner husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) announce that they've been having an affair for many years and now want to marry each other. The Marple Newtown High grad and her former writing partner, Bala Cynwyd's David Crane, co-created "Friends," which made six young people very, very famous.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Television has a grand tradition of putting fully formed female friendships onscreen, from Lucy and Ethel to Mary and Rhoda to Broad City 's Abbi and Ilana. These relationships can be deep, complex, and - in the case of Broad City - pretty stoned. These relationships are the great love stories of television. Monica of Friends married Chandler - but only with Rachel and Phoebe would she sit despondently in a wedding dress swigging beers. Netflix's Grace and Frankie gets that right, sometimes - and when it does, it's a lovely, if traditional, comedy about two women learning how to fall (platonically)
NEWS
April 27, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Glover Park Group's ninth-floor offices on F Street in Washington, the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition met weekly on Thursday afternoons. It was there, in the lobbying firm's conference room, that the 29-member coalition plotted against Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. Over the last year, the coalition was one of many opponents of the proposed deal. In recent months, it trained harsh rhetoric and a sharp focus on getting the government to reject the merger of the nation's largest cable company with the second largest.
NEWS
April 27, 2015
Chef's Table . David Gelb, director of the wonderful, must-see doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi, beautifully profiles acclaimed chefs from around the world. (Jiro is also on Netflix and a fantastic primer for the series). All six episodes on Netflix on Sunday. Tales of the Grim Sleeper . BAFTA-honored documentarian Nick Broomfield (Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam) turns his lens to Lonnie Franklin Jr., who has been linked to more than 20 murders of minority women in L.A. Broomfield and his interview subjects posit that this was a community the authorities and media largely ignored.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
AFTER "ORANGE Is the New Black" and "House of Cards" raised its coolness factor through the roof, Netflix has hit its first two bumps. "Fuller House"? Seriously? People are going to have to pay to watch a gender-switching update of a so-so sitcom? What's next "My Two Moms"? Here, all-grown Nicole Bradford (played by Devon native Staci Keanan ) marries a woman and the pair raise a feisty boy. Paul Reiser plays cranky grandpa. But we digress. Netflix's latest thing that makes you go hmm . . . comes from its new deal with Adam Sandler , as reported by Indian Country Today and Julie Miller of Vanityfair.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
NOT SURE how the big news networks missed this on 4/20, but hip-hop performer Waka Flocka Flame has announced he's running for president. The only thing holding him back? He's 28. Not old enough. This is why you need to pay attention in poli-sci class, kids, to avoid the humiliation of announcing a presidential run before you're eligible. Flame, however, shot a video for Rolling Stone magazine in which he announced his candidacy. "I'm very pleased to announce today, on 4/20, the best day of the year, I will be running for president," he said.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kelly: Kids belong in U.S. Kelly Rutherford is speaking out about her six-year custody dispute with ex-husband Daniel Giersch . Giersch, who was married to Kelly from 2006 to 2010 lives with their two kids, Hermes , 8, and Helena , 5, in France. The arrangement was supported by a 2012 California court ruling. "What happened . . . was beyond what I could have imagined in my life," Kelly told Fox News' Gretchen Carlson . The Gossip Girl star says that since her ex hasn't been able to get a visa to America, the only way she can see her kids is to fly to Europe.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
GINGER-mopped comedian Ellie Kemper , one of the cutest new sitcom stars, will be coming to the University of Pennsylvania later this month. Kemper, a Kansas City, Mo., native, plays the eponymous Kimmy Schmidt in Tina Fey and Robert Carlock 's "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix. She'll be gracing our fair city with a talk organized by Penn's Social, Planning and Events Committee. Perhaps best known for her role as the adorable and endearing receptionist in "The Office," Kemper brings that same charm in depicting the innocent and trusting Kimmy, who escapes from an underground doomsday cult in Indiana and ventures out to start life over in New York City.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WHEN Diane Sawyer stepped away from the "ABC Nightly News," we assumed it was to do more hard-hitting, in-depth reporting on the big issues plaguing our society. Who knew she'd start with the biggest. Bruce Jenner . ABC announced yesterday that Sawyer and Jenner will chat for two hours - TWO hours! - in a "far-ranging, exclusive interview" that will air April 24 at 9 p.m. Far-ranging? Will they discuss the former gold-medal decathlete's javelin technique? Will Bruce even still have a javelin?
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
DON DRAPER and Raylan Givens are on their way out, and "The Bible" continues. Men in kilts are back on Starz and the wars of Westeros on HBO. And that's just April. May brings Chester County's M. Night Shyamalan to TV at last: Will you follow him west? GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF. 8 p.m. March 29, HBO. Here's a movie Tom Cruise hopes you won't see. Eight former Scientologists, including "Crash" director Paul Haggis, recount chilling experiences in a documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, based on the book by Lawrence Wright.
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