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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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March 20, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
  It's hard to think of many stories that open with such a monstrously sobering, almost unbearable sense of impending doom as Bloodline , Netflix's latest original production. The series wastes no time telling us that it will be a tragedy, a horrible, deeply affecting story about the destruction of a family, and a compelling lesson in fatalism. Netflix will post all 13 first-season episodes on Friday. An intricately drawn and superbly cast portrait of a family in crisis that evokes Raymond Carver and James Dickey, Bloodline has the feel, the imaginative reach and aesthetic depth and resonance of a novel.
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
*  COMMUNITY . Tomorrow, Yahoo Screen. (Yahoo.com/community online or on Apple TV, Roku or Yahoo Screen apps for Apple and Android.) *  JAMAICA INN . Today, Acorn TV. MAYBE it's time to trade in the universal remote for a spreadsheet. Because the days of leaning back, pressing a button or two and having favorite TV shows come to you, live or off your DVR, are waning. Thanks to Netflix and Amazon and Yahoo and Acorn TV and Sony PlayStation and Crackle and an ever-growing list of streaming options that's about to include at least one stand-alone premium channel, we've entered the hunter-gatherer phase of TV viewing.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, The Daily News
D AN AYKROYD ducked out from under the cover of his security detail Friday to literally stop and smell the roses at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, his handlers told me over the weekend. The 62-year-old actor and screenwriter was in town Friday for the Flower Show and to promote his Crystal Head vodka, which enjoyed a booth next to the PA Wine & Spirits table inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch St.). It was no surprise that a seemingly endless line of people snaked around the perimeter of the grand ballroom inside the convention center - each guest waiting patiently to meet Aykroyd and for him to sign a vodka bottle.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT. Friday, Netflix. * DIG. 10 tonight, USA.   FROM "That Girl" to "Girls," single women hoping to make it in the Big Apple aren't new to TV. Single women moving to New York after 15 years living underground in a doomsday cult? You can count them on one finger. There's nothing generic about the funny (and charming) "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," whose first 13 episodes premiere tomorrow on Netflix. Ellie Kemper ("The Office") stars as Kimmy, who's been through some stuff and emerged determined not to waste her life.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT . Friday, Netflix. TINA FEY'S break, such as it was, is over. Sometime between the end of "30 Rock" and this week's debut, on Netflix, of her new comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Fey - or, as she's known in these parts, "Upper Darby's Tina Fey" - claims to have had "a great six months where [she and "Kimmy" co-creator Robert Carlock] just went to that office every day and made tea and had toast and then went home. " But "those days are already gone again," she said, laughing, during an interview in January.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
*  THE LAST MAN ON EARTH . 9 p.m. Sunday, Fox29. *  SECRETS AND LIES . 9 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. *  BATTLE CREEK . 10 p.m. Sunday, CBS3. *  HOUSE OF CARDS . Today, Netflix. March TV comes in like a lion Sunday night - three new network series compete with the "Downton Abbey" season finale - and continues to roar all month long with new and returning shows coming to broadcast, cable and a device near you. Sunday's best bet - besides "Downton" and the return of "The Good Wife" - is CBS' "Battle Creek.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
I START THIS year-end column the way I usually do: by proclaiming my dislike of best-of lists, which tend to reduce television criticism to numbers. Don't worry, though, there'll be a list. Just no numbers. Taking a page from colleague Gary Thompson , I'm alphabetizing my Top 10 TV shows this year:   THE AMERICANS . FX, 10 p.m. Weds., returns Jan. 28. The stakes got higher than ever this past season for undercover Russian spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a growing body of innovative original productions, from House of Cards and Lilyhammer to Orange Is the New Black and Marco Polo , Netflix has proven it deserves a place in the vanguard of TV programming. Yet the streaming site's most buzzed-about offering this month isn't one of its own shows. It's the British import Black Mirror , a sci-fi anthology series whose six one-hour episodes have driven critics and sci-fi geeks to distraction with passionate praise.
NEWS
December 4, 2014
P ANO Kalogeropoulos, 31, of Fairmount, is a photographer who founded Bokeh Fire, which considers itself the Netflix of camera lenses. The company offers a curated set of lenses for rent monthly. Bokeh owns all the lenses rented out on its website. Bokeh launched a $20,000, 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter on Nov. 13 that has so far raised more than $15,000. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Bokeh Fire? A: I moved here in 2013 after graduating from business school at Northwestern, where I started thinking about this.
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