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TV Show ‘Orange Is the New Black’ cast unlocks secrets to the show

For a show about locking women away, “Orange Is the New Black” has had a remarkably freeing effect on the television industry. With solid ratings and 12 nominations heading into this month’s Emmy Awards, the Netflix series has, in just two seasons, provided rock-solid proof that female-dominant ensemble shows are catnip to viewers and critics alike.

interview with the cast of Orange is the New Black

interview with the cast of Orange is the New Black

Read the complete interview at the LA Times here


Netflix Says Arrested Development Season 5 Is ‘Just a Matter of When’

Netflix Says Arrested Development Season 5 Is ‘Just a Matter of When’

netflix arrested developmentThe fourth season of Arrested Development, which premiered all at once on Netflix last year, may not have been the most beloved of the series, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road for the Bluth family. In an interview with USA Today this week, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said a fifth season of the show is “just a matter of when.”

More than seven years elapsed between the end of season three on Fox in 2006 and the eventual revival of the show on Netflix in 2013. The major obstacle in getting the show up and running again was scheduling conflicts for the show’s actors, who gained popularity in the intervening years.

The inability to get all nine leads together at the same time led to one of the major criticisms of season four, something Sarandos acknowledges. He called it a “fair criticism” of the show’s Netflix season “that the cast didn’t appear on screen often enough together.” Presumably, when the show does return, creator Mitchell Hurwitz will address this issue.

Arrested Development’s fourth season is up for three awards at this month’s Emmys: Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Bateman along with nominations for the less significant Outstanding Music Composition for a Series and Outstanding Single-camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series. The show won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for its first season in 2004.

You can watch the season four trailer below, via Netflix:


by Matt Wilstein | 4:21 pm, August 6th, 2014

Netflix doubles its profits as it reaches 50 million members

Netflix doubles its profits as it reaches 50 million members

The streaming-video giant continues to show impressive international growth

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Congrats to Laverne Cox on Her Historic Emmy Nomination

Laverne Cox on Her Historic Emmy Nomination: ‘I Love Myself Today’

A special congratulations to Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset on Orange Is the New Black, started her day off with the news of a lifetime – she received her first Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series.


Laverne Cox in Orange Is the New Black JILL GREENBERG/NETFLIX

Laverne Cox in Orange Is the New Black

Read more about it in here interview with PEOPLE at:,,20833638,00.html

Kate Mulgrew on Her First Emmy Nomination Orange Is the New Black’s & More Star Trek??

I am a huge fan of Kate Mulgrew, who is currently playing the role of “Red” on “Orange is the New Black” and is famous also as Captain Janeway on Star Trek Voyager.  She is up for her FIRST Emmy, shockingly.

Kate Mulgrew currently and as Captain Janeway on Star Trek Voyager.

Kate Mulgrew currently and as Captain Janeway on Star Trek Voyager.

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Read more about here First Emmy Nomination for her work with Orange is the New Black and more.  (Article below by Chris Harnick)

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Some of the 10 Worst Business Decisions Ever Made

Through the years, there have been some TERRIBLE business decisions made.  In the long history of poor management decisions made at major American companies, only a few proved to be fatal. It is hard to ruin a company with a single decision. That is especially true when the company has the advantages of huge market share, large and rising revenue, and a history of success. But not all bad decisions are created equal.

Some of these horrible decisions were made by Motorola, Blockbuster (spurned Netflix), Excite Search (didn’t buy Google for less $1 million dollars) and more.  Read all about the terrible decisions:

Chelsea Handler Lands New Talk Show, Mega Deal w/ NetFlix

Chelsea Handler Lands New Talk Show, Mega Deal w/ NetFlix

 ​For those mourning Chelsea Handler’s departure from E!’s Chelsea Latelyand potentially late night television, fear not: Chelsea Handler has just signed a mega-deal with Netflix, giving the streaming service its first talk show, as well as a new stand up comedy special and four new docu-comedy series!

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How does your ISP compare via Netflix? Verizon/Comcast/Cox/ATT & others compared

How does your ISP compare when using Netflix? Verizon/Comcast/Cox/ATT & others compared

Netflix ISP Speed Index for March

This month’s rankings are a great illustration of how performance can improve when ISPs work to connect directly to Netflix. In the US, the average speed on the Comcast network for Netflix streams is up 65 percent from 1.51Mbps in January to 2.5Mbps in March.

netflix usa isp speed index

We are dedicated to delivering a great streaming experience and invest in continually improving that experience. Part of that investment is working with ISPs to make Netflix delivery easy and to avoid congestion. We see consistently better speeds for customers served by ISPs that directly connect their network to Netflix using our Open Connect content delivery network.

Read more about it on Netflix’s blog:

Netflix Very Unhappily Signs a Second Deal for Access to Broadband Customers

Netflix Very Unhappily Signs a Second Deal for Access to Broadband Customers

Over the course of this spring  Netflix made two things clear: It opposes the idea of paying Internet service providers for access to their customers, and it is willing to pay Internet service providers for access to their consumers.

Netflix acknowledged on Monday that it has signed an agreement with Verizon to pay more for direct access to its network, mirroring a controversial deal it signed with Comcast earlier this year. It’s not clear how much Netflix is paying in either deal, but the company has complained loudly about how its payments to Comcast are tantamount to illegitimate tolls levied by a giant using wielding market power. Comcast says that Netflix was already paying to move its traffic on the Internet and is being disingenuous in its complaints.

The disagreement has gotten nasty enough that Netflix is asking the federal government to reject Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, the country’s second-largest cable company. Netflix first laid out its anti-Comcast stance in a blog post last month, in which it acknowledged that it was setting its own troubling precedent. “Netflix believes strong net neutrality is critical, but in the near term we will in cases pay the toll to the powerful ISPs to protect our consumer experience,” wrote Reed Hastings, the company’s chief executive officer.

That Verizon has become the next company to sign a deal with Netflix is no surprise. When Netflix released data on the speed of its service through various Internet providers earlier this month, Verizon FIOS had dropped to eighth-fastest provider in the U.S.—when it had been sixth-fastest as recently as January. Comcast, meanwhile, leaped six spots to become the fifth-fastest network as of March.

Its clear why Netflix is willing to pay for these deals, which are known as paid-peering arrangements. The streaming-video company it would prefer that cable providers use Open Connect, Netflix’s own content-distribution network that puts its network equipment inside the facilities of Internet providers. Netflix has praised Long Island-based Cablevisionbecause it has gone along with this idea.

These technical negotiations are gaining unusual prominence because they’re happening in an unusually charged political atmosphere. The Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger is set to give the combined behemoth even more power over the market, and the Federal Communication Commission is mulling new regulations for how Internet providers can distinguish among different types of traffic. Indeed, recent debate over net neutrality was set off by Verizon’s lawsuit against the FCC over its 2010 rules on the subject; in January a federal court ruled in Verizon’s favor, forcing the federal government to come up with a fresh approach to regulating the Web.

This all weighs on Netflix. Its stock is down almost 40 percent since Comcast announced its intention to buy Time Warner Cable. Netflix shares had started to recover when the FCC said its new net neutrality rules would allow so-called fast lanes wherein companies such as Comcast can charge companies like Netflix to deliver service at higher speeds. The deals that Netflix has signed with Comcast and Verizon affect a part of the Internet that the FCC isn’t addressing with these new rules. Still, now that Netflix has signed two of them, it seems likely that more companies will seek similar payments.

By Joshua Brustein, April 29, 2014 11:44 AM EDT

Netflix Is Eating Up Cable Subscriptions

How sad, lol. I only keep cable as a convenience with my internet.–experian-2014-4

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