Netflix Original – Lilyhammer

Just started watching the new show on netflix called Lilyhammer and I have provided my rating below. It’s about a New York gangster that is relocated to a small norvegian town called Lilyhammer (Lillehammer) under a witness protection program. Season 1, starts off with the funeral of a mob boss. At the funeral, there is a falling out with the new boss and Frank Tagliano, who is supposed to be the second in line for the top job.

The premise is interesting, and the setting definitely has historic value because of the 1994 winter olympics, but there is something missing. The main character’s wig is for one. It’s hard to imagine this ex-Sopranos actor as a badass when he has an obnoxiously ugly wig on. However, there are other characters in the show that are interesting, but it’s Frank’s show and he is not always there.

I would recommend watching the first few episodes and decide for yourself, but I wouldn’t waste too much time. Also, I think I had a really high expectation of a Netflix Original after the “house of cards”. I would give Lillyhammer a 5/10 rating.

Reinventing the Queue

The word Queue has always conjured up a long dreary line at the DMV. But, recently with Netflix, Hulu, Blockbuster and others it’s taking on a more pleasant meaning. Now the word ‘Queue’, actually means the order in which I will enjoy various TV Shows, movies, and comedy roasts on the video streaming service of my choice. In my case, it’s Netflix. For only $7.99/month, and a free trial to start it’s a whole new way to experience a Queue.

Where will your Queue take you today? Comment below with something new you have added to your Netflix Queue today.

Netflix Queue – DVD and Instant

Netflix Queue Updates

The latest on the Netflix Queue is that Mad Men all first 4 seasons is going to be available on the Netflix DVD Rental Queue and the Netflix Instant Queue, starting June 1st, 2011. This is amazing because Netflicks paid approximately $100 Million for these rights. But your, netflix subscription doesn’t change at all. It’s going to continue to be your current Netflix Queue rate.

Netflix Queue Issues

Some users have reported to us, that their Netflix Queue on Nintendo Wii is not functioning properly. It’s usually doesn’t update the Netflix Qeueue when they update their queue online. This is usually because they are still using the DVD for their Netflix streaming on their Nintendo Wii instead of the application that they can download off of the Nintendo Wii Shop channel. Please update the Netflicks Queue on your computer, then go and download the Netflix application from the Shop channel and then you would be able to see you Netflix DVD Rental Queue correctly on your Nintendo Wii.

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Adding Mad Men to Netflix Queue

Mad Men Season 1: This is a fantastic show on HBO. Mad Men is set in the 1960s, and an ad executive Don Draper rules the domain at this New York’s Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency amid a glamorous climate of never-ending cocktail hours, uninhibited womanizing, worry-free smoking and ego-stroking power in this Emmy-winning series. Draper has the good fortune of being a man’s man, the head honcho at this agency –and a ladies’ man to boot. But with the world beginning to change, he’ll have to use all his smarts to stay one step ahead with characters like Peter Colwell on his heels to make things happen for himself.

Mad Men Season 2: This Netflix Queue all star show, has changes mount within New York advertising agency Sterling Cooper, brilliant executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm) finds that he must work harder at staying ahead of the competition — which includes the young execs within his own firm who are eyeing his job. Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser and January Jones also star in this Emmy winner for Best Drama Series, which centers on Draper’s dealings both inside and outside the agency. This is by far the best show that’s set int he 60′s and gives a rare insight into the advertising agency world and how it defined the alpha maleism of the era. It’s a beautifully written and cleverly directed show with Jon Hamm at it’s center.

Mad Men Season 3: Netflix Queue has this great masterpiece as well, with the season three with The martini-sipping, chain-smoking execs of New York ad agency Sterling Cooper — led by the dashing and mysterious creative director Don Draper (Jon Hamm) — wade deeper into the turbulence of the 1960s in the third season of this Emmy-winning series. This incredible season just lathers on another layer of complexities at not just the writing but also the character development. Don Draper is portrayed as an invincible man’s man in the first couple of seasons, but in this season his vulnerabilities and ghosts from the past come and confront him head on. The acclaimed ensemble cast features Elisabeth Moss as rising star Peggy Olson, John Slattery as slick senior partner Roger Sterling, and January Jones as Don’s beautiful but unhappy wife, Betty.

 


Starz Shows on Netflix Queue

“There’s no need to re-cut the deal, and there’s plenty of time to extend and create a new deal or not,” said Maffei, the Citi banks investor relations manager.

Starz has had the TV licencing and online distribution rights to a couple of the largest Hollywood’s biggest studios, Walt Disney Co and Sony Corp’s Sony Pictures. Netflix is now the third-largest U.S. video company, after Youtube, and NBC with more than 16 million subscribers; two-thirds of them have streamed content according to Netflix Streaming. The original online streaming rights are believed to have been agreed for around $30 million a year four years ago, which is dirt cheap compared to the multi-billion dollar deal that Showtime just struck with Netflix. Now we are estimating that this deal will be valued in the range of $3 Billion which is going to be significantly higher that any other deal that Netflix has done with content owners. You can always check what is the latest on the Netflix Streaming service by visiting our What’s New on Netflix Streaming Page.Starz follows Showtime in putting limits on original series' availability via Netflix streaming.

A deal between Netflix and Starz’s content owner will be one of the most expensive deals because it will set the trend for all other deals in the space. As Netflix is approaching a $10 billion dollar market capitalization it definitely has the resources to strike several of such deals. Traditional distributors like cable and satellite TV companies fear Starz could cut a new deal that makes the Netflix Deal of $7.99/month even more attractive. Comcast, At&t and Dish Network are extremely worried about such deals. Cable Television is still a valuable service for people that want to watch the content live or watch sports live, but if you just use your At&t Uverse or Comcast service to watch movies or pay-per-view then We believe you are better off with Netflix with just $7.99/month.

Starz is still going to rely on it’s 1.2 billion dollar deal with Comcast and other Cable television providers, but it has to keeps it’s options open with the emerging media giants such as Facebook, Netflix, Google Inc, Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com.

There is a significant amount of speculation around how much the Starz and Netflix Deal is going to amount to but, it’s going to be one of the largest.

Netflix might just buy Starz for $3Billion which going to provide the investors almost a 10% increase in their shares.

True Blood on Netflix Queue

Netflix Streaming’s drive to offer its subscribers online movies from all the biggest Hollywood studios may hit a wall with HBO. Time Warner Inc.’s pay-television channel, home to shows including the “The Sopranos” and “True Blood,” holds cable and Internet rights to films from Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Pictures and is unlikely to make a deal with Netflix, HBO Co-President Eric Kessler said. “There is value in exclusivity,” Kessler said in an interview. Consumers “are willing to pay a premium for high quality, exclusive content,” he said.

True Blood: Season 1

Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings opened his company’s coffers last week, agreeing to pay the Epix cable channel more than $900 million over five years for online rights to films from Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Hastings plans to spend more to build the service, which offers DVDs by mail and online viewing for $8.99 a month, and has said he wants HBO as a supplier.

“We would love to do a deal as well with HBO,” said Steve Swasey, a spokesman for Netflix. “Compete with us or collaborate with us, but we would much rather work with them.”

HBO Go

HBO intends to stick with its own plan to make shows and movies available online through HBO Go, Kessler said. The cable channel, which has more than 29 million subscribers, generated operating profit of $1.2 billion on $3.9 billion in revenue last year, according to a presentation by Time Warner on May 27. The sister channel Cinemax has about 12 million.

The combination of a DVD mail-order and online service makes Netflix both a customer and “potential competitor,” Jeff Bewkes, CEO of New York-based Time Warner, said on an Aug. 4 conference call with analysts before the Netflix-Epix deal. “Although so far it’s been more of a complementary service to HBO than a competitor.”

In six months, HBO Go will be available to the channel’s paying subscribers at no additional cost through all major cable systems, on Apple Inc.’s iPad, on mobile devices and elsewhere, Kessler said.

Netflix-Epix

The Epix agreement announced on Aug. 10 gives Netflix subscribers films from the channel’s owners, Viacom Inc.’s Paramount, Lions Gate and MGM, 90 days after their cable debut. Netflix also licenses past-season TV shows from CBS Corp.’s Showtime pay channel, according to Swasey. Of the 15 million Netflix subscribers, 61 percent used the online viewing service in the latest quarter.

Netflix fell $4.25, or 3.1 percent, to $132.97 at 4 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Markettrading, after hitting an all-time closing high yesterday. The stock has more than doubled this year. Time Warner rose 27 cents to $30.97 on the New York Stock Exchange and has gained 6.3 percent this year.

By building a market for online delivery of older movies, Netflix “is clearly taking aim at HBO,” according to Richard Greenfield, a media analyst with BTIG Research in New York. “Netflix has proven that there is a market for a deep catalog of older movies.”

HBO has stepped up its spending on original programming, Kessler said. “Boardwalk Empire,” a Prohibition-era crime drama written by “Sopranos” writer Terence Winter, begins in September. Series producer Martin Scorsese directed the pilot.

In San Francisco, one of Netflix’s strongest markets, HBO’s cable-market penetration has grown to 29 percent from 24 percent over the past four years, according to HBO research.

“These are entertainment enthusiasts,” Kessler said.

 

Netflix Queue – Dexter TV Show

Premium channels are are being removed from the Netflix queue, Netflix announced last week that Netflix queue will be getting into original programming with a David Fincher drama series called “House of Cards.” The show will star Kevin Spacey. With this bombshell and Netflix’s rapid growth, the DVD and streaming service, Netflicks/Netflix  looks more like a potential premium channel killer and doesn’t look like it will help the premium channels at all.

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After all, who would cough up premium cable fees when they can plow through whole seasons quickly and cheaply using Netflix queue and streaming instantly on their TV, XBox, Nintento Wii or PS3.

Only people who don’t have a choice — and Showtime is out to make more of them. This summer, they will remove ”Dexter” and “Californication” from Netflix Queue and catalogue completely

Netflix and Showtime execs went out of their way to say that “The Tudors” will still be available — so it’s really just the most popular shows Showtime doesn’t want people getting elsewhere.

Still, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to stop procrastinating getting into that great premium series your buddy can’t stop talking about that’s streaming live on Netflix and add it to your Netflix Queue.

HBO’s “True Blood,” for instance, is one of Netflix’s top rentals — so if that company eventually follows suit, lots of subscribers are going to get burned. The silver lining here for Netflix users? Networks still seem eager to use Netflix for something other than their marquee programming. CBS’s newly renegotiated deal will bring some throwback series to the rental service. Hooray for a new generation of “Twin Peaks” enthusiasts.

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