* In addition to abandoning the Qwikster idea, Netflix is now abandoning the idea of renting videogames. Blockbuster, Gamefly, and Redbox will still rent videogames though.
* In the latest quarter, Netflix disc subscription numbers are way down but streaming customers are rising again. That’s not terribly surprising as the comprehensiveness of Netflix’ streaming catalog makes it essential once you are used to using streaming. Amazon, Epix, and Crackle look anemic by comparison.
* Netflix is replacing its chief marketing officer Leslie Kilgore. That does seem like a no-brainer, especially if they aren’t going to blame/fire CEO Reed Hastings for the many debacles of the previous year.
“After he testifies against a Mafia boss, ex-gangster Frank Tagliano enters the witness protection program and asks to be sent to Norway. Despite the peaceful surroundings, it’s not long before Frank strays from the straight and narrow.”
Netflix debuted the trailer for their first series, Lilyhammer starring Steven van Zandt. The series itself will debut on 2/6. I’ll take a look at it but I’m really waiting for Kevin Spacey’s take on the British miniseries House of Cards.