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Netflix as an original content provider could make them more awesome. Screw Holywood, I'd like to see some smaller companies get their content to the masses.
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post #32 of 47
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Oh my (: Netflix and Google will own our lives someday.
Well.... Bill Gates was trying to do this through the Xbox, but then gave up. Honestly I would rather spend $10 and have movies and TV shows on demand than spend $50 and have a DVR box somewhere with commerials.
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I wish it was Loogle and his buddy got his great white buffalo...
    
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I like the part where you watch the shows.
    
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post #35 of 47
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Originally Posted by _GTech View Post
I doubt they spent more than 5 Million on their Server & Staff this year, surely...

It's the CEO who walks away with the most, remember that...
Totally, CEO probably = 90% of the salaries paid out.

But to think about it--at least, if it were in california--that mid-level software engineers what work on better encoding for lower total data required, etc., probably get at least 100k per year--that's only 50 people to hit 5 million operating costs, not even including hardware (I'll admit that not all workers for netflix are high-paid software engineers, but on the other hand, I'm sure netflix has much more than 50 workers. Even if the average salary of workers there was 50k per year, that's only 100 employees). But in addition to hardware, there's bandwidth they are buying from providers, lots of raw utilities, monthly costs of the physical work locations--I didn't appreciate how much it all adds up. To illustrate, the company I work for, which has about 20 scientists (previous start-up biotech in silicon valley, so costs are a bit more inflated than the rest of the country), has a minimum operating cost per year of 5m between paying workers, buying raw materials (we don't spend a whole lot on raw materials though), and paying for utilities. I'd be shocked if Netflix had a 5m yearly operating cost, even excluding the higher-paid managerial positions.

Netflix also spends hundreds of millions of dollars per quarter acquiring streaming media licenses--and I think they recently signed a $1billion deal for streaming media rights for 5 years of rights with one company.

Netflix is a strong company at the moment, but the average for the past year is about $105 million per quarter of net cash (that's after all expenses, stock dividends, etc.). I guess my initial assessment of "years" to recoup a $100million acquisition was off (since it would only take a couple of quarters), but keep in mind that netflix has rarely spent that much money on a single acquisition.

It is a good point that netflix can then license what they're acquiring in the purchase deal.
    
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post #36 of 47
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Originally Posted by dave12 View Post
Revenue (Million $)
1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Year
2010 493.7 519.8 553.2 595.9 2,163
2009 394.1 408.5 423.1 444.5 1,670
2008 326.2 337.6 341.3 359.6 1,365
2007 305.3 196.7 226.0 302.4 1,205
2006 224.2 239.4 256.0 277.2 996.7
2005 152.5 164.0 172.7 193.0 682.2

However you break it down that's what they made.

edit- Subscriber numbers aren't released constantly only yearly, last report was 20m, it's estimated it's about 23 million now.
Don't forget that's revenue, not profit (not even close).
post #37 of 47
netflix content is absolutely garbage. they drop 100 mil on a crappy tv show that's why when i search through movies there is hundreds of black and white/ troma films and not a single good blockbuster.
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post #38 of 47
Google? Netflix? Companies that have excellent, sustainable business models and customer relations are becoming successful?

Whatever happened to enormous conglomerates creating monopolies and then treating their customers like sh#t? More companies need to behave like ISPs in my opinion.


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post #39 of 47
They're going to eventually roll out their on infrastructure and become a isp
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post #40 of 47
Netflix buys more content and grows. Google buys Netflix. Google comes out with it's own un-capped internet service, undercuts everybody, and puts them out of business. Win?
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