The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs

eBook - 2012
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This book relates the history of Netflix and its a long struggle for greatness marked by multiple disasters, lucky breaks, personal betrayal, and broken hearts. It has more drama than most of the movies Netflix rents. Netflix has come a long way since 1997 when two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings decided to start an online DVD store before most people owned a DVD player. They were surprised and elated when launch day traffic in April 1998 crashed their server and resulted in 150 sales. Today Netflix has more than 25 milllion subscribers and annual revenues above $3 billion. Yet long term success or even survival is still far from guaranteed. The author, a journalist recounts the absorbing fast paced drama of the company's turbulent rise to the top and its attempt to invent two new kinds of business. First it engaged in a grueling war against video store behemoth Blockbuster transforming movie rental forever. Then it jumped into an even bigger battle for online video streaming against Google, Hulu, Amazon, and the big cable companies. Netflix ushered in such innovations as DVD rental by mail, a patented online queue of upcoming rentals and a recommendation algorithm called Cinematch that proved crucial in its struggle against bigger rivals. Yet for all its success Netflix is still a polarizing company. Hastings is often heralded as a visionary; he was named Business Person of the Year by Fortune magazine even as he has been called the nation's worst CEO. Netflix also faces disgruntled customers after price increases and other stumbles that could tarnish the brand forever. The quest to become the world's portal for premium video on demand will determine nothing less than the future of entertainment and the Internet. Drawing on extensive new interviews and her years covering Netflix as a financial and entertainment reporter, the author makes this tale as absorbing as it is important.
Publisher: New York : Portfolio/Penguin, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 1101601434 (electronic bk.)
9781101601433 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 384.84 KEA
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 286 pages)


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The story of Netflix from its beginnings to the year 2012. Interesting sub-stories on Blockbuster and Redbox.


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