ioshell asked: Part of me wonders if Netflix would even care that much if the site went down during the premier, seeing as I'm sure that'd be a pretty nice headline for the show, albeit a blemish on Netflix's reliability.
It would be a huge problem if the service went down during the premiere. It would mean a lot of people want to watch the show, yes, but it would make all of Netflix’s customers furious, leading to tons of complaints and perhaps even people canceling their subscription. It could go as far as hurting Netflix stock. To botch, arguably, their biggest premiere would reflect incredibly poorly on their management who didn’t have the foresight and the company as a scaleable business model.
Warming Glow asked the service a bunch of necessary questions, but the answer to this one is most surprising:
2) What precautions have been taken to ensure Netflix Instant can handle the simultaneous streaming over Memorial Day weekend?
Here’s the short answer: We handle millions of streaming hours everyday, this is business as usual.
Here’s the technical answer:
This is not much different from other launches, be it titles or technology features. We continuously release new shows and movies on Netflix, we have a lot of experience doing that. We use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to deliver our user interface and content delivery networks for the video. Both are designed to scale and deliver a great experience. We will have a room full of people to monitor and ensure that the show is available and streaming, we do that for every big show as well as any upgrade to our service such as technology feature releases.
Seems to me this launch stands to be much bigger than others. Hmm.
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Interesting backwards step here.
The Blu-ray’s list price is $65.99 (Amazon’s offering it for $52.99) and the DVD will be $55.99 (and is offered for $44.99).
Or you could get a Netflix subscription for $7.99 a month.
Remember the Blockbuster Awards?
To the chagrin of fans everywhere, that’s no longer the case. At an investor conference today, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings described the upcoming fourth season of Arrested Development as a “fantastic one-off” made possible under “non-repeatable” circumstances.
As a reminder, the new “season” has always been a prelude to a potential movie.
This show is as resilient as its characters.
After the apocalypse only roaches and ‘Jericho’ will remain.
Extreme binge viewing was in full force during the first weekend “Cards” was available to subs, according to data from Procera Networks, which found on one broadband network that about one-quarter of those who watched the first episode motored through all 13 episodes.
Procera won’t identify the ISP because of client confidentiality. But given that the company measures usage across the networks of five of the top 10 cable operators and three of the top 5 DSL operators in North America, Procera has as good a glimpse of audience behavior as there is to get outside of Netflix’s HQ.
By Procera’s yardstick, just over 2% of Netflix subs on the network watched the first episode of “Cards,” a number that fell to 1.3% for the second episode. By the 13th episode, .59% was still hanging on.
Netflix has 30 million subscribers, so if these numbers are to be believed 600,000 watched the first episode and 177,000 made it to the end.
For comparison, 600K is on par with an episode of ‘Treme’ on HBO.
Now of course, these numbers are kind of irrelevant to Netflix because people are going to continue to watch the series and find the series anew indefinitely.
New Photos: ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 | Zap2it