While most recent blockbusters are a no-show on streaming, it proudly celebrated offering all five nominees for the 2011 Best Documentary Academy Award this year (Exit Through the Gift Shop
now, Waste Land
March 29 with Gasland
and Inside Job
coming soon) and mentioned plans to keep costs down on offering TV series by continuing to focus mainly on complete sets of older seasons. As far as any problem competing with or licensing content from HBO, it fired back at the doubters
by pointing out that during the time Starz content has been on Netflix
, Starz' subscriber count has grown while HBO's didn't, all while maintaining successful ratings and DVD sales for its original programming.
On the topic of net neutrality its response was more nuanced, while it called the FCC's resolution
a "step in the right direction" it called the policies ISPs that charge it or its CDN partners (cough, Comcast
) for transmitting bits requested by their own customers as "inappropriate." The alternative offered is a "open, regional, no-charges, interchange model" where in exchange for a free pass, it or someone like ESPN3 agrees not to turn around and shut off those ISPs
. That potential threat could turn traditional business models on their head, but with its growing subscriber base it's clear Netflix feels it has weight to throw around, and plans to drop detailed results on nationwide ISP performance stats tomorrow, mentioning only for now that it considers Charter to be the best.