Industry Execs Give Their Thoughts on Netflix

Posted Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 07:00 AM PST by Dick Ward

Some love it, some hate it, others are glad that someone’s buying up the content that nobody else wants.

There’s a great read over on The Hollywood Reporter that gives thoughts from all over the industry on the Netflix service, business structure, and the future of streaming content.

Jeff Cusson of HBO for example, has little regard for the service, since HBO has always focused on exclusivity and sees Netflix as a competitor rather than a partner. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos thinks things will work out though. “We’re buyers and they’re sellers, so we’ll figure out a deal that makes sense. If we don’t, then the service doesn’t have everything, and that’s okay too.”

One anonymous Disney exec talked highly of the service, saying that “they’re another buyer, even for stuff that others don’t consider terribly valuable.” After all, Netflix wants as much streaming content as possible – if they have to buy some shows that few people will watch to get some good movies then so be it.

You can read the full article at The Hollywood Reporter.

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